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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

Obama Says 'James Flacco.' The Internet Says, Thank You

It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said "James Flacco" when referring to James Franco — on a Friday before the holidays, no less — the slip was eagerly received online.

All Things Considered

Obama Says Sony Made A 'Mistake' In Cancelling 'The Interview'

President Obama said Sony made a mistake by pulling the movie North Korea opposed and promised a U.S. response to North Korea's actions in the cyber attack against the company.

Obama's Wide-Ranging, Year-End News Conference

The president discussed issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to Sony Pictures' decision to cancel release of the film 'The Interview' after a North Korean hack attack.

Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.

Education Dept. Issues Framework For New College Rating System

The draft plan indicates that such factors as access, affordability and student outcomes will be key to the system first announced by President Obama in 2013.

TED Radio Hour

Is It Enough To Be Politically Correct?

Political pundit Sally Kohn says we shouldn't worry as much about being politically correct, but instead we need to focus on being emotionally correct.

3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

Morning Edition

Cuban-American Congressional Leaders Vow To Fight Obama's Proposals

A day after the president's announcement that he wants to normalize relations with Cuba, Cuban-American congressional leaders came together in Miami to condemn it as appeasement of a Communist regime.

Two Of Colorado's Neighbors Sue State Over Marijuana Law

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.

Obama: Sony Decision To Cancel Movie A ‘Mistake’

December 19, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

Speaking of Sony executives, Obama said “I wish they had spoken to me first” before canceling “The Interview.”

Week In Review: Cuba, Olympics, Budget Shortfall, Warren’s Rise

December 19, 2014
oston Celtics' Rajon Rondo passes against the New York Knicks during the second half of the New York Knicks 101-95 win in an NBA basketball game in Boston Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The Celtics traded Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. (AP)

We’ll talk about Washington’s about-face on Cuba, the looming shortfall in the state budget, the bid for Boston to get the 2024 summer Olympics, and the rise of Elizabeth Warren as a liberal standard-bearer.

Special Coverage: Obama’s Year-End Remarks

December 19, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Obama addressed the press before traveling with the first family on their annual Christmas beach vacation in the president's birth state of Hawaii. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Before President Obama and his family left for a Christmas vacation in Hawaii, he delivered a year-end press conference.

Watch Live: President Obama Holds Year-End Press Conference

December 19, 2014

The president is scheduled to hold a year-end press conference at 1:30 p.m.

Obama Grants ‘Christmas Clemency’ To 20, Including 8 Drug Offenders

December 19, 2014
Prisoners reach through the bars at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., Jan. 18, 2008. Sometimes they use small mirrors to get a glimpse of their neighbors and the correctional officers. (AP)

Barbara Scrivner, one of the eight pardoned, served 20 years of a 30-year sentence for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth.

Preview: Obama’s 2014 Year-End Press Conference

December 19, 2014
A member of the Secret Service walks outside the White House on December 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

ABC news political director Rick Klein joins us for a look at what the president is expected to cover.

Week In The News: Cuba Thaw, Taliban Attack, Hollywood Hacking

December 19, 2014
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A Short History Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

December 18, 2014
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (left) shakes hands with Cuban President Fidel Castro on May 12,, 2002, at the State Council in Havana, where Castro, Carter and their respective delegations met for a working meeting. Carter was on a five-day visit to Cuba, invited by Castro. (Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama’s decision to change U.S. policy on Cuba comes after a half century of icy relations.

Reconciliation Nonprofit Helped With U.S.-Cuban Relations

December 18, 2014
People stand outside the Little Havana restaurant Versailles after news that U.S. contractor Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison and U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement on United States-Cuba policy change on December 17, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, over 50 years after they were severed in January 1961. In a prisoner exchange, U.S. contractor Alan Gross was freed after being held in Cuba since 2009, with three Cuban spies who had been imprisoned in the U.S. since 2001 going back to Cuba. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tim Phillips of Beyond Conflict recalls thinking — why not get President Obama to sit down with the pope to talk about Cuba?

Anger, Worry In Hollywood As Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’

December 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

U.S. officials now believe with “99 percent certainty” that the North Korean government was behind the hacking attack on Sony.

America’s Political Dynasties

December 18, 2014
Republican Jeb Bush (left) has announced he's exploring a run for president. Hillary Clinton (right) is widely expected to pursue the Democratic nomination in 2016. (Saul Loeb, Mike Coppola/AFP/Getty Images)

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

Florida’s Cubans React To Policy Change

December 18, 2014
Peter Bell (left) who supports the new policy laid out by President Barack Obama, stands among a group of people who disagree with him as people gathered outside the Little Havana restaurant Versailles on December 17, 2014 in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Many feel the president has caved to the Castro government and given away much more than it will get for scaling back the embargo.

Incoming Congressman Says President’s Move On Cuba Rewards Dictators

December 18, 2014
Incoming Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo's parents are Cuban exiles who fled Cuba in the 1960s. He calls the change in U.S. policy "reckless." (carloscurbelo.com)

Florida Republican Carlos Curbelo calls the policy change “reckless.” His parents are Cuban exiles who fled Cuba in the 1960s.

Veteran Mass. Congressman And Newcomer Weigh In On New Congress

December 18, 2014
U.S. Rep.-elect Seth Moulton, left, and Rep. Michael Capuano (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

A veteran Democratic congressman from Massachusetts and a newcomer share their thoughts on what’s to come in the next Congress, with the GOP in control of both the House and the Senate.

A Stunning Shift In U.S.-Cuban Relations

December 18, 2014
This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Following months of secret talks the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than fifty years.

DA Departing Before Hernandez Murder Trial

December 18, 2014
Then-Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter in June 2013 (Elise Amendola/AP)

After winning election as Fall River mayor in a recall Tuesday night, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said he has someone in mind to succeed him.

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