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December 19, 2014 Comment

Obama: Sony Decision To Cancel Movie A ‘Mistake’

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

December 19, 2014 Comment

Special Coverage: Obama’s Year-End Remarks

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

December 19, 2014 Comment

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

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

December 19, 2014 3 Comments

Preview: Obama’s 2014 Year-End Press Conference

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

December 18, 2014 2 Comments

A Short History Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

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

December 18, 2014 9 Comments

Reconciliation Nonprofit Helped With U.S.-Cuban Relations

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

December 18, 2014 35 Comments

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

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

December 18, 2014 17 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

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

December 18, 2014 Comment

Florida’s Cubans React To Policy Change

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

December 18, 2014 13 Comments

Incoming Congressman Says President’s Move On Cuba Rewards Dictators

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

December 17, 2014 Comment

After Prisoner Release, Obama Announces Seismic Shift In U.S.-Cuba Relations

NPR’s Scott Horsley discusses the release of American Alan Gross and the policy changes coming to U.S.-Cuba relations.

December 17, 2014 4 Comments

Obama: U.S. Ending Outdated Approach To Cuba

The president announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as economic and travel ties with the communist island.

December 16, 2014 3 Comments

Jeb Bush To ‘Actively Explore’ Run For President

The former Republican Florida governor says he’s decided “to actively explore the possibility of running for president” in 2016.

December 15, 2014 Comment

Did This Congress Help Your Wallet Or Just Pass the Buck?

Tax reform, immigration, trade promotion and infrastructure rebuilding are big issues that await the next Congress in the new year.

December 15, 2014 Comment

Week In Politics: All That's Left Is A Signature To Pass $1.1. Trillion Spending Bill

Busy weekend in the Senate chamber as legislators try to pass a trillion dollar government spending bill.

December 12, 2014 Comment

Obama: NFL ‘Behind The Curve’ On Rice Case

In an interview on ESPN radio, President Obama said new NFL policies will send a message that there is no place for domestic violence.

December 12, 2014 8 Comments

‘Justice for All’ March On Washington Calls For End To Police Violence

Washington, D.C. chief medical examiner Dr. Roger Mitchell is among those attending the march. He discusses why it’s necessary.

December 12, 2014 2 Comments

Congress Set To Ease Rules On Derivatives

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon personally called lawmakers to ask them to support the measure to loosen financial regulations.

December 12, 2014 3 Comments

Iraq Lawmaker Wants U.S. Boots On The Ground

Vian Dakhil, the only member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq’s parliament, says ISIS is winning the war.

December 12, 2014 5 Comments

7 Things You Didn’t Know Were In The ‘Cromnibus’

We take a look at what’s inside the spending bill, including a huge change to campaign finance rules and budget cuts for the EPA.

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Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

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December 18 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 18 17 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

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

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.