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Rand Paul Gets Private Audience at Goldman Sachs

nationaljournal.com — Sen. Rand Paul's hunt for political patrons took him to Manhattan this week and into the symbolic epicenter of Wall Street wealth: the Goldman Sachs headquarters. Paul spokeMondayto a closed-door audience at the firm's 200 West offices as part of an internal company speaker series known as Talks@GS.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ShaneGoldmacher: NEWS: Rand Paul went to Goldman Sachs HQ on Monday for a Q&A session with John F.W. Rogers: nationaljournal.com/politics/rand-…

Dec 17, 2014

The other 2016er to appear at Goldman Sachs speaker series? Ted Cruz (whose wife works out of firm's Houston office): nationaljournal.com/politics/rand-…

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Sony Cancels Release of The Interview Amid Hacker Threats of Violence

nationaljournal.com — The largest movie theater chains in the country will not show Sony Pictures' "The Interview" on its scheduled Christmas Day opening amid threats from hackers warning of 9/11-scale violence if the film's release is not cancelled, according to multiple reports.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @dnvolz: CNN now reporting that U.S. investigators have confirmed North Korea is behind the Sony hack nationaljournal.com/tech/major-mov…?

Dec 17, 2014

RT @dnvolz: CNN now reporting that U.S. investigators have confirmed North Korea is behind the Sony hack nationaljournal.com/tech/major-mov…?

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Will Sloppy Drilling Off the Coast of Cuba Threaten Florida, Gulf Beaches?

nationaljournal.com — Sometime over the next three months, if all goes according to plan, Cuban workers on a Chinese-built, Spanish-owned rig will start drilling for oil in the mile-deep waters just off the north coast of Cuba, 70 miles from the Florida Keys.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @CoralMDavenport: End of Cuba embargo could boost new Cuban offshore drilling. Here's the background on why: nationaljournal.com/magazine/will-…

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RT @CoralMDavenport: End of Cuba embargo could boost new Cuban offshore drilling. Here's the background on why: nationaljournal.com/magazine/will-…

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RT @CoralMDavenport: End of Cuba embargo could boost new Cuban offshore drilling. Here's the background on why: nationaljournal.com/magazine/will-…

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RT @CoralMDavenport: End of Cuba embargo could boost new Cuban offshore drilling. Here's the background on why: nationaljournal.com/magazine/will-…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @CoralMDavenport: End of Cuba embargo could boost new Cuban offshore drilling. Here's the background on why: nationaljournal.com/magazine/will-…

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Alan Gross Is So, So Glad to Be Home

nationaljournal.com — In August, his health failing, Alan Gross told his attorney that "life in prison is not a life worth living." He said goodbye to his wife and his youngest daughter in July, presumably for the last time. He had been imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years for his work in widening Internet access in the country.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @BenjySarlin: Repping the tribe RT @nationaljournal: Alan Gross ate corned beef sandwiches and potato latkes on flight back to US trib.al/Tyu9Upd

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RT @BenjySarlin: Repping the tribe RT @nationaljournal: Alan Gross ate corned beef sandwiches and potato latkes on flight back to US trib.al/Tyu9Upd

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Repping the tribe RT @nationaljournal: Alan Gross ate corned beef sandwiches and potato latkes on flight back to US trib.al/Tyu9Upd

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Obama Goes Cowboy on Cuba

nationaljournal.com — With respect to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, the true cowboy diplomat may be the White House's current occupant. President Obama, as he has shown all year, isn't about to go quietly into the lame-duck night, even with Republicans ready to take full power down the street.
Dec 17, 2014

"He's willing to bet that his view of history will prevail, that Republicans continue to occupy the wrong side of it" nationaljournal.com/white-house/ob…

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Enzi Wins Budget Gavel Fight as Sessions Drops Bid

nationaljournal.com — The weeks-long battle to chair the powerful Senate Budget Committee ended Wednesday with a peaceful accord, allowing Sen. Mike Enzi, the most senior Republican on the panel, to take the gavel in January. Many believed that Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has served as ranking member since 2011, would take over the Budget Committee in 2015.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @SarahMMimms: Jeff Sessions concedes Budget gavel battle to Mike Enzi. Can't wait to see the Enzi-Sanders chats on CSPAN next year nationaljournal.com/congress/enzi-…

Dec 17, 2014

Jeff Sessions concedes Budget gavel battle to Mike Enzi. Can't wait to see the Enzi-Sanders chats on CSPAN next year nationaljournal.com/congress/enzi-…

Dec 17, 2014

Enzi on Sessions: "Jeff would be an all-star linebacker, corner, and safety all at the same time." nationaljournal.com/congress/enzi-…

Russell Pearce's Immigration Law Led to Boycotts of Arizona and Ended His Career. He's Not Sorry.

nationaljournal.com — Before he was recalled in 2011, Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce was arguably the most powerful man in Arizona politics. Elected in 2000 to represent Mesa, Pearce was known primarily for his efforts aimed at undocumented immigrants, most notably Senate Bill 1070.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @B_resnick: Hey. Here’s a real live working link to a @westonphippen story you should read. And totally not a link to one of mine nationaljournal.com/next-america/p…

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Hey. Here’s a real live working link to a @westonphippen story you should read. And totally not a link to one of mine nationaljournal.com/next-america/p…

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RT @sullivanamy: Russell Pearce's SB 1070 Led to Boycotts of Arizona & Ended His Career. He's Not Sorry. Our latest via @westonphippen http…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @jackfitzdc: Pearce: Reax to SB1070 "was deceit and intentional misinformation given by the mainstream media." nationaljournal.com/next-america/p… by @westonphippen

Dec 17, 2014

RT @jackfitzdc: Pearce: Reax to SB1070 "was deceit and intentional misinformation given by the mainstream media." nationaljournal.com/next-america/p… by @westonphippen

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Marco Rubio Stakes Claim on Cuba Ahead of 2016

nationaljournal.com — On Cuba, Sen. Marco Rubio has found a foreign policy cause to speak on with authority. In a bold statement against the Obama administration, Rubio held a press conference Wednesday blasting the president's move to relax trade and diplomatic restrictions that have existed between the U.S. and Cuba since the Kennedy administration.

This Bakery Trains Wounded Veterans in the Art of Pastries and Business

nationaljournal.com — There's a new, swanky bakery in Georgetown that's serving up premium coffee, teas, and pastries like a crème caramel rooibos teaclair, mini banana bread loaf, and lemon financier, all baked from scratch in an historic building on a quiet side street a few blocks from the waterfront.

Fidel Castro Lays a Wreath at the Lincoln Memorial

nationaljournal.com — Shortly after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba in 1959, he visited the United States for two weeks.The trip had all the features of a diplomatic tour-Castro, a guest of the U.S. Press Club, met with Vice President Richard Nixon, appeared on Meet the Press, and visited national landmarks like Mount Vernon and the Lincoln Memorial.
Dec 17, 2014

Remember SB1070? Az’s harsh immigration-enforcement law scrapped by SCOTUS. Its author isn’t sorry nationaljournal.com/politics/fidel… by @westonphippen

Dec 17, 2014

Right before tensions between Cuba and US escalated, Fidel Castro visited the Lincoln Memorial nationaljournal.com/politics/fidel… pic.twitter.com/HrqamCb3mP

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Cuba Releases American Prisoner, Beginning Major Thaw in U.S. Relations

nationaljournal.com — Alan Gross, the American contractor who has been imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, will be released to the United States by the Cuban government in exchange for three Cubans convicted of espionage in Miami, ABC reports. President Obama is expected to speak on the exchange later Wednesday morning.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: In addition to Gross, Cuba is returning a "U.S. intelligence asset" who has been imprisoned for almost 20 years trib.al/tWoNLWC

Dec 17, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Restrictions on certain kinds of travel to Cuba will be loosened, but limitations will not be lifted altogether trib.al/B6rhvwL

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RT @nationaljournal: Sen. Bob Menendez: "President Obama's actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government" trib.al/O0nKyDI

Dec 17, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Gross' wife, Sens. Patrick Leahy and Jeff Flake, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen are on board his flight back to the U.S. trib.al/bVi4xWf

Ted Cruz: Obama's New Cuba Policy 'Will Be Remembered As a Tragic Mistake'

nationaljournal.com — Hours after his Senate colleague and fellow Cuban-American Marco Rubio criticized President Obama's change in U.S. policy on Cuba, Ted Cruz broke his silence on the news with a bang, calling the decision "a tragic mistake." The Republican senator from Texas told Fox News' Neil Cavuto Wednesday afternoon that because of the American embargo and diplomatic freeze-out, Cuba had been "gasping for air."
Dec 17, 2014

RT @rebeccarnelson: Ted Cruz today: 1) the Cuba policy is a huge mistake, & 2) if the GOP nominates a moderate, Hillary will be president h…

Dec 17, 2014

Ted Cruz today: 1) the Cuba policy is a huge mistake, & 2) if the GOP nominates a moderate, Hillary will be president nationaljournal.com/politics/ted-c…

Jeb Bush Is Dismissing the GOP Base at His Own Peril

nationaljournal.com — Six months after President Obama's 2008 landslide victory swept Democrats into power across the country, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Eric Cantor sat down at a suburban Washington pizzeria to talk policy. They spent that May weekend arguing that the GOP's best path back into power was to improve the party's battered image by advocating reformist policies on education, immigration, and the economy.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @HotlineJosh: Or: Three Republicans met at a pizzeria in 2009 to promote Republican policy reforms. Only one is left standing: Jeb. nationaljournal.com/against-the-gr…

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RT @HotlineJosh: Or: Three Republicans met at a pizzeria in 2009 to promote Republican policy reforms. Only one is left standing: Jeb. nationaljournal.com/against-the-gr…

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Or: Three Republicans met at a pizzeria in 2009 to promote Republican policy reforms. Only one is left standing: Jeb. nationaljournal.com/against-the-gr…

Dec 17, 2014

On the state of the GOP: "Republican voters aren't looking for reforms. They want to cut the size of government." nationaljournal.com/against-the-gr…

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How 2014 Was the Beginning of the End for the Gay-Marriage Fight

nationaljournal.com — It started with Illinois. On June 1, 2014, same-sex marriage became legal in the state following passage of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act by the state's Legislature the previous fall.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @rebeccarnelson: In other, non-Cuba news, read my piece from today on how 2014 was the beginning of the end for the gay-marriage fight nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy…

Dec 17, 2014

In other, non-Cuba news, read my piece from today on how 2014 was the beginning of the end for the gay-marriage fight nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy…

How Normalizing Relations With Cuba Could Reshape Florida Politics

nationaljournal.com — Fifty years ago, when Cubans left their homes for America to escape the oppressive Castro regime, they were exiles. They rallied against the dictatorship, supported the U.S. embargo on the island, and overwhelmingly favored a tough American stance toward the country.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: How normalizing relations with Cuba could reshape Florida politics trib.al/hiwVrfw

Dec 17, 2014

There’s a stark political divide among young & old Cuban-Americans. How a thaw in relations could reshape FL politics nationaljournal.com/politics/how-n…

On Cuba, Clinton Stands with Obama

nationaljournal.com — Hillary Clinton Wednesday praised President Obama's move to loosen the trade embargo and normalize relations with Cuba, saying she believed the new policy is more likely to bring change to the Caribbean nation than the current embargo. "I support President Obama's decision to change course on Cuba policy ...

New York State Moves to Ban Fracking

nationaljournal.com — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state will not lift its ban on fracking. The governor's decision followed the release of a long-awaited health and environmental study on the impacts of fracking.

Former Staffer to Rep. Blake Farenthold Sues, Alleging Sexual Harassment

nationaljournal.com — A former employee is suing the office of Rep. Blake Farenthold for gender discrimination and creating a hostile work environment, alleging the Texas Republican sexually harassed and wrongfully fired her.
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Obama Speaks on Historic Policy Change in U.S.-Cuba Relationship

nationaljournal.com — In what President Obama is calling "one of the most significant changes in our policy in more than 50 years," the White House announced Wednesday that it would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Obama: "Don't expect the changes I'm announcing today to bring about a transformation of Cuban society overnight" trib.al/g1N9dhU