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9 questions you were embarrassed to ask about the Cuban embargo

President Barack Obama will ease sanctions imposed against Cuba under the U.S. embargo after Cuba agreed to release American aid worker Alan Gross.

December 17 CNN POLITICS

Obama: Isolating Cuba hasn't worked

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease economic restrictions on the nation, an historic shift ...

December 17 CNN POLITICS

Obamas say they're still affected by everyday racism

They're the most powerful couple in the country but President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama say they're sometimes still treated like the help.

December 17 CNN POLITICS

Major messup: How the VA gave Congress and the media false information

The Department of Veterans Affairs this year issued false statements to Congress and the media about treatment delays and how many patients died or suffered as ...

December 17 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

Democrats use nuclear option

As they make a final push to approve presidential nominations before Republicans take control of the Senate, Democrats said Tuesday the confirmation of a ...

December 16 CNN POLITICS

Lawmakers blast Social Security for targeting family members to collect old debts

Lawmakers from both parties on Tuesday blasted the Social Security Administration for its continued targeting of taxpayers for the decades-old debts of their ...

December 16 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

Obama: Pakistan attack shows Taliban 'depravity'

The school attack that left more than one hundred children dead in Pakistan demonstrates the "depravity" of the terrorists responsible, President Barack Obama ...

December 16 CNN POLITICS

How a popular government-transparency bill suddenly died in Congress

Nothing comes easy for the current Congress, which has already left its mark as one of the least productive in U.S. history. The Fighting 113th has agreed in ...

December 16 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

Trump 'seriously considering' 2016 bid

Once again, Donald Trump claims he's flirting with a run for the White House.

December 15 CNN POLITICS

Goodbye, Congress: Moses, fish and 'awful' staff

Several congressional giants, who are retiring or were voted out of office, quietly said their public goodbyes during the first half of December.

December 15 CNN POLITICS