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US, Cuba relations

Vice President Joe Biden has briefed Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on new US-Cuban policy, White House says - @Markknoller

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Sony cyberattack 2014

Editor's note: Unnamed U.S. officials tell The New York Times that the White House is debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of the recent attacks on Sony. Officials tell NBC News that an on the record statement may be coming soon. - Stephanie

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US, Cuba relations

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on change to US policy with Cuba: 'We have seen how previous Obama administration attempts at rapprochement with rogue regimes like Russia and Iran have worked out, with our influence diminished and our enemies emboldened. Now they are revisiting this same disastrous policy with the Castros, blind to the fact that they are being played by brutal dictators whose only goal is maintaining power' - statement

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Syrian civil war

US Treasury Department penalizes 6 companies for defying sanctions in effort to halt flow of oil to Syria's government - @nytimes

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US, Cuba relations

White House hopes to see US embargo on Cuba lifted before President Obama leaves office in 2017 - @Reuters

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Obama's efforts to close Guantanamo Bay

White House says Cuba deal does not affect Guantanamo - @lesleyclark

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US, Cuba relations

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says he would not rule out a presidential visit to Havana - @ZekeJMiller

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US, Cuba relations

Editor's note: A Wall Street Journal report explains that It will still be illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba strictly for tourism, since that is banned by federal law, but US law allows for 12 categories of legal travel to Cuba, which the White House is expanding. - Grace

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US, Cuba relations

US plans to re-establish an embassy in Havana in the coming months, White House says - @felschwartz

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Cuba releases Alan Gross

White House indicates release of Alan Gross is 1st step toward new talks with Cuba on issues ranging from travel restrictions to eventual lifting of embargo in place since JFK administration - @ABC

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Cuba releases Alan Gross

President Obama will make a statement on the release of Alan Gross and US-Cuba relations at noon ET - @peterbakernyt

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Cuba releases Alan Gross

Senior White House official says Alan Gross was released on humanitarian grounds by the Cuban government at the request of the US - @AP

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US government funding bill 2014

President Obama signs into law $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund government through September 2015, White House says - @WhiteHouse

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United States National Security Council

White House: President Obama met with National Security Council to review threats to US ahead of busy travel period - @WhiteHouse

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United States Senate

US Senate approves $45 billion tax extenders package 70-16; legislation to be sent to White House for President Obama's signature - @jamiedupree

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US immigration reform

Civil rights attorneys file class action lawsuit against the White House aimed at ending the detention of thousands of undocumented mothers and children on the southern border who have applied for asylum in the US - @BuzzFeed

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says President Obama will sign Russia sanctions bill, likely by week's end - @dsupervilleap

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Pakistan school attack, Dec. 16, 2014

A statement from President Obama on the attack in Pakistan: 'The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today's horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people of Pakistan.' - @kristindonnelly

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Obama 2nd term nominations

President Obama quickly issues statement hailing Senate confirmation of his surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy; says 'confirmation makes us better positioned to save lives around the world and protect the American people here at home' - @markknoller

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Sydney hostage situation, December 2014

President Obama has been briefed on the hostage situation in Australia, White House official says - @NBCNews

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