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While on Hardball Wednesday, Chris Matthews expressed his disappointment in Fidel Castro, particularly Castro’s failure to establish a Liberal Democracy in Cuba after fighting against Fulgencio Batista’s regime. Speaking to guest Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union

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The GOP's Obama-era rebirth.

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"A candidate gets to persuade."

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The American Spectator

EU Court Removes Hamas from Terrorism List - UPDATED

An EU Court has ruled that Hamas should be removed from its list of designated terrorist organizations. The EU insists it is a technical matter and that in order for an organization to be classified as a terrorist entity, it had to be based on on Hamas' actions rather than "factual imputations

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With the release of Alan Gross in exchange for three Cuban spies, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are set to begin normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba in a joint press conference later today. Presumably this means the embargo will be lifted if not immediately, then incre
The deal brokered to put an end to the US embargo against Cuba and "normalize" diplomatic relations is, at best, controversial. No one can tell for sure who will profit from it, why it was done, why it was done now, and how long it will be before we can aggressively import cigars and classic a
In a year end interview with the CBC's Peter Mansbridge, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba and revealed that he facilitated talks between the Obama Administration and Raul Castro's regime starting in June 2013. Harper told Mansbridge

The Federalist

‘Free Trade’ With Cuba Is A Dangerous Fantasy

We'll know Cuba is serious about "free trade" when it allows its people to move freely and to use a currency that's not worthless everywhere else.

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A Jeb Bush candidacy is totally divorced from the reality of primary politics, only showing how out of touch Beltway media types are with GOP primary voters.
Fox News is reporting that Lindsey Graham is thinking about running for president. Even though he's the Graham you'd least like to see run for president.
Majorities of Christians support the use of torture in some instances. And they’re not bad Christians for doing so.

The Washington Free Beacon

Bloomberg: The Clinton ‘Nexus Of Money And Official Action’ To Be Investigated

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President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that the United States would reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba, a country whose Communist government has been condemned for half a century’s worth of gross human rights violations.
A top U.S. diplomat on Wednesday warned Russia against deploying nuclear weapons in Crimea and said the United States and its allies would respond if the Kremlin opts to do so. Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, said such a move by Russia would be &ldq

Big Government

ABC News: North Korea Govt Behind Sony Hack

On Wednesday's broadcast of ABC's "World News," network report Cecilia Vega confirmed North Korea was behind the cyber-attack on Sony. “Tonight, ABC News has learned federal investigators have determined North Korea is responsible for the worst corporate cyber-attack in history,” Vega

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Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state's plan to develop its Obamacare he

17 Dec 2014, 6:27 pm

While some believe today's actions toward Cuba are within the scope of Barack Obama's role as chief executive, there are others who maintain it's not so clear. Given considerable opposition to his move to significantly loosen restrictions as regards Cuba, he may even end up facing a legal challenge
Fox News Analyst and columnist for The Hill, Juan Williams, argued that the deal the Obama administration cut with the government of Cuba was "a pig in a poke" and that "there is nothing there" on Wednesday's "Special Report" on the Fox News Channel. "The United States got sold a pig in a poke, th

American Thinker

Information War: Not Quiet on the Hollywood Front

Sony Pictures is fighting hacking the absolutely wrong way.

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McCain and Graham are calling airstrikes on their own lines concerning the repeal of the "nuclear option".
A new economic report reveals that the self-styled “land of the free” is not as free as it once was -- or as we in the United States think of ourselves.

17 Dec 2014, 12:00 am

Batman as Moses? Barton Fink as the Pharaoh? Yahweh as a petulant child? Ridley Scott jumps the shark.

Heritage Foundation

Obama Can’t Unilaterally Lift Economic Freedom for Cubans

President Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to normalize relations with Cuba and lift the U.S. embargo without the approval of Congress may play well on the... Read More The post Obama Can’t Unilaterally Lift Economic Freedom for Cubans appeared first on Daily Signal.

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The man who waterboarded 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is standing by the CIA’s controversial enhanced interrogation program, saying the intelligence agency and its agents... Read More The post ‘We Had to Do Our Duty’: Raw Video of Sharyl Attkisson’s Interview With
There are reportedly new threats that if “The Interview,” a Sony comedy about two journalists assigned to assassinate Kim Jong-Un, is shown, the theaters will... Read More The post Is the Next 9/11 About to Happen at Movie Theaters? appeared first on Daily Signal.
U.S. aid worker Alan Gross was released this morning after spending five years in a Cuban prison. Today’s prisoner swap marks just one piece of... Read More The post Today’s Big Cuba News, Captured in 28 Tweets appeared first on Daily Signal.

One in Five People Who Write For Rolling Stone Are Morons

In response to the total implosion of Rolling Stone's preposterous story about a fraternity gang-rape at the University of Virginia, the media have reverted to their Soviet-style reporting.

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17 Dec 2014, 1:14 pm

Last week the papers were overflowing with stories about a Senate committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture to extract information from terrorists -- known or just suspected terrorists.
Yes, no doubt there is racism in this country. But it is a product of both sides, black as well as white. And most definitely, on average, the Obamas have benefited from such racism.
Jayne and Jon Cornwill, an Australian couple, recently came to America with a bit of trouble. The trouble? Boys.

The Corner

Krauthammer's Cuba Take: 'Is There No Tyrant in the World Obama Will Not Appease For Nothing?'

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer lamented the Obama administration’s decision to open formal relations with Cuba on Wednesday, pegging it as part of a broader trend and wondering whether there’s any tyrannical or anti-American regime to whom he won’t grant on

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17 Dec 2014, 4:48 pm

Laurie DeRose: Why family structure matters more in rich countries. Patrick Lee: Against torture. Mark Perry: Why aren’t “speculators” getting credit for falling oil prices?
Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz panned the Obama administration’s decision to open up relations with the communist Caribbean nation of Cuba, saying the move will be regarded as “a tragic mistake” by future generations. A Cuban-American whose father fled the brutal Castro
Over at Mother Jones, Kevin Drum makes fun of the idea that Elizabeth Warren and tea partiers can band together to fight cronyism. His argument: The tea partiers aren’t anti-corporation — or, well, when they are, it’s over “trivial issue” like the Ex-Im Bank and t

Red State

Catholic University Imposes Gag Order on Prof.

Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has told Professor John McAdams to stay off campus while he is under investigation by the school. McAdams “crime”? He pointed out on his personal blog that a fellow professor in the middle of an ethics class declared any discussion of gay rig

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From Wikipedia: Currently, the Cuban embargo is enforced mainly with six statutes: the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, the Cuba Assets Control Regulations of 1963, the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, the Helms–Burton Act of 1996, and the Trade Sanctions Re
This column first appeared in the December issue of Townhall Magazine. As the year winds down and our thoughts turn toward time with family and friends, our thoughts at RedState are on you, our readers. Whether we reach you through this magazine, online at, via the Erick’s ubiqui
C.S. Lewis once said “The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.” I don’t know about you, but I feel that way about conservative books, too, on a regular basis. One can tell a compelling story with latent values wit