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January 8th, 2015

FBI watchful as firms explore cyber offensive against hackers

    The hacked are itching to hack back.

    So say a dozen security specialists and former law- enforcement officials, who described an intensifying and largely unspoken sense of unease inside many companies after the recent breach of Sony's networks.

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End the Cuban Embargo for Good

    What did President Barack Obama mean when he declared that Washington will normalize relations with Cuba?

    Will they become the same as U.S. relations with any other country? Will all Americans be free to travel there? To do business with Cuba?

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Economic facts get in the way

    Uh-oh. Now that the economy is doing well, what are Republicans -- especially those running for president -- going to complain about? And what are Democrats willing to celebrate?

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A Flat-footed Backflip for Wall Street

    Congress, which had been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it became unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year. Before heading home for the holidays, it put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking.

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A Democrat to Watch in 2015

    With the New Year comes a new slate of officeholders whose careers warrant close attention and whose fates could have broader political implications. Put Gina Raimondo near the top of that list.

    She's the first woman to be elected governor of Rhode Island, and when she's inaugurated next week, she'll become, at 43, one of just two Democratic women, alongside Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, at the helms of their states.

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5 Google search trends that help explain the chaos of 2014

    Every year, Google releases a variety of lists that reveal the world's favorite search terms. The American tech corporation also distinguishes between countries and categories, which allows an examination of global differences in search behavior.

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When Republican Nixon listened to liberal Moynihan

    More power started to be vested in the White House staff in 1969, during Richard Nixon's administration. Today, there are about twice as many full-time White House staff members as there were then.

    Yet if more administrations handled domestic issues in the way the Nixon White House did in 1969, there would be many fewer complaints about powerful White House staffs.

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Oldies from Status Quo Singers on Cuba and more

    The Cuba embargo sounded like a good thing in 1960. So did the hula hoop, and Bobby Darin.

    You can still find a hula hoop, but it has long since stopped being state-of-the-art childhood fare anymore -- except maybe in Cuba, where the 1959 Chevy remains king of the road.

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Four Questions for 2015

    Will President Barack Obama approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline?

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The Obama Recovery

    Suppose that for some reason you decided to start hitting yourself in the head, repeatedly, with a baseball bat. You'd feel pretty bad. Correspondingly, you'd probably feel a lot better if and when you finally stopped. What would that improvement in your condition tell you?

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