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Pope Francis Wrote Cuban Book In 1998 "Dialogues between John Paul II and Fidel Castro"

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | December 20, 2014 | Religion
A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio now Pope Francis provides new insight into his views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. trade embargo that helped inform his behind-the-scenes role in helping bring about the historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. Bergoglio compiled "Dialogues between John Paul II...

Freed 'Cuban Five' Members Receive Heroes Welcome In Parliament

AP | Charlotte Alfred | December 20, 2014 | World
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system. Castro's speech to Cuba's National Assembly was a sharp counterpoint...

Why The 'Redskins' Name Can't Be Separated From The Bigger Issues Native Americans Face

Nick Wing | December 20, 2014 | Sports
Earlier this year, the on-field humiliation of the Washington football team was briefly overshadowed by increasingly vocal disapproval of the team name and Native American imagery associated with it, even among the team's faithful. But as the NFL season winds down and the organization...

So That Happened: Obama's Cuba Plan Turned Some Folks Into Wind-Up-Toys Of Outrage

Jason Linkins | December 20, 2014 | Politics
So, that happened: This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would make an effort to normalize relations with Cuba, ending a decades-long policy of distance that had been surprisingly effective in doing nothing in particular. We'll talk about the new plan, and the people who are hopping...

11 Perfect Gifts For The Instagram Addict In Your Life

The Huffington Post | Kerry Flynn | December 19, 2014 | Technology
Instagram calendar, anyone?

Deportations Down In 2014: DHS

Elise Foley | December 19, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Deportations by the Department of Homeland Security have gone down, from 438,421 deportations last year to 414,481 in fiscal year 2014, according to figures the agency released on Friday. Those figures are likely to be brought up repeatedly in coming months, as Republicans rail against President...

Fusion To Bolster Alicia Menendez's 'AM Tonight' In 2015

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | December 19, 2014 | Media
Fusion will expand "AM Tonight," a daily primetime news show anchored by Alicia Menendez, to a full hour in 2015, the network announced in a press release Friday. Menendez, who previously served as a producer and anchor for HuffPost Live, joined Fusion in 2013 and has continued...

Veja Magazine Caricatures Obama As Communist Revolutionary 'Che' Guevara

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | December 19, 2014 | Latino Voices
Conservative Brazilian news magazine Veja marked the Obama administration’s opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba with a healthy dose of artistic license. This week’s cover of Veja features a caricature of President Barack Obama in the style of a famous image of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ernest0 “Che”...

Watch A Woman Confront Manspreaders On The Subway

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | December 19, 2014 | Women
“Are you familiar with the term manspreading?" Despite measures taken to raise awareness of "men taking up too much space on the subway," there are still many who aren't aware that "manspreading" is even a term. In their new video "Manspreading," the dedicated journalists at Gothamist...

Jennifer Lopez Sparkles In A Plunging Jumpsuit At People Magazine Awards

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | December 19, 2014 | Entertainment
Jennifer Lopez was a glittering goddess on the red carpet at the People Magazine Awards in Beverly Hills Thursday night. Lopez donned a sparkly Naeem Khan jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and cap sleeves to the event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The 45-year-old was there...

Ted Cruz Stretches The Truth On Cuba

FactCheck.org | Mollie Reilly | December 18, 2014 | Politics
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least. It’s true that Cuba – along with Iran,...

13 Totes Adorbs Gifts For Your Internet-Obsessed Frenz

The Huffington Post | Kerry Flynn | December 19, 2014 | Technology
Don't be embarrassed to go full-on nerd.

Researchers Think They Have Found A Way To Help Close The Achievement Gap

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | December 18, 2014 | Healthy Living
Growing up poor can affect a child's behavior and school performance. Research has found that the brains of students from poverty-stricken environments can even function differently than those of their more affluent peers, due to developments that inhibit the poorer children's ability to problem-solve and pay attention. However,...

White House Does Not Dismiss Idea Of Castro Visit

Reuters | Reuters | December 18, 2014 | Politics
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shattering visit to Washington by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Havana. "I wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro," White...

After Immigration Win, Advocates Look To Implementation

Elise Foley | December 18, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's new executive actions on immigration face legal challenges and major threats from Republicans in Congress, but activists say they're confident those are battles they can win. A bigger challenge, though, will be making sure undocumented immigrants who are eligible to stay in the U.S legally...

Joe Arpaio Closing Controversial Immigration Squad

Mollie Reilly | December 18, 2014 | Politics
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office revealed...

Dozens Of Mexican Clowns Make A Religious Pilgrimage In Devotion To Lady of Guadalupe

Carol Kuruvilla | December 18, 2014 | Religion
Dozens of professional clowns took the streets of Mexico City on Tuesday to express devotion for their country’s patron saint, the Lady of Guadalupe. Sporting neon-bright clothes and equally colorful wigs, the clowns marched from the city center to the Basilica of Guadalupe, a Roman Catholic church. This...

These Photos Show How Little Cuba's Struggling Economy Has Changed In A Half-Century

Harry Bradford | December 19, 2014 | Business
With an economy that has basically stood still for more than half a century, it's often difficult to tell the difference between a present-day photo of Cuba and one that is decades old.

This Is What U.S.-Cuba Relations Looked Like Over The Past 50 Years

Eline Gordts | December 18, 2014 | World
The leaders of Cuba and the United States announced a historic move to restore ties on Wednesday. Both countries agreed to a prisoner swap that provides for the release of three members of the "Cuban Five" who were jailed in the U.S. as well as a Cuban...

39 Of The Country's Greatest Dancers Explain Why They Dance

Katherine Brooks | December 18, 2014 | Arts
"To dance is to be out of yourself," Agnes de Mille famously proclaimed. "Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking." Although the iconic 20th century dancer and choreographer makes it look easy, it can be difficult to...
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