Here’s What Hillary Clinton Said About Alan Gross, U.S.-Cuba Relations in Hard Choices

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote in her recent autobiography one of her biggest regrets of her tenure was that she was not able to bring home an American who was held as a prisoner in Cuba. Today, President Obama will announce that Alan Gross, a USAID contractor who was arrested in 2009 for bringing satellite equipment to Cuba, will return to the U.S.

In Hard Choices, Clinton calls the Cuban government’s refusal to release Gross unless the U.S. released five convicted Cuban spies a “double tragedy,” saying in part:

It is possible that hard liners within the regime exploited the Gross case as an opportunity to put the brakes on any possible rapprochement with the United States and the domestic reforms that would require. If so, it is a double tragedy, cosigning millions of Cubans to a kind of continued imprisonment as well.

On the embargo, she…

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Putin Watches Russian Economy Collapse Along With His Stature

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Stability was always the watchword of Vladimir Putin’s presidency, and for more than a decade it rang true. Ever since he came to power in 2000, Putin presented himself as the antidote to what Russians call the “wild 90s,” the decade of economic upheaval that culminated in the crash of 1998. The high price of oil, and the fortunes it brought the Russian petrostate, has since allowed Putin to keep his promise of prosperity and economic growth. But this week the myth of Putin the Stabilizer collapsed, along with the value of the national currency.

Driven down by a six-month plunge in the price of oil, the ruble lost about a quarter of its value against the dollar in the first two days of this week, its steepest fall since the crash of 1998, when Russia defaulted on its debt. The central bank took drastic measures to avoid the risk…

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‘Oh God, it’s mom': Brothers arguing on C-SPAN get surprise call from mom in North Carolina

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North Carolina-born political operatives Brad and Dallas Woodhouse got a surprise Christmas request from their mother while appearing on C-SPAN.

Joy Woodhouse, who lives in Raleigh, took advantage of a call-in segment while her sons were appearing on “Washington Journal” to make her wishes for a peaceful family Christmas known.

Dallas was the first to recognize her voice, commenting, “Oh God, it’s mom,” before putting his head in his hands.

Brad and Dallas work on opposite sides of the political spectrum: Dallas heads the conservative Carolina Rising and Brad heads the liberal Americans United for Change and American Bridge.

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Iran Is Basically Running The Iraqi Government’s Air War Against ISIS

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Iran Is Basically Running The Iraqi Government’s Air War Against ISIS, Business Insider, Joel Wing, December 16, 2014

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Tehran is now considered one of the main defenders of the country and Iraqi politicians regularly praise its help and give it cover for its operations. It has also garnered popular support as well amongst some Iraqis.

This will all go a long way to make sure that Iran maintains its power within the country after the war is over.

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In November 2014 an Iranian jet was filmed carrying out a bombing mission in Iraq’s Diyala province. Iran was already known to have mobilized its militia allies, sent in advisers and military equipment, and brought in Lebanon’s Hezbollah to help Baghdad.

General Qasim Suleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, is all over social media with pictures showing him providing leadership…

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