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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

President Castro says Cuba won't change communist system

"Cuban President Raul Castro has hailed a recent US move to normalise bilateral relations, but stressed that Havana will not change its political system."

BBC

The Audacity of Scolding Sony

President Obama's surprising denunciation of a major American corporation is just the latest evidence that he plans to make the most of his last two years in office.

THE ATLANTIC

Obama's year end press conference

President Obama delivers his final press conference of the year.

NEW YORK TIMES

North Korea exposes Hollywood reality: All films are political

Now Hollywood has to decide which ones are worth standing up for.

WASHINGTON POST

David Brooks: Are Ferguson protesters really willing to confront the power of unions?

The movement faces a real obstacle in the power of police unions, just as education reformers have run into the teachers unions' resistance to true changes.

NEW YORK TIMES

The year of Ed Murray: ‘Governing at lightning speed’

In his first 12 months, Seattle's mayor has pushed a progressive agenda, soothed the City Council, and ruffled some feathers.

SEATTLE WEEKLY

Elizabeth Warren: I am not running for president

"In an interview with NPR that aired Monday, the populist Democrat who reignited liberal hopes of a 2016 campaign bid said four times: 'I’m not running for president.'"

USA TODAY

House passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

The House narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government open until September.

WASHINGTON POST

Timothy Egan: The stark contrast between John McCain and Dick Cheney

Cheney cannot accept the truth about our torture practices. McCain believes in telling the truth and standing up for the nation's values.

NEW YORK TIMES

David Brooks: How small steps produce big social changes

Applying the principles of behavioral economics in small ways works to produce social good — even when government is the one encouraging the change.

NEW YORK TIMES
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