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    A new day beginning for Cuba-US relations

    First things first: The release of Alan Gross, which this newspaper has called for practically from the moment he was detained five years ago, is welcome news. All Americans should all rejoice in his freedom.

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    Putin must resolve Ukraine to fix his currency crisis

    Cheap oil and economic sanctions are doing to Russia’s economy what sanctions alone couldn’t. As the ruble collapses, President Vladimir Putin faces a stark choice: further isolation or tentative engagement.

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    Military alone cannot beat terrorism in Pakistan

    After the massacre of 132 children Tuesday at a military-run school in Peshawar, no Pakistani should be under any illusions about the nature of the so-called Pakistani Taliban. Leaders across the political spectrum, including some like Imran Khan who have in the past called for negotiations with...

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    Remote testimony would benefit state’s remote areas

    Olympia is the center of our state’s political universe, but it’s hardly the center of our state geographically. A private citizen who takes part in legislative business, such as testifying on a bill or watching the Legislature in session, has to find a way across the mountains and...

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    Drones pose problems for FAA and airports

    The potential for unmanned aircraft – also known as drones – to make life easier is tantalizing, eliciting images of tiny package-delivery devices zipping around town so UPS trucks wouldn’t have to. On the other hand, the Federal Aviation Administration has received 25 reports...

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    Flawed spending bill beats sequestration

    An omnibus spending bill is currently racing, and frequently braking, its way across the Capitol like a race car in rush-hour traffic. It remains to be seen whether it will pull smoothly into the White House driveway or get wrecked on one of those concrete barricades on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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    Cyberattack on Sony is quite chilling

    To get a taste for the havoc possible in today’s digital world, consider the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Intruders calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” claim to have broken into Sony’s networks and stolen around 100 terabytes – that&#...

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    Rethink troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

    Not much attention was paid in Washington to the formal end Monday of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. The 13-year-old war is something most Americans, led by their president, are eager to put behind them. That’s unfortunate, because far from fading away, the fighting in Afghanistan...

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    Obamacare successes should be acknowledged

    As Republicans in Congress gear up in January for their most aggressive attack yet on President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms, here’s something they probably won’t mention: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last week that U.S. health-care spending...

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    China, Greece show struggling world economy

    Global markets shuddered Tuesday as China and Greece reminded investors that the world economy remains fragile. It was a timely warning: Growing optimism about the U.S. recovery mustn’t be allowed to obscure the danger.

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