|8:15 AM, Dec 20, 2014 • By MAX BOOT and SUE MI TERRY
December 17 was already an important milestone for the North Korean regime: It’s the day the “Dear Leader,” Kim Jong-il, died in 2011, opening the way for his son Kim Jong-un to succeed him as absolute dictator. That anniversary was marked Wednesday with commemorations to signal the end of a traditional three-year period of mourning and the emergence of Kim Jong-un as a leader in his own right.
Other possible 2016 GOP candidates quiet.4:21 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two potential Republican presidential candidates weighed in on the hack of Sony Pictures by the North Korean government.
"The recent Sony hack is not a cyber attack on Hollywood," said Bobby Jindal, the two-term governor of Louisiana, in a statement. "[I]t is an attack on America. It is an attack on freedom and represents a serious danger to U.S. national security. Are we really going to let terrorists and thugs, likely the North Korean dictator in this instance, determine what movies we watch?"
3:54 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Thanks to (mostly) fracking you can not only drive to work for less than before, you may now be writing a smaller check to cover the mortgage. As the Wall Street Journal reports:
Cuban communist leader lectures Obama for 30 minutes.2:34 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Barack Obama apologized to Cuban president Raul Castro during their phone conversation after the American commander in chief's opening remarks. Speaking to reporters at his final White House press briefing of 2014 Friday afternoon, Obama gave more details about his phone call with the communist leader of Cuba earlier this week before the announcement of a change in U.S. policy on the Caribbean island nation.
2:06 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama said that Sony "made a mistake" by pulling The Interview after being hacked by North Korea:
"Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I'm sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake," said Obama.
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:08 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the Sony hacks, North Korea's role, and the U.S. response.
"...federal agencies are here to help."12:44 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, has released a statement following the North Korean-backed cyber attack on Sony Pictures. Johnson urges American companies to protect themselves against cybersecurity threats and says the Department of Homeland Security is "here to help."
Here's the full statement:
12:31 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama and his family will head this evening to Hawaii, where he's expected to vacation until the new year.
"On Friday, December 19, President Obama and the First Family will travel to Honolulu, Hawai’i. The arrival of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed media and closed to the public," the White House said in a statement.
11:44 AM, Dec 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN political analyst Gloria Borger likened President Obama to Santa Claus in an appearance this morning:
"I'm not saying [Obama's] Superman," said Borger, "but I am saying that he is trying to soar a little bit. He's trying to fly. Everybody assumes, okay, lame duck president, can't get anything done, lost control of the Congress.
10:51 AM, Dec 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Concerned Veterans for America has launched a new video series on the failures of the Obama administration's foreign policy doctrine of "leading from behind." The launch begins with Libya as a case study in what's gone wrong with U.S. foreign relations. Watch the video below:
'We Still Have More Work To Do'9:01 AM, Dec 19, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The State Department's Rose Gottemoeller, under secretary for arms control and international security, spoke at the Brookings Institution Thursday
8:32 AM, Dec 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Keith Ellison wants Elizabeth Warren to run for president of the United States.
7:57 AM, Dec 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Matthew Continetti, writing for the Washington Free Beacon:
“It’s a sad day for freedom,” Marco Rubio told Bret Baier after President Obama announced he would normalize relations with Cuba. Not a sad day, senator: a sad year.
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