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The critics of President Obama’s actions on Cuba are trying to fit a decades-old problem into a post-9/11 “Axis of Evil” mindset. But while conservatives are condemning Obama for “coddling dictators” (just as they once attacked him for “palling around with terrorists”), their attack requires forgetting a huge amount of history. Here is what you need to know—and what they have forgotten.

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The tendency of many Texas districts to elect anyone, no matter how obviously embarrassing, to Congress so long as he has an “R” by his name, strikes again. This time, it’s Rep. Blake Farenthold, out of Corpus Christi, who is being sued by former communications staffer Lauren Greene for sexual harassment. The details of the lawsuit are just what you’d hope they’d be when considering a conservative Texas congressman who had a prior career as a Rush Limbaugh wannabe at a local talk radio station: Heavy drinking leading to harassing women at parties, hitting women up for pity sex by trotting out the “my wife won’t sleep with me” line, bragging that a lobbyist tapped him for a threesome. Greene-specific leering accusations include suggesting she had semen on her skirt, telling her he had “wet dreams” about her and talking about her nipples.

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The disagreement between Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) over America's changing relationship with Cuba is escalating quickly.

Rubio was among the loudest opponents to President Barack Obama's announcement that the United States would begin normalizing relations with its Caribbean neighbor. After Paul said he supported the change, Rubio lashed out, saying Paul "has no idea what he's talking about."

Both are considered potential 2016 presidential contenders, and Paul struck back on Friday on both Twitter and Facebook.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it's determined the North Korean government was behind a devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The FBI announcement Friday is the first official statement blaming the isolated country for the cyber-attack.

In the statement, federal officials say they found similarities between the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to North Korea.

Administration officials had previously declined to openly blame North Korea but said they were weighing various options for a response.

The break-in resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of leaked emails and other materials and escalated to terrorist threats that promoted Sony to cancel the Christmas release of the movie "The Interview." The comedy is about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.