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President Barack Obama declined Friday to say where he expects Cuba to be by the end of his presidency, after his decision to open formal relations with the country, but he did assert that the new policy will result in change.

"It would be unrealistic for me to map out exactly where Cuba will be. But change is going to come to Cuba," Obama said at his end-of-the-year press conference. "It has to."

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President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony had "made a mistake" pulling the film "The Interview" after its email archives were hacked, the contents were leaked, and threats were made against theaters if they showed the film.

"Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I'm sympathetic to the concerns that they faced," Obama said at his end-of-the-year press conference. "Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake."

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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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