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Cuba and the U.S. Will ‘Normalize’ Relations and It’s About Damn Time

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made simultaneous announcements Wednesday about a long overdue “new chapter” beginning between the two countries.

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Microsoft Software Translates Skype Conversations in Real Time

It’s now possible to have a conversation in English and Spanish on Skype without having to hire an interpreter; the Rolling Stone writer continues to research her controversial story on UVA students; meanwhile, former Sen. Mark Udall revealed a “smoking gun” regarding the CIA torture report but no one seems to have noticed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Jeb Bush Is One Step Closer to Becoming President Bush III

About that retro-’90s notion that the 2016 presidential race could come down to a Bush versus a Clinton—well, it really could happen.

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What Will the Widespread Use of Drones Mean for Journalism?

Having so many drones flying around may have “serious implications” for journalists and researchers; India named its first “yoga czar”; meanwhile, a Fox News interview shows the holes in Dick Cheney’s defense of CIA torture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Can the Keystone XL Pipeline Really Make Any Money?

Supporters of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline may have to face the reality that the project cannot generate the revenue it needs to be profitable.

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The New Republic: The Bad and the Good

As the aftermath of the staff departures at The New Republic continues, the veteran journalist who exposed the Iran Contra affair in the 1980s recalls the magazine’s deadly tradition of cheerleading for empire, while Salon columnist Tom Frank admits it published some “pretty damn good” writing shortly before it came apart at the hands of its new owner.

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Hostage Crisis Unfolds at Sydney Cafe

Five people managed to escape Monday from the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, where they had been detained by an armed assailant who was still holding several hostages. Meanwhile, Australian authorities, from police to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, pushed to defuse the crisis.

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President Obama and Congress Just Gave Your Savings Account to JPMorgan

With the passage of the 2015 federal budget bill, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon got lawmakers to repeal a key part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law and allow banks to use the savings accounts of ordinary Americans to gamble in the stock market on behalf of hedge funds, corporations and the rich.

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Thousands Fill Streets to Protest Police Racism and Brutality (Video)

Thousands of Americans took to the streets Saturday in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston and elsewhere to protest grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of young black men.

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How an Undercover Cop at a Protest Proved Why We Need to Protest Police Violence

An undercover agent encouraged protesters at a demonstration in Oakland, Calif., against recent police killings to commit crimes, then pulled his gun out on them; a group of net neutrality activists interrupted an FCC meeting to demand commissioners “Reclassify Now!”; meanwhile, a Bible-themed amusement park in Kentucky lost its tax exemptions due to religious discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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