Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy. (AP)
At annual press conference, Vladimir Putin defies the West. (NBC News)
The return of the Kingmaker: Jim DeMint is getting back in the game. (National Journal)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's planned prayer rally is stirring up controversy. (Times-Picayune)
Pakistan court agrees to let man accused of planning Mumbai attacks go free on bail. (Dawn)
Autopsy results contradict original story of Pennsylvania rampage suspect's death. (AP)
How Justices Scalia and Kagan are spending part of their December break. (Wall Street Journal)
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