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What We Read Today 18 December 2014

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Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba Will Resume Relations (Peter Baker, The New York Times)  After a year and a half of talks, hosted by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis, the United States and Cuba will restore diplomatic relations for the first time since they were abandoned by the Eisenhower administration in January 1960.  For more details see articles in the reading list below.

Drought situation improves slightly, but water shortage remains (Hata El Nasser, Al Jazeera)  December rains has helped but there is still a long way top go for drought-stricken California.  It would take 50% more than the normal average precipitation or about 75 inches of rainfall (or snow equivalent) over the next several months to end the drought conditions.  The above normal rainfall for December has totaled up to 19 inches so far with another 1-3 inches expected in the next day or two.  So there is a long way to go.


McSally win gives GOP historic majority in House (Sean Sullivan, The Washington Post)  Republicans clinched their 247th U.S. House seat on Wednesday when GOP challenger Martha McSally officially defeated Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) after a recount. Republicans will begin the 114th Congress with a 247-188 advantage over Democrats in the House of Representatives. It is the largest GOP majority since Republicans claimed 270 seats in the 1928 election.

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