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For decades, anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/reid150-1207.jpg 113th Congress near the bottom in laws enacted

The 296 bills signed into law was the second lowest total for any two-year Congress in records dating to the 1940s.

opinion | P.J. O’Rourke

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/18a74111023c4a1eb5358e51d258f61a-7c722a58ee89480c97cf7436a6bbdabe-0-1210.jpg The budget bill that keeps on giving

The $1.1 trillion budget bill captures the whole and entire holiday spirit, from naughty to nice.

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US officials say the decision is a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Snow expected in Eastern Mass. today

This afternoon and evening the Boston area will see some snow showers, and about an inch could accumulate.

Alysia Montano, Ghoncheh Ghavami, and Whitney Zelee.

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SHIRA SPRINGER I FAIR PLAY

Nine women’s sports stories that deserved more attention

For every 2014 headline-maker, there are many less-heralded women in sports.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/skirsner-3888--90x90.png Hacked K-cups part of backlash over Keurig ‘2.0’ brewers

One of the most bizarre local business stories of 2014 involves hacking and coffeemakers.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

New York’s pro teams in a losing state of mind

The Jets’ Rex Ryan goes into Sunday’s game 4-8 as a head coach against the Patriots.

JEFF HAYNES/ASSOCIATED PRESS

After all these years of Boston arguing with New York over which city has the best teams, most of that thrill is gone.

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets hugs Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after a game at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Patriots at Jets | Sunday, 1 p.m.

Keys to a Patriots victory over Jets

The Patriots and Jets clash for the second time this season and a victory would give New England a first-round playoff bye.

Big Picture: Stunning photos from 2014

In the third installment of the series, the Globe staff highlights the photos that left an impact in the last four months of the year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/12/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/lorenz_122114dining_001.jpg Does anyone use their dining room anymore?

Granny would be intrigued to learn that today’s dining rooms often serve as playrooms, nurseries, or home offices.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/extra-3795.jpg 8 hours as an extra on the new Miles Teller film

A reporter spent a day on set for “Bleed For This,” the Martin Scorcese film about R.I.-bred boxer Vincent Pazienza.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bridge150-7736.jpg Future unclear for Old Northern Avenue Bridge

The Old Northern Avenue Bridge, which has teetered on the edge of demolition a number of times, was closed by the city.

Senator Stanley Rosenberg’s close ties to a public affairs firm, through his partner, Bryon Hefner (right), add a layer of complexity to his attendance at events held by Regan Communications or any of its clients.

Partner’s role at firm adds complications for Rosenberg

Stanley Rosenberg, the incoming state Senate president, has close ties to a public affairs firm through his partner, Bryon Hefner.

Opinion

Michael A. Cohen

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/04534223.jpg Media overreach in Sony hack

By feasting at the trough of misbegotten gains, major outlets increased the pressure on Sony to cave.

The Big Picture

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2014 Year in Pictures: Part III

Photos from the last four months of 2014 depicting news events and daily life around the world.