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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears to be edging closer to announcing a White House run. (Associated Press)

And so it begins: Jeb Bush's first fundraiser

- The Washington Times

Jeb Bush, both the brand and the man, has officially launched. Mr. Bush now commands a spiffy new political action committee named The Right to Rise, which promises a leg up for small business, free enterprise, a strong defense and entrepreneurship. Its mission cites hard work and earned success as the "central moral promise of American economic life." The group espouses tempered optimism about future opportunity, "but we know America is falling short of its promise," Mr. Bush says.

Voters head to the polls at Benton Harbor High School on Election Day Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Benton Harbor, Mich.(AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell)

Out with the old, in with the new: Voters say GOP needs a 'fresh face' in 2016

- The Washington Times

Americans appear to have as case of dynasty fatigue - they are leery of another Bush or Clinton in the White House. But voters are also cautious about going with a new but unknown quantity, particularly in an age when the nation's opportunistic foes seek signs of unsure leadership. Some strategists warn against supporting maverick and insurgent candidates. Others applaud them. A new poll, however, reveals that much of the public is receptive to a "fresh face" for the GOP in particular.

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2010 file photo, a student uses an Apple MacBook laptop in his class in Palo Alto, Calif. New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers and other devices using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Expert's warning: Likelihood of future cyberattacks on U.S. emanating from Cuba is '100 percent'

- The Washington Times

"Apparently the United States has not yet learned its lesson of the downside of giving away communication technology to Communist regimes, and will once again pay the price. In a year or two when Cuba gets advanced broadband circuits promised by President Obama, the likelihood that we will see attacks on U.S. public and private networks emanating from Cuba is 100 percent," predicts James W. Gabberty, professor of information systems at Pace University in New York City.

Franklin Graham.

Democrats, atheists — never a dull moment even at Christmas...

- The Washington Times

"The holiday season is filled with food, traveling, and lively discussions with Republican relatives about politics — sometimes laced with statements that are just not true. Here are the most common myths spouted by your family members who spend too much time listening to Rush Limbaugh — and the perfect response to each of them," says the Democratic National Committee in a holiday message that includes talking points for health care, pay equity, climate issues, economy and immigration for those who have a "Republican uncle."

Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, released his painstaking review of 1.3 million pages of IRS documents and transcribed interviews conducted following revelations that the agency had targeted conservative groups. (Associated Press)

Cyberwarfare: The theaters strike back, step up for Sony, shoulder 'The Interview'

- The Washington Times

Hubbub continues over Sony's flip-flop: The studio will offer limited theatrical released of its parody film that showcased North Korea President Kim Jong-un and launched a cyberwar — and a thousand melodramatic commentaries. That change of heart evolved, perhaps, with the help of 532 maverick members of the "independent art house community" — smaller, independent movie theaters — now charged with showing "The Interview" beginning Thursday.

"As you know, the Republican Party and Hollywood have at times been at odds. But we can all agree that the current situation regarding the release of 'The Interview' goes far beyond politics. It is about freedom and free enterprise," said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. (associated press)

Sony woe continues: 'What's next — a ban on "Mash" reruns?'

- The Washington Times

Though Sony's uber-lawyer David Boies has now indicated the studio's parody film showcasing North Korean President Kim Jong-un will be distributed at some point in the future, the media morality play continues. Two other major studios have followed suit: One canceled production on a psychological thriller about North Korea, another placed an existing film which spoofs the nation's politics into cold storage.

Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, frets that the Obama administration is willing to negotiate the release of spies or terrorists. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Obama's Cuba relations decision the latest fury-maker

- The Washington Times

It's like clockwork. The White House does something monumental without much notice or protocol, the press goes crazy and the critics bristle with rage. Here we go again, courtesy of President Obama's sudden decision to put the U.S. and Cuba on speaking terms — negotiating a prisoner release and normalizing relations that have been broken for five decades. This sort of thing seems to be happening every week in the era of the mighty presidential pen and phone.

Reactions to Jeb Bush's interest in a presidential run were many, including this online petition declaring "independence" from candidates named Bush or Clinton. (Roots Action)

Not quite ready for Jeb Bush - not ready for Clinton Vs Bush either

- The Washington Times

News that Jeb Bush is "actively exploring" a 2016 presidential run titillated the press — some red meat for journalists already weary with the strategic indecisions of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mitt Romney. But not everyone is thrilled about Mr. Bush's intent. "Another Bush versus another Clinton? Vomit," declared Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell in his own counter tweet.

Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

2014 deemed the 'Year of the Lie '... and Mr. Trump goes to Washington to talk politics

- The Washington Times

Alas, the past 12 months have been a truth-optional time period, some say. 2014 was, in fact "the year of the lie." That pronouncement comes from New York Post culture critic Kyle Smith, who reveals his rationale: "Bowe Bergdahl. The IRS's missing e-mails. Lena Dunham. 'Hands up, don't shoot.' Jonathan Gruber. GM and that faulty ignition switch. Andrew Cuomo and that anti-corruption commission," the journalist says. "2014 was the year when truth was optional. 2014 was the year when convenient fabrication was the weapon of choice for celebrities, activists, big business and politicians."

Members of the media raise their hands during CIA Director John Brennan's news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan defending his agency from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspect with no security benefits to the nation. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

'Put aside this debate and move forward' - Here's what else CIA Director Brennan has to say

- The Washington Times

"Our partnership with Congress is crucial. In my view, there is no more important oversight relationship than the CIA relationship with its intelligence committees, particularly because we do so much of our work in secret that Congress serves as a critical check on our activities, closely monitoring the agency's reporting and programs when the public cannot," CIA Director John O. Brennan told reporters in the lead up to a press conference addressing the Senate Intelligence Committee Report.

American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks on Thursday moderates a discussion about conservatism in the 114th Congress. (American Enterprise Institute)

Advice on that $1 trillion spending bill: 'If you fund it, you own it'

- The Washington Times

The giant $1.8 trillion omnibus spending bill now stretched out like a walrus in the halls of Congress has spawned mixed reviews. Some observers say the 1,603-page legislation is a marvelous creature — ample evidence that Republicans and Democrats can play nice and do something good together. Others see the bill as a dangerous beast making threatening noises and waving its 100 or so policy riders at onlookers — like that potential funding for President Obama's amnesty plans, for instance.