National Headlines 12-16-14

Obama signs $1.1T spending package (The Hill)

Jeb Bush’s decision to explore presidential bid scrambles the 2016 GOP field (Washington Post)

Rand Paul hits Jeb Bush on support for Common Core (Politico)

Bush announcement makes path to White House tougher for Romney, Rubio (Reuters)

Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term nears end (Washington Post)

LAPD’s plan for 7,000 body cameras comes with challenges (Los Angeles Times)

Cruz apologizes to fellow senators for inconvenience of weekend vote (FOX News)

Conservative Groups Defend Cruz On Spending Bill Tactics (Daily Caller)

The 113th Congress’s furious finish (Politico)

Murthy’s Confirmation Battle Between Public Health Experts and the Gun Lobby (Bloomberg)

Antony Blinken Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State (Wall Street Journal)