National Headlines 12-18-14

Paul breaks with GOP on Cuba (The Hill)

Winners and losers of the lame-duck (The Hill)

Boston bombing suspect seen for the first time since 2013 (USA Today)

Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays (Associated Press)

Use of death penalty falling in U.S. (Detroit Free Press)

Alison Grimes threatens to take Rand Paul to court (The Week)

New York attorney general sends cease-and-desist letter to retailers over toy guns (New York Daily News)

US judge clears black teenager – 70 years after his execution (Telegraph)

One protester sought in Brooklyn Bridge clash in custody, police say (Los Angeles Times)

Big storms put dent in California drought (USA Today)

Dam breaks, tainted wells prompt new look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA review (Washington Post)