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Thursday, December 18, 2014

James Franco and Seth Rogen in the film "The Interview." (Sony Pictures)

Sony Has Set a 'Horrible' Precedent

If you were planning on watching Seth Rogan and James Franco assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in the movie "The Interview," you'll be sadly out of luck. Yesterday, Sony Pictures scrapped the film after major theater chains announced that they would not release it because of terrorist threats from suspected North Korean hackers. U.S. intelligence officials say there is still some debate about the extent of North Korea's involvement. But Peter Singer says that Sony and American cinema companies that refuse to show the movie have done everything exactly wrong. Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation. His most recent book is "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know."

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Today's Takeaways: A Pivot Towards Cuba, The Sony Hack, and Political Déjà Vu

The Takeaway explores Obama's pivot towards Cuba, North Korea's anger over the new James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy, and we explore the future of Jeb Bush's political career.