President Barack Obama is ending his year in Washington with a news conference at which he'll face questions on Cuba, the Sony hacking and how he will work with the Republican Congress.
- North Korea denies responsibility for Sony cyberattack, U.S. stands by assertion
- Hands off our Communism: Cuba tells U.S. to respect its governing principles
- U.S. may put North Korea back on 'terrorist state' list, Obama says
Obama's dismal year is ending on an upbeat note. He's unveiled a flurry of executive actions on immigration, climate change and the U.S. policy toward Cuba. That's after his party's sweeping losses in the midterm elections.
Still, the president faces big obstacles on Capitol Hill, where Republicans will take over next month. Foreign policy problems also persist in the Middle East and between Russia and Ukraine.
After taking questions from reporters, Obama and his family will depart for their annual holiday in Hawaii. He's due back in Washington in early January.