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The couple, who had just had twins, thought everything was on track when their mortgage application was approved and the closing for their new Virginia home was scheduled. But when the lender — FirstBank — learned that the wife was on maternity leave,...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Despite all the scary predictions of rising seas and global warming, politicians in the United States at least have been reluctant to take serious action to reduce greenhouse gases. Reasonably sensible ideas like taxing carbon emissions -- an idea with...
From: Washington Post | By: Lori Montgomery | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Apple has released a tool that will let users remove its free gift to all iTunes users -- U2's newest album, "Songs of Innocence." The tech giant and the mega-band gave the album to Apple customers for free last week, claiming that the instant distribution...
From: Washington Post | By: Hayley Tsukayama | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Stop Hillary PAC, a organization that says it was formed to prevent Hillary Rodham Clinton from becoming president, launched an ad campaign Wednesday criticizing the former secretary of state as a special House committee prepares to hold its first hearing...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Maryland officials want to limit access to their new health insurance Web site when it launches in November so that any glitches can be worked out and the system won’t be overwhelmed with requests, The state’s staggered approach is different from...
From: Washington Post | By: Jenna Johnson | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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DES MOINES — When Joni Ernst burst into public consciousness here last spring, she was talking about castrating hogs as a child on an Iowa farm. Another ad showed her wearing a leather jacket and stepping off a Harley-Davidson to point a pistol at...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Rucker, Dan Balz | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Reston-based NII Holdings, a provider of mobile phone service to millions in Latin America, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, one month after executives said they were struggling to tame the company’s rising debt. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Steven Overly | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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The U.S. imprisonment rate has fallen for a fifth straight year, a run not seen since Richard Nixon was in The White House.  According to data released Tuesday from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, while the U.S. incarceration rate is still remarkably...
From: Washington Post | By: Keith Humphreys | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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As far as financial crisis villains go, the credit rating agencies never get enough, well, credit. But now they're reminding us that even—or especially—nincompoops can blow up the global economy when you play them off against each other with the...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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A pair of dueling ads in the Colorado Senate race aimed primarily at women voters provides an illustrative snapshot of the strategies Republicans and Democrats are deploying there to compete for a crucial part of the electorate. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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The Defense Department program accused of fueling the militarization of local law enforcement is stirring controversy again, this time for providing equipment and weapons to school police. Law enforcement agencies affiliated with at least 120 schools,...
From: Washington Post | By: Niraj Chokshi | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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This much is clear: Obamacare has already put a major dent in the nation's uninsured rate. By just how much is less clear, and a couple of new government surveys out this morning could make the situation seem a bit more confusing. The U.S. Census Bureau's...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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KABUL — Afghanistan’s central government is nearly broke and needs a $537 million bailout from the United States and other international donors within “five or six days” to continue paying its bills, a senior Afghan finance official said Tuesday....
From: Washington Post | By: Tim Craig | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Just four months after being spun off into its own company, Washington Prime Group, a shopping center owner in Bethesda, announced the purchase of Glimcher Realty Trust Tuesday, a Columbus, Ohio-based owner and manager of 28 shopping centers totaling...
From: Washington Post | By: Jonathan O'Connell | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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KABUL — A suicide bomber killed three coalition soldiers near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday morning, and a fourth soldier died late Monday when an Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO forces. The violence, the deadliest aimed at NATO troops in...
From: Washington Post | By: Sayed Salahuddin, Tim Craig | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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David Boies, the superlawyer who chairs a group that is trying to overturn teacher tenure laws in New York and elsewhere, said Monday that his organization is not looking to take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court — at least not in the short run....
From: Washington Post | By: Lyndsey Layton | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Monday afternoon, the U.S. Senate will gavel to order the first congressional hearing on a D.C. statehood bill in 21 years. No, the fact that the New Columbia Admission Act is getting a hearing doesn’t mean that its chances of passage have appreciably...
From: Washington Post | By: Mike DeBonis | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara (@pkollipara). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow...
From: Washington Post | By: Puneet Kollipara | Monday, September 15, 2014
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A Prince George’s County police officer was injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday as he responded to an emergency call in the Brandywine area, police officials said. The accident happened as the officer drove west on Branch Avenue and tried to turn...
From: Washington Post | By: Clarence Williams | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The night 3-year-old Xavier Lyles was beaten to death, neighbors heard his mother yelling at the toddler and heard the child’s cries. About 11 a.m. the next day, Frances Lyles, the boy’s mother, found her son lying lifeless in his bed in their Southeast...
From: Washington Post | By: Keith L. Alexander | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Amazon announced six new tablets and e-readers on Wednesday, the latest sign that the Web retailer is trying to reach consumers through devices where it can sell more books, movies and TV shows. The tech giant said it is introducing two new e-readers,...
From: Washington Post | By: Hayley Tsukayama | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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D.C. prosecutors have offered a Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission member charged with attacking a homeless man in July, a plea deal that included 20 days in jail as well as an added hate crime charge. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Keith L. Alexander | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Good Counsel senior Mallory Fox heard the news Monday morning that her grandmother, Marguerite Wilson, had died of ovarian cancer — about a month after her diagnosis. Fox returned to the Falcons field hockey team that afternoon and scored two goals...
From: Washington Post | By: Joey LoMonaco | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Texas executed a woman Wednesday evening for murdering her partner’s 9-year-old son a decade ago. Lisa Coleman, 38, was the ninth person executed by Texas this year — more than any other state – and the 30th inmate executed in the United States...
From: Washington Post | By: Mark Berman | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Ronald E. Walters keeps watch over the dead. As the highest-ranking official at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration, Walters knows the importance of getting it right when it comes to serving those who served the nation...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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CALIFORNIA Thousands evacuate homes in wake of fire A California wildfire racing through the Eldorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials...
From: Washington Post | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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David Perdue, the Republican running for Senate in Georgia, doesn’t seem too bothered that he’s upset a member of the Bush family. Neil Bush, son and brother of former Bush presidents, skewered Perdue on Tuesday after the Republican sealed a campaign...
From: Washington Post | By: Al Kamen, Colby Itkowitz | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Yitzhak Hofi, an Israeli army general who as his country’s top spymaster helped coordinate the daring commando raid to free Israeli hostages in Entebbe, Uganda, and took steps toward normalizing relations with Egypt before the Camp David peace talks,...
From: Washington Post | By: Carol Morello | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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IRBIL, Iraq — When Islamic State insurgents were advancing toward the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region, Sherzad Sadraden was supposed to be fighting on the front lines. There was just one problem: The soldier with the storied Kurdish pesh merga didn’t...
From: Washington Post | By: Greg Jaffe | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday proposed bringing the financing units of the big automakers under federal supervision for the first time, a move that would ultimately let the agency examine the lending arms of Toyota, Ford and Honda....
From: Washington Post | By: Danielle Douglas | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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AND HERE are the starting lineups. For Washington: Goose Goslin, Bucky Harris, Ryan Zimmerman, Josh Gibson, Frank Howard, Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Vernon, Eddie Yost and Walter Johnson. For Baltimore: Wee Willie Keeler, Cal Ripken Jr., Babe Ruth, Frank...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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PRESIDENT OBAMA’S zigs and zags in pursuit of immigration reform are a long-unfolding narrative now assuming epic dimensions. In the latest installment, Mr. Obama has postponed the unilateral reforms he promised to have unveiled by now. He did so...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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AFGHANISTAN IS teetering between a political implosion that could ignite civil war in Kabul and a power-sharing deal that could give the country another chance for stability. Election authorities will soon announce the results of a disputed presidential...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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If the Ebola epidemic continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — its economic impact could grow eight-fold next year, dealing a potentially catastrophic blow to the already fragile states, according...
From: Washington Post | By: Lena H. Sun, Lenny Bernstein | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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RICHMOND — A solid majority of Virginia voters support expanding Medicaid to an additional 400,000 Virginians, according to a new poll. Released Wednesday, the day before the General Assembly is due to reconvene in Richmond to consider expanding the...
From: Washington Post | By: Laura Vozzella | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Why shouldn’t the District become a state? Opponents at Monday’s U.S. Senate hearing cited the grave threat that the city might gain full authority over its snowplows. You read that right. According to this objection, a self-governing District might...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert McCartney | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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You might not have realized, but Jeff Bezos has a rocket engine. Several, in fact. And on Wednesday, the Amazon chief executive (and Washington Post owner) unveiled the latest design — the Blue Engine 4, or what Bezos hopes will carry U.S. payloads...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Defense contractors recently suffered a barrage of cyberattacks from the Chinese government, according to a Senate investigation released Wednesday that revealed startling vulnerabilities in how the Pentagon transports troops and equipment. Read full...
From: Washington Post | By: Christian Davenport | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Vice President Biden's Wednesday kicked off with an acknowledgment that he had used a "poor choice of words." By day's end, he had put foot in his mouth again. Twice. Biden opened the door to the possibility the United States could commit ground troops...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier continues to be one of the most well-liked officials in the city, earning a 75 percent approval rating among registered voters in a Washington Post poll released Wednesday. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael Alison Chandler | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Jerry Phillips, a radio broadcaster in Washington who was a relentless advocate on local issues and for the city’s poor, died Aug. 29 at his home in the District. He was 75. The cause was multiple myeloma, said a daughter, Bernadette Watson. Read full...
From: Washington Post | By: Hamil R. Harris | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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There are selfish, negligent parents all over the world. In Kenya, however, a new Facebook group has now taken private parental disputes public. "Dead Beat Kenya" — which was founded Sept. 6 and already has 170,000 members — aims at exposing those...
From: Washington Post | By: Rick Noack | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Legislation to arm and equip Syrian rebels passed easily on Wednesday in the House as an amendment to a government funding measure, giving House GOP leaders and President Obama a critical victory as they look to combat the Islamic State. Read full...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Costa | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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From the start, exactly what to call the extremist Islamist group that has taken over much of Syria and Iraq has been problematic. At first, many called it the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). However, due to differences over how the name should...
From: Washington Post | By: Adam Taylor | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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African Americans and Hispanics are still feeling the pain of the housing bust, and they’re feeling it more acutely than white Americans, even all these years later. The Urban Institute captured the phenomenon in a series of interactive maps that show...
From: Washington Post | By: Dina ElBoghdady | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Providing services to citizens, businesses and other organizations is integral to the missions of most federal agencies, but many are falling short. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which measures customer satisfaction across sectors...
From: Washington Post | By: Tom Fox | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Democrat Muriel Bowser has emerged with a clear advantage but a few stark vulnerabilities in the District’s upcoming mayoral election, according to a new NBC4/Washington Post/Marist poll. The Democratic nominee has a commanding lead against her two...
From: Washington Post | By: Rachel Weiner, Mike DeBonis, Scott Clement | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors met Wednesday with a full agenda of items after skipping its August meeting. Here are some highlights via Twitter. Note: a new face joins the #MWAA board today — Richard Kennedy. That...
From: Washington Post | By: Lori Aratani | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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A recent Facebook post shows Weather Underground isn’t above bashing its competition....
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Samenow | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Thursday, Sept. 18 “Sea Squirts,” program for children 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. 10:30-11 a.m., Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Free. 410-326-2042. NARFE meeting, Chapter 1972 of the National Active and...
From: Washington Post | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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