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  So it's official: No one is worried about the U.S. debt anymore. Not even Moody's, one of the nation's top ratings agencies. In a report issued Wednesday, Moody's declared the government's finances "relatively healthy, having surpassed our prior...
From: Washington Post | By: Lori Montgomery | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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This week United Parcel Service sent a memo to employees announcing a change in policy for pregnant workers: starting January 1, the company will offer temporary light duty positions not just to workers injured on the job, which is current policy, but...
From: Washington Post | By: Brigid Schulte | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The Federal Reserve is expected to declare an end to quantitative easing on Wednesday -- for yet a third time. Twice in the past, the central bank was overly optimistic about the economy and decided prematurely that its new and unconventional program...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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For-profit colleges will have to limit how much debt students amass in career-training programs or have their federal funding cut, according to rules issued Thursday by the Obama administration. The rules are the culmination of years of contentious debates...
From: Washington Post | By: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Thomas Jackson, chief of police in the small St. Louis suburb where a white officer shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9, is leaving his post, according to law enforcement officials. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity...
From: Washington Post | By: Sari Horwitz, Wesley Lowery | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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THE UNITED States is a world leader in solitary confinement, a degrading assault on the mind that the Supreme Court came close to declaring unconstitutional in 1890. You wouldn’t know this from state corrections departments. Arizona, for example, insists...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Two years and $1.7 trillion later, the Fed's latest round of bond-buying, or QE3, is officially over. What did it get us? Well, the best answer is what it didn't get us: a recession in 2013. Now the words "fiscal cliff," "sequester," and "debt ceiling"...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Although the politics of Obamacare have cooled down this year — and even with declining interest in this year's midterms — the upcoming election will have a bigger influence on the direction of health care than you may think. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) said he expects state lawmakers will propose religious freedom laws in their next session following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month which allowed same-sex couples to marry in the state. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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So it's official: No one is worried about the U.S. debt anymore. Not even Moody's, one of the nation's top ratings agencies. In a report issued Wednesday, Moody's declared the government's finances "relatively healthy, having surpassed our prior expectations"...
From: Washington Post | By: Lori Montgomery | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Wednesday announced it is buying $360,000 in additional airtime in  Las Vegas to defend incumbent Rep. Steven Horsford — as well as an additional $1.1 million dollars in six competitive races elsewhere....
From: Washington Post | By: Jose A. DelReal | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A sea of mourners gathered at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., to remember Benjamin C. Bradlee, the editor who guided The Washington Post’s newsroom for nearly a quarter of a century. The funeral Wednesday morning was an opportunity for...
From: Washington Post | By: Paul Farhi, Mark Berman, Amy Argetsinger | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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When it comes to crackpot economic ideas, the gold standard is, well, the gold standard. It's a barbarous relic that has nothing to recommend it today. Pegging the dollar to the price of gold, you see, is just a doomsday device for turning recessions...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Two years ago Leonardo Maugeri, a former strategist for the big Italian oil company ENI, predicted that crude oil prices were heading for a fall in two to three years. It wasn’t an obvious forecast; the average price of OPEC crude oil that year set...
From: Washington Post | By: Steven Mufson | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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The 40-block area west of Washington Street known as Parker-Gray, in the northwest quadrant of Old Town Alexandria, has a rich cultural history dating back hundreds of years. But for its residents in 1984, its designation as a local historical district...
From: Washington Post | By: Bettina Lanyi | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY An error in the Oct. 23 Animal Watch listed the date for the vaccination clinic sposored by the Prince George’s County SPCA/Humane Society as Oct. 26. The correct date is Nov. 2. Vaccination clinic Sunday: The Prince George’s...
From: Washington Post | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Whirlpool's $1,699 "smart" washing machine boasts Wi-Fi and a colored control screen, can be started from an iPhone app, and will text or email you when your clothes are ready to dry -- in, as Whirlpool prefers, its $1,699 "smart" dryer. But if...
From: Washington Post | By: Drew Harwell | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Booz Allen Hamilton has acquired Epidemico, a Boston-based health analytics start-up for an undisclosed sum, the company announced Wednesday. This is Booz Allen’s second acquisition in the health services space in recent weeks. The company bought the...
From: Washington Post | By: Amrita Jayakumar | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Loop fans won’t be shocked by this, but it seems the State Department paid the Al Watan Construction Co. (AWCC) in Kabul nearly $20 million to renovate an overcrowded 41-year-old prison “even though AWCC only completed about 50 percent of the...
From: Washington Post | By: Al Kamen, Colby Itkowitz | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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As chairman of the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association, Detrice Belt already knew about the District government’s jack-legged housing scheme, called the “New Communities Initiative.” Word gets around about a scam that brazen: Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Courtland Milloy | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Alta Bicycle Share, the company that operates Capital Bikeshare, has a new owner. The  Portland, Ore.-based company announced Tuesday that it is selling its business to Bikeshare Holdings LLC, a new company  of investors from New York real estate...
From: Washington Post | By: Luz Lazo | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Loop Fans won’t be shocked by this, but it seems that the State Department paid the Al-Watan Construction Co. (AWCC) in Kabul nearly $20 million to renovate a 41-year-old, overcrowded prison “even though AWCC only completed about 50 percent of the...
From: Washington Post | By: Al Kamen | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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The Federal Reserve’s $3 trillion experiment in stimulating the nation’s economy is slated to come to an end this week -- a sign of the central bank’s growing confidence in the recovery as well as a tacit acknowledgement of the limits of its powers...
From: Washington Post | By: Ylan Q. Mui | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan —Thirteen years ago, U.S. Marines sneaked across the Pakistani border into what was then Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. On Monday, the last Marines sneaked out, leaving behind a province that is still battling the influence...
From: Washington Post | By: Tim Craig | Monday, October 27, 2014
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As reports of telephone scams continue to soar in Loudoun County, authorities are working with local businesses to increase awareness and prevent residents from falling victim to theft. Since January, more than 850 residents have contacted authorities...
From: Washington Post | By: Caitlin Gibson | Monday, October 27, 2014
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The third in a list of five myths about black voters by The Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson is: Candidates who distance themselves from President Obama risk losing black voters. That may be a myth, because African Americans in the United States...
From: Washington Post | By: Mary C. Curtis | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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This is from my review of Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, a new book by public policy researchers Charles Epp, Steven Maynard-Moody, and Donald Haider-Harkel: Fifteen years ago I was contacted by Jeff Fagan, a professor of...
From: Washington Post | By: Andrew Gelman | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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With just one word, former Obama adviser David Axelrod summed up what could be the most potent attack against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in 2016: "Sopranos." “This has always been the fatal flaw of Chris Christie’s presidential campaign,”...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Former Obama chief strategist David Plouffe is advising Hillary Clinton to announce her intention to run for president shortly after the 2014 election concludes, according to a terrific piece this morning by Politico's Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush. “Why...
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Cillizza | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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First-class mail has been taking longer to reach its destination since the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service relaxed its delivery standards in an attempt to cut costs two years ago, according to a federal study. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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President Obama's approval ratings in the final week before the midterm elections are only slightly better than George W. Bush's were at this point in 2006. Obama's approval rating is 39 percent, according to a new CBS News poll. Bush's approval rating...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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It was only a matter of time before someone went there, and the someone is North Carolina state Sen. Chad Barefoot (R). In a new campaign ad, Barefoot rips a page — or rather a set — from the House of Cards playbook to link his opponent, former Congressional...
From: Washington Post | By: Reid Wilson | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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One million ads. This election cycle, campaigns and supporters of Senate candidates will soon have aired one million ads -- and if Senate races in Louisiana and Georgia go to run-offs, thousands more afterward. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Bump | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Democrats are nearly twice as likely as Republicans to have a fear of clowns. They are also significantly more likely to fear bugs, snakes and other animals, as well as blood and needles. Democrats are slightly more likely to be afraid of ghosts. These...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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On Nov. 2, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release its "Synthesis Report," the final stage in a yearlong document dump that, collectively, presents the current expert consensus about climate change and its consequences....
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Mooney | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Fall color has ramped up markedly over the past two weeks as peak foliage season nears in the city....
From: Washington Post | By: Ian Livingston | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It struck me Wednesday, before the final game of the 2014 World Series, just how enthusiastic many of my female friends on Facebook were over the Royals and baseball. Many of them, like me, had watched every single game since the...
From: Washington Post | By: Diana Reese | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) said Thursday that just because his son says he is likely to run for president doesn't mean it's true. "He's got an opinion, he didn't talk to me," Bush told NBC News Wednesday evening. "When you have kids you'll...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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In the House race in Staten Island, N.Y., the incumbent has pleaded not guilty to a 20-count federal indictment. His challenger has not, but has focused his entire campaign on attacking the incumbent — which often involves lots of yelling — and...
From: Washington Post | By: Jaime Fuller | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook Jon Stewart realized that Koch Industries (of David and Charles Koch fame/infamy) had been running ads during the Daily Show, and, unsurprisingly,...
From: Washington Post | By: Jaime Fuller | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Fans who waited in line for more than three hours last week for tickets to the Foo Fighters’ surprise show Friday at the Black Cat were treated to a concert nearly as long. From 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., Dave Grohl and Co. hit the highlights of the band’s...
From: Washington Post | By: Rudi Greenberg | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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During the primary season, Democratic candidates for the four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council squared off at a series of debates and forums. When it comes to meeting up with Republican general-election opponents, however, they’ve been...
From: Washington Post | By: Bill Turque | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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D.C. Police are investigating the second deadly stabbing in a month in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. The latest incident happened Wednesday night in the 1400 block of Perry Place NW. Investigators had the area closed early Thursday as they looked...
From: Washington Post | By: Dana Hedgpeth | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Hillary Rodham Clinton is hitting the trail hard for Democrats in the home stretch, making a whirlwind tour of fall battlegrounds as the days dwindle to the Nov. 4 midterm elections. But don't expect most of that new visibility to last much past Nov....
From: Washington Post | By: Anne Gearan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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During the past half-century, many countries have eliminated criminal laws against what are variously called “homosexual offences”, “sodomy,” “unnatural acts” or  other terms used to describe consensual sexual relations between people...
From: Washington Post | By: Enze Han, Joseph O’Mahoney | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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D.C. attorney general candidate Lorie Masters might look like your kindly aunt, but she’s proven herself to be a bare-knuckled brawler in the final weeks of her race. A week after calling a news conference to highlight government audits critical of...
From: Washington Post | By: Mike DeBonis | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Republicans are claiming a late, closing surge by underdog Ed Gillespie. Could this actually be great news for favored Democratic incumbent Mark Warner? In the world of politics, down is often up and vice-versa. It sounds perverse, but a Republican...
From: Washington Post | By: Norman Leahy, Paul Goldman | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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ISTANBUL — Fighters from Iraq’s Kurdish region crossed into Syria on Thursday to join other reinforcements seeking to turn back an Islamic State siege that has become a key stand in the international showdown against the militants. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Liz Sly, Brian Murphy | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The Federal Reserve brought an end to a chapter of its unconventional monetary policy on Wednesday with little fanfare and no surprises. Well, almost. About the same time as Fed policymakers were preparing the announcement, former Fed chairman Alan...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annualized rate between July and September, the government said Thursday morning, providing fresh hope that a stubbornly slow-footed recovery could be gaining speed. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Chico Harlan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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