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Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Max Ehrenfreund (Max Ehrenfreund). 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: Max Ehrenfreund | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Find a clip of President Obama saying his policies are on the ballot. Put clip in attack ad. Rinse. Repeat. That's been the Republican mantra for the last two and a half weeks, ever since Obama voluntarily tied himself to the midterm election in an Oct....
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Chances are, if you’ve see a television ad for a congressional candidate this year, it wasn’t even meant for you. More than $111 million has been spent on broadcast television ads for U.S. House candidates since Labor Day, but more than $80 million...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer's new outside group, NextGen Climate, has run some of the head-scratching-est ads of the 2014 campaign — of which this ad in the Florida governor's race is the latest effort: Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Aaron Blake | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The life of a Supreme Court justice would be a “little bit too monastic” for President Obama, according to an interview he gave the New Yorker regarding his legal legacy. Obama also praised the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to review lower...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Despite all its recent controversy, the Department of Veterans Affairs generally provides good health care to its patients. Attitudes of VA employees toward the agency, though, are ailing. If Secretary Robert McDonald needed any more confirmation that...
From: Washington Post | By: Joe Davidson | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Whole Foods Market on Monday unveiled its first national marketing campaign, a series of primetime television commercials and glossy print ads that the organic grocer hopes will help revive its disappointing sales. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Sarah Halzack | Monday, October 20, 2014
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On Sunday night, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down with NPR reporter Nina Totenberg and former President of the Supreme Court of Israel Dorit Beinisch for a conversation about law, being a woman on the high court and Tumblr. The event...
From: Washington Post | By: Jaime Fuller | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Well, I certainly stumped you guys this week. Some of you threw in the towel completely: Hey, @_cingraham. Please DM me the #NameThatData answer. You're driving @JoshZumbrun and I crazy. Ability to ski? — Matt Stiles (@stiles) October 17, 2014 Nope,...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Monday, October 20, 2014
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With little fanfare, and even less Western media coverage, another April to October fighting season is now grinding to a bloody close in Afghanistan. This year’s campaign offers an unusually revealing glimpse of the Government of Afghanistan’s exposed...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Lyall | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Supreme Court cases are immensely important. Some of the most sweeping and influential changes in American public policy resulted from decisions made by the high court of the judicial branch, and some of the most volatile splits in public opinion are...
From: Washington Post | By: Jaime Fuller | Monday, October 20, 2014
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As harried commuters filed aboard a Metro Red Line train at Cleveland Park — jockeying for seats, hoisting bulging tote bags — Denise Keyes gazed straight ahead, took deep breaths and searched for inner peace. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Katherine Shaver | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Companies Avalere Health of the District appointed Lindy Hinman senior vice president of health plans and managed care. CSC of Falls Church appointed Diane Wilfong vice president, controller and principal accounting officer. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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First there was public uproar about how members of Montgomery County’s Board of Education used their district-issued credit cards. Now comes fallout regarding the $140,000 in legal bills that piled up as the records for those credit cards went under...
From: Washington Post | By: Donna St. George | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others. That's because, in large part, inequality starts in the crib. Rich parents can afford to spend more time and money on their kids, and that gap has only grown the past few decades. Indeed,...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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WEATHER GANG | Temperatures could reach the mid to upper 60s with light winds and some rain....
From: Washington Post | By: Matt Rogers | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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ALÉM PARAÍBA, Brazil — Just 35 students attend the simple municipal elementary school in Beira Rio, a poor, rural community hidden in the dust and trees beside a highway in Além Paraíba in the far south of Minas Gerais state. But even here the...
From: Washington Post | By: Dom Phillips | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Obamacare may not be the political issue it was this time last year, when a faltering Web site threatened to derail the program, but that doesn't mean it's in the clear. Ongoing legal challenges to one aspect of the law could still put its coverage expansion...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Obamacare may not be the political issue it was this time last year, when a faltering Web site threatened to derail the program, but that doesn't mean it's in the clear. Ongoing legal challenges to one aspect of the law could still put its coverage expansion...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Arwyn, the 10-year-old boxer stolen from her owner’s home in Greenbelt last week, was found miles away on Monday, walking the streets of Calvert County. The theft of the dog inspired a hashtag #FindArwyn on Twitter, and police said on Monday night...
From: Washington Post | By: Julie Zauzmer | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is pushing back on reports that he'd said Obamacare was here to stay, saying Monday night that he opposes the federal health-care law and believes it could be repealed and replaced under a Republican president and GOP-controlled...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Oscar de la Renta, the Dominican-born fashion designer who reshaped the public image of first ladies, society muses and red-carpet regulars with grand evening wear that celebrated Latin sensuality, European refinement and American versatility, died Oct....
From: Washington Post | By: Jura Koncius, Ned Martel | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Apple’s big-screen phones were a massive hit, boosting the company’s quarterly profits to record levels, well past the expectations of Wall Street analysts. In three months, the electronics giant posted $42.1 billion in sales and $8.5 billion in...
From: Washington Post | By: Hayley Tsukayama | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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west virginia Guantanamo Bay Panel holds inmate, clears another A Saudi inmate with ties to al-Qaeda will remain at the Guantanamo Bay prison and a second Saudi man has been cleared for transfer home, a U.S. national security panel said Monday. Read...
From: Washington Post | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A couple weeks ago, President Obama declared that, while he wasn't on the Nov. 4 ballot, his policies were. And just about every GOP candidate in a red or swing state soon launched an ad using that comment to tie his or her Democratic opponent to Obama....
From: Washington Post | By: Aaron Blake | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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THE OTHER day, Fidel Castro wrote an opinion column for Cuba’s state-run newspaper, Granma, as he has done periodically from retirement. He lavished praise on an editorial in the New York Times that called for an end to the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba....
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Monday, October 20, 2014
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AMERICA’S UNUSUAL practice of electing judges has long undermined the integrity of the justice system. But the problem is getting worse: In the Citizens United age, the courtroom is becoming the next frontier in rancorous political division. Read full...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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WESTERN LEADERS boast that the sanctions slapped on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are inflicting real pain, and that’s true — even if Russia’s macroeconomic indicators still don’t look worse than those of France, Italy or even Germany. But...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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MONROVIA, Liberia — For the 29th day, Linda Wilson came to the gates of the Ebola treatment center looking for her best friend, the woman whose picture she carried in her purse, so she could show it to guards or nurses or anyone else who might be able...
From: Washington Post | By: Kevin Sieff | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Computing giant IBM became one of the most iconic companies in the United States largely thanks to its groundbreaking hardware, securing a torrent of patents that spanned the tech world, from big servers to tiny chips. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Drew Harwell | Monday, October 20, 2014
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For 15 years, Democrat John W. Foust has pursued elective office with a blazing intensity that goes against his everyman image as a former steelworker from Pennsylvania who paid his own way through college. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Antonio Olivo | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Paul Craft, a country songwriter whose tunes were recorded by the top performers of his era, and who weeks ago was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, died Oct. 18 in that city. He was 76. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Langer | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Both of the tornadoes, spawned by Wednesday’s storms, were rated EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita damage scale....
From: Washington Post | By: Angela Fritz | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is in strong position to win a second term in one of the most purple states in the country. To understand part of how he pulled it off, consider what he recently told the Associated Press, in a report published Monday: Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Monday, October 20, 2014
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GARY, Ind. — Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims going...
From: Washington Post | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will consider whether police in Los Angeles and other localities may demand to see a hotel’s registry without obtaining a search warrant. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit last year struck down...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The Twitterati have spoken. And Ed Gillespie heard them loud and clear. The Republican Senate nominee in Virginia reads some "mean tweets" in a video he recently published on his YouTube page. Jimmy Kimmel would be proud. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Monday, October 20, 2014
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When it comes to taking out a mortgage, two factors can stand in the way: the price of the mortgage (as in the down payment and the interest rate), and the borrower’s credit profile. On Monday, the head of the agency that oversees the mortgage giants...
From: Washington Post | By: Dina ElBoghdady | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Voters will elect two at-large D.C. Council members on Nov. 4, and 15 candidates are vying for the two spots. These are their stories, edited for length and clarity. Name: Eric J. Jones Party: Independent Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Mike DeBonis | Monday, October 20, 2014
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James Baldwin, an African American who lives in Southeast Washington, describes himself as a rabid Democrat who has supported only his party’s mayoral nominees, whether it was Marion Barry or Anthony Williams or Vincent C. Gray. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Paul Schwartzman | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Imagine a science classroom that’s a mile long. Instead of sitting at desks, students walk along observing plants and animals. Five years ago this classroom became a reality because of a partnership between a builder, a town and a school. Read full...
From: Washington Post | By: — Sarah Polus | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Schools in the Washington region spend wildly different amounts on students per pupil, and districts vary a lot in how much extra they spend on low-income students. While more spending doesn’t guarantee better quality, the discrepancies raise basic...
From: Washington Post | By: Natalie Wexler | Monday, October 20, 2014
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For the second quarter in a row, Squire Patton Boggs, the lobbying powerhouse that had topped K Street’s top-earning lobby firms for more than a decade, fell behind rival Akin Gump in lobbying billings, according to the most recent lobbying reports...
From: Washington Post | By: Catherine Ho | Monday, October 20, 2014
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When it comes to taking out a mortgage, two factors can stand in the way: the price of the mortgage (as in the down payment and the interest rate), and the borrower’s credit profile. On Monday, the head of the agency that oversees the mortgage giants...
From: Washington Post | By: Dina ElBoghdady | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture must set strict pathogen limits for poultry products with the highest contamination rates and find ways to measure a poultry plant’s success with these new standards, according to a government report released Thursday....
From: Washington Post | By: Kimberly Kindy | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put out a recall notice Monday for defective air bags and urged people whose cars are equipped with them to take action immediately. More than 4.7 million vehicles are involved in the recall. At least...
From: Washington Post | By: Ashley Halsey III | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said through a spokesman Monday that she is open to a temporary travel ban from countries fighting Ebola, the latest Democrat to recalibrate their position on the issue. "Senator Shaheen has contacted New Hampshire officials...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Gough Whitlam, whose 1972 election as Australia’s prime minister ushered in some of the most sweeping policy and social reforms in the country’s history before his dramatic and controversial dismissal from office in 1975, died Oct. 20 at 98. Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Sarah Halzack | Monday, October 20, 2014
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USIS, the embattled major federal contractor, suffered another blow Monday after government lawyers determined that the Department of Homeland Security recently issued the company a lucrative contract without taking into account allegations of fraud...
From: Washington Post | By: Christian Davenport | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A few items that caught our attention Monday: Stealing things is now easier at GSA headquarters: An inspector general said the open floor plans and flowing work spaces at the General Services Administration’s revamped headquarters in Washington have...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Monday, October 20, 2014
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