With limits lifted on political gifts, wallets open up

EXCLUSIVE | More than 300 wealthy donors — most favoring GOP candidates — have already exceeded the previous $123,200 cap on total contributions.

Nude celebrity photos leak, fueling privacy worries

As racy photos of Hollywood stars circulate online, security experts ask how hack-proof “cloud” sites truly are.

French soldiers with a Harfang drone in Niger. (AFP/Getty)

In the Sahara, more Pentagon drones

The expansion highlights growing U.S. counterterrorism coordination with France to track militants in destabilized Africa.

As protests mount, Pakistan faces confusion about who will intervene

As protests mount, Pakistan faces confusion about who will intervene<br>

The premier clung to power as assaults raised concern that the nation’s government could collapse.

Cantor joins Wall Street investment firm, will open Washington office

Cantor joins Wall Street investment firm, will open Washington office

The former House majority leader will enter a fast-growing firm that advises companies and investors.

In Texas, National Guard sets up along the border for a role that isn’t clear

In Texas, National Guard sets up along the border for a role that isn’t clear

Troops dispatched by Gov. Rick Perry are just the latest force in an increasingly fortified zone.

McDonnell trial could hinge on defense’s broken-marriage narrative

McDonnell trial could hinge on defense’s broken-marriage narrative

Their professed discord contradicts the tight-knit family image the ex-Va. governor projected in office.

Politics

Obama tries to rally labor troops for midterms

Obama tries to rally labor troops for midterms

Despite shrinking influence, labor unions and their money will be key to Democratic prospects this November.

Local

D.C. police force faces shortage as retirements loom and officers depart

D.C. police force faces shortage as retirements loom and officers depart

Many officers nearing retirement age joined 25 years ago; younger officers are leaving for other cities.

Sports

Nats club their way past Dodgers

Nats club their way past Dodgers

The Nationals hit four more home runs as their power surge continued in a 6-4 win against Los Angeles.

Lifestyle

More stars react to the massive celebrity-photo leak

More stars react to the massive celebrity-photo leak

During a Twitter explosion, Lena Dunham and Seth Rogen voice their support of the leak victims.

Arts

Maroon 5 and Counting Crows: Peak cheese and sincerity

Maroon 5 and Counting Crows: Peak cheese and sincerity

New releases from popular artists showcase everything fans might love or detractors detest about the groups.

Business

For businesses, the tax side of a rebounding economy

An economy on the mend means more customers, higher sales and more jobs — but also higher taxes.

Diversions