Dempsey opens door to combat troops in Iraq

The top U.S. military officer raised the possibility that troops could become involved in combat missions, despite the president’s pledges to the contrary.

Democrats now have 51% chance of holding Senate

THE FIX | The latest model is a huge change from a few months ago, when Republicans had a better than 80 percent chance of taking control.

The lunch crowd at ShopHouse, an Asian take on Chipotle. (J. Newton/Post)

The Chipotlification of Washington

In a town of Type A’s, more D.C. restaurants are adopting Chipotle’s have-it-your-way model to let control freaks choose their spiciness, dairy and carbs — with no apologies.

NASA to award multi-billion-dollar contract to Boeing and SpaceX

NASA to award multi-billion-dollar contract to Boeing and SpaceX

The move means astronauts would essentially rent space on vehicles provided by Boeing and SpaceX.

Tiny bug, big dispute: What to call the lingering effects of Lyme disease?

Tiny bug, big dispute: What to call the lingering effects of Lyme disease?

Along with aches and pains, the disease raises difficult questions when symptoms won’t go away.

The loss of a shipbuilder echoes at sea

The loss of a shipbuilder echoes at sea

Getting the $2.8 billion USS America ready for commissioning remains harder without its top designer.

A Beltway World Series?
It’s certainly possible this season.

A Beltway World Series? <br>It’s certainly possible this season.

For fans of the Nationals and O’s, dreams of making the playoffs have moved to buoyant inevitability.

A stranger playing a video game notices Raymond’s prosthesis and takes aim. The abolishment of the draft has made most Americans disconnected from the soldiers fighting wars on their behalf. Less than 1% of Americans served in the Iraq and Afghan wars. NEW YORK, NEW YORK. USA. 2007. ONE TIME USE ONLY. (Peter van Agtmael)

(Peter van Agtmael / Peter van Agtmael)

War without end: Images at the front and the homefront

LANDOVER, MD. September 14: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) dislocates his ankle during first quarter action against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx field on September 14, 2014 in Landover, MD. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

It’s not broken, but—
A look at RGIII’s very big scare

Third place: 43.5 socks

(Courtesy of Veterinary Practice News)

Pets eat the darndest things: Meet the dog that ate 43.5 socks

Politics

Attack ads claim education cuts

Attack ads claim education cuts

FACT CHECKER | Thom Tillis (R) is being hammered for $500 million in education cuts, but that number is being taken out of context.

Sports

Unlike 2012, Nationals are looking to clinch NL East with a win this time

Unlike 2012, Nationals are looking to clinch NL East with a win this time

DC SPORTS BOG | With their magic number at two, Washington can clinch their second division title with a win tonight.

Lifestyle

Bryan Cranston is so not playing Walter White in new MLB ad

Bryan Cranston is so not playing Walter White in new MLB ad

Looks like the award-winning star of “Breaking Bad” is ready for more comedic roles again.

Arts

‘Toast’: Not fully cooked

‘Toast’: Not fully cooked

The new interactive show from innovative dog & pony dc wants to turn audiences into inventors.

Business

A guide to breaking up with your bank

A guide to breaking up with your bank

People who aren’t careful when they make the change can face steep fees for missed payments, money transfers and overdrafts.

Federal Government

FBI’s D.C. field office at center of efforts to get U.S. hostages home

FEDERAL EYE | The field office, the second-largest in the FBI, manages the Syria portfolio.

Real Estate

Housing Summit targets first-time buyers

Housing Summit targets first-time buyers

Experts at conference cite tougher lending standards and student debt as main factors keeping young people out of the market.

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