Western powers halt democratic efforts in Libya

Amid the worst violence in Tripoli since the ouster of Moammar Gaddafi, France evacuated its embassy just days after the departure of U.S. diplomats, and Britain has removed all but essential personnel.

Star witness: Maureen McDonnell proposed deal

Jonnie Williams testified that the former Va. first lady offered to help his company, with her husband’s blessing, for $65,000.

A view from Israel toward the Gaza Strip, where conflict rages. (Getty)

A Gaza family devastated in one strike

Some large families decided to split up to lessen the risk all might be killed. The Balatas stayed together. Eleven have died.

House Republicans clear way
for lawsuit against Obama

House Republicans clear way <br>for lawsuit against Obama

The party-line vote illustrates the polarized climate on Capitol Hill ahead of the November elections.

  • The Fix: Lawsuit could become a GOP headache

Sen. Ted Cruz targets Boehner plan
to stem the flow of migrant children

Sen. Ted Cruz targets Boehner plan <br>to stem the flow of migrant children

A defeat of the border legislation would deliver another embarassing blow to the House speaker.

Growth rate surges as U.S. economy bounces back from dismal winter

Growth rate surges as U.S. economy bounces back from dismal winter

GDP grew at rate of 4 percent in the spring, providing evidence that the recovery is finally turning a corner.

A simple blood test could help
predict a person’s risk of suicide

A simple blood test could help <br>predict a person’s risk of suicide

Researchers say they have found a genetic indicator linked to having a greater chance of suicidal thoughts.

Ventura faces backlash for pursuing defamation case against slain SEAL

Ventura faces backlash for pursuing defamation case against slain SEAL

Veterans and their supporters denounce the ex-Minn. Governor, who this week was awarded $1.8M.

Arts

Corcoran Gallery’s lawyers conclude case for breakup

Corcoran Gallery’s lawyers conclude case for breakup

The group challenging the disposal plan contends that the institution is financially healthier than portrayed.

Real Estate

Searching for a pet-free rental -- it’s a jungle out there

Searching for a pet-free rental -- it’s a jungle out there

Check with management companies on their policies and consider renting a single-family house.

Sports

Nationals end Marlins’ 6-game streak

Nationals end Marlins’ 6-game streak

Washington’s Tanner Roark continued his remarkable season with seven stout innings.

Federal Government

VA moves to fire employees for data manipulation

VA moves to fire employees for data manipulation

FEDERAL EYE | The department proposed disciplinary actions for six of its medical employees, including the directors of the Rocky Mountain network and the Cheyenne, Wyo., VA clinic.

Discussions

Civilities: What’s next for gay marriage in Va.?

Civilities: What’s next for gay marriage in Va.?

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson joined columnist Steven Petrow to take questions.

Diversions