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A play space for kids stumbles into the Gaza conflict

A plan to send letters to Israeli and Palestinian children stirs up some controversy for local Playseum.


U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and the Partnership for a Healthier America show a giant 'Drink Up' logo, as part of the 'Drink Up' campaign aimed at encouraging people to drink more water, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington July 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH SOCIETY)

For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one

A press staffer almost always attends when reporters sit down with administration officials.


Washington, DC - May 12, 2014: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was making appearances at various events during National Police Week in Washington, DC on Monday May 12, 2014. (Photo by Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post)

Robert Kennedy’s lonely crusade

He has mounted a campaign arguing the dangers of thimerosal in vaccines — but at what cost to him?


A barrel is filled with red wine at the Frogmore Creek winery located on the outskirts of Hobart in Tasmania June 3, 2014. Australia's wine-growing industry is responding to the rigors of climate change. A study by the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that up to 73 percent of Australian land currently used for viticulture could become unsuitable by 2050. As the country's traditional wine growing regions, including the Barossa, the Hunter Valley and Margaret River grow ever hotter and drier, winemakers are rushing to the cool climate of the tiny island state of Tasmania. While the national wine industry has shrunk 1.9 percent annually from 2009 to 2014, the Tasmanian state industry is growing at a rate of close to 10 percent per annum, according to the Tasmanian Climate Change Office. Picture taken June 3, 2014.  REUTERS/David Gray   (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT FOOD SOCIETY)

Who’s over a barrel?

They contribute structure, body and tannin to a wine, and help to stabilize and clarify it.


Man running in a gym on a treadmill concept for exercising, fitness and healthy lifestyle

A beginner’s journey to the gym

Start slow, and try to find a program you can adhere to on a consistent basis.

Weddings & Romance

Eleena and Daniel

Date Lab: They asked the D.C. questions, and the fun followed

Despite disagreeing on the merits of Louis C.K., this couple found much in common.


NBA star LeBron James poses with his fans during a basketball clinic in Hong Kong as part of his China tour Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Earlier this month, James left the Miami Heat after four seasons and four trips to the NBA Finals and re-signed with the Cavaliers, where his career began. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Summer brings NBA action off the court

James returns to Cavaliers, Wizards re-sign Gortat and fans wonder if Durant will come back to D.C.


Carolyn Hax: No Hollywood ending for this in-law incident

After a woman overhears her in-laws insulting her and her family, she wonders about confronting them.

Reliable Source

Singer Janelle Monae has the power to blackmail the president

Apparently singer Janelle Monae, a favorite of the Obamas, has video evidence of the president’s sweet moves.


Hip Brooklyn store selling traditional jewish smoked fish , and Passover specials. Shelsky's. (Photo by Lisa Pines/Getty Images)

The New York Jewish deli, spiffed up for the 21st century

The traditional Jewish deli has been updated by new arrivals who have put a modern twist on the old traditions.

Travel coverage

Home & Garden

Beds ready for planting on an organic farm.

The organic-vs.-chemical can of worms

Barbara Damrosch’s case for organic food and a level playing field.


HANDOUT IMAGE: (L to R) Nina Garcia, Zac Posen, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn judge the first challenge of Project Runway season 13, premiering Thursday, July 24, at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

Why hasn’t ‘Project Runway’ launched a real fashion star?

The reality show promised to find new fashion talent and instead has shown hard truths about the industry.


Your messy house? Let’s see it

Many of you have now read Clint Edwards’ essay about how he learned a messy house is an okay thing. Now it’s your turn: #mymessyhouse