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Americans increasingly say race is the country’s most important issue

The number of Americans who name race as the top issue has risen to a two-decade high.

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    In Paul-Rubio feud over Cuba, a preview of 2016

    Two leading presidential hopefuls clash over Cuba, a harbinger of GOP’s 2016 foreign policy debate.

    U-Va. board leader denounces ‘drive-by journalism’

    U-Va. board leader denounces ‘drive-by journalism’

    George Keith Martin accuses the magazine of “callous indifference” to the consequences of its rape article.

    Plan for English-language learner schools creates conflict

    Some differ over opening the Maryland schools for English-language learners and immigrants.

    Introducing The Weekly Itch

    Introducing The Weekly Itch

    We launch a roundup of the best stuff in innovation, technology, creativity and humor.

    Ferris Bueller’s day in the Texas Supreme Court

    Ferris Bueller’s day in the Texas Supreme Court

    A very interesting dissent from denial of review in a media rights case, by Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.

    Arlington board approves plan for new middle school

    Arlington board approves plan for new middle school

    The board voted to move the H-B Woodlawn program in five years to make room for a new middle school.

    Dangerous implications of the Nebraska-Oklahoma lawsuit against marijuana legalization in Colorado

    Nebraska and Oklahoma’s lawsuit against Colorado’s marijuana legalization law has dangerous implications - particularly for conservatives and others who want to enforce constitutional limits on the scope of federal power.

    What will the future hold for Sony’s Amy Pascal?

    What will the future hold for Sony’s Amy Pascal?

    It could take longer than usual for the parlor game over her fate at the company to play out.

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    Obama jokes about Politico in Brussels

    Obama jokes about Politico in Brussels

    In his year-ending press conference today, President Obama called first on Politico reporter Carrie Budoff Brown who is soon moving to Europe. “I think what Belgium needs is some, uh, version of Politico," the president said.

    State Department warns travelers about worldwide terror threat

    State Department warns travelers about worldwide terror threat

    Nothing like spreading a little holiday fear.

    8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Rum, James Flacco and media errors.

    2014 in review, with religion in a starring role

    A string of court decisions in the United States paved a way for greater accommodation of faith in public life.

    Fact-checking Obama’s press conference jobs claims

    Fact-checking Obama’s press conference jobs claims

    Pretty decent news, particularly when taken out of context.

    Nebraska and Oklahoma are misreading Raich

    My 2 cents on Oklahoma and Nebraska’s lawsuit against Colorado’s marijuana legalization

    Unemployment rate drops in 41 states, D.C.

    The unemployment rate fell by more than 2 percentage points over the year in Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio and Rhode Island.

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    Dr. Oz's 'miraculous' claims

    Dr. Oz's 'miraculous' claims

    A recent study by the British Medical Journal says half of the claims Dr. Mehmet Oz makes on his popular television show are not backed up by medical science. Here are some examples from recent episodes of "The Dr. Oz Show" - claiming "revolutionary miracles."

    President Obama likes James Flacco a lot, whoever that is.

    President Obama likes James Flacco a lot, whoever that is.

    But more importantly, is he elite?

    The auto bailout is officially over

    The auto bailout is officially over

    On Friday, the Treasury Department said it sold its remaining stake in auto lender Ally Financial.

    The many things the 113th Congress wanted to condemn

    The many things the 113th Congress wanted to condemn

    Many truly awful things -- and many things that President Obama did.

    Women drawn to the newly hot, high-tech field of statistics

    Women drawn to the newly hot, high-tech field of statistics

    The discipline offers a more welcoming learning environment and a plethora of job possibilities.

    U.S. pledges ‘proportional’ response for N. Korea hack

    U.S. pledges ‘proportional’ response for N. Korea hack

    The United States for the first time laid blame on a foreign government for a destructive cyberattack.

    District, Maryland and Virginia see unemployment dip

    District, Maryland and Virginia see unemployment dip

    Washington suburbs add fewer jobs than the nation’s capital, which accounts for about half the growth.

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    Highlights from Obama's last briefing of 2014

    Highlights from Obama's last briefing of 2014

    Here are the key moments from President Obama's last news conference of 2014, which he gave before leaving for Hawaii with his family for the holidays.

    Congress goes home, but what’s next?

    Congress goes home, but what’s next?

    While it did appear ugly, the House and Senate avoided the worst excesses of 2013.

    Rand Paul, Twitter troll

    Rand Paul, Twitter troll

    He and Marco Rubio don’t agree on changes in our relationship with Cuba ...

    Employment and earnings weighed in college-rating plan

    Obama administration considers measuring whether recent grad earn more than 200 percent of poverty level.

    ‘The law is an ass — an idiot ... a __.’

    What else does Mr. Bumble say the law is (subjunctively), in Oliver Twist?

    Hawaii is the Best State in America

    Hawaii is the Best State in America

    No one is healthier than Hawaiians.

    The decline of the Cuban American hard-liners

    The decline of the Cuban American hard-liners

    Obama’s move pushes Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush into a corner.

    Should the federal government rate colleges based on graduates’ earnings? It just may do it.

    Should the federal government rate colleges based on graduates’ earnings? It just may do it.

    The U.S. Education Department releases its draft proposal to rate colleges and universities. Read the metrics being considered.

    Do atheists believe in the Christmas story? A cautionary tale on polls.

    Do atheists believe in the Christmas story? A cautionary tale on polls.

    Thirty percent of religiously “unaffiliated” people believe in the virgin birth.

    Harkin’s swan song: Changing the national anthem

    Harkin’s swan song: Changing the national anthem

    Sen. Tom Harkin displayed his love of America in his final days in public office.

    Tenn. town tries to ban negative comments

    City employees, be careful what you tweet.

    Ecoterrorism: terrorist threat or political ploy?

    Ecoterrorism:  terrorist threat or political ploy?

    New data sheds light on the use of violence on behalf of environmental goals

    Why white evangelicals rule the midterms

    Why white evangelicals rule the midterms

    White evangelicals turn out to vote because their everyday context reinforces the bonds between religion, community and politics.

    Government is shrinking -- but it’s shrinking faster in blue states

    Government is shrinking -- but it’s shrinking faster in blue states

    And it’s not really about politics.

    SVU’s Mariska Hargitay turns activist for victims

    SVU’s Mariska Hargitay turns activist for victims

    “Det. Olivia Benson” turns her energy in real life to helping the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.