Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds

(Max Whittaker/Prime / For The Washington Post)

A wide variety of plant scientists embrace the cutting-edge technology of marker-assisted DNA selection.

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Former Mr. Met writes that the Secret Service once told him they’d shoot him if he went near the president

In a new book, a former Mr. Met recounts the time he encountered the Secret Service at Shea Stadium.

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New procedure clones stem cells from adults

New procedure clones stem cells from adults

For the first time, scientists have created stem cell lines with identical DNA from two human adult males.

Column

Take executives to task, but be sure to have the right target

If you’re going to beat up on an individual for the failure of a company, you ought to beat up the right one.

Morgan Stanley, Goldman figures better than expected

A roundup of business news from around the globe.

Black students urge change at Washington and Lee

Black students urge change at Washington and Lee

Administrators are being asked to confront the school’s past.

Column

Retired fed celebrates 35 years with transplanted kidney

Retired fed celebrates 35 years with transplanted kidney

He received brother’s kidney in 1979. Health insurance provided needed drugs others can’t afford.

U-Va.’s in-state price likely to rise about 4 percent

U-Va.’s in-state price likely to rise about 4 percent

Tuition and fees for Virginians at the public flagship university would be nearly $13,000 in coming year.

Column

In the Loop: Putin believes he knows where to go for help

The Russian president trusts that a certain other president would save him if he were drowning.

D.C. parents want specifics about funds for at-risk students

Education activists say it’s not clear how and where DCPS is spending new funds for at-risk children.

That time Martin O’Malley hung out with Jonah from “Veep“.

That time Martin O’Malley hung out with Jonah from “Veep“.

Politics + celebrity = Internet gold

He’s no clone: Justice Thomas’s legacy in law and politics

Justice Thomas’s approach to the Constitution is rooted in the Declaration of Independence.

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Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant

Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant

At a Clinton Foundation event, Chelsea Clinton announced she’s expecting her first child. She was at the event with her mother, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he lacks ‘sizzle’ for POTUS run

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he lacks ‘sizzle’ for POTUS run

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Four cocktails, three bars, one night

Four cocktails, three bars, one night

The Post’s Fritz Hahn takes you inside the exclusive Dram and Grain for one of D.C.’s wildest cocktails, plus Bar Charley for tiki drinks on tap and Quill for author-inspired sips.

The ‘new’ Graze to the Top program

The ‘new’ Graze to the Top program

Local School Council member writes satire piece about what it will take to make American schools better.

Speed limits, immigration, and the duty to obey the law

Law professor Michael Rappaport argues that attitudes towards speed limit laws are a special case that don’t tell us much about obligations to obey the laws more generally. But the reasons why most people believe that violating the speed limit is often justified also , apply to many other laws.

Where you’re most likely to get arrested for marijuana and DUI, in 2 maps

Where you’re most likely to get arrested for marijuana and DUI, in 2 maps

Pot-smokers of America: You’re not welcome in Illinois.

And the winner of The Fix’s #nextsuperPAC contest is......

Readers suggest pithy names for the jumbo-sized joint fundraising committees that can now be formed.

Earth-size, ‘Goldilocks’ planet in distant solar system

Earth-size, ‘Goldilocks’ planet in distant solar system

Kepler-186f, 500 light-years away, meets what researchers believe are two basic requirements for life.

President Obama throws a shaka sign at the Wounded Warrior Project bike ride

President Obama throws a shaka sign at the Wounded Warrior Project bike ride

The annual nearly 60-mile ride is far more than a bike workout for many, Obama said.

Not speaking with your friends and family? Good, they can set up a super PAC for you.

Not speaking with your friends and family? Good, they can set up a super PAC for you.

Why outside groups can also fairly be called “inside groups.“

Quote of the Week: Bloomberg

Quote of the Week: Bloomberg

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is this week’s Loop Quote of the Week winner.

The Draft Ben Carson super PAC raised a massive amount of money over the last three months. How?

The Draft Ben Carson super PAC raised a massive amount of money over the last three months. How?

Raising money takes money. Lots of money, in this case.

Why Yahoo’s COO got that $58 million severance package

Why Yahoo’s COO got that $58 million severance package

The eye-popping size of his golden parachute tells us three things.

Further reading on the problem of dishonest law enforcement agents

Further thoughts on and some criticism of my earlier post on findings of dishonesty by police officers.

VA hospitals on par with private sector for patient satisfaction

VA hospitals on par with private sector for patient satisfaction

The American Customer Satisfaction Index shows the VA health network with scores equal to or better than the private sector.

The drought devastating the West, in 5 maps

The drought devastating the West, in 5 maps

Every inch of California is experiencing drier-than-normal conditions, and the drought is spreading.

FDA warns against common procedure to remove uterine fibroids

FDA warns against common procedure to remove uterine fibroids

Agency says laparoscopic power morcellation risks spreading hidden cancers within a woman’s body.

New Hampshire’s death penalty repeal fails by a single vote

New Hampshire’s death penalty repeal fails by a single vote

It would have become the 19th state without a death penalty.

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Putin misleads on surveillance

Putin misleads on surveillance

NSA leaker Edward Snowden questioned Vladimir Putin about domestic Russian spying on Thursday.

U.S. to send Ukrainian military more non-lethal aid

U.S. to send Ukrainian military more non-lethal aid

The move to bolster an embattled ally stops short of supplying the weapons that officials in Kiev have sought.

Kahan v. Krugman

Empirical research tells us more about motivated reasoning than does one columnist’s “lived experience.“

Algerians vote for stability

Algerians vote for stability

While Algerians have little enthusiasm for reelecting Bouteflika, there appears to be an increasing sense that the existing system is better than any of the viable alternatives.

Why aren’t people getting smarter about their finances?

Why aren’t people getting smarter about their finances?

April is financial literacy month, a time for reflection on how much Americans know about their personal finances.

The 5 things you need to know about Beau Biden

The 5 things you need to know about Beau Biden

What you need to know about the 2016 candidate for governor.

Did McCain-Feingold work? These guys say no.

Did McCain-Feingold work? These guys say no.

The law is a decade old. Has its time come and gone?

Debating Halbig and PPACA Implementation

Competing perspectives on the Obama Administration’s implementation of the PPACA

Identity politics in India’s elections

Identity politics in India’s elections

The world’s largest democracy is voting, and the stakes are high.