Border crisis puts state, local leaders in a bind

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Around the country, the challenge of housing tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American migrant children is forcing an emotional, uncomfortable and politically treacherous conversation on policymakers at every level.

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The ‘breakthrough’ sixth-grade science project at the center of a fight over scientific glory

Thirteen-year-old lionfish researcher Lauren Arrington is being accused of taking credit for a marine biologist’s work.

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Has President Obama hit his low point?

Has President Obama hit his low point?

Approval polls show little but statistical noise, even as crises surround the White House.

Members of Congress pitch their cities for the 2016 DNC convention

Members of Congress are pitching their cities to the Democratic National Committee, all in hopes of landing the 2016 convention.

Blacks in Seattle disproportionately fined for using pot in public

Early data show racial disparities in enforcement of the new public-use rules.

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

IRS officials filed court statements about the agency’s efforts to recover Lerner’s files. Find out what they said.

Do 10,000 baby boomers retire daily?

Do 10,000 baby boomers retire daily?

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. It turns out his math is accurate.

The problem with how we talk about poverty and kids

The problem with how we talk about poverty and kids

Using the word ‘poverty’ to describe different students’ living conditions is too general to be helpful.

Educators who support Common Core call new tests ‘a travesty’

Educators who support Common Core call new tests ‘a travesty’

Here’s a letter a principal and some of his teachers wrote about exams given to students in New York this past spring.

Looking for recommendations on Professional Responsibility texts

A question for current law students and recent law school graduates.

Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours

Witnesses said convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood III gasped and snorted for much of the time before dying.

Effort for new government in Iraq on track, official says

Effort for new government in Iraq on track, official says

The administration’s point man spoke of an “ongoing process” that includes several initiatives.

Following crashes, U.S. mulls replacing older tank rail cars

Following crashes, U.S. mulls replacing older tank rail cars

A roundup of business news from around the world.

Lawyers complain about Arizona inmate’s execution

Lawyers complain about Arizona inmate’s execution

A roundup of news from across the nation.

Petitions filed to force Truland affiliates into bankruptcy

Petitions were filed in federal court asking a judge to begin Chapter 7 liquidation proceedings.

Market Basket employees are protesting CEO’s forced exit

Known for his empathy, Arthur S. Demoulas faces some family opposition as he tries to remain CEO.

White House, senators near deal on surveillance reform

White House, senators near deal on surveillance reform

Compromise bill would end NSA collection of Americans’ phone records.

House Republicans unveil plan to deal with border crisis

House Republicans unveil plan to deal with border crisis

But the proposal could get upended by the political forces that have long divided GOP lawmakers.

Fairfax to vote on spending millions to end half-day classes

On Thursday, the county school board will vote on the funding, a rocky negotiation point with supervisors.

Document describes procedures for government watch list

Document describes procedures for government watch list

President’s top counterterrorism adviser can prevent certain categories of people from flying.

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In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

The senator, clearly looking toward a potential 2016 matchup, piles on the 1990s references.

Former CDC team leader resigns amid anthrax debacle

The resignation follows the potential exposure of the disease to scientists, admission of other security lapses.

Border crisis puts state, local leaders in a bind

Border crisis puts state, local leaders in a bind

Around the country, the challenge of housing tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American migrant children is forcing an emotional, uncomfortable and politically treacherous conversation on policymakers at every level.

Obama tax policies reduced inequality gap, analysis shows

Obama tax policies reduced inequality gap, analysis shows

Based on tax policy, Obama slightly increased the income of the poor and reduced the income of the rich.

D.C. students ‘meet Washington’ to learn about careers

D.C. students ‘meet Washington’ to learn about careers

A public school program introduces students to information technology, hospitality and engineering.

Defense giants post lower sales, mixed profits

Sales at Washington-area defense contractors fell, but profits increased as companies cut costs.

Big-bang debate reveals challenges on frontier of science

Big-bang debate reveals challenges on frontier of science

Most agree the BICEP2 South Pole experiment was heroic science. But did they just see a bunch of dust?

Federal security programs chill whistleblowers, critics say

Federal security programs chill whistleblowers, critics say

Some fear the programs designed to stop government leaks may also keep employees from reporting problems.

When may a felon, who is generally barred from possessing a gun, get it to break up a fight?

An interesting opinion on the scope of the “necessity” defense.

Is sexual orientation discrimination like discrimination based on race? sex? religion? politics? appearance?

Which analogy one chooses is important -- especially for the debate about the religious freedom objections to President Obama’s new executive order barring employment discrimination based on sexual orientation by government contractors.

Plagiarism is a pretty minor political crime. But it matters for Sen. John Walsh.

Plagiarism is a pretty minor political crime. But it matters for Sen. John Walsh.

Plagiarism isn’t a career-ender, but Walsh’s career was already in serious jeopardy. And this hurts.

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Navy introduces new Blue Angels pilots after scandal

Navy introduces new Blue Angels pilots after scandal

The Navy announced the nine officers who are joining a retooled Blue Angels squadron for 2015 on Wednesday. The news follows the May release of the Navy’s investigative report on the leadership of former commanding officer Capt. Gregory McWherter, who was replaced in 2012 for questionable leadership and the failure to stop sexual harassment in the workplace.

Textualism vs. more contextual arguments -- but not in Halbig

Judge Easterbrook provides a lesson in statutory interpretation.

Scott Walker is tied with his challenger in a new poll. Just wait until the campaign starts.

Scott Walker is tied with his challenger in a new poll. Just wait until the campaign starts.

Yes, they’re tied. But very few people know his challenger.

BYU grads basically run Utah’s government

BYU grads basically run Utah’s government

In a not-surprising fact, the bulk of Utah’s elected officials hail for the Mormon school, and most are Republicans.

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

A Dutch mayor called Wednesday for Russian President Putin’s daughter to be deported from the Netherlands.

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Why my city rules: Members of Congress sell their cities to DNC

Why my city rules: Members of Congress sell their cities to DNC

Congress members are pitching their cities to the Democratic National Committee, all in hopes of landing the 2016 convention.

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

John Koskinen offered little new information about the matter, saying he doesn’t want to interfere with an inspector general’s investigation.

New CFO named for Prince George’s County schools

New CFO named for Prince George’s County schools

Colby R. White replaces Thomas Sheeran, who recently resigned.