‘I can’t find anything to replace it’

Derric Winters served 16 months in Afghanistan. (Matt McClain/Post)

The Army provided his income, sense of purpose, self-esteem and 15 of his closest friends. Now, Derric Winters is transitioning from military to civilian life, from camaraderie to isolation.

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Kansas City arrest, charge man for string of highway shootings

A string of about 20 shootings on roads and highways in the area had rattled the region.

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Democrats look to reshape electorate to hold Senate

Democrats look to reshape electorate to hold Senate

The party thinks it can better identify supporters, motivate them and get them to the midterm polls.

TV ad reservations hint at super PAC’s priorities

TV ad reservations hint at super PAC’s priorities

House Majority PAC appears to be gearing up to protect vulnerable House Democrats this fall.

‘I can’t find anything to replace it’

‘I can’t find anything to replace it’

The Army provided his income, sense of purpose, self-esteem and 15 of his closest friends. Now, Derric Winters is transitioning from military to civilian life, from camaraderie to isolation.

The multiple international dimensions of an election in a small African country

The multiple international dimensions of an election in a small African country

Guinea-Bissau’s election draws from beyond its borders.

This Easter, a record number join District’s Catholic flock

This Easter, a record number join District’s Catholic flock

Nearly one-third of the 1,306 converts to the religion in the Washington area are in their 20s or early 30s.

Clergy warn Gov. Christie: Your Newark school reform is a mess

Clergy warn Gov. Christie: Your Newark school reform is a mess

A coalition of religious leaders oppose ‘One Newark’ plans.

How the marathon bombings changed everything in Boston politics

How the marathon bombings changed everything in Boston politics

In a city as obsessed with its politics as its sports, last April’s attack fundamentally altered the political scene.

Why community schools are part of the answer

Why community schools are part of the answer

What a veteran educator learned from a 17-year-old named Eddy about school reform.

Confronting a taboo after the death of ‘For Brown Girls’ founder

‘For Brown Girls’ founder Karyn Washington was an inspiration to many. Her apparent suicide has sparked conversations about depression and mental health among black women.

Michaels says nearly 3 million customers hit by data breach

Michaels says nearly 3 million customers hit by data breach

Retailer posts list of stores affected by breach, including several in the Washington area.

The taxonomy of the political book hatchet job

The taxonomy of the political book hatchet job

If there’s a political book everyone’s talking about, the real shocker is if anyone has anything nice to say at all.

A view from the second row of the White House briefing room

A view from the second row of the White House briefing room

Coffee makers, vending machines and, sometimes, the president.

What would a Mitch McConnell-led Senate look like?

What would a Mitch McConnell-led Senate look like?

More talking, more amendments, less fundraising.

Big data: A double-edged sword

Big data: A double-edged sword

New information will improve our health and prevent crimes, but uncover skeletons and hurt privacy.

Cultural diplomacy starts young

Cultural diplomacy starts young

Members of a Sikh community in Maryland combat misunderstanding with education.

A new wind of justice blows in Indian Country

A new wind of justice blows in Indian Country

A case brought by the Pascua Yaquis people of Arizona poses a key test for a new federal law that allows Native American tribes, which have their own court system, to prosecute non-Indians.

Evangelist Jasmin Sculark to lead Jericho City of Praise

Jericho City of Praise in Landover, Md., has faced a schism in recent years.

Are Fannie and Freddie money makers or losers?

Are Fannie and Freddie money makers or losers?

Assessments of their profitability differ as Senate committee weighs shutting down mortgage giants.

Notes from the Clinton White House

Notes from the Clinton White House

Documents made public Friday offer a revealing glimpse into the former first couple’s agenda on public relations, health care and more.

Must a Christian believe literally in the Resurrection?

Religious leaders and believers strongly disagree over whether Jesus’ rising is real or symbolic

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A season of gratitude, no matter what you believe

Jew or Christian. All that matters is the sense of community that Easter and Passover rituals inspire.

Loudoun considers ending Thomas Jefferson bus service

The county School Board may cut funding to transport students to the magnet high school in Fairfax County.

Religion events from around the Washington area

Easter worship services, pipe organ concerts, bingo night, Henry VIII book discussion, choral concerts.

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Boston Marathon bombing victims walk the marathon route

Boston Marathon bombing victims walk the marathon route

Brothers Paul and J.P. Norden each lost their right leg in the Boston Marathon bombings April 15, 2013. One year later, they walk parts of the marathon route to raise money for their ongoing health care.

Obama signs bill meant to block visa for Iran’s U.N. envoy

Obama signs bill meant to block visa for Iran’s U.N. envoy

The new law, sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, bars nominees deemed to have engaged in terrorist activity.

Top Obama administration official email from two decades ago

Top Obama administration official email from two decades ago

Two decades ago, a young diplomat who would eventually become a top Obama administration official, wrote a colorfully-worded email about African American summit.

Federalist Society podcast on using acquitted conduct at sentencing

Listen to my debate with Professor Doug Berman on whether a drug dealer acquitted of running a drug ring should be sentenced for running a drug ring.

Another month of anemic job growth in the D.C. area

Another month of anemic job growth in the D.C. area

In March, Virginia lost jobs, D.C. added none, and there was only a modest gain in Maryland.

Mitt Romney returns to political stage

Mitt Romney returns to political stage

The former presidential candidate is trying to help GOP contenders in November’s midterm elections.

NEH to help vets with humanities program

NEH to help vets with humanities program

The initiative is designed to help veterans using literature, drama and history.

National Firearms Law Seminar

Firearms law CLE program in Indianapolis on April 25.

Sterilization of the “intellectually disabled“

Sometimes it’s illegal -- but sometimes it’s legal, and sometimes prohibitions on such sterilization are unconstitutional.

Administration postpones decision on Keystone pipeline

Administration postpones decision on Keystone pipeline

Agencies were given more time to decide whether the pipeline is in the national interest.

Atheism, self-sacrifice, and morality

Damon Linker argues that atheists cannot explain or justify self-sacrifice. In reality, atheism is no less compatible with moral constraints on self-interest than theism.

Do online media get treated like traditional media under libel retraction statutes?

In the last week, a Florida case said “yes” and a California case said “no.” But that’s not surprising, since the state statutes differ.

E-mail from Woodson High School to parents

E-mail from Woodson High School to parents

Following a series of suicides, the Woodson community is working to prevent more loss.

Parents seek action at Woodson High after suicides

Parents seek action at Woodson High after suicides

The Fairfax County school’s parents want to prevent more suicides after six student deaths in three years.