Uber hires David Plouffe after realizing ‘techies’ can’t run a political campaign

David Plouffe in 2012. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

The decision to bring in Plouffe, a former chief political strategist for Barack Obama, underscores how Uber has learned it needs more firepower to spar with powerful taxi interests all over the world.

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    Video shows Ferguson officer Darren Wilson months before he shot Michael Brown

    He is the man at the center of the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., and he hasn’t been seen in over a week.

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      Odds of a Scottish Yes vote fading fast

      Odds of a Scottish Yes vote fading fast

      The latest forecast suggests that the pro-independence campaign in Scotland is fighting an uphill battle.

      Job Corps turns 50 today. Here are four people the program helped.

      Job Corps turns 50 today. Here are four people the program helped.

      Four Job Corps alumni and current students, ranging from ages 19 to 60, share their success stories.

      Another way of thinking about the problems with the Rick Perry indictment

      Even if Gov. Rick Perry’s veto threat could have been criminalized by a narrow, specifically defined statute (and I’m not sure it could be), it can’t constitutionally be punished under the statutes that the prosecutor has cited.

      The case for eating crickets

      The case for eating crickets

      Here’s why you should stop being grossed out and embrace a sustainable, nutritious food.

      The mythical swing voter

      The mythical swing voter

      What looked like a big swing in public opinion was really just an artifact of survey nonresponse.

      Obama’s biggest boosters on Iraq: Conservative Republicans -- kind of

      Obama’s biggest boosters on Iraq: Conservative Republicans -- kind of

      A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows some strange bedfellows.

      Nice try, this is no Tesla

      Nice try, this is no Tesla

      I drove the new Mercedes-Benz electric car. They have a long ways to go to catch the king.

      In Ferguson, a protest leader almost by accident

      In Ferguson, a protest leader almost by accident

      Keith Griffin arrived on a fact-finding mission hours after the shooting. By the next day, he was organizing.

      Islamic State claims execution of journalist James Foley

      Islamic State claims execution of journalist James Foley

      The militant group posted a video purporting to show the beheading of the American photographer.

      Shrinking government: Federal hiring down, departures up

      A closer look at how federal hiring has declined in recent years while the number of departures has increased.

      In Ferguson, ‘a turning point’

      In Ferguson, ‘a turning point’

      Police arrest 47 people in clashes, but Capt. Ronald Johnson said a city torn by riots was beginning to heal.

      The strategic campaign needed to save public education -- in nine steps

      The strategic campaign needed to save public education -- in nine steps

      ‘What we must do and what we must stop doing.’

      More states fund ACT college admission testing

      More states fund ACT college admission testing

      Thirteen states paid this year for 11th-graders to take the exam during the school day. More plan to follow suit.

      Obama losing public support on education issues, new poll finds

      Obama losing public support on education issues, new poll finds

      A well-regarded annual poll conducted by Gallup finds waning support for the Common Core State Standards.

      Common Core support has eroded nationwide, poll shows

      Wide-ranging Gallup survey
      also shows that trust in the nation’s public school system has evaporated.

      Prosecutors to present evidence in Michael Brown case to grand jury

      Prosecutors to present evidence in Michael Brown case to grand jury

      It remains unclear if Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will ultimately be charged in Brown’s death.

      In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

      In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

      Despite financial woes, SeaWorld is still awash in political activity

      Rick Perry, facing two felony counts, is booked in Texas

      Rick Perry, facing two felony counts, is booked in Texas

      Republican governor declared his innocence, vowed to fight the charges — and then went for ice cream.

      Ferguson protesters’ staging ground now silent

      Ferguson protesters’ staging ground now silent

      Torched after a rumor, the QuikTrip gas station attracted thousands, but a fence now keeps those people out.

      WHO wary of Ebola-related travel restrictions

      WHO wary of Ebola-related travel restrictions

      As airlines impose bans and some borders are closed, the agency warns of shortages and limits to response.

      Q&A: What’s next as Brown shooting heads to grand jury

      Q&A: What’s next as Brown shooting heads to grand jury

      Here’s how the process will work as the panel decides whether to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

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      Report shows lack of diversity in top civil service ranks

      The EEOC says women and people of color are underrepresented in the Senior Executive Service.

      Obama advisers seek help from African American leaders

      Obama advisers seek help from African American leaders

      Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Valerie Jarrett want to keep the situation in Ferguson calm.

      Fareed Zakaria faces new accusations of plagiarism

      Fareed Zakaria faces new accusations of plagiarism

      Media watchdog group that targeted a Buzzfeed reporter scrutinizes the foreign affairs commentator.

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      Happy birthday; here’s your Social Security statement

      Checking the data is too important to ignore; a birthday is a good reminder to go over your online records.

      Trial court restricts father from doing anything in front of the children “that ... conflicts with the Catholic religion“

      The mother claimed that the father’s teaching the children about his Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs was confusing to the children; that was not enough, the appeals court said, to justify the order.

      President Eisenhower had a pretty sick plane

      President Eisenhower had a pretty sick plane

      Happy National Aviation Day!

      Sprint launches new $100 family plan with 20GB data share

      Sprint launches new $100 family plan with 20GB data share

      The company is trying to woo new users even as its network gets a low rating compared to competitors.

      Hagel snatches new Pentagon chief of staff from U.N.

      Hagel snatches new Pentagon chief of staff from U.N.

      Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel picks former staffer Rexon Ryu as his new right hand man.

      ‘Zombie fungi’ kills ants near nest to ensure new hosts

      A study suggests this species of fungus cannot flourish inside the colony.

      House oversight panel investigating telework abuses at patent agency

      House oversight panel investigating telework abuses at patent agency

      House committee to probe telework abuses at patent agency

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      Sen. Warner hears nightmare VA stories

      Sen. Warner hears nightmare VA stories

      American veterans and their family members met Monday with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), and shared their horror stories about how the Department of Veterans Affairs has handled their cases.

      There are zero states where the percentage of people employed has gone up since the recession

      There are 3.5 percent fewer people employed today than there was in 2007, according to a Pew study.

      Amicus brief of ‘Scholars of Public Choice Economics’ North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners case

      Overly-restrictive licensing regimes raise prices, harm consumers, and are a drag on the economy.

      Standard Chartered to pay $300 million for violating money laundering settlement

      Standard Chartered to pay $300 million for violating money laundering settlement

      The N.Y. Department of Financial Service said the bank did not flag a series of wire transfers from clients and locales at high risk for money laundering, defying a 2012 agreement.

      Planes, trains and campaign finance reports -- the bane of every Senate candidate

      Planes, trains and campaign finance reports -- the bane of every Senate candidate

      Sen. Mary Landrieu isn’t the first politician to face ethics problems over her flights.

      Explaining the Arab uprisings

      Explaining the Arab uprisings

      It has become fashionable to dismiss the significance of the 2011 Arab uprisings, given how badly most have turned out. But, the moment of mobilization was extraordinary on its own terms.

      Political deja vu: Michelle Nunn takes an ad from the anti-Romney playbook

      Hiring the firm that battered Romney in 2012 results in an ad that’s a mirror image of those spots.

      From loss to strength in Tanzania

      From loss to strength in Tanzania

      Victoria Kisyombe used personal tragedy as the inspiration for her work in micro-finance.