Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion

(U.S. Army via Getty)

The U.S. soldier went missing from his patrol base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by allies of the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner swap. If convicted, Bergdahl faces the possibility of life in prison.

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Montana lawmakers want fetuses to be anesthetized before they’re aborted

Montana lawmakers want fetuses to be anesthetized before they’re aborted

Yesterday, an unusual bill passed the Montana House requiring abortion providers to offer anesthesia for fetuses before abortions.

Secret Service tightens rules on driving agency cars after drinking

Secret Service tightens rules on driving agency cars after drinking

The changes come after agents allegedly drove a through a bomb-threat investigation scene at the White House.

At U-Va., a price hike for some will fund a price cut for others

At U-Va., a price hike for some will fund a price cut for others

New U-Va. tuition and financial aid plan — including an 11 percent tuition raise — has winners and losers.

D.C. government office released students’ personal data to a reporter

This is the second data security breach reported in two months in D.C. schools.

What else does Rep. Aaron Schock have in common with Lincoln?

What else does Rep. Aaron Schock have in common with Lincoln?

Did Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) know everything he had in common with Lincoln?

FBI disrupts plot to kill scores at military base on behalf of Islamic State

An Army National Guardsman who wanted to join the Islamic State was arrested along with his cousin.

Need a job? How you can write test questions for Pearson.

Need a job? How you can write test questions for Pearson.

College degrees are “preferred,” the ad says.

The hidden benefits of cutting coal pollution, and why they matter

The hidden benefits of cutting coal pollution, and why they matter

Some benefits of cutting toxic pollutants aren’t quantifiable at all. But that’s not a reason for inaction.

People are freaking out about the Trans Pacific Partnership’s investor dispute settlement system. Why should you care?

People are freaking out about the Trans Pacific Partnership’s investor dispute settlement system. Why should you care?

A secret chapter from a trade agreement that Washington is negotiating with Pacific countries has leaked, explaining how multinational corporations would be able to sue the U.S. government under this treaty in secretive international tribunals.

NEA president: It’s time for education companies to be transparent

NEA president: It’s time for education companies to be transparent

“We know that when someone says ‘education reform,’ it can mean any variety of things.“

Why investors like AOL co-founder Steve Case are betting big on food

Why investors like AOL co-founder Steve Case are betting big on food

The food industry’s huge opportunities for disruption are now attracting one of tech’s biggest names.

Here’s how Virginia’s governor defends his Homeland Security lobbying: Just ‘raising heck’

Here’s how Virginia’s governor defends his Homeland Security lobbying: Just ‘raising heck’

Gov. Terry McAuliffe downplayed suggestions that he received special treatment, saying he was merely “raising heck” with a slow-moving Department of Homeland Security.

Indiana is the battle over ‘religious freedom’ that Arizona never was

Indiana is the battle over ‘religious freedom’ that Arizona never was

Why Gov. Pence signed a bill that Arizona Gov. Brewer would have vetoed.

City charge dropped in Hannah Graham case to facilitate murder trial

City charge dropped in Hannah Graham case to facilitate murder trial

Jesse L. Matthew Jr. to face trial in Farifax sexual assault before murder and abduction charges near U-Va.

Congress just had a Kumbaya moment. Here’s how rare that is.

Congress just had a Kumbaya moment. Here’s how rare that is.

The “doc fix” hearkens back to day when Congress voted in unison much more often.

U-Va. student involved in violent arrest makes brief court appearance

U-Va. student involved in violent arrest makes brief court appearance

Martese Johnson did not enter a plea. His lawyer asked for a May court date so criminal probe of arrest can finish.

Human Rights Campaign hopes to fight Arkansas’ religious freedom bill by scaring away Silicon Valley

Human Rights Campaign hopes to fight Arkansas’ religious freedom bill by scaring away Silicon Valley

The large gay rights group plans to run a full-page ad this Sunday in the San Jose Mercury News, the largest newspaper in Silicon Valley.

Post reporter wins award for work on justice in Indian country; columnist also recognized

Sari Horwitz and Petula Dvorak are honored by the American Society of News Editors Awards.

Only one elected U.S. official makes this year’s ‘world’s greatest leaders’ list

Only one elected U.S. official makes this year’s ‘world’s greatest leaders’ list

There’s a serious and alarming lack of leadership in elected office today, and this list is just another reminder.

The best congressional acronym ever -- well, at least of this week

The best congressional acronym ever -- well, at least of this week

Coming up with catchy titles for legislation is something congressional staffers love to do.

Nancy Pelosi turns 75 today. She’s still the most effective leader in Congress.

Nancy Pelosi turns 75 today. She’s still the most effective leader in Congress.

Pelosi still inspires fear. And that’s amazing.

Panel okays route to permanent federal jobs for firefighter temps

Panel okays route to permanent federal jobs for firefighter temps

House panel approves bill that allows seasonal federal workers to compete for full-time jobs.

Where Americans live now, in 4 maps

Where Americans live now, in 4 maps

Basically: Cool maps.

Rand Paul now wants more defense spending. Welcome back to the old GOP.

Rand Paul now wants more defense spending. Welcome back to the old GOP.

He previously tried to cut it significantly. But it’s a new day.

Tracking U.S. weapons grows harder in the fog of Iraq’s fragmented war

Tracking U.S. weapons grows harder in the fog of Iraq’s fragmented war

The country has not given U.S. weapons to militias, officials say, but monitoring a fused force is difficult.

Why so many empty church pews? Here’s what money, sex, divorce and TV are doing to American religion

Robert Putnam’s new book, “Our Kids,” has important things to say about class and religion in America.

Report: DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by drug cartels

Report: DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by drug cartels

An inspector general inquiry finds that U.S. law enforcement agencies have not properly investigated allegations.

Ted Cruz invokes Galileo to defend climate skepticism — and historians aren’t happy

Ted Cruz invokes Galileo to defend climate skepticism — and historians aren’t happy

For starters, Galileo did not discover that the Earth is round. And there’s more.

George Mason Law School’s position on the “Sodomite Suppression Act” proposal

George Mason Law School’s response to the “Sodomite Suppression Act“? It’s simple--“we” don’t have one.

Who guessed that Ted Cruz would be the first to officially announce?

Who guessed that Ted Cruz would be the first to officially announce?

And now, the winners in the In the Loop contest to pick the first major presidential candidate to officially announce.

Oklahoma is the best state in America

Oklahoma is the best state in America

The best place to get away from the 2016 election chatter.

Elizabeth Southerland: Providing the science to keep the nation’s water safe for drinking, swimming and fishing

Elizabeth Southerland: Providing the science to keep the nation’s water safe for drinking, swimming and fishing

Southerland’s office at the EPA produces the research that the agency uses to set water-pollution limits.

Upcoming speaking engagements on political ignorance, presidential vs. parliamentary systems, and property rights

My upcoming speaking engagements over the next couple months, including ones at George Mason, Holy Cross College, Hofstra, and the University of Chicago Law School.

A surprising cost to posting negative reviews

A surprising cost to posting negative reviews

Some businesses are suing individuals for poor online reviews, citing defamation.