Senate passes Obama plan to fight militants

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President Obama’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels exposed a deep rift Thursday among Democrats over waging war, with a large bloc of liberals staunchly opposed to the modest mission, fearing another long-term engagement in Iraq.

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Visclosky aide offered earmarks for donations, convict says

Visclosky aide offered earmarks for donations, convict says

According to FBI files, a lobbyist said the congressman’s representative told him earmarks were “for sale.”

Ukraine to get $53 million in ‘non-lethal’ aid from the U.S.

Ukraine to get $53 million in ‘non-lethal’ aid from the U.S.

Despite disagreement over providing weapons, Poroshenko, Obama share warm words at the White House.

Holder announces federal initiative on bias, policing

Holder announces federal initiative on bias, policing

Program in response to Ferguson, Mo., killing aims to build trust between community and police.

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Navy Yard workers remember when their world shattered

Navy Yard workers remember when their world shattered

Navy Yard staffers recall last year’s massacre. They are sad, but they also have pride in their colleagues.

Man arrested in connection with California wildfire

Man arrested in connection with California wildfire

Bail for Wayne Allen Huntsman was set at $10 million, but police provided few details of the arrest.

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In the Loop: Party at the White House or on the Hill?

In the Loop: Party at the White House or on the Hill?

Lawmakers had to choose between a big-time picnic or listening to Gingrich and DeLay discuss 1994.

National digest: Sept. 19, 2014

National digest: Sept. 19, 2014

A roundup of news from across the nation.

Grassley, Paul shining a light on the nonprofit group NEON

Grassley, Paul shining a light on the nonprofit group NEON

Senators ask why federal auditors signed off on the climate-change group’s use of taxpayer money.

10 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

10 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

But most importantly, a photo of Kirsten Gillibrand and Connie Britton hanging out.

At Politico, we’ll finally learn what ‘Editing While Female’ means

At Politico, we’ll finally learn what ‘Editing While Female’ means

Politico has long had a reputation for being a boys club. The hiring of Susan Glasser will change that. But how?

Sorry, Nancy Pelosi. New York is objectively more progressive than California.

Sorry, Nancy Pelosi. New York is objectively more progressive than California.

In which we settle, once and for all, the beef between East Coast and West Coast.

Why you should care about the personal lives of politicians

Why you should care about the personal lives of politicians

It’s all about understanding who they really are.

Rental car companies charge extra fees if you’re in a state with electronic tolls, and they’re getting sued over it

Rental car companies charge extra fees if you’re in a state with electronic tolls, and they’re getting sued over it

A sum of $4.70 in tolls turned into $64.70 for one Florida couple, so they’ve filed a lawsuit accused Dollar Rent A Car of mischaracterizing their fees.

Many Obama nominees will be left on the floor Thursday night when the Senate slithers out of town

Many Obama nominees will be left on the floor Thursday night when the Senate slithers out of town

The Senate is expected to confirm an ambassador to Ireland and eight other nominees Thursday evening.

Holder Watch: Day 2,054

Holder Watch: Day 2,054

Holder is already one of the longest serving attorneys general in American history. How long will he stay?

QUIZ: Game of Thrones or campaign ad?

George R.R. Martin is fundraising for Sen. Tom Udall. We decided to take advantage of the situation.

Gov. Jerry Brown signs $330 million California film tax incentive bill

Gov. Jerry Brown signs $330 million California film tax incentive bill

Brown signed the bill Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theater in downtown Hollywood.

Skepticism about the politics of smell

A correlation was found in a sample of 21 people. I have no reason to believe it holds in the general population.

Nurse practitioners say they can help VA with staffing shortages

Nurse practitioners say they can help VA with staffing shortages

But the idea of using NPs is a controversial one, especially among some doctors.

Surprisingly few Americans know basic facts about the U.S. government

Surprisingly few Americans know basic facts about the U.S. government

Almost twice as many people know American Idol judge Randy Jackson as know Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

How gender mattered in the rise and fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

How gender mattered in the rise and fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Gender was a big reason Wasserman Schultz got the job. It’s also an unmistakable part of her apparent downfall.

Michelle Obama dishes on Beyonce concerts and presidential dogs on Air Force One

Michelle Obama dishes on Beyonce concerts and presidential dogs on Air Force One

In a rare extended question-and-answer session with kids Wednesday, Michelle Obama described life at the White House.

Gingrich holds ‘94 election reunion, calls current GOP politics ‘pathetic’

Gingrich holds ‘94 election reunion, calls current GOP politics ‘pathetic’

It’s been 20 years since the Republicans swept the House in 1994. So of course there was a party.

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The Grimes gun ad, annotated

The Grimes gun ad, annotated

The Post’s Chris Cillizza and Alyssa Rosenberg weigh in on the messaging behind this Senate ad.

What will be the mail truck of the future?

What will be the mail truck of the future?

Replacing the USPS fleet would cost postal officials about $5 billion, and that’s a check that at the moment they can’t write.

Less than 1 percent of voter registration forms turned in by a Georgia group accused of fraud are actually fraudulent

Less than 1 percent of voter registration forms turned in by a Georgia group accused of fraud are actually fraudulent

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office said it has found 25 forged voter registration forms.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in trouble. Her consolation? She’ll likely have a soft landing.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in trouble. Her consolation? She’ll likely have a soft landing.

A look at the history of former chairpeople, in light of rumors about Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Income inequality last year rose in 15 states

Income inequality last year rose in 15 states

Rates rose nationwide, too.

Guns are 2014’s hottest campaign accessory

Guns are 2014’s hottest campaign accessory

A look at the many, many gun ads of 2014.

A bunch of Senate polls look good for Republicans. Be cautious.

A bunch of Senate polls look good for Republicans. Be cautious.

Does Cory Gardner lead by eight in Colorado and Joni Ernst by six in Iowa? Probably not.

Here’s why VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s cellphone is sometimes busy

Here’s why VA Secretary  Robert McDonald’s cellphone is sometimes busy

McDonald gave out his cellphone number last week to the media. Since then he’s gotten some 150 calls.

Meet the VA official expanding the national cemetery system

Ronald Walters, the highest-ranking official with the National Cemetery Administration, is a finalist for a prestigious management award.

President Obama just lost his one remaining strong suit: fighting terrorism

President Obama just lost his one remaining strong suit: fighting terrorism

In the public’s view, Osama bin Laden is dead, but the Islamic State is very much alive.

Americans say local governments waste 37 cents of every dollar. That’s the good news.

Americans say local governments waste 37 cents of every dollar. That’s the good news.

They have even dimmer views of the state and federal governments.