Appeals court rejects Va. ban on gay marriage

Same-sex marriage supporters in Richmond. (Getty)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond ruled that withholding the right to marry from gay couples is unconstitutional and a new form of “segregation.” The issue could be considered by the Supreme Court as soon as next year.

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Are French Muslims integrated? Depends on what you mean by integration

Are French Muslims integrated? Depends on what you mean by integration

When investigating the “integration” of Muslims in France, it is important to keep in mind that embracing the nation and being embraced by it are two very different things.

How Mitt Romney spent his summer vacation

How Mitt Romney spent his summer vacation

What we learned from Romney’s post on Medium.

Lobbyists working for Redskins worked for Sen. Warner

Lobbyists working for Redskins worked for Sen. Warner

Two lobbyists representing the team worked in Va. politics for Warner, who is staying out of the name change fight.

Young Americans take a dim view of Israel’s actions

Young Americans take a dim view of Israel’s actions

Two polls show they are quite skeptical of Israel’s role in Gaza.

The VA bill would make firings easier. Is that a good thing?

Opponents say the proposal would roll back civil-service protections and discourage talented professionals from joining the VA.

Boost the eligibility age for Medicare to avoid ‘bankruptcy’?

Boost the eligibility age for Medicare to avoid ‘bankruptcy’?

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) suggests that boost the eligibility age will shield Medicare from “bankruptcy.” Not really.

In Tennessee, it’s the tea party vs. Howard Baker’s legacy

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) is sticking to the consensus-building approach of as he faces a test from the right.

White House: Delays in climate action could cost billions

Council of Economic Advisers report comes ahead of public hearings on curbing power plant emissions.

Bill revamping VA expected to pass easily, negotiators say

Bill revamping VA expected to pass easily, negotiators say

Top negotiator says House-Senate compromise to fix veterans’ health-care “must go beyond politics.”

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In the Loop: Obama makes few speeches in the Oval Office

In the Loop: Obama makes few speeches in the Oval Office

When the president speaks to the nation from the White House, he’s taken to using other backdrops.

Impeachment speculation boosts Democrats’ fundraising

Impeachment speculation boosts Democrats’ fundraising

A congressional campaign arm raised $2.1 million online in four days on fear of a House GOP impeachment bid.

Medicare fiscal outlook brightens partly due to ACA

Medicare fiscal outlook brightens partly due to ACA

But long-term challenges remain as graying population, higher medical costs cloud future.

Cruz lifts (toothless) hold on ambassador nominees

Cruz lifts (toothless) hold on ambassador nominees

Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer holding up ambassadors, but that doesn’t mean they are likely to be confirmed any quicker.

President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks

President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks

The people who think he is the least competent are the most likely to vote this fall.

Grover Norquist is going to Burning Man!

Grover Norquist is going to Burning Man!

Yes, for real.

What our cats and dogs say about our politics

What our cats and dogs say about our politics

Red states love their dogs, while liberal states are much more cat-friendly.

How to read the leaked Michelle Nunn campaign plan

How to read the leaked Michelle Nunn campaign plan

A look at the numbers and strategy that the campaign probably wishes hadn’t gotten out.

In Syracuse, two distinct views on immigration debate

In Syracuse, two distinct views on immigration debate

As neighbors argue, some find the issue much more complicated than the news ever makes it out to be.

Don’t fly your drones here

An interactive map of all the places where flying your drone can get you in trouble.

The New York Times was surprisingly late to embrace marijuana legalization

The New York Times was surprisingly late to embrace marijuana legalization

The paper’s editorial board was way ahead of the curve on gay marriage.

Indian American woman mistaken at hearing as a foreigner had been a staffer on same committee

Nisha Biswal worked for the House Foreign Affairs Committee more than a decade before she returned as a witness.

Paying for Israel’s wars

Paying for Israel’s wars

Why Israel’s poorest citizens don’t mind huge defense budgets.

Coming soon: A campaign run entirely by super PACs

A modern campaign only needs one thing: a candidate. The PACs can do everything else.

Watchdog: DOD workers with security clearances owe $730 million in taxes

Watchdog: DOD workers with security clearances owe $730 million in taxes

The GAO said about 31 percent of the tax-delinquent workers already owed money to the government when they were issued security clearances.

More than a fifth of the population in 17 states received Social Security benefits last year

More than a fifth of the population in 17 states received Social Security benefits last year

Data published earlier this month offer a state-by-state view of the program’s beneficiaries.

The nine lives of Sarah Palin

The nine lives of Sarah Palin

The Sarah Palin Channel is the just latest venture from a politician who has constantly reinvented herself.

Obama’s next career could be as a stock analyst

Obama’s next career could be as a stock analyst

The president has been sharply criticized for multiple alleged failures through his presidency, but when it comes to predicting the stock market. . .

For Obama, things will probably get worse before they get better

For Obama, things will probably get worse before they get better

History shows a president’s approval rating rarely rises from this point on.

Ten years ago today, America met a guy named Barack Obama

Ten years ago today, America met a guy named Barack Obama

Looking back on President Obama’s 2004 Democratic National Convention speech.

A purple, or even blue, Georgia? Not yet.

A purple, or even blue, Georgia? Not yet.

Despite racial change, Georgia looks more like South Carolina than Virginia

Rep. Mica holds (another) hearing on being stoned

Rep. Mica holds (another) hearing on being stoned

The congressman who loves to talk marijuana is holding another hearing on the subject before August recess.

One of the most anti-Obama ads of the election is being run by a Democrat in West Virginia

One of the most anti-Obama ads of the election is being run by a Democrat in West Virginia

Natalie Tennant wants you to know she and President Obama don’t agree on much.

Fifteen percent of candidates running in the Alaska primary are named Dan Sullivan

However, to their credit, they decided to run in different races -- unlike many same-name candidates.

What’s behind Libya’s spiraling violence?

What’s behind Libya’s spiraling violence?

In a region with no shortage of human catastrophes, Libya seems determined to elbow its way into the headlines. But conventional readings of the country’s politics misdiagnose the problem.

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Panda sex and Richard Nixon

Panda sex and Richard Nixon

There was just one problem before China could ship the first giant pandas to the National Zoo.

Cheer up, President Obama! The worst of the criticism is (probably) over.

Cheer up, President Obama! The worst of the criticism is (probably) over.

A look at how often presidents are the “worst” or “incompetent” over the course of their tenures.

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Sarah Palin launches online video channel

Sarah Palin launches online video channel

The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate says SarahPalinChannel.com was created in response to "media filters."

America really is two different political countries these days

America really is two different political countries these days

Partisans hate their opposite number. Now more than ever.

Obama’s State of the Union goals, six months later

Obama’s State of the Union goals, six months later

A look back at the economic agenda the president outlined on Jan. 28 and just how far we have(n’t) come.

S.D. initiative splits health care industry

S.D. initiative splits health care industry

Hospitals on one side, doctors on the other in a battle over “Any Willing Provider” rules.