With Medal of Honor award, family learns WWI hero wasn't kin

With Medal of Honor award, family learns WWI hero wasn't kin

Two days before President Barack Obama announced a posthumous Medal of Honor for black World War I soldier Henry Johnson, a family got staggering news about the legacy of heroism that had inspired them for generations and through three wars. They weren’t related to Johnson by blood after all.

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The unsettling indictments of Dennis Hastert and FIFA officials

The unsettling indictments of Dennis Hastert and FIFA officials

The Justice Department’s actions aren’t necessarily wrong, but they are a troubling use of U.S. resources.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out

Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out

Is she really the best representative for such a profound experience?

Freshman congressman seeks pay raise, respect for federal employees

Freshman congressman seeks pay raise, respect for federal employees

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who comes from a long line to federal employees, now wants to boost their pay and provide them paid parental leave.

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Republican senators hold Congress hostage to their ambition

Republican senators hold Congress hostage to their ambition

Ironically, GOP candidates are running for president by proving that their party can’t govern.

Can we please stop acting like campaign finance is a major voting issue?

Can we please stop acting like campaign finance is a major voting issue?

Outside of committed campaign finance reform advocates -- a single-digit percentage of the overall population -- getting big money out of politics simply isn’t a voting priority.

Going to Hillary’s kick-off rally? Go early!

Going to Hillary’s kick-off rally? Go early!

Thousands of people headed to Roosevelt Island, N.Y. at the same time? Really?

If Jeb Bush isn’t the front-runner anymore, where does that leave him?

If Jeb Bush isn’t the front-runner anymore, where does that leave him?

Short answer: In a not-very-good place.

Hillary Clinton’s problem is honesty. The GOP’s is empathy.

Hillary Clinton’s problem is honesty. The GOP’s is empathy.

People say 55-35 percent that Jeb Bush doesn’t understand the problems of people like them.

How Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul wound up at daggers-drawn over the NSA

How Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul wound up at daggers-drawn over the NSA

Frenemies, again. A conversation with Paul Kane.

Kerry’s bike accident recalls Bush’s less serious fall in 2004

Kerry’s bike accident recalls Bush’s less serious fall in 2004

Kerry’s bike spill, in contrast to earlier scrapes, could put him on injured reserve for a while.

Front-runner angst: Bush lead evaporates, Clinton favorability hits 7-year low

Front-runner angst: Bush lead evaporates, Clinton favorability hits 7-year low

Seven GOP hopefuls are within three points of one another, while a majority says the Democratic front-runner is not trustworthy.

The false claim that human trafficking is a ‘$9.5 billion business’ in the United States

The false claim that human trafficking is a ‘$9.5 billion business’ in the United States

Lawmakers tout huge figures for profits in the child sex trade, but upon inspection the numbers crumble to dust.

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Horror and suffering in the world’s most fragile state

Horror and suffering in the world’s most fragile state

As South Sudan’s leaders quarrel, only the U.N. and NGOs are preventing chaos from taking root.

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Hanging up on the NSA

Hanging up on the NSA

Sen. Rand Paul’s stunt helped Americans reclaim some measure of privacy.

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The selling of the post-presidency

The selling of the post-presidency

After leaving the Oval Office, life used to be quiet. Gerald Ford changed everything, and Bill Clinton followed.

Graham brings hawkish views, and feud with Paul, to campaign

Graham brings hawkish views, and feud with Paul, to campaign

The S.C. Republican’s fight with the senator from Kentucky is one of many variables in an underdog bid.

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Another tortured effort by the GOP to help itself with minorities

Another tortured effort by the GOP to help itself with minorities

In place of a Republican salute to black music, a limp handshake.

Here’s the best news for Hillary Clinton in that new Iowa poll

Here’s the best news for Hillary Clinton in that new Iowa poll

Democrats believe she is being unfairly targeted by Republicans and the media.

Miss out on those Taylor Swift tickets? There are other great events coming up.

Miss out on those Taylor Swift tickets? There are other great events coming up.

At least 19 member of the House and Senate grabbed box seats for Taylor Swift’s shows in July, but there’s still fine outings available

The remarkable humanity of Joe Biden

The remarkable humanity of Joe Biden

How his son’s death reminded me of the vice president’s best character trait.

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2016’s St. Nick

2016’s St. Nick

Bernie Sanders and his gifts for Democrats.

Obama administration clashes with friends over cuts to workers’ comp

Obama administration clashes with friends over cuts to workers’ comp

The White House wants to reduce payments to injured federal employees, to the dismay of allies.

Here’s Beau Biden’s moving tribute to his dad at the 2008 Democratic convention

This is one of Beau Biden’s finest moments on the national stage

O’Malley’s challenge to Clinton: Ideological or generational? Or both?

O’Malley’s challenge to Clinton: Ideological or generational? Or both?

The former Maryland governor faces long odds but sees parallels with mentor Gary Hart’s 1984 campaign.

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Reality show jumps 19 sharks

Reality show jumps 19 sharks

For Republicans, maybe now is a good time to rethink the relationship between politics and religion.

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Childishness on campus

Childishness on campus

The right of free speech has been supplanted by the right not to be offended or even challenged.

Bernie Sanders: So hot right now

Bernie Sanders: So hot right now

Feel the Bernie-mentum!

Who had the worst week in Washington? Former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert.

Who had the worst week in Washington? Former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert.

The lawmaker turned lobbyist now faces a new role — as a criminal defendant.