U.S. launched secret raid to rescue Foley

Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to free the photojournalist and other Americans being held in Syria.

Ebola crisis offers glimpse into Christian relief groups

Drastic measures by two organizations highlight governments’ reliance on them, and they haven’t escaped controversy.

McDONNELL TRIAL 

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell leaves court Wednesday. (AP)

McDonnell takes the stand, says
his wife was a ‘tense’ first lady

The former Virginia governor said she yelled at him the day after he was elected. As he laid groundwork for his defense, attorneys said he will fully pull back the curtain on his marriage Thursday.

Local News

N.Va.’s Eden Center is crumbling, Vietnamese business owners say

N.Va.’s Eden Center is crumbling, Vietnamese business owners say

The Falls Church mall is losing customers, and tenants have sued to have critical repairs made.

‘I want Virginia to be out front’ battling campus sex assaults, McAuliffe says

‘I want Virginia to be out front’ battling campus sex assaults, McAuliffe says

The governor is forming a task force at schools to prevent attacks and to fairly resolve cases.

The missing ingredient for bakers, violinists and raging college parties

The missing ingredient for bakers, violinists and raging college parties

A ban on grain alcohol sales in Maryland leaves a motley group of Everclear fans out in the cold.

Longtime referee told NFL in ’06 that he couldn’t officiate Redskins games

Longtime referee told NFL in ’06 that he couldn’t officiate Redskins games<br>

COLUMN | Respected official Mike Carey took a quiet, almost unheard of stand against the team’s name.

Nats extend winning streak to 9 games with late rally against Diamondbacks

Nats extend winning streak to 9 games with late rally against Diamondbacks

Anthony Rendon hit the game-winning single to increase Washington’s NL East lead.

How wrong must you be in D.C. to lose your job? For pollsters, it’s a high bar.

How wrong must you be in D.C. to lose your job? For pollsters, it’s a high bar.

Even disastrously off-base calls
(a predicted Eric Cantor win, for example) don’t put them out of work.

More Top Stories

Holder: ‘I am the attorney general . . .
but I am also a black man’

Holder: ‘I am the attorney general <span>. . .</span> 
<br> but I am also a black man’

Eric Holder Jr.’s visit to Ferguson displays his penchant to say more on racial issues than the president.

Gas pumps are prime targets for credit card fraud, so Visa is fighting back

Gas pumps are prime targets for credit card fraud, so Visa is fighting back

WONKBLOG | New software can detect whether it’s you or someone pretending to be you fueling up.

In 21 of the biggest U.S. cities, people sleep less than 7 hours a night

In 21 of the biggest U.S. cities, people sleep less than 7 hours a night

WONKBLOG | Most Americans average 6.8 hours, less than the recommended 8 hours.

Politics

‘Vacation’ is a relative term for Obama and Cameron

‘Vacation’ is a relative term for Obama and Cameron

Foley execution interrupts leaders’ getaways, sending Cameron home while Obama takes podium in Mass.

Local Columnists

Many Central American immigrants are fleeing a climate of fear, violence

Many Central American immigrants are fleeing a climate of fear, violence

COLUMN | One family’s experiences highlight how necessary U.S. protection is for refugees.

Sports

Rendon’s turn to be a hero

Rendon’s turn to be a hero

Pinch-hit single in the ninth lifts Nationals to 3-2 victory over Arizona, extending win streak to nine and lead over Atlanta to seven.

Real Estate

When a housing wish list evolves

When a housing wish list evolves

After evaluating their needs and market conditions, some buyers may opt to shift their priorities.

Going Out Guide

Nightlife Agenda: Retro dance parties, a Vegas DJ and dog days of summer

Nightlife Agenda: Retro dance parties, a Vegas DJ and dog days of summer

Dance to your favorite hits of the ‘00s, celebrate Mason Inn’s anniversary and play bocce to raise money for rescue dogs.

Lifestyle

The exclusive, nerdy trivia community slowly spreading across the Web

The exclusive, nerdy trivia community slowly spreading across the Web

It takes quiz games to a new level
of obsession and competition.
(Try a few questions for yourself!)

Arts

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Viewed from atop the Washington Monument in October, artist’s rows of dirt will look like a person’s face.

Federal Government

Hashtag #It’s the intern’s fault

Hashtag #It’s the intern’s fault

IN THE LOOP | When it comes to public officials’ social media faux pas, it’s usually the interns who take the fall.

National

Study: Colds may temporarily raise stroke risk in children

Study: Colds may temporarily raise stroke risk in children

Children susceptible to stroke more vulnerable when they suffer from colds or other minor infections.

Diversions