Democrats look to fight midterm disadvantage

Trying to reshape the electorate to make it more like a presidential year, Democrats will fully employ tools used in Obama’s presidential campaigns to motivate voters in this year’s Senate and House races.

Ukraine’s military asks for help, and the people pitch in

With the treasury empty and the military short of weaponry and other supplies, citizens open their wallets to help.

Derric Winters Jr. served in Afghanistan. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

‘I can’t find anything to replace it’

The Army provided his income, sense of purpose, self-esteem and 15 of his closest friends. Now, Derric Winters is transitioning from military to civilian life, from camaraderie to isolation.

Local News

Free after four murder charges, judge sends Md. man to prison for burglary

Free after four murder charges, judge sends Md. man to prison for burglary

Raoul “Manny” Hughes will be locked up 25 years after his conviction for taking jewelry.

For the globe-trotters among us, most every waking hour is a jet-lagged blur

For the globe-trotters among us, most every waking hour is a jet-lagged blur

With international travel on the rise, more people in D.C. are on a sleep cycle split between continents.

Teenage party in Potomac ends
with fights and two stabbings

Police say the violence started at the house party after uninvited guests showed up and didn’t leave.

Volunteers continue to search for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd

Volunteers continue to search for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd

More than two dozen people canvassed four D.C. locations, hopeful that she will be found alive.

Want less-distracted driving for
teenagers? There’s an app for that.

Want less-distracted driving for <br>teenagers? There’s an app for that.

Apps for parents prevent mobile-device use behind the wheel — and send alerts when they are disabled.

This Easter, a record number will be joining the District’s Catholic flock

This Easter, a record number will be joining the District’s Catholic flock

Nearly one-third of the region’s 1,306 converts to the religion this year are in their 20s or early 30s.

Mayor Gray’s strategy toward D.C.’s homeless this winter: Tough love

Mayor Gray’s strategy toward D.C.’s homeless this winter: Tough love

COLUMN | He responded to this winter’s homeless crisis this week, after temperatures have thawed.

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A shale-oil boom beckons U.S. companies in Mexico’s danger zone

A shale-oil boom beckons U.S. companies in Mexico’s danger zone

The areas rich in oil and natural gas resources are also some of Mexico’s most violent.

For sunken ferry, rescue mission becomes body-recovery operation

For sunken ferry, rescue mission becomes body-recovery operation

Divers scour through the S. Korean wreckage that has left dozens dead and more than 250 missing.

Expecting to connect to home while traveling abroad? Don’t bet on WiFi.

Expecting to connect to home while traveling abroad? Don’t bet on WiFi.

COLUMN | Even if you can locate a reasonably priced connection, it may be a mistake to hook up.

What I saw running 26 miles in
N. Korea’s Stalinist dictatorship

What I saw running 26 miles in<br> N. Korea’s Stalinist dictatorship

SLATE | Forget cheering crowds and having fun. This race is silent — and the runners are here to compete.

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Racism, violence, drunkenness
‘hijacking’ Dartmouth’s future

Racism, violence, drunkenness <br>‘hijacking’ Dartmouth’s future

Ivy League college’s president offers an unusually candid campus assessment and promises change.

Having trouble sleeping? Here are foods to seek out — and to avoid.

Having trouble sleeping? Here are foods to seek out — and to avoid.

You can find claims about all kinds of foods that will help you sleep, but what does science really say?

The real reason people
root for Chelsea Clinton

The real reason people<br>root for Chelsea Clinton

COLUMN | Seeing the former first daughter happy feels like payback for all the years she was a target.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 9: Diana Minshall, one of the younger homeowners of Georgetown, taking a walk with Teddy, a 10-year-old Golden Retreiver on April, 09, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Diana Minshall owns a home in Georgetown. (Bill O'Leary/Post)

Georgetown’s quiet boom

As other parts of Washington get the hip restaurants and slick condos, this enclave prospers, too, in its own understated way.

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A gaucho rides a wild horse during the annual celebration of Criolla Week in Montevideo, April 15, 2014. Throughout Easter Week, 'gauchos', the Latin American equivalent of the North American cowboy, from all over Uruguay and neighboring Argentina and Brazil will visit Montevideo to participate in the Criolla Week to win the best rider award. The competition is held from April 13 to April 20 this year. REUTERS/Andres Stapff (URUGUAY - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

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Best news photos of the week

PHOTOS | Our favorite images include gauchos in Uruguay and Boston bombing remembrances.

Washington, DC - March 27, 2014:  Peep diorama's were photographed at The Washington Post in Washington, DC on Thursday March 27, 2014. (Photo by Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post)

(Joseph Victor Stefanchik / For The Washington Post)

The best of Peeps Show 2014

PHOTOS | What kinds of scenes come together when marshmallow, ingenuity and tiny props are involved?

Featured Photo Galleries

Best news photos of the week

A look at some of our favorite images from the week of April 13.

After the Wars: ‘Ugh. I miss it.’

Returning to civilian life can be a shift from camaraderie to isolation.

Families mourn Nepalese Sherpas

The deadly avalanche on Mount Everest was a brutal reminder of the risks they face.

Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge and son in New Zealand, Australia

The British royal family are visiting New Zealand and then Australia.

Landslide in Wyoming picks up speed

The slide in Jackson, first noticed April 4, had been moving at a rate of about an inch a day.

A change in justice on Indian reservations

Pascua Yaqui is one of three tribes chosen for pilot project allowing prosecution of non-tribal men.

Chelsea Clinton through the years

The former first daughter is a special correspondent for NBC News and works with the Clinton Foundation.

Peeps Show 2014 winner and finalists

PHOTOS | Judges whittled 700-plus dioramas in our annual contest to select these top five entries.

Politics

The top 11 Senate races of 2014

The top 11 Senate races of 2014

THE FIX | The battle to define state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is on in North Carolina.

Real Estate

House of the Week | Kalorama home for $5.25M

House of the Week | Kalorama home for $5.25M

The former residence of William H.G. FitzGerald gets a facelift.

Lifestyle

WGN’s ‘Salem’: One more witch story with toil and trouble

WGN’s ‘Salem’: One more witch story with toil and trouble

TV REVIEW | Mediocre new cable drama revisits the 1690s hysteria — only this time the witches are real.

Arts

Spirit of Professor Longhair alive at annual jazz festival

Spirit of Professor Longhair alive at annual jazz festival

Two film projects are in the works to tell the life story of Henry Roeland “Fess” Byrd, who died in 1980.

Local Columnists

An archive for digging into Montgomery County history

An archive for digging into Montgomery County history

COLUMN | Here’s the library to visit if you’re interested in Montgomery or some small piece of it.

Sports

Defense betrays Zimmermann and Nats in 4-3 loss to Cardinals

Defense betrays Zimmermann and Nats in 4-3 loss to Cardinals

A third-inning defensive meltdown spells doom for Washington, even though Zimmermann pitched well.

Federal Government

Does the GPO need a Web-savvy name?

Does the GPO need a Web-savvy name?

FEDERAL EYE | A bipartisan bill would swap “printing” for “publishing” to better reflect the agency’s digital-age offerings.

Going Out Guide

Another round! 21 fresh bars for every occasion

Another round! 21 fresh bars for every occasion

A toast to Washington’s fresh batch of bars: Places to sip, snack and celebrate right now.

Technology

Here’s how Washington is preparing for a future of wireless everything

Here’s how Washington is preparing for a future of wireless everything

The FCC expects to set aside at least 18 megahertz of spectrum for unlicensed uses in its upcoming broadcast auction.

Business

Barry Ritholtz: What’s gone up won’t always come down

Barry Ritholtz: What’s gone up won’t always come down

You might think that after last year’s strong gains, the markets might be due for a breather, but . . .

Discussions

Q&A with ‘Clean Person’ Jolie Kerr

Q&A with ‘Clean Person’ Jolie Kerr

TRANSCRIPT | Tips for dealing with a cluttered house and annoying stains.

Obituaries

Phillip Hayes Dean, ‘Paul Robeson’ playwright, dies at 83

Phillip Hayes Dean, ‘Paul Robeson’ playwright, dies at 83

Playwright’s dramatic portrait of the singer, actor and activist faced a backlash at its premiere in the 1970s.

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