With limits lifted on political gifts, wallets open up

EXCLUSIVE | More than 300 wealthy donors — most favoring GOP candidates — have already exceeded the previous $123,200 cap on total contributions.

Nude celebrity photos leak, fueling privacy worries

As racy photos of Hollywood stars circulate online, security experts ask how hack-proof “cloud” sites truly are.

French soldiers with a Harfang drone in Niger. (AFP/Getty)

In the Sahara, more Pentagon drones

The expansion highlights growing U.S. counterterrorism coordination with France to track militants in destabilized Africa.

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McDONNELL TRIAL 

McDonnell trial could hinge on defense’s broken-marriage narrative

McDonnell trial could hinge on defense’s broken-marriage narrative

Their professed discord contradicts the tight-knit family image the ex-Va. governor projected in office.

Cantor joins Wall Street investment firm, will open Washington office

Cantor joins Wall Street investment firm, will open Washington office

The former House majority leader will enter a fast-growing firm that advises companies and investors.

Disbelief and mourning in Olney
over death of 15-year-old in car crash

Disbelief and mourning in Olney <br>over death of 15-year-old in car crash

Friends and parents gather at the site of the accident that killed Shawn Gangloff and hurt two other teens.

Nats club their way past Dodgers

Nats club their way past Dodgers

The Nationals hit four more home runs as their power surge continued in a 6-4 win against Los Angeles.

D.C. police force faces shortage as retirements loom and officers depart

D.C. police force faces shortage as retirements loom and officers depart

Many officers nearing retirement age joined 25 years ago; younger officers are leaving for other cities.

As ‘new’ Bethesda grows around it, Tastee Diner remains a constant

As ‘new’ Bethesda grows around it, Tastee Diner remains a constant

Comfort food is served with a taste of the “old” Bethesda at the 24-hour eatery that opened in 1935.

New year brings number of changes
for students in N. Virginia schools

New year brings number of changes <br>for students in N. Virginia schools

As nearly 400,000 Va. students start school in the region Tuesday, Fairfax focuses on “portrait of a graduate.”

Why does Va. worry less about child care than it does about hot-dog carts?

Why does Va. worry less about child care than it does about  hot-dog carts?

COLUMN | State lawmakers are silent when it comes to unregulated day cares, putting kids in danger.

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As protests mount, Pakistan faces confusion about who will intervene

As protests mount, Pakistan faces confusion about who will intervene<br>

The premier clung to power as assaults raised concern that the nation’s government could collapse.

Al-Shabab leaders in Somalia targeted by U.S. counterterrorism team

Al-Shabab leaders in Somalia targeted by U.S. counterterrorism team

It is unclear whether the operation against the militant group succeeded, Pentagon officials said.

In Texas, National Guard sets up along the border for a role that isn’t clear

In Texas, National Guard sets up along the border for a role that isn’t clear

Troops dispatched by Gov. Rick Perry are just the latest force in an increasingly fortified zone.

Checking your smartphone or laptop before bed? You might reconsider.

Checking your smartphone or laptop before bed? You might reconsider.

The blue light from electronics can keep people awake and disrupt sleep — especially for teens.

Politics

Obama tries to rally labor troops for midterms

Obama tries to rally labor troops for midterms

Despite shrinking influence, labor unions and their money will be key to Democratic prospects this November.

Local Columnists

Purple Line critics hunt for critters
to justify lawsuit against project

Purple Line critics hunt for critters <br>to justify lawsuit against project

COLUMN | Opponents can’t find the tiny species in suburban Maryland, but they sued to protect it anyway.

Sports

Nats club their way past Dodgers

Nats club their way past Dodgers

The Nationals hit four more home runs as their power surge continued in a 6-4 win against Los Angeles.

Real Estate

$12.9 million McLean home tries to replicate famous France chateau

<b>$12.9 million </b>McLean home tries to replicate famous France chateau

HOUSE OF THE WEEK | Belle Demeure, or Beautiful House, was inspired by Château de Chambord.

Lifestyle

More stars react to the massive celebrity-photo leak

More stars react to the massive celebrity-photo leak

During a Twitter explosion, Lena Dunham and Seth Rogen voice their support of the leak victims.

Arts

Maroon 5 and Counting Crows: Peak cheese and sincerity

Maroon 5 and Counting Crows: Peak cheese and sincerity

New releases from popular artists showcase everything fans might love or detractors detest about the groups.

Federal Government

At GSA, an ‘Internet of Things’ experiment

At GSA, an ‘Internet of Things’ experiment

GSA is experimenting with sensors to create a “Smart Buildings” strategy for federal buildings.

National

Feminists take on race and police conduct post-Ferguson

Feminists take on race and police conduct post-Ferguson

SHE THE PEOPLE | “Wouldn’t it be great if the activists who have those traditional feminist platforms took seriously the right to raise a child as they did their right to have birth control?“

Business

For businesses, the tax side of a rebounding economy

An economy on the mend means more customers, higher sales and more jobs — but also higher taxes.

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