Obama weighs combat options against militants

A mandate from Congress could provide domestic legal justification for the unlimited use of force against the Islamic State across Iraq and Syria, a senior administration official said.

Russia firing artillery within Ukraine, NATO reports

The conflict is escalating after Russia sent an aid convoy over the border without permission from Ukraine.

Scenes from south (top) and north of Delmar Boulevard. (Post)

‘It’s always been the same. Once you cross Delmar ... it’s a different world.’

The geography of almost every U.S. city reveals some degree of segregation, but in St. Louis, the break between races is so defined that both sides speak about the precise boundary.

Local News

McDonnell testifies he ‘misjudged’ businessman as ‘a true friend’

McDonnell testifies he ‘misjudged’ businessman as ‘a true friend’

The ex-Va. governor also said he ironed out the details of a $50,000 loan from Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

After his temper got him evicted from city hall, Md. mayor pitches a tent

After his temper got him evicted from city hall, Md. mayor pitches a tent

Seat Pleasant’s Eugene Grant took his ouster as a challenge and plans to conduct business from the tent.

GOP calls John Foust an insensitive sexist after comment about opponent

GOP calls John Foust an insensitive sexist after comment about opponent

The Va. congressional candidate questioned if Barbara Comstock had “even had a real job.”

Former Virginia senator Jim Webb raises his profile on Iowa stump

Former Virginia senator Jim Webb raises his profile on Iowa stump

His visit has renewed speculation about whether he is considering a run for president in 2016.

What does Bao Bao have in common with other 1-year-olds in D.C.?

What does Bao Bao have in common with other 1-year-olds in D.C.?

The zoo will throw its prized panda an over-the-top birthday party, taking part in a tradition for District tots.

On Chuck Brown Day, multiple disappointments at Langdon Park

On Chuck Brown Day, multiple disappointments at Langdon Park

COLUMN | A new memorial was dedicated to the Godfather of Go-Go. Too bad it doesn’t do him justice.

Picks of the Week 

Does a big, fat wedding
help a marriage last?

Does a big, fat wedding<br> help a marriage last?

COLUMN | A new report suggests a tie between a bigger guest list and a happier marriage.

I’m a cop. Don’t want to get hurt?
Don’t challenge me.

I’m a cop. Don’t want to get hurt? <br>Don’t challenge me.

POSTEVERYTHING | An LAPD officer explains the job’s challenges and the importance of cooperating.

Electric wheelchairs: The Medicare
scam that just keeps on rolling

Electric wheelchairs: The Medicare <br> scam that just keeps on rolling

The U.S. has spent billions to buy wheelchairs for patients, but has no idea how many claims are bogus.

CHEVY CHASE, MD - JULY 24: Coco Murray, 5, plays piano at her house on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Chevy Chase, MD. (Photo by Yue Wu/The Washington Post)

Coco Murray plays piano at her home (Yue Wu/Post)

‘Just keep swimming’: After losing mom, sister, how 5 girls healed

Before her death in a summer storm, Kelly Murray set up a camp to help girls become self-reliant. Her lessons are shaping her own girls’ lives.

Politics

Romney and Ryan stage brief revival, say Hillary Clinton is ‘beatable’ in 2016

Romney and Ryan stage brief revival,  say Hillary Clinton is ‘beatable’ in 2016

The second-place ticket in the last presidential race railed against the expected frontrunner in the next.

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

Redskins-Ravens: Five story lines to follow

Redskins-Ravens: Five story lines to follow

REDSKINS BLOG | The preseason game Saturday will likely serve as the final dress rehearsal for the regular season for the starters.

Real Estate

Boomerang buyers lost their homes, but now they’re back

Boomerang buyers lost their homes, but now they’re back

Foreclosure and short sale veterans from 2007-13 are expected to make 10 percent of U.S. home buys in 2014.

Arts

‘She Kills Monsters’: Nirvana for nerds

‘She Kills Monsters’: Nirvana for nerds

Qui Nguyen’s play at Rorschach Theatre envelops us in the world of Dungeons & Dragons.

Federal Government

An ambassador finally leaves for his post, as others watch

An ambassador finally leaves for his post, as others watch

IN THE LOOP | After The Washington Post wrote about one ambassador nominee’s long wait for confirmation, the Senate voted. Others in his same position continue to wait in limbo.

National

Rick Perry says Islamist State fighters may have crossed U.S.-Mexico border

Rick Perry says Islamist State fighters may have crossed U.S.-Mexico border

FEDERAL EYE | Texas governor is quick to add there is “no clear evidence of that,” but his remarks are sure to stoke concerns.

Diversions