Islamic State failing to deliver promised ‘state’

Across the group’s territory in Iraq and Syria, a breakdown of services and deteriorating living conditions call into question its ability to govern and the sustainability of its ambition.

    Female vets fight ‘the second battle’: Sexual trauma

    Thousands of military-rape survivors have struggled to receive health-care treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

    (Susan Biddle/The Washington Post)

    Tales of the day after Christmas

    All that’s left of Christmas are the memories. And the mess. And the clutter. But mostly the memories? Seven Post writers ruminate.

    Local News

    D.C. Jewish-Muslim Christmas service event takes an unexpected turn

    D.C. Jewish-Muslim Christmas service event takes an unexpected turn

    An interfaith gathering turned out to be nearly all one faith, but the charitable mission was fulfilled.

    Twenty states and D.C. will raise
    their minimum wage on Jan. 1

    Twenty states and D.C. will raise <br>their minimum wage on Jan. 1

    GOVBEAT | The size of the hikes range from 12 cents in Florida to $1.25 in South Dakota.

    Weather sure to make you smile: Sunny, dry and highs in the 50s

    Weather sure to make you smile: Sunny, dry and highs in the 50s

    WEATHER GANG | Sunny skies are mild temps are expected to be with us until Sunday.

    Downtown Bethesda could become Montgomery’s first ‘green’ community

    Downtown Bethesda could become Montgomery’s first ‘green’ community

    Planning entire neighborhoods or communities around sustainability is a growing national trend.

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    Though 2014 can’t seem to end soon enough, it could have been worse

    Though 2014 can’t seem to end soon enough, it could have been worse

    OPINION | A lot of smart people predicted a lot of even-more-terrible things that never came to pass. 

    Considering divorce? Is your spouse worth more? Better move to London.

    Considering divorce? Is your spouse worth more? Better move to London.

    High-profile break-ups and record settlements have made the city a magnet for non-breadwinners.

    Xbox and PlayStation video game networks still recovering from outage

    Xbox and PlayStation video game networks still recovering from outage

    Microsoft and Sony haven’t said why the networks went down, but a group of hackers have taken credit.

    Real Estate

    Mortgage rates wander up slightly heading into holiday

    Mortgage rates wander up slightly heading into holiday

    The 30-year fixed-rate average edged up to 3.83 percent, but has remained below 4 percent for all but two weeks since October.

    National

    Why 2014 was the year of pot

    Why 2014 was the year of pot

    Support it or not, there’s no denying that this was a watershed year for marijuana.

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