New U.S. plan: ‘Leaner, meaner’ Iraqi force

After learning hard lessons rebuilding foreign militaries over the past dozen years, the strategy is to train a vanguard element within the larger army to take the offensive against Islamic State militants.

Dulles in trouble as traffic shifts to Reagan National

Sometime next year, more fliers will travel through Reagan than Dulles — an airport 14 times its neighbor’s size.

Miriam Carey's family is haunted by her death. (Linda Davidson / Post)

Did Miriam Carey have to die?

She drove to D.C. from Connecticut with her baby daughter in the back seat. A U-turn at a White House checkpoint led to her being killed — and a slew of unanswered questions.

    Local News

    Va. gas tax set to rise after Congress fails to act on online sales tax bill

    Va. gas tax set to rise after Congress fails to act on online sales tax bill

    Some retailers have opted out of Black Friday events because it’s “simply not worth it” to compete.

    ‘We are blessed to have met you’

    ‘We are blessed to have met you’

    A Thanksgiving meal delivery to families facing life-threatening illnesses leaves some in tears.

    A homeless man asks to share holiday with someone, and thousands step up

    A homeless man asks to share holiday with someone, and thousands step up

    A Virginia man didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving alone, and wound up creating a whole community.

    A brisk shopping day today; weekend will take a turn for the warmer

    A brisk shopping day today; weekend will take a turn for the warmer

    WEATHER GANG | One more chilly day before temperatures climb back into a more comfortable zone.

    Arlington board tensions could hamper work after streetcar vote

    Arlington board tensions could hamper work after streetcar vote

    An Arlington County Board member refused to shake another’s hand last week, underlining the acrimony.

    Gov.-elect Hogan won with public money, but fund’s future is uncertain

    Gov.-elect Hogan won with public money, but fund’s future is uncertain

    In Maryland, the income-tax checkoff that was used to build the fund was scrapped by lawmakers in 2010.

    Low traffic on ICC prompts calls for lower tolls to ease other congestion

    Low traffic on ICC prompts calls for lower tolls to ease other congestion

    Some say Maryland toll highway could provide more traffic relief on local roads until usage grows.

    What to do in Penn Quarter

    What to do in Penn Quarter

    STREET SMART | Walk Score ranks Penn Quarter the fifth most walkable community in the District.

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    Online or in-store holiday shopping? The new reality is a little of both.

    Online or in-store holiday shopping? The new reality is a little of both.

    Retailers are courting the “omnichannel” customer who may come from any direction.

    Ex-players describe loose practices with painkillers by NFL trainers

    Ex-players describe loose practices with painkillers by NFL trainers

    “I was never told ‘No,’” a former lineman said of the drugs. “I could get ’em from whomever.”

    In Ferguson, it was the worst of Thanksgivings, yet the best, too

    In Ferguson, it was the worst of Thanksgivings, yet the best, too

    As residents cope with racial strife, the St. Louis suburb still finds much for which to be grateful.

    Traces of Ukraine’s 60-year rule in Crimea fade as Russia takes hold

    Traces of Ukraine’s 60-year rule in Crimea fade as Russia takes hold

    For Ukrainians and other minority groups, a stifling change after years of easygoing cosmopolitanism.

    Sports

    The young Wizards of Inglewood

    The young Wizards of Inglewood

    Twenty-five years before teaming up in Washington, Paul Pierce and Andre Miller dominated a YMCA league.

    Federal Government

    Advocacy groups warn about immigration scams

    Advocacy groups warn about immigration scams

    President Obama’s action may inspire greater effort to prey on those seeking legal status.

    National

    One big challenge in Obama’s immigration plan? Proving you’ve been in the U.S. long enough.

    One big challenge in Obama’s immigration plan? Proving you’ve been in the U.S. long enough.

    Why many undocumented immigrants will have a hard time proving they’ve meet standards set up by Obama’s immigration measure.

    Business

    Deal hunters fill big-box stores on Turkey Day

    Deal hunters fill big-box stores on Turkey Day

    This holiday season is poised to give retailers more reason for Christmas cheer than the holiday seasons of the recent past.

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