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.

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.

Longest winning streak in Nats’
history meets ugly end against Giants

Longest winning streak in Nats’ <br>history meets ugly end against Giants

San Francisco toppled starter Doug Fister, bringing the Nationals’ 10-game run to an abrupt halt.

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.

More Top Stories

Who needs 15 minutes of fame on the Internet when six seconds will do?

Who needs 15 minutes of fame on the Internet when six seconds will do?

Vine is the latest social media app to launch new stars who may not ring a bell with anyone over 18.

Chinese fighter jet came within 20 feet of Navy plane, prompting U.S. protest

Chinese fighter jet came within 20 feet of Navy plane, prompting U.S. protest

The pilot made several close passes, at one point performing a “barrel roll” over the P-8 Poseidon.

Some questions to ask yourself before signing up for a new smartphone plan

Some questions to ask yourself before signing up for a new smartphone plan

THE SWITCH | As options change, your first step should be to figure out how much data you need.

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

Longest winning streak in Nats’
history meets ugly end against Giants

Longest winning streak in Nats’ <br>history meets ugly end against Giants

San Francisco toppled starter Doug Fister, bringing the Nationals’ 10-game run to an abrupt halt.

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.

Lifestyle

Truth or fiction? Ice bucket deaths, Facebook’s ‘drug task force,’ and more.

Truth or fiction? Ice bucket deaths, Facebook’s ‘drug task force,’ and more.

The 25th installment in a weekly series that debunks the Web’s hoaxes, rumors and exaggerations.

Arts

A comic book’s long, ‘cool’ journey

A comic book’s long, ‘cool’ journey

COMIC RIFFS | The “holy grail” of collectibles has received a record-setting bid, but its seller is banking on even better offers.

Federal Government

‘Erroneous time-keeping’ is illegal, Commerce official warns workers

‘Erroneous time-keeping’ is illegal, Commerce official warns workers

FEDERAL EYE | The missive comes a week after The Post reported that some patent examiners had repeatedly lied about their hours.

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