Political calculus on immigration may be shifting

Once seen as a no-lose proposition for President Obama, the tables are turning for Democrats on immigration thanks to the current crisis on the border.

8 things to know about the political landscape right now

THE FIX | The president and Republicans in Congress are done dealing with each other. Is there any cause for hope about the legislative progress?

Israel urges evacuations as Hamas rocket sites raided

Israel urges evacuations as Hamas rocket sites raided

Israel issued warnings by the thousands amid its first ground incursion in Gaza, signaling heavier bombing is imminent.

Artists perform ahead of the World Cup final. (EPA)

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Target security officer fired
after reporting shoplifting

Target security officer fired <br>after reporting shoplifting

The man reportedly seen on video may have been a Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy.

What to expect when the Silver Line starts running in two weeks

What to expect when the Silver Line starts running in two weeks

GRIDLOCK | Metro’s new rail line opens soon. Here’s what readers wanted to know about it.

Musical titan ruled the podium with a cool, penetrating technical brilliance

Musical titan ruled the podium with a cool, penetrating technical brilliance

APPRECIATION | The conductor’s Castleton Festival offered the D.C. region a look at his life and work.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: A six pound cannon is fired as Fort Stevens celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Civil war battle fought there, on July, 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. Park service officials claim this was the first time such a gun has been fired here since the actual battle. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

A cannon is fired at Fort Stevens on Saturday. (The Post)

Marking the battle that almost cost the North control over Washington

National Parks Service employees and volunteers hold a history demonstration of a Civil War battle that was fought 150 years ago in Northwest D.C.

He was smitten, and wooed her with some good old-fashioned romance

He was smitten, and wooed her with some good old-fashioned romance

ON LOVE | Patrick Ledesma swept Kate DiEmidio off her feet with romantic dates all over Washington.

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Eric Holder says threats from Syria
are ‘more frightening than anything’

Eric Holder says threats from Syria<br> are ‘more frightening than anything’

The attorney general says reports of undetectable explosives being built gives the U.S. “extreme concern.”

Why Harper Lee never wrote again

Why Harper Lee never wrote again

OUTLOOK | The reclusive author gets a chance to tell her side, and dispel rumors around “Mockingbird.”

Seniors’ decreased ability to smell may signal onset of dementia, studies find

Seniors’ decreased ability to smell may signal onset of dementia, studies find

The studies raise hopes for finding simple, inexpensive methods to identify those at risk of Alzheimer’s.

His daughter wanted to be a princess, so he claimed a strip of African desert

His daughter wanted to be a princess, so he claimed a strip of African desert

A Virginia man planted a flag his kids designed on what his family calls the “Kingdom of North Sudan.”

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The ‘perfect Aryan’ child depicted in Nazi propaganda? She was Jewish.

The ‘perfect Aryan’ child depicted in Nazi propaganda? She was Jewish.

“If the Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn’t be alive,’’ says Hessy Taft, who ended up in N.Y.

Rock The Vote? For millennials, this year looks like Block Their Vote.

Rock The Vote? For millennials, this year looks like Block Their Vote.

COLUMN | GOP tactics are making it tougher for younger Americans to cast their ballots.

President Harding’s steamy love
letters to mistress to go public

President Harding’s steamy love<br> letters to mistress to go public

Letters from his affair with Carrie Phillips were held under court-ordered seal for the last 50 years.

The writer with her newborn twins. (Darlena Cunha)

This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

A former TV producer chronicles her swift descent into poverty and what it taught her.

Local Columnists

Branching out

Branching out

COLUMN | Why do some trees in Washington bear little metal numbered tags? Answer Man is on it.

Sports

Nats give a little extra, top Phils

Nats give a little extra, top Phils

Zimmerman delivers key blow in the 10th as Nationals rally after blowing 3-0 lead against division rival.

Lifestyle

How Richard Linklater made me a better film critic

How Richard Linklater made me a better film critic

ESSAY | The director of “Dazed and Confused” and the new “Boyhood” helped shape my career.

Arts

‘Tina and Amy’ plays it straight at Fringe

‘Tina and Amy’ plays it straight at Fringe

“What Would Tina and Amy Do?” soberly explores friendship.

Federal Government

The federal government had 25,566
information-security incidents in 2013

The federal government had 25,566 <br>information-security incidents in 2013<br>

FEDERAL EYE | That is more than double the number of problems reported in 2009.

Discussions

What to Watch: Some of your favorites didn’t get Emmy nods. Stop complaining.

What to Watch: Some of your favorites didn’t get Emmy nods. Stop complaining.

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Hank Stuever discussed the Emmy nominations and what’s coming in the fall TV season.

Business

This small Florida firm’s computers were attacked 39 million times

This small Florida firm’s computers were attacked 39 million times

Algenol says it holds the key to climate-friendly biofuels — and it’s under siege by the Chinese military.

Diversions