U.S. launched secret raid to rescue Foley

Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue the photojournalist and other Americans being held in Syria.

Ebola crisis offers glimpse into Christian relief groups

Drastic measures by two organizations highlight governments’ reliance on them, and they haven’t escaped controversy.

McDONNELL TRIAL 

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell leaves court Wednesday. (AP)

McDonnell testifies, begins laying groundwork for his defense

The former Virginia governor insisted he gave Star Scientific and Jonnie Williams nothing other than routine access to government.

Local News

N.Va.’s Eden Center is crumbling, Vietnamese business owners say

N.Va.’s Eden Center is crumbling, Vietnamese business owners say

The Falls Church mall is losing customers, and tenants have sued to have critical repairs made.

The missing ingredient for bakers, violinists and raging college parties

The missing ingredient for bakers, violinists and raging college parties

A ban on grain alcohol sales in Maryland leaves a motley group of Everclear fans out in the cold.

Longtime referee told NFL in ’06 that he couldn’t officiate Redskins games

Longtime referee told NFL in ’06 that he couldn’t officiate Redskins games<br>

COLUMN | Respected official Mike Carey took a quiet, almost unheard of stand against the team’s name.

D.C. is full of know-it-alls (or so they think). This league is a perfect fit.

D.C. is full of know-it-alls (or so they think). This league is a perfect fit.

The city’s wonks are having their day in the invite-only LearnedLeague, a growing online trivia empire.

More Top Stories

Holder: ‘I am the attorney general . . .
but I am also a black man’

Holder: ‘I am the attorney general <span>. . .</span> 
<br> but I am also a black man’

Eric Holder Jr.’s visit to Ferguson displays his penchant to say more on racial issues than the president.

Men accused of sex assaults at colleges lash out, call discipline systems unfair

Some blame federal pressure — led by the White House — to stamp out sexual violence on campuses.

The simple policy that led to America’s biggest drop in teenage births

The simple policy that led to America’s biggest drop in teenage births

STORYLINE | The lessons and stories from Colorado’s surprisingly effective approach.

Gas pumps are prime targets for credit card fraud, so Visa is fighting back

Gas pumps are prime targets for credit card fraud, so Visa is fighting back

WONKBLOG | New software can detect whether it’s you or someone pretending to be you fueling up.

Politics

‘Vacation’ is a relative term for Obama and Cameron

‘Vacation’ is a relative term for Obama and Cameron

Foley execution interrupts leaders’ getaways, sending Cameron home while Obama takes podium in Mass.

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

It’s time for RGIII to get down

It’s time for RGIII to get down

COLUMN | If Monday’s game is any indication, the quarterback has learned little from his past. He needs to be smarter about taking hits.

Real Estate

When a housing wish list evolves

When a housing wish list evolves

After evaluating their needs and market conditions, some buyers may opt to shift their priorities.

Going Out Guide

Nightlife Agenda: Retro dance parties, a Vegas DJ and dog days of summer

Nightlife Agenda: Retro dance parties, a Vegas DJ and dog days of summer

Dance to your favorite hits of the ‘00s, celebrate Mason Inn’s anniversary and play bocce to raise money for rescue dogs.

Lifestyle

D.C. is full of know-it-alls (or so they think). This league is a perfect fit.

D.C. is full of know-it-alls (or so they think). This league is a perfect fit.

The city’s wonks are having their day in the invite-only LearnedLeague, a growing online trivia empire.

Arts

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Viewed from atop the Washington Monument in October, artist’s rows of dirt will look like a person’s face.

Federal Government

Hashtag #It’s the intern’s fault

Hashtag #It’s the intern’s fault

IN THE LOOP | When it comes to public officials’ social media faux pas, it’s usually the interns who take the fall.

National

Study: Colds may temporarily raise stroke risk in children

Study: Colds may temporarily raise stroke risk in children

Children susceptible to stroke more vulnerable when they suffer from colds or other minor infections.

Diversions