U.S. Senate up for grabs as Iowa race tightens

Democrats hope Iowa is part of a broader political shift in close races elsewhere that could preserve their Senate majority.

Combat role in fight against Islamic State is not off table

The nation’s top military officer floats the option that Special Forces might need to embed with Iraqi or Kurdish troops.

Nationals celebrate their division title in Atlanta. (Jonathan Newton / Post)

Nats shut out Braves to win NL East

The Nationals 3-0 victory Tuesday completed a 58-day blitz in which the team turned a tie for first place with Atlanta into a runaway to capture its second division crown in three years.

Local News

Bowser campaigned on school reform. On D.C. Council, she changed little.

Bowser campaigned on school reform. On D.C. Council, she changed little.<br>

The mayoral candidate’s foes say she hasn’t accomplished much. She calls her work effective, not dramatic.

D.C. statehood died again this week. What will the city’s next mayor do?

D.C. statehood died again this week. What will the city’s next mayor do?

Hopefuls Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz have very different plans.

The nice days just keep on coming

The nice days just keep on coming

WEATHER GANG | Today starts a four-week (!) autumn stretch featuring average highs in the 70s.

On Capitol Hill, power walking is
every bit as competitive as politics

On Capitol Hill, power walking is <br>every bit as competitive as politics

Both parties have formed teams such as Holy Walkamolies and Agony of DeFeet for walking battles.

Under new owner, ABC 7 takes a turn to the right, adds conservative pundit

Under new owner, ABC 7 takes a turn to the right, adds conservative pundit<br>

The owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and its executives have long contributed to GOP candidates.

Missing U-Va. student known for being organized and responsible, family says

Missing U-Va. student known for being organized and responsible, family says

Hannah Elizabeth Graham was last seen early Saturday morning after a social outing in Charlottesville.

It’s been a busy first year for the office of new D.C. education ombudsman

It’s been a busy first year for the office of new D.C. education ombudsman

The office says it has handled 150 complaints about D.C.’s public schools in its first six months.

Local Columnists

Spay my kitty? Not a hairball’s chance.

Spay my kitty? Not a hairball’s chance.

COLUMN | Experts say cats may not be truly content unless they’re spayed. But there are downsides.

Sports

Orioles win AL East title

Orioles win AL East title

Baltimore clinches its first American League East division championship since 1997 with an 8-2 win against Toronto.

Real Estate

Real Estate Matters | Should heir sell or rent Mom’s house?

Real Estate Matters | Should heir sell or rent Mom’s house?

Rent out the home and give yourself a year to decide whether to sell it.

Federal Government

Federal background checks, one year after the Navy Yard shooting

Federal background checks, one year after the Navy Yard shooting

FEDERAL EYE | Find out what changes the Obama administration has made since a federal contractor fatally shot 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.

National

What it feels like to lift your child out of poverty

What it feels like to lift your child out of poverty

She sought a full-time job -- and a better life for her 6-year-old son

Lifestyle

Battle rages over design of Eisenhower Memorial

Battle rages over design of Eisenhower Memorial

A commission will review a revised Frank Gehry design — one that the famed architect will not endorse.

Arts

Angela Lansbury coming to National Theatre next spring

Angela Lansbury coming to National Theatre next spring

The five-time Tony winner revives her New York-London turn in the Noël Coward comedy.

Business

How the pay gap leads to the retirement savings gap

How the pay gap leads to the retirement savings gap

Lower pay over time amounts to less in savings -- and smaller Social Security payments down the road.

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