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For U.S. in Iraq, an arms-length alliance with Iran

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Cari Tuna and her husband plan to give away most of their wealth. (Post)

They made a fortune in Silicon Valley. Now they’re giving most of it away.

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    McDonnell daughter says former governor’s downfall is mom’s fault

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    Safety office: D.C. transportation officials misled on streetcar system

    District agencies have continued to argue as the transit line’s target opening date nears.

    After more than 80 years of sweet treats, doors closing at Heller’s

    After more than 80 years of sweet treats, doors closing at Heller’s

    A sense of melancholy was evident among patrons as they bid farewell to the Mount Pleasant institution.

    Increased spotlight magnifies Redskins’ persistent problems

    Increased spotlight magnifies Redskins’ persistent problems

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    Redskins protesters gearing up for rally offended by nearby event’s title

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    New name urged for local fountain named after a white supremacist

    New name urged for local fountain named after a white supremacist

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    Incoming GOP governor, Democratic attorney general seek comity in Md.

    Incoming GOP governor, Democratic attorney general seek comity in Md.

    But Brian Frosh crafted some of the laws that Larry Hogan campaigned against, and divisive issues loom.

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    How to ask for more money

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    At NYPD funeral, police pay their respects, show their frustrations

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    Divide over police and justice system isn’t just racial — it’s partisan, too

    The differences are stark between blacks and whites, but a split also emerges depending on ideology.

    American tourists eager to see Cuba face a long wait and tight restrictions

    American tourists eager to see Cuba face a long wait and tight restrictions

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    Divide over police and justice system isn’t just racial — it’s partisan, too

    Divide over police and justice system isn’t just racial — it’s partisan, too

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    Mortgage rates wander up slightly heading into holiday

    Mortgage rates wander up slightly heading into holiday

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    Heller’s Bakery to close

    Heller’s Bakery to close

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    Federal Government

    2015 will be a year for second chances

    2015 will be a year for second chances

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    At NYPD funeral, police pay their respects, show their frustrations

    At NYPD funeral, police pay their respects, show their frustrations

    The service for Rafael Ramos was part solemn memorial and, for some, part counterprotest.

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    Want to reduce teen pregnancy and abortion? Start with long-term birth control.

    Want to reduce teen pregnancy and abortion? Start with long-term birth control.

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