Immigration plan could shake up 2014 election

Both political parties fear President Obama’s plan to defer deporting millions of illegal immigrants could change the course of November’s midterm elections.

McDONNELL TRIAL 

Separate arrivals and exits drive home a point at trial

Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, come and go in a way that reinforces testimony about their crumbling marriage.

A Palestinian girl walks through the ruins of her home in Gaza City. (Getty)

As the Gaza cease-fire approached,
these four were the last to die

After 50 days, the war ended where it began, with a truce that is essentially a retread of the one signed in 2012. But just before the cease-fire, two in the Gaza Strip and two in Israel lost their lives.

Local News

William Kennedy Smith looks for
opportunity to enter family business

William Kennedy Smith looks for <br>opportunity to enter family business

Now a doctor living in the Watergate complex, he is angling to serve on a D.C. neighborhood board.

Video footage shows daring rescue
at Rhode Island Avenue Metro

Video footage shows daring rescue <br>at Rhode Island Avenue Metro

Transit police pulled a man back to the platform seconds before a Red Line train would have struck him.

D.C. movie critic Arch Campbell bids farewell after 40 years on airwaves

D.C. movie critic Arch Campbell bids farewell after 40 years on airwaves

His “final” live appearance on WJLA is Thursday, though he’s calling it a break rather than retirement.

She lost her special-needs son, so she’s endorsing a new Frederick Co. sheriff

She lost her special-needs son, so she’s endorsing a new Frederick Co. sheriff

Robert Ethan Saylor, who had Down syndrome, died in an encounter with the sheriff’s off-duty deputies.

Fister’s vulnerabilities appear
as Phillies show Nats the broom

Fister’s vulnerabilities appear <br>as Phillies show Nats the broom

Once-hot Washington, coming off 12 wins in 13 games, struggled against last-place Philadelphia.

Howard University sees surge of
Nepali students in freshman class

Howard University sees surge of  <br>Nepali students in freshman class

From the Himalayas to the Hilltop, Nepalis make up the largest group of first-year international students.

With gas prices down, Labor Day
travel on the road is expected to rise

With gas prices down, Labor Day <br>travel on the road is expected to rise

Better economic times mean the numbers on the road may mark the highest travel levels since 2008.

More Top Stories

Pablo Escobar’s top hit man is out of jail. He’s sure he’ll be killed soon.

Pablo Escobar’s top hit man is out of jail. He’s sure he’ll be killed soon.

The killer, tied to at least 3,000 murders, is released after turning against other cartel members.

Parents, teens are problem-solving
to prevent kids from dying in hot cars

Parents, teens are problem-solving <br>to prevent kids from dying in hot cars

The automakers haven’t figured out a fail-safe technology, so at-home inventors are getting creative.

What does he like more than football? Sharing his opinions about football.

What does he like more than football? Sharing his opinions about football.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier knows college football, and he really knows how to needle his rivals.

She let her son play in the rain.
He never came back.

She let her son play in the rain. <br>He never came back.

After Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s son died, she wrote a memoir about her slow emergence from grief.

Politics

Hottest 2014 elections to focus on issues, not candidates

Hottest 2014 elections to focus on issues, not candidates

Big election battles will be on referendums and amendments important to corporations and political strategists.

Local Columnists

Even a Harvard-educated lawyer faces ‘nightmare’ with D.C. health exchange

Even a Harvard-educated lawyer faces ‘nightmare’ with D.C. health exchange

COLUMN | So how’s the average person supposed to navigate the bureaucratic tangles?

Sports

Fister’s vulnerabilities appear
as Phillies show Nats the broom

Fister’s vulnerabilities appear <br>as Phillies show Nats the broom

Once-hot Washington, coming off 12 wins in 13 games, struggled against last-place Philadelphia.

Real Estate

Want to like your house better? Try these 6 design tips from home stagers.

Want to like your house better? Try these 6 design tips from home stagers.

Even if you’re not yet planning to sell, these ideas will help you enjoy your space — now.

Going Out Guide

Nightlife Agenda: The last long weekend of summer

Nightlife Agenda: The last long weekend of summer

Our Labor Day weekend picks include Sunday and Monday day parties, late-night dancing and Brody Jenner at a pool party.

Lifestyle

Memorializing U Street’s ‘Black Broadway’ glory days

Memorializing U Street’s ‘Black Broadway’ glory days

An oral history project preserves stories of celebrity and success in a thriving neighborhood.

Arts

Fallon, Seinfeld to salute Leno at Kennedy Center

Fallon, Seinfeld to salute Leno at Kennedy Center

The 17th Twain Prize for humor goes to Leno in October, and TV comedians will tip their caps.

Federal Government

DOL public affairs chief authorized wasteful spending, GOP watchdog says

DOL public affairs chief authorized wasteful spending, GOP watchdog says

FEDERAL EYE | Labor Department public affairs chief investigated by Congress

National

Implanted computer chips in troops is part of Obama’s veterans health plan

Implanted computer chips in troops is part of Obama’s veterans health plan

The chips are designed to modulate the nervous system to help with arthritis and post-traumatic stress.

Diversions