New U.S. plan: ‘Leaner, meaner’ Iraqi force

After learning hard lessons rebuilding foreign militaries over the past dozen years, the strategy is to train a vanguard element within the larger army to take the offensive against Islamic State militants.

Dulles in trouble as traffic shifts to Reagan National

Sometime next year, more fliers will travel through Reagan than Dulles — an airport 14 times its neighbor’s size.

Capitol Hill police officers inspect the scene after Miriam Carey was killed. (AP)

Did Miriam Carey have to die?

She drove to D.C. from Connecticut with her baby daughter in the back seat. A U-turn at a White House checkpoint led to her being killed — and a slew of unanswered questions.

    Local News

    Redskins Thanksgiving tweet draws widespread ire, sparks backlash

    Redskins Thanksgiving tweet draws widespread ire, sparks backlash

    The tweet wished the team’s followers a “Happy Thanksgiving” — under the Indian head logo.

    Va. gas tax set to rise after Congress fails to act on online sales tax bill

    Va. gas tax set to rise after Congress fails to act on online sales tax bill

    Some retailers have opted out of Black Friday events because it’s “simply not worth it” to compete.

    A homeless man asks to share holiday with someone, and thousands step up

    A homeless man asks to share holiday with someone, and thousands step up

    A Virginia man didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving alone, and wound up creating a whole community.

    Arlington board tensions could hamper work after streetcar vote

    Arlington board tensions could hamper work after streetcar vote

    An Arlington County Board member refused to shake another’s hand last week, underlining the acrimony.

    Low traffic on ICC prompts calls for lower tolls to ease other congestion

    Low traffic on ICC prompts calls for lower tolls to ease other congestion

    Some say Maryland toll highway could provide more traffic relief on local roads until usage grows.

    What to do in Penn Quarter

    What to do in Penn Quarter

    STREET SMART | Walk Score ranks Penn Quarter the fifth most walkable community in the District.

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    It’s Black Friday, but the deals have been around for quite a while now

    It’s Black Friday, but the deals have been around for quite a while now

    Retailers now spread the deals out for weeks instead of just focusing their efforts on the one day sale.

    Russian warships ships anchor alongside the coast of France

    Russian warships ships anchor alongside the coast of France

    NATO said it was tracking the four ships as they passed through the English Channel.

    Immigrants are out of the shadows
    and at home legally — for now

    Immigrants are out of the shadows <br> and at home legally — for now

    Obama has touched off a new battle. What happens after he leaves?

    Ex-players describe loose practices with painkillers by NFL trainers

    Ex-players describe loose practices with painkillers by NFL trainers

    “I was never told ‘No,’” a former lineman said of the drugs. “I could get ’em from whomever.”

    Sports

    The young Wizards of Inglewood

    The young Wizards of Inglewood

    Twenty-five years before teaming up in Washington, Paul Pierce and Andre Miller dominated a YMCA league.

    Federal Government

    Advocacy groups warn about immigration scams

    Advocacy groups warn about immigration scams

    President Obama’s action may inspire greater effort to prey on those seeking legal status.

    National

    One big challenge in Obama’s immigration plan? Proving you’ve been in the U.S. long enough.

    One big challenge in Obama’s immigration plan? Proving you’ve been in the U.S. long enough.

    Why many undocumented immigrants will have a hard time proving they’ve meet standards set up by Obama’s immigration measure.

    Business

    Deal hunters fill big-box stores on Turkey Day

    Deal hunters fill big-box stores on Turkey Day

    This holiday season is poised to give retailers more reason for Christmas cheer than the holiday seasons of the recent past.

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