Retailer hooks some service members, then springs debt trap

USA Discounters files lawsuits in Virginia against service members based anywhere in the world, no matter how hard it would be for them to be in court.

West Bank violence spreads; Kerry drops cease-fire bid

Five Palestinians are reported killed in clashes, as protests against Israel’s Gaza assault broke out in several areas.

One Direction fans scream at a 2012 concert in New Zealand. (Getty)

Why girls scream at boy band concerts

Boy bands might elicit the Edvard Munch in adults, but there’s a happy explanation for why girls scream.

Local News

Md.’s Rep. Harris intervened on pot in D.C. So residents ask about bike lanes.

Md.’s Rep. Harris intervened on pot in D.C. So residents ask about bike lanes.

Protesters descended on his office for a tongue-in-cheek “constituent service day” to highlight his move.

Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie to
face off in first debate for Va. senate

Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie to <br>face off in first debate for Va. senate

The event is so far the only debate that the Democratic senator and his GOP rival have agreed to.

9 things to do this weekend

9 things to do this weekend

See the Piano Man at Nats Park, sip a brew at a rooftop beer garden or chow down on grilled cheese.

These women could be the stars of
a new Washington reality TV show

These women could be the stars of <br>a new Washington reality TV show

RELIABLE SOURCE | Take a peek at the casting list of a rumored D.C. version of “Blood, Sweat & Heels.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24:  Carol Schwartz, 70, is running for mayor and trying to gather signatures to get on the ballot. Schwartz who was born in Greenville, Mississippi, was twice a Republican at-large member on the Council of the District of Columbia. Schwartz is now an independent candidate and needs 3000 signatures to compete. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)

(Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post)

GOP perennial Carol Schwartz
runs for mayor — again

At 70, the ex-D.C. Council member reemerges for an independent bid after five years in the political desert.

My husband talks at me, not with me.
How can I say I’m not his audience?

My husband talks at me, not with me. <br>How can I say I’m not his audience?

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Advice for life based on the experiences of someone who has been there.

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As more crime suspects ‘go dark,’
new problems for law enforcement

As more crime suspects ‘go dark,’ <br> new problems for law enforcement

Officials struggle on wiretaps due to a surge in online communications that are difficult to intercept.

The $84,000 wonder drug that could cure millions — and imperil Medicaid

The $84,000 wonder drug that could cure millions — and imperil Medicaid

A hepatitis C drug sparks debate about how far society should go to make sure the poor get treatment.

A town that blocked child immigrants

A town that blocked child immigrants

A town that prided itself on hospitality revealed a full-throated, bared-teeth rage.

Iran confirms Washington Post correspondent’s arrest in Tehran

Iran confirms Washington Post correspondent’s arrest in Tehran

An official in Tehran gave no reason for the detention of Jason Rezaian, his wife and two photographers.

Local Columnists

Shame on White House for accusing O’Malley of hypocrisy on immigration

Shame on White House for accusing O’Malley of hypocrisy on immigration

COLUMN | The Md. governor said that the state should be prepared to shelter up to 1,880 young migrants.

Sports

Choice of bats is highly personal

Choice of bats is highly personal

Ash, maple or birch — Nationals have their preferences, but science suggests there is no difference.

Real Estate

House of the Week | Off-beat NW DC home for $1.25M

House of the Week | Off-beat NW DC home for $1.25M

Jeff Speck-designed flatiron house has all the right angles.

Lifestyle

Tweets can set you free — from a job

Tweets can set you free —  from a job

Social media make it easy for journalists to unburden themselves, but can call neutrality into question.

Arts

‘Never happy’ Woody Allen talks ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

‘Never happy’ Woody Allen talks ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

His comment on satisfaction is about his work; at home, life is tranquil, filled with the comforting sounds of family.

Federal Government

Will the White House accept this Issa deposition offer?

FEDERAL EYE | Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) offered the top White House political adviser an opportunity to avoid testifying before his committee.

Discussions

Going Out Guide: D.C.’s just as fun when you’re flying solo

Going Out Guide: D.C.’s just as fun when you’re flying solo

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | The Going Out Guide shared ideas for what to do in D.C.

Business

How not to shut down coal plants

How not to shut down coal plants

Colorado is racing ahead with clean energy. But the transition is sending some citizens’ bills skyrocketing.

Diversions