Obama readies executive action on immigration

He's preparing to announce measures that may potentially let millions of illegal immigrants stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation, people who have been in touch with the White House said.

How a 72-hour truce in Gaza fell apart in less than 2 hours

The U.S. and the U.N., left trying to salvage peace talks scheduled in Cairo, condemned the abduction of an Israeli soldier shortly after the cease-fire began.

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McDonnell seen driving Ferrari of Jonnie R. Williams. (U.S. attorney's office)

Star witness: Ex-Va. governor didn’t ask for Rolex, private jet ride for kids

Businessman Jonnie Williams said Robert F. McDonnell was not directly involved in soliciting many gifts he gave the first family.

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    Contention over Confederate flag drapes Va. community in controversy

    Contention over Confederate flag drapes Va. community in controversy

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    Manassas teen, charged with felonies in ‘sexting’ case, placed on probation

    Manassas teen, charged with felonies in  ‘sexting’ case, placed on probation

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    U-Va. board urged to abandon ‘gag order’ proposal for its members

    U-Va. board urged to abandon ‘gag order’ proposal for its members

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    Alexandria residents take dim view of new lights going up at school stadium

    Alexandria residents take dim view of new lights going up at school stadium

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      Brennan under fire from lawmakers after CIA search of Senate computers

      Brennan under fire from lawmakers after CIA search of  Senate computers

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      Forget ‘leaning in.’ Japanese women are opting out of the workforce.

      Forget ‘leaning in.’ Japanese women are opting out of the workforce.

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      No more storage space on your phone? Here’s what you should trash first.

      No more storage space on your phone? Here’s what you should trash first.

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      Review: 2 decades of errors by FBI lab unit; includes death-penalty cases

      Review: 2 decades of errors by FBI lab unit; includes death-penalty cases

      Nearly every criminal case examined by the FBI and Justice Dept. includes flawed forensic testimony.

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      After my brother was killed in war, I met Obama. What I wanted to say.

      CHECKPOINT | The sister of a fallen soldier was glad to attend a medal ceremony but also struggled with it.

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      Soccer vs. affordable housing

      Soccer vs. affordable housing

      Priorities among District officials, or hopeful ones, are out of whack.

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      He can serve, but can he protect?

      He can serve, but can he protect?

      COLUMN | Chris Thompson offers Redskins a change of pace as a third-down back, but can he pick up a blitz?

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      House of the Week | Updated 19th-century home in Riva for $1.525M

      Tudor Hall evokes spirited elegance of pre-Civil War times.

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      Hank Stuever on TV: It’s okay to quit ‘The Leftovers’

      Hank Stuever on TV: It’s okay to quit ‘The Leftovers’

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      Rembrandt humanely depicts rape, suicide of Lucretia

      Rembrandt humanely depicts rape, suicide of Lucretia

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      Federal paralegals’ idleness fuels ire

      Federal paralegals’ idleness fuels ire

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      Ask Tom: Bad service? Bad food? Ask for the manager.

      Ask Tom: Bad service? Bad food? Ask for the manager.

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      Why your fighting with your honey isn’t really about money

      Why your fighting with your honey isn’t really about money

      COLUMN | When couples argue about finances, it’s often just a manifestation of another problem.

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