With limits lifted on political gifts, wallets open up

EXCLUSIVE | More than 300 wealthy donors — most favoring GOP candidates — have already exceeded the previous $123,200 cap on total contributions.

Nude celebrity photos leak, fueling privacy worries

As racy photos of Hollywood stars circulate online, security experts ask how hack-proof “cloud” sites truly are.

French soldiers with a Harfang drone in Niger. (AFP/Getty)

In the Sahara, more Pentagon drones

The expansion highlights growing U.S. counterterrorism coordination with France to track militants in destabilized Africa.

McDONNELL TRIAL 

Broken marriage or fake estrangement? The jury will decide.

Broken marriage or fake estrangement? The jury will decide.<br>

The McDonnells’ professed discord contradicts the family image the ex-Va. governor projected in office.

Eric Cantor joins Wall Street investment firm, will open D.C. office

Eric Cantor joins Wall Street investment firm, will open D.C. office

The former House majority leader will enter a fast-growing firm that advises companies and investors.

An all-too-familiar ritual: A ride home from a teen friend ends in a fatal crash

An all-too-familiar ritual: A ride home from a teen friend ends in a fatal crash<br>

After a 15-year-old died in a wreck that also injured two other teens, family and friends mourn in Olney.

Get ready for a muggy, sizzling week

Get ready for a muggy, sizzling week

WEATHER GANG | It may be September, but it doesn’t feel like fall. At least until Sunday.

Nats club their way past Dodgers

Nats club their way past Dodgers

The Nationals hit four more home runs as their power surge continued in a 6-4 win against Los Angeles.

D.C. is growing, but its police force is on the cusp of a severe officer shortage

D.C. is growing, but its police force is on the cusp of a severe officer shortage

Hundreds who joined in a hiring binge near retirement as younger officers leave for other cities.

As ‘new’ Bethesda grows around it, Tastee Diner remains a constant

As ‘new’ Bethesda grows around it, Tastee Diner remains a constant

Comfort food is served with a taste of the “old” Bethesda at the 24-hour eatery that opened in 1935.

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Jennifer Lawrence. (AFP/Getty)

Jennifer Lawrence. (AFP/Getty)

The 'shock post' site that hosted the Jennifer Lawrence photos

With complete anonymity, “4chan” users operate beyond the norms of decency.

400,000 Va. kids head back to school today. And things are a little different.

400,000 Va. kids head back to school today. And things are a little different.

The year brings a lot of change, from sign language classes to 600 new teachers in one district.

Virginia worries less about child care than hot-dog carts. That has to change.

Virginia worries less about child care than hot-dog carts. That has to change.<br>

COLUMN | State lawmakers are silent when it comes to unregulated day cares, putting kids in danger.

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Moscow says it will reweigh strategy in face of plans for new NATO force

Moscow says it will reweigh strategy in face of plans for new NATO force

Kremlin security official says NATO’s plans for 4,000-strong rapid-reaction force will aggravate tensions.

Pakistan’s prime minister clings
to power as protests intensify

Pakistan’s prime minister clings <br> to power as protests intensify<br>

Nawaz Sharif is trying to navigate Pakistan’s worse political crisis in more than a decade.

In Texas, National Guard sets up along the border for a role that isn’t clear

In Texas, National Guard sets up along the border for a role that isn’t clear

Troops dispatched by Gov. Rick Perry are just the latest force in an increasingly fortified zone.

Politics

8 questions — and answers — about the midterm elections

8 questions — and answers — about the midterm elections

With just nine weeks to go, key strategists weigh in on where things stand, and where they could go.

Local Columnists

Purple Line critics hunt for critters
to justify lawsuit against project

Purple Line critics hunt for critters <br>to justify lawsuit against project

COLUMN | Opponents can’t find the tiny species in suburban Maryland, but they sued to protect it anyway.

Sports

Nats club their way past Dodgers

Nats club their way past Dodgers

The Nationals hit four more home runs as their power surge continued in a 6-4 win against Los Angeles.

Arts

Maroon 5 and Counting Crows: Peak cheese and sincerity

Maroon 5 and Counting Crows: Peak cheese and sincerity

New releases from popular artists showcase everything fans might love or detractors detest about the groups.

Federal Government

Why the government spent $3 million to study lesbian obesity

Why the government spent $3 million to study lesbian obesity

FEDERAL EYE | With 75 percent of lesbians overweight or obese, the study is “of high public-health significance,” according to a project summary.

National

Checking your smartphone or laptop before bed? You might reconsider.

Checking your smartphone or laptop before bed? You might reconsider.

The blue light from electronics can keep people awake and disrupt sleep — especially for teens.

Business

Tarnished by the Enron scandal, can this brand be saved?

Tarnished by the Enron scandal, can this brand be saved?

Executives at the tax giant you’ve never heard of want the Arthur Andersen name back. Is that crazy?

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