Obama weighs combat options against militants

A mandate from Congress could provide domestic legal justification for the unlimited use of force against the Islamic State across Iraq and Syria, a senior administration official said.

Russia firing artillery within Ukraine, NATO reports

The conflict is escalating after Russia sent an aid convoy over the border without permission from Ukraine.

Masked gunmen with three of the victims who were shot dead. (Reuters)

18 alleged collaborators killed in Gaza

The Palestinians were sentenced to death by a “revolutionary resistance court” for allegedly collaborating with Israel. Hours later, a mortar barrage killed a 4-year-old Israeli child.

    Local News

    McDonnell testifies he ‘misjudged’ businessman as ‘a true friend’

    McDonnell testifies he ‘misjudged’ businessman as ‘a true friend’

    The ex-Va. governor also said he ironed out the details of a $50,000 loan from Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

    After his temper got him evicted from city hall, Md. mayor pitches a tent

    After his temper got him evicted from city hall, Md. mayor pitches a tent

    Seat Pleasant’s Eugene Grant took his ouster as a challenge and plans to conduct business from the tent.

    GOP calls John Foust an insensitive sexist after comment about opponent

    GOP calls John Foust an insensitive sexist after comment about opponent

    The Va. congressional candidate questioned if Barbara Comstock had “even had a real job.”

    Former Virginia senator Jim Webb raises his profile on Iowa stump

    Former Virginia senator Jim Webb raises his profile on Iowa stump

    His visit has renewed speculation about whether he is considering a run for president in 2016.

    What does Bao Bao have in common with other 1-year-olds in D.C.?

    What does Bao Bao have in common with other 1-year-olds in D.C.?

    The zoo will throw its prized panda an over-the-top birthday party, taking part in a tradition for District tots.

    On Chuck Brown Day, multiple disappointments at Langdon Park

    On Chuck Brown Day, multiple disappointments at Langdon Park

    COLUMN | A new memorial was dedicated to the Godfather of Go-Go. Too bad it doesn’t do him justice.

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    Does a big, fat wedding
    help a marriage last?

    Does a big, fat wedding<br> help a marriage last?

    COLUMN | A new report suggests a tie between a bigger guest list and a happier marriage.

    I’m a cop. Don’t want to get hurt?
    Don’t challenge me.

    I’m a cop. Don’t want to get hurt? <br>Don’t challenge me.

    POSTEVERYTHING | An LAPD officer explains the job’s challenges and the importance of cooperating.

    Electric wheelchairs: The Medicare
    scam that just keeps on rolling

    Electric wheelchairs: The Medicare <br> scam that just keeps on rolling

    The U.S. has spent billions to buy wheelchairs for patients, but has no idea how many claims are bogus.

    CHEVY CHASE, MD - JULY 24: Coco Murray, 5, plays piano at her house on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Chevy Chase, MD. (Photo by Yue Wu/The Washington Post)

    Coco Murray plays piano at her home (Yue Wu/Post)

    ‘Just keep swimming’: After losing mom, sister, how 5 girls healed

    Before her death in a summer storm, Kelly Murray set up a camp to help girls become self-reliant. Her lessons are shaping her own girls’ lives.

    Local Columnists

    Many Central American immigrants are fleeing a climate of fear, violence

    Many Central American immigrants are fleeing a climate of fear, violence

    COLUMN | One family’s experiences highlight how necessary U.S. protection is for refugees.

    Sports

    Redskins-Ravens: Five story lines to follow

    Redskins-Ravens: Five story lines to follow

    REDSKINS BLOG | The preseason game Saturday will likely serve as the final dress rehearsal for the regular season for the starters.

    Real Estate

    Boomerang buyers lost their homes, but now they’re back

    Boomerang buyers lost their homes, but now they’re back

    Foreclosure and short sale veterans from 2007-13 are expected to make 10 percent of U.S. home buys in 2014.

    Arts

    ‘She Kills Monsters’: Nirvana for nerds

    ‘She Kills Monsters’: Nirvana for nerds

    Qui Nguyen’s play at Rorschach Theatre envelops us in the world of Dungeons & Dragons.

    Federal Government

    An ambassador finally leaves for his post, as others watch

    An ambassador finally leaves for his post, as others watch

    IN THE LOOP | After The Washington Post wrote about one ambassador nominee’s long wait for confirmation, the Senate voted. Others in his same position continue to wait in limbo.

    National

    Rick Perry says Islamist State fighters may have crossed U.S.-Mexico border

    Rick Perry says Islamist State fighters may have crossed U.S.-Mexico border

    FEDERAL EYE | Texas governor is quick to add there is “no clear evidence of that,” but his remarks are sure to stoke concerns.

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