Fence jumper made it deep into the White House

Omar Gonzalez is said to have gone farther into the mansion than was previously known, overpowering a guard and running through the main floor.

U.S. signs deal for troops to remain in Afghanistan

The vital security agreement allows 9,800 American troops to stay beyond 2014 to help train and advise the Afghan military.

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks in New Hampshire in April. (Getty)

Riding a wave of fiery speeches,
Cruz appears as a favored contender

There isn’t a leader in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, but Ted Cruz is gaining support from social conservatives.

Local News

Arrest in U-Va. case provides ‘forensic link’ in ’09 slaying of Va. Tech student

Arrest in U-Va. case provides ‘forensic link’ in ’09 slaying of Va. Tech student

20-year-old Morgan Harrington vanished from a concert. Her body was found three months later.

D.C. traffic cameras are catching fewer people, and it’s threatening the budget

D.C. traffic cameras are catching fewer people, and it’s threatening the budget

The city’s chief financial officer warned that the trend could force up to $70 million in budget cuts.

If the Nats play late, the Metro will
stay open — on American U.’s dime

If the Nats play late, the Metro will <br>stay open — on American U.’s dime

The ballclub’s higher education “partner” stepped up to cover costs during the playoffs.

Warmer-than-normal days will rule this week until a powerful cold front

Warmer-than-normal days will rule this week until a powerful cold front

WEATHER GANG | By this weekend, highs should be in the 60s with lows dipping into the 40s.

WASHINGTON, DC - September 24: With their arms orderly folded and rested on their desks, kindergarten students listen to their teacher at Democracy Prep Congress Heights in southeast of Washington, D.C., September 24, 2014. Democracy Prep is a charter school management company that's taken over failing charter schools, acquiring all their assets, the building and all the students and started over. This year the New York-based charter operator restarted the former Imagine SE, after 14 years of poor academic performance. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)

Kindergarteners at Democracy Prep, formerly Imagine SE. (Post)

When a charter in D.C. fails, the
school looks the same. But it’s not.

Everything changes — from longer school days to less recess to more homework — when struggling schools are taken over by new operators:

Morning Mix

Stories from all over

Young men seeking work. (Reuters)

Young men seeking work. (Reuters)

Ebola-stricken Liberia is descending into economic chaos

From the fields to the factories, a chain of fear is strangling Liberia’s economy.

Hey, D.C. pedestrians: That red-hand sign means ‘DON’T WALK’. So don’t.

Hey, D.C. pedestrians: That red-hand sign means ‘DON’T WALK’. So don’t.

COLUMN | City streets would be less gridlocked if walkers stopped ignoring traffic signs.

How the ‘creative class’ divides D.C.

How the ‘creative class’ divides D.C.

WONKBLOG | Where professionals want to live shapes the city for everyone else.

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NFL penalizes Muslim player for praying after Chiefs touchdown

NFL penalizes Muslim player for praying after Chiefs touchdown

Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, used the ground as he celebrated an interception return.

Obama seeks India’s Modi as ally on Asia policy amid China’s growing clout

Obama seeks India’s Modi as ally on Asia policy amid China’s growing clout

Human rights issues hang over the president’s attempt to revive a flagging U.S.-Indian relationship.

In Hong Kong, a psychological battle
to win over the silent majority

In Hong Kong, a psychological battle <br>to win over the silent majority

Both sides are fighting for the hearts and minds of undecided residents.

Who is to blame for missing Islamic State’s rise? Obama or agencies?

Who is to blame for missing Islamic State’s rise? Obama or agencies?

FACT CHECKER | President Obama suggested intelligence agencies missed signs. Is that the whole story?

Surfer Dog Tillman rides a wave at the Surf City surf dog contest in Huntington Beach, California September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SOCIETY ANIMALS)

(Lucy Nicholson / Reuters)

The annual Surf City Surf Dog contest

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin leave the Cipriani hotel in Venice, Italy, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Clooney and Amal married Saturday, Sept. 27, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin married on Saturday.

George Clooney marries Amal Alamuddin in Venice

(David Maurice Smith / Oculi)

The Australian aboriginal community in New South Wales

Local Columnists

Four men try to break their
51-year-old swim record in Virginia

Four men try to break their <br>51-year-old swim record in Virginia

COLUMN | They made the pact when they came back for a 50-year reunion and saw their record stood firm.

Sports

Nats’ playoff roster projection

Nats’ playoff roster projection

NATIONALS JOURNAL | The Nationals have until 10 a.m. Friday to make their NLDS roster official.

Federal Government

In the Loop: The Secret Service as a punch line

In the Loop: The Secret Service as a punch line

IN THE LOOP | Journalists take to Twitter to take down the White House security team.

Lifestyle

How to tell friends you are gay and a Republican with conservative views

How to tell friends you are gay and a Republican with conservative views

CIVILITIES | Six out of 10 young Republicans now support same-sex marriage, according to a study.

Arts

Washington Concert Opera offers a mezzo, tenor to love

Washington Concert Opera offers a mezzo, tenor to love

WCO’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” presents some superb singing from Kate Lindsey and David Portillo.

Business

How to stay on point with target-date funds

How to stay on point with target-date funds

One big mistake investors make -- and it’s not the only one -- is thinking the plan will run itself.

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