‘This is not America’s fight alone,’ Obama says

The president spoke hours after U.S. and Mideast partners targeted the militants’ training compounds in Syria in an aggressive and risky operation that marked a new phase in the conflict.

In rare move, U.S. gave Syria advance notice on mission

But there was no strategic coordination with the Syrian government, a State Department spokeswoman said.

U.S. strikes targeted cell plotting ‘imminent attack’

In addition to a campaign against the Islamic State, the U.S. also hit a little-known but well-resourced al-Qaeda cell.

Local News

8 presidents have come and left the White House since fence has changed

8 presidents have come and left the White House since fence has changed

As security features proliferate around the mansion, its 7-foot, 6-inch barrier from ’65 is the same.

D.C. Council is set to allow people to carry concealed guns. No one is happy.

D.C. Council is set to allow people to carry concealed guns. No one is happy.<br>

The bill poised for passage will replace the city’s ban on guns that a federal judge struck down in July.

Why Anthony Rendon could be this season’s MVP of the National League

Why Anthony Rendon could be this season’s MVP of the National League

Dodger Clayton Kershaw is the favorite, but Rendon has been the best player on the NL’s best team.

PARIS, FRANCE - Anna Coleman Ladd, in her studio holding her painting palette, standing behind a French soldier who has been fitted with one of her masks. The World War I veteran 's chin and forehead are his own but the face is a prosthetic mask. Ladd, American artist/sculptor, founded the American Red Cross 'Studio for Portrait-Masks' to provide cosmetic masks to be worn by men who had been badly disfigured in World War I. (Library of Congress photograph)

Ladd with a French soldier in Paris. (Library of Congress)

When soldiers’ faces were mutilated in WWI, she made them new ones

Sculptor Anna Coleman Ladd created exquisite metal masks to conceal men’s gruesome war injuries.

The WWI memorial should end up on the Mall, not shunted to Pershing Park

The WWI memorial should end up on the Mall, not shunted to Pershing Park<br>

OPINION | Even Russia beat the United States when it opened its memorial last month.

1 million have Defense Dept. security clearances — but aren’t on payroll

1 million have Defense Dept. security clearances — but aren’t on payroll

DIARY | The GAO found that many contractors who aren’t working could get access to classified info.

The jobs used to be washing dishes. Now many have become the boss.

The jobs used to be washing dishes. Now many have become the boss.

Over 40 years, the region’s largest immigrant community — 300,000 Salvadorans — has evolved.

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Ebola infections could hit 1.4 million
by end of January, CDC reports

Ebola infections could hit 1.4 million <br> by end of January, CDC reports

Data suggest the total number of cases is hugely underreported and new cases double every 20 days.

Israelis kill 2 Hamas members suspected in kidnap, murder of 3 teens

Israelis kill 2 Hamas members suspected in kidnap, murder of 3 teens

The abduction of the three students was part of a series of events that led to the 50-day war in Gaza.

The spectacular rise and humiliating fall of soccer star Hope Solo

The spectacular rise and humiliating fall of soccer star Hope Solo

The 33-year-old athlete faces up to six months in jail if convicted of two counts of domestic violence assault.

Tattoos seem more popular than
ever, but is that artistic ink safe?

Tattoos seem more popular than <br> ever, but is that artistic ink safe?

Studies looking for links to cancer from inks have failed to find evidence, but questions remain.

Local Columnists

The Secret Service messes up
and we pay the price? No way.

The Secret Service messes up <br>and we pay the price? No way.

COLUMN | How about the Secret Service starts by doing what most folks do? Lock. The. Doors.

Sports

Why Anthony Rendon could be this season’s MVP of the National League

Why Anthony Rendon could be this season’s MVP of the National League

NATIONALS JOURNAL | Dodger Clayton Kershaw is the favorite, but Rendon has been the best player on the NL’s best team.

Real Estate

The importance of a well-designed street

The importance of a well-designed street

Like good architecture, a good streetscape should aspire to achieve aesthetic as well as practical goals.

Federal Government

Does the United States need a Department of Homeland Security?

Does the United States need a Department of Homeland Security?

FEDERAL EYE | Many people in homeland-security circles question the idea of a single department composed of automonous agencies with clashing work cultures.

National

The last hand: The epic bust of Atlantic City’s gambling economy

The last hand: The epic bust of Atlantic City’s gambling economy

Inside the fall of a once-glittering casino and a troubled seaside gambling paradise.

Arts

A whirlwind welcome for new Kennedy Center president

A whirlwind welcome for new Kennedy Center president

Deborah Rutter, three weeks into the job, meets a flurry of new faces in a big kickoff weekend.

Business

Countries are completely missing their emissions targets

Countries are completely missing their emissions targets

WONKBLOG | Even many industrialized countries are going to blow through the 2020 targets they agreed to meet at earlier climate summits.

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