U.S. Senate up for grabs as Iowa race tightens

Democrats hope Iowa is part of a broader political shift in close races elsewhere that could preserve their Senate majority.

The man who may help sway GOP members on a war vote

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is trying to build support for a spending bill as the U.S. ramps up efforts to combat the Islamic State.

Nationals celebrate their division title in Atlanta. (Jonathan Newton / Post)

Nats shut out Braves to win NL East

The Nationals 3-0 victory Tuesday completed a 58-day blitz in which the team turned a tie for first place with Atlanta into a runaway to capture its second division crown in three years.

Local News

Bowser campaigned on school reform. On D.C. Council, she changed little.

Bowser campaigned on school reform. On D.C. Council, she changed little.<br>

The mayoral candidate’s foes say she hasn’t accomplished much. She calls her work effective, not dramatic.

D.C. statehood died again this week. What will the city’s next mayor do?

D.C. statehood died again this week. What will the city’s next mayor do?

Hopefuls Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz have very different plans.

Under new owner, ABC 7 takes a turn to the right, adds conservative pundit

Under new owner, ABC 7 takes a turn to the right, adds conservative pundit<br>

The owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and its executives have long contributed to GOP candidates.

The nice days just keep on coming

The nice days just keep on coming

WEATHER GANG | Today starts a four-week (!) autumn stretch featuring average highs in the 70s.

A new rat race in Washington: How many steps did you walk today?

A new rat race in Washington: How many steps did you walk today?

Both parties have formed teams such as Holy Walkamolies and Agony of DeFeet for walking battles.

More money sought to fix over-budget, still-unopened Maryland transit center

More money sought to fix over-budget, still-unopened Maryland transit center<br>

The Silver Spring site, supposed to have opened in 2010, is already nearly $30 million over budget.

Missing U-Va. student known for being organized and responsible, family says

Missing U-Va. student known for being organized and responsible, family says

Hannah Elizabeth Graham was last seen early Saturday morning after a social outing in Charlottesville.

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Stories from all over

The skull of Richard III. (Reuters)

The skull of Richard III. (Reuters)

The postmortem: How King Richard III really died, not by Shakespeare

A Bones-style exam sheds light his gruesome death at Bosworth Field in 1485.

6 months, 150 complaints: How D.C.’s schools ombudsman spends her days

6 months, 150 complaints: How D.C.’s schools ombudsman spends her days<br>

The office, reinstated this year after a four-year hiatus, has been busy dealing with parents’ issues.

The Chipotlification of Washington

The Chipotlification of Washington

More restaurants adopt the have-it-your-way model to let Type-A personalities take charge of orders.

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Why Vikings changed their minds about letting Adrian Peterson play

Why Vikings changed their minds about letting Adrian Peterson play

The team, like the NFL, can’t find solid footing with the public and sponsors over child-abuse charges.

Surprise — you’re a genius!

Surprise — you’re a genius!

The MacArthur Foundation announces 21 “genius” fellows for 2014 and gives each $625,000.

What folks are saying about iPhone 6

What folks are saying about iPhone 6

The Earth moved. The stars aligned. Someone likely wept. A phone was born.

Rove-affiliated group attacks Grimes over her stance on immigration bill

Rove-affiliated group attacks Grimes over her stance on immigration bill

FACT CHECKER | The Senate candidate is being hit for positions once backed by another Rove group.

Local Columnists

Spay my kitty? Not a hairball’s chance.

Spay my kitty? Not a hairball’s chance.

COLUMN | Experts say cats may not be truly content unless they’re spayed. But there are downsides.

Sports

Five questions facing the Redskins

Five questions facing the Redskins

REDSKINS BLOG | The Redskins look to build on the positives from last Sunday’s victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars and string together back-to-back wins for the first time since Weeks 16 and 17 of the 2012 season.

Real Estate

Real Estate Matters | Should heir sell or rent Mom’s house?

Real Estate Matters | Should heir sell or rent Mom’s house?

Rent out the home and give yourself a year to decide whether to sell it.

Federal Government

Federal background checks, one year after the Navy Yard shooting

Federal background checks, one year after the Navy Yard shooting

FEDERAL EYE | Find out what changes the Obama administration has made since a federal contractor fatally shot 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.

National

What it feels like to lift your child out of poverty

What it feels like to lift your child out of poverty

She sought a full-time job -- and a better life for her 6-year-old son

Lifestyle

Battle rages over design of Eisenhower Memorial

Battle rages over design of Eisenhower Memorial

A commission will review a revised Frank Gehry design — one that the famed architect will not endorse.

Arts

Angela Lansbury coming to National Theatre next spring

Angela Lansbury coming to National Theatre next spring

The five-time Tony winner revives her New York-London turn in the Noël Coward comedy.

Business

How the pay gap leads to the retirement savings gap

How the pay gap leads to the retirement savings gap

Lower pay over time amounts to less in savings -- and smaller Social Security payments down the road.

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