Senate passes bill to avert midnight shutdown of DHS

Attention now turns to the House, which must act today on a stopgap funding measure to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.

GOP states that resisted Obamacare revisit stance

At least six states where GOP leaders refused to set up their own marketplaces fret over a possible Supreme Court decision that would revoke federal subsidies for millions of Americans.

Leonard Nimoy in a 1966 episode of "Star Trek." (CBS via Getty Images)

Aboard the starship Enterprise,
actor found a legacy as Mr. Spock

The man behind the half-human, half-alien on “Star Trek” understood well his character’s plight as the ultimate outsider.

Local News

How the D.C. mayor stared down
the Hill on pot legalization

How the D.C. mayor stared down <br>the Hill on pot legalization

A deal Muriel Boswer made with pot advocates to ensure a low-key launch of the law lighted the way.

Rams Head Tavern owner ‘humiliated’ by bathroom camera charges

Rams Head Tavern owner ‘humiliated’ by bathroom camera charges

The Savage restaurant owner’s investigation began when a woman found a video camera in the room.

Goodbye, depressing mall food court. Hello, upscale mall Dining Terrace.

Goodbye, depressing mall food court. Hello, upscale mall Dining Terrace.

$20 DINER | Westfield Montgomery Mall’s revamped food court has several options that sputter or soar.

Md. first lady Yumi Hogan and her kimchi welcome the Lunar New Year

Md. first lady Yumi Hogan and her kimchi welcome the Lunar New Year

More than 200 members of the Asian community joined the Hogans for the celebration in Annapolis.

My wife of 20-plus years says she
isn’t emotionally satisfied anymore

My wife of 20-plus years says she <br>isn’t emotionally satisfied anymore

TRANSCRIPT | The advice columnist answers questions about the strange train we call life.

Watch kayakers brave ice-covered Great Falls after a snow storm

Watch kayakers brave ice-covered Great Falls after a snow storm

Kayaking over the falls when water is high and roaring over ice-coated rocks seems downright crazy.

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Widow of hostage: ‘Jihadi John’ doesn’t deserve an ‘honorable death’

Widow of hostage: ‘Jihadi John’ doesn’t deserve an ‘honorable death’

Families of the slain Islamic State hostages hope the killer will be caught alive and brought to justice.

Internal audit slams DHS for missing opportunity in bio-threat fight

Internal audit slams DHS for missing  opportunity in bio-threat fight

An agency official was able to cancel a contract for a device some called a breakthrough, the report said.

Palin’s claims about the suicides of some war veterans don’t hold up

Palin’s claims about the suicides of some war veterans don’t hold up

FACT CHECKER | During her CPAC speech, Palin uttered an unreliable veteran suicide statistic.

It’s not just ‘the dress’: 12 optical illusions show how color tricks the eye

It’s not just ‘the dress’: 12 optical illusions show how color tricks the eye

WONKBLOG | Amid a raging online debate over the dress’s color, these fascinating illusions shed some light.

Long-lost Picasso found in Fed-Ex package marked as $37 ‘toy’

Long-lost Picasso found in Fed-Ex package marked as $37 ‘toy’

“La Coiffeuse,” stolen from Paris in 2001, was seized in Newark after smugglers tried to ship it to the U.S.

Missing: 1 Oscar gown, 6,000 pearls

Missing: 1 Oscar gown, 6,000 pearls

The custom dress, worn on the red carpet by actress Lupita Nyong’o, was stolen from a hotel room.

Politics

GOP’s 2016 hopefuls test their messages on conservative activists

GOP’s 2016 hopefuls test their messages on conservative activists

Scott Walker touts his handling of union protesters, while Chris Christie calls Jeb Bush the pick of “elites.”

Real Estate

House of the Week | Art deco duplex in Brightwood for $599K

House of the Week | Art deco duplex in Brightwood for $599K

Described in a 1935 Washington Post Real Estate section article as “homes ahead of their times,” this semi-detached duplex in the Brightwood neighborhood was revolutionary in that era.

Federal Government

Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services and collections

Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services and collections

FEDERAL DIARY | IRS officials tell Congress about stark reductions in taxpayer services because of staff and budget cuts.

National

7 killed by shooter at multiple residences in Mo.

The shooter is believed to be among the dead, according to reports.

Business

Inside one of the most intense, and unusual, Pentagon contracting wars

Inside one of the most intense, and unusual, Pentagon contracting wars

General Dynamics is lobbying to win a contract that has already been awarded--and that it didn’t bid on.

Diversions