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  • 2 August 2014, 1:41 am by: Paul Kane, Sebastian Payne

    Eric Cantor, the departing House majority leader stunned by a June 10 upset in Virginia's primary, announced Friday morning that he would also resign altogether from Congress, effective Aug. 18. After giving a farewell address to House colleagues Thursday…
  • Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

    2 August 2014, 1:23 am by: Sudarsan Raghavan, William Booth, Ruth Eglash

    GAZA CITY —Israel and Hamas began observing an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian truce Friday morning, a cease-fire that diplomats from the United States and the United Nations announced Thursday that could potentially pave the way for an end to the…
  • Argentina blames ‘vultures’ as it slips into default; limited fallout expected

    1 August 2014, 1:42 am by: Mariana Marcaletti, Fred Barbash

    Argentina slipped into default status last night after failing to reach agreement with a group of unpaid bondholders. While the news was bad for Argentina and its economy, most analysts expected the global fallout to be limited, in part because Argentina has…
  • CIA director John Brennan apologizes for search of Senate committee’s computers

    31 July 2014, 10:37 pm by: Greg Miller

    CIA employees improperly searched computers used by Senate investigators involved in a multi-year probe of the agency’s use of harsh interrogation measures on terrorism suspects, according to the findings of an internal agency inquiry that prompted CIA…
  • Senate sends VA, transportation bills to Obama on eve of summer recess

    31 July 2014, 10:00 pm by: Josh Hicks, Ashley Halsey III

    In a sprint to the finish line before a five-week break, the Senate on Thursday night approved bills to aid the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and to extend federal highway funding through May. Read full article >>
  • House GOP leaders spike border bill rather than see it defeated

    31 July 2014, 9:43 pm by: Paul Kane, Ed O’Keefe

    House Republican leaders were ambushed by another conservative insurrection on Thursday, forced to scrap a pivotal vote on a border security bill and scramble to find a solution amid a familiar whirlwind of acrimony and finger-pointing. Read full article >>
  • An Ebola patient is leaving Africa for treatment at an Atlanta hospital

    31 July 2014, 9:21 pm by: Joel Achenbach, Lena H. Sun, Caelainn Hogan

    The outbreak of the extraordinarily lethal Ebola virus has worsened in West Africa, with the contagion showing no sign of coming under control, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday to warn Americans to avoid nonessential travel…
  • Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is a rising Republican power in House, as well as a whip

    31 July 2014, 9:11 pm by: Robert Costa

    The beginning of the collapse of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s border bill came Wednesday evening, when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gathered more than a dozen House Republicans at his office in the Dirksen building on Capitol Hill. Read full article >>
  • Krauthammer: Clueless in Gaza

    31 July 2014, 8:35 pm by: Charles Krauthammer

    John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the…
  • Zakaria: The rise of Putinism

    31 July 2014, 8:31 pm by: Fareed Zakaria

    When the Cold War ended, Hungary occupied a special place in the story of the revolutions of 1989. It was the first country in the Soviet orbit to abandon communism and embrace liberal democracy. Today it is again a trendsetter, becoming the first European…
  • Sen. Ted Cruz denies he worked against House GOP border bill

    31 July 2014, 7:52 pm by: Robert Costa

    As House Republicans struggled Thursday to rally behind legislation to address the influx of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), a tea party favorite who has close ties to House conservatives, dismissed talk that he was partly…
  • Editorial: Congress shirks its duty to deal with a humanitarian crisis

    31 July 2014, 7:48 pm by: Editorial Board

    OPTING FOR the preposterous when summoned to do the practical, House Republicans rallied Wednesday behind a measure to sue President Obama, then threw up their hands Thursday when called on to resolve the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors…
  • Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld are going their separate ways

    31 July 2014, 6:26 pm by: Mark Berman

    Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld announced Thursday that they will be ending a marketing partnership that has lasted for more than a quarter of a century, issuing a joint statement that basically promises us that they will still be friends. Read full article…
  • During one-day cease-fire in Ukraine, team reaches site of plane crash, collects DNA

    31 July 2014, 6:20 pm by: Carol Morello

    KIEV, Ukraine — A small advance team of forensic experts on Thursday finally reached the site where a Malaysia Airlines flight went down in eastern Ukraine two weeks ago, after four days of false starts cut short by heavy fighting in the area. Read full…
  • Is spam free speech?

    31 July 2014, 4:18 pm by: Caitlin Dewey

    Every time somebody tries to discuss Twitter’s dismal abuse policies — which have left thousands of people open to threats and other harassment — she (or he!) is met with the same retort: Curbing abuse would limit speech. Limiting speech would impinge on…
  • Balz: Republicans deliver another self-inflicted wound

    31 July 2014, 3:43 pm by: Dan Balz

    Republicans may yet win the elections in November. They may end up in control of both houses of Congress come January. But in the final week before a lengthy August recess, they have shown a remarkable capacity to complicate their path to victory. Read full…
  • WorldViews: This is what an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza looks like

    31 July 2014, 3:11 pm by: Sudarsan Raghavan

    GAZA CITY — It was around 2:30 pm, and the word had spread on al-Jalla Street. An Israeli airstrike was about to unfold. The target: a gray, concrete building of moderate height in the heart of Gaza City. Read full article >>
  • Federal Eye: Federal paralegals had no work, so they surfed the Internet

    31 July 2014, 2:43 pm by: Lisa Rein

    Dozens of federal employees at an obscure agency that handles appeals of patent applications went years with so little work to do that they collected salaries — and even bonuses — while they surfed the Internet, did laundry, exercised and watched…
  • House GOP turns table on Senate transportation bill

    31 July 2014, 2:39 pm by: Ashley Halsey III

    With threats that the spigot for transportation funding was about to squeeze shut, the House punted the politically charged issue back to the Senate on Thursday and then prepared to head home for a five-week recess. Read full article >>
  • Hundreds of big donors, including Obama bundlers, are ‘Ready for Hillary’

    31 July 2014, 2:36 pm by: Philip Rucker, Matea Gold

    A diverse cadre of big money Democratic players has directed millions of dollars into a super PAC supporting a potential presidential bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton, underscoring the extent to which the party machinery is tilting in her favor. Read full article…
  • A’s-Red Sox trade deadline swap of Cespedes, Lester illustrates MLB’s increasing parity

    31 July 2014, 1:57 pm by: Barry Svrluga

    Last October, when the Boston Red Sox needed their best pitcher on the mound to open postseason play, they turned to Jon Lester. When they needed to open the American League Championship Series with someone who could shut down the powerful Detroit Tigers, they…
  • Judge orders Microsoft to turn over data held overseas

    31 July 2014, 1:54 pm by: Ellen Nakashima

    A federal court in New York ruled Thursday that Microsoft must comply with a U.S. search warrant to turn over a customer’s e-mails held in a server overseas. In a ruling from the bench upon completion of oral arguments, Judge Loretta Preska upheld a…
  • Star witness: ‘It was wrong’ to give Rolex to Va. governor

    31 July 2014, 1:42 pm by: Rosalind S. Helderman, Matt Zapotosky, Laura Vozzella

    RICHMOND — Prosecutors on Thursday unveiled what could be a critical new piece of evidence in their case against former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen: a photograph of the governor, grinning and holding up his wrist to display a…
  • 31 July 2014, 12:15 pm by: Robert Costa, Paul Kane

    House Republican leaders pulled Speaker John A. Boehner’s slimmed-down legislation to address the brewing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border rather than see it defeated, amid a conservative revolt that the $659 million proposal did not address the…
  • Wonkblog: Want to live longer? Send your kids to college

    31 July 2014, 11:14 am by: Christopher Ingraham

    New research by Esther Friedman of the RAND Corporation and Robert Mare of UCLA finds that parents of college grads live two years longer than parents whose kids didn't graduate high school. That two-year bump in life expectancy for parents of the…

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