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  • 2014 NBA playoffs: Wizards head home with 2-0 series lead on the Bulls after win in overtime

    24 April 2014, 1:08 am by: Michael Lee

    CHICAGO — The Washington Wizards had to wait six years to get back to the postseason. But they only needed two games to really get introduced to playoff basketball, with more physical play, short tempers and extreme rallies. In the intense cauldron of United…
  • U.S. to partially resume military aid to Egypt

    22 April 2014, 11:22 pm by: Ernesto Londoño

    The United States has decided to resume delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt, the Pentagon announced late Tuesday, backtracking on a decision officials made last summer following the country’s military coup and its violent aftermath. Read full article >>
  • Lawsuit says FBI uses no-fly list in bid to recruit Muslim informants

    22 April 2014, 11:19 pm by: Adam Goldman

    Awais Sajjad, a lawful permanent U.S. resident living in the New York area, learned he was on the no-fly list in September 2012 after he tried to board a flight to Pakistan at John F. Kennedy International Airport and was turned back. Read full article >>
  • Nats Journal: Albert Pujols hits career home run No. 500 off Taylor Jordan

    22 April 2014, 9:09 pm by: James Wagner

    In the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels, fans at Nationals Park witnessed a moment of baseball history. Albert Pujols hit the 500th home run of his career, a towering two-run shot into the center field seats off Nationals right-handed…
  • Army general disciplined over mishandling of sexual-assault case in Japan

    22 April 2014, 8:57 pm by: Craig Whitlock

    The sexual misconduct complaints piled up on the desk of Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr., the commander of U.S. Army forces in Japan. A colonel on his staff had been accused of having an affair with a subordinate, of drunken and inappropriate behavior with…
  • Navy to award contract for Marine One helicopter fleet in shadow of previous failure

    22 April 2014, 8:52 pm by: Christian Davenport

    The last time the Pentagon tried to upgrade the president’s coolest ride — the fleet of helicopters that drop him at his doorstep on the South Lawn of the White House — it didn’t go well. Costs doubled. Delays sparked ridicule, then outrage. And…
  • Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on racial preferences in university admissions

    22 April 2014, 8:47 pm by: Robert Barnes

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday made clear that states are free to prohibit the use of racial considerations in university admissions, upholding Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning affirmative action. Read full article >>
  • Parker: A grandchild might just be the push Hillary Clinton needs to run

    22 April 2014, 8:11 pm by: Kathleen Parker

    The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination a soon-to-be grandmother. The headlines were inevitable — “Grandma Hillary” — followed by the similarly crucial question: Will being a…
  • Editorial: Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action ruling should focus colleges on improving diversity

    22 April 2014, 8:05 pm by: Editorial Board

    ON TUESDAY, the Supreme Court refused to strike down Michigan’s ban on affirmative action at the state’s public universities. We disagree with the 58 percent of Michigan voters who, in 2006, inserted the ban into the state’s constitution. But the court,…
  • Fairfax mother of young heroin addict: ‘There were clues. But we had no clue.’

    22 April 2014, 6:38 pm by: Susan Svrluga

    After Madison Walker quit heroin, he urged Connor Brennan to get clean, too. Brennan, 20, thought about Walker, who had grown up in the same Fairfax County subdivision and was sober, healthy, close with his parents again. Look how happy he is, Brennan…
  • Stephen Colbert visits David Letterman and his future ‘Late Show’ home, and yes, they took a…

    22 April 2014, 6:26 pm by: Emily Yahr

    Sporting a fancy pair of glasses, Stephen Colbert arrived on the “Late Show” Tuesday night to sit down with David Letterman and chat about the future — a future that will, of course, see Colbert take over for Letterman next year when the iconic…
  • To buoy shaky Ukrainian government, U.S. pledging aid and sending troops to E. Europe

    22 April 2014, 6:20 pm by: Scott Wilson, William Booth

    KIEV, Ukraine — Vice President Biden pledged additional American aid Tuesday to help the government here, as the Pentagon announced that it would respond to Russia’s involvement in Ukraine by sending about 600 U.S. troops to conduct exercises and training…
  • Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

    22 April 2014, 4:37 pm by: Robert Barnes

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts such as the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues…
  • The story behind that Boston Marathon photo of runners carrying a competitor toward the finish

    22 April 2014, 4:11 pm by: Wesley Lowery

    Runner falls just short of the finish. Four others pick him up and carry him. I’m literally in tears pic.twitter.com/vb9cjxG6pQ — Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014 It was a sadly common sight on Boylston Street during Monday’s Boston…
  • S.C. college production highlights political battle between lawmakers, public universities

    22 April 2014, 3:11 pm by: Rosalind S. Helderman

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — More than 750 people packed into a city auditorium here this week for a sold-out production of “Fun Home,” a musical by a New York-based troupe about a woman coming to terms with her closeted gay father’s suicide. The crowd rose in a…
  • Justices test Aereo on copyright issue but raise concern about harming cloud services

    22 April 2014, 1:26 pm by: Cecilia Kang

    Several Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical of Internet streaming start-up Aereo during oral arguments Tuesday, questioning if the company was created as a technical workaround of copyright laws to bypass license payments. Read full article >>
  • What you’d need to make in every county in America to afford a decent one-bedroom

    22 April 2014, 12:42 pm by: Emily Badger, Christopher Ingraham

    Last month we wrote about a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition on how much a worker would have to earn to afford what the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers "fair market rent" in local communities across the country. The…
  • Romney gives $10,000 to McDonnell’s legal defense fund

    22 April 2014, 12:28 pm by: Philip Rucker

    Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has made a personal donation of $10,000 to former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell's legal defense fund, a Romney aide confirmed Tuesday. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted in January on…
  • “I will get the people to buy into my works just to rip their hearts out.” A Q&A with a…

    22 April 2014, 10:59 am by: Caitlin Dewey

    The Internet, as we resignedly recap every Friday, has no great regard for truth. But among the pranksters and hoaxers, the rumor-mongers and the thoughtless retweeters, the performance artists and the gullible olds, there’s one unusually insidious,…
  • Tea party attacks Boehner at home

    22 April 2014, 10:25 am by: Reid Wilson

    House Speaker John Boehner’s tenure as the top Republican in Congress has not been smooth. He has sparred with a combative Democratic president and a Democratic Senate. He has been attacked by conservatives in his own party who think him insufficiently…
  • U.S. agency urges private lenders to ease automatic default rules on student loans

    22 April 2014, 10:20 am by: Danielle Douglas

    Some people who pay private student loans on time are being placed in default when the co-signer of their loans dies or declares bankruptcy, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in a report due out Tuesday. Read full article >>
  • Bob Dole is back in Kansas, running for nothing, but running hard

    22 April 2014, 9:44 am by: Dan Balz

    LAWRENCE, Kansas — There is no press bus this time, no retinue of advisers trailing in his wake, no public-address system blaring his arrival. On this tour, Bob Dole makes a quiet entrance — and then the one-liners begin. Read full article >>
  • Everything you need to know about Aereo, the Supreme Court and the future of TV

    22 April 2014, 9:23 am by: Brian Fung

    In one of the biggest cases of the year for tech, a young start-up is taking on TV broadcasters in the Supreme Court. Depending on the outcome, the battle could either solidify TV networks' grip over their content or throw the doors open to a future where…
  • 38 GOP lawmakers join Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

    22 April 2014, 8:16 am by: Ed O'Keefe

    Thirty-eight Republican lawmakers are signaling support for a lawsuit filed by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) that challenges a rule by the Obama administration allowing the federal government to subsidize health insurance for lawmakers and some congressional…
  • Obama seeks to use Japan trip to unlock broader Asia-Pacific trade deal

    22 April 2014, 7:42 am by: Juliet Eilperin, Chico Harlan

    President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will tackle a number of issues during Obama’s state visit to Japan, but one issue rises above the rest: whether the two countries can resolve enough of their economic differences to help unlock a broader…

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