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  • Mikulski, a role model for generations of women in politics, to retire in 2016

    2 March 2015, 12:56 pm by: Marc Fisher

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the Maryland Democrat who is the longest-serving woman in congressional history, announced Monday that she will leave the Senate next year at the end of her fifth term.Mikulski, 78 and in good health, departs the way she came in — with…
  • Decision in ‘free-range’ case does not end debate about parenting and safety

    2 March 2015, 12:06 pm by: Donna St. George

    The Maryland parents who let their children walk home from a park in Silver Spring were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect in a decision that has not fully resolved their clash with authorities over their views on parenting and…
  • Mikulski to retire from Senate after 30 years

    2 March 2015, 12:00 pm by: John Wagner, Jenna Johnson

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who has served in Congress longer than any woman in history, announced Monday that she will retire after five terms in office, shocking Democrats in her state and setting off an immediate scramble to replace her.Read full article…
  • In the Loop: Portrait artist says he painted Lewinsky reference in Bill Clinton’s official…

    2 March 2015, 11:03 am by: Colby Itkowitz

    A cursory glance at the official painting of President Bill Clinton that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery would easily miss an ode to the lowest point of his presidency — Monica Lewinsky.But it’s there, the artist revealed in an interview with the…
  • Netanyahu: Speech not intended as a show of disrespect to Obama

    2 March 2015, 10:13 am by: Katie Zezima, Anne Gearan

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that his planned address to Congress scheduled for Tuesday is not meant to signal any disrespect for President Obama, nor to insert political partisanship into the U.S.-Israel relationship.Read full article…
  • Iraqi forces launch offensive to take strategic city from Islamic State

    2 March 2015, 10:11 am by: Erin Cunningham

    BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces backed by Shiite militiamen and Sunni tribal fighters opened a large-scale operation Monday seeking to retake the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit, a critical stepping stone for wider attempts to reclaim territory in northern…
  • Kerry, Russia’s Lavrov meet in Geneva

    2 March 2015, 6:43 am by: Carol Morello

    GENEVA — Secretary of State John F. Kerry met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Monday in Switzerland to discuss a range of issues, primarily the status of the Iran nuclear talks, the war in Ukraine and the murder of a prominent political opponent in…
  • Zimbabwe’s Mugabe condemns ‘white’ safaris, eats baby elephant at birthday bash

    2 March 2015, 5:20 am by: Terrence McCoy

    When considering what to get Robert Mugabe for his birthday, one first must understand that Zimbabwe’s president is a man who demands the finest.His birthday parties don’t cost hundreds of thousands; they cost millions. His parties aren’t attended by…
  • Fact Checker: Obama’s claim that Keystone XL oil ‘bypasses the U.S.’ earns Four Pinocchios

    2 March 2015, 3:00 am by: Glenn Kessler

    “I’ve already said I’m happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf. It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent…
  • Video shows police fatally shooting man in downtown Los Angeles

    1 March 2015, 11:56 pm by: Lindsey Bever

    Warning: Graphic video accompanies this story.Police shot and killed a man on Sunday in downtown Los Angeles during an apparent struggle over an officer’s weapons.Officers responded to 911 calls regarding a potential robbery about noon on San Pedro Street…
  • ‘Downton Abbey’ recap: The season finale

    1 March 2015, 11:00 pm by: Joe Heim

    Fix yourself a pot of tea or, better yet, pour yourself a stiff drink. This is the recap of “Downton Abbey’s” season finale and we’re going to be here a while.But, as a service to our young readers, let’s start with a near tweet-able summary: Mary…
  • For Hillary and Bibi, a long and sometimes fraught relationship

    1 March 2015, 10:18 pm by: Anne Gearan

    JERUSALEM — The phone call between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lasted 45 minutes. For 43 of them, she talked and he listened.The U.S. secretary of state lectured the Israeli leader, accusing him of trying to do an end…
  • Iran allows lawyer for Post reporter, but not his choice

    1 March 2015, 9:54 pm by: Lydia DePillis

    A Washington Post reporter imprisoned in Iran has been granted access to an attorney — but not the one of his choosing.Jason Rezaian, who has been the paper’s Tehran correspondent since 2012 and holds U.S. and Iranian citizenship, has spent 222 days in…
  • A $75 million question confronts Republican candidates for 2016

    1 March 2015, 9:41 pm by: Chris Cillizza

    Call it the $75 million question.It’s the most important question every Republican who wants to run for president needs to answer — and the one that will divide the massive field between those who can win and the rest.Read full article >>
  • Weather Gang: Icy travel conditions overnight with temps slow to warm (SchoolCast)

    1 March 2015, 9:15 pm by: Dan Stillman, Jason Samenow, Ian Livingston

    A winter storm warning is in effect. Sleet and snow have turned to freezing rain in most areas.
  • Indian tribes gambling on high-interest loans to raise revenue

    1 March 2015, 8:49 pm by: Chico Harlan

    In the middle of the Ottawa National Forest, there is a Native American reservation where snowdrifts mark the main road into town. At the end of that town, there is a casino with penny slots and a three-story hotel. In back of that hotel, there is a locked,…
  • Indian tribes gambling on high-interest loans to raise revenue

    1 March 2015, 8:49 pm by: Chico Harlan

    In the middle of the Ottawa National Forest, there is a Native American reservation where snowdrifts mark the main road into town. At the end of that town, there is a casino with penny slots and a three-story hotel. In back of that hotel, there is a locked,…
  • GOP discord undercuts efforts to fund DHS

    1 March 2015, 7:46 pm by: Mike DeBonis, Paul Kane

    House Republican leaders will face a familiar dilemma this week when they try again to approve funding to keep the Department of Homeland Security functioning through the end of September: They know their party is too divided to resolve the crisis on its own…
  • GOP infighting in Va. may harm party’s White House bid in 2016

    1 March 2015, 7:19 pm by: Paul Schwartzman

    Feuding within Virginia’s state GOP is alarming prominent national Republicans who think the infighting in a crucial swing state threatens the party’s quest to recapture the White House in 2016.The rift pits centrist Republicans against tea party and…
  • Six words might decide the fate of Obamacare at the Supreme Court

    1 March 2015, 7:09 pm by: Lisa Rein

    When the Supreme Court takes up the latest challenge to President Obama’s health-care law this week, how the justices interpret a six-word phrase in the bill could determine its fate. The law, adopted in 2010, says the federal government can pay subsidies to…

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