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Despite all the scary predictions of rising seas and global warming, politicians in the United States at least have been reluctant to take serious action to reduce greenhouse gases. Reasonably sensible ideas like taxing carbon emissions -- an idea with...
From: Washington Post | By: Lori Montgomery | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara (@pkollipara). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow...
From: Washington Post | By: Puneet Kollipara | Monday, September 15, 2014
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More than 120 members of Congress have urged the Supreme Court to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it’s needed to ensure that expectant mothers are not forced out of their jobs. Read...
From: Washington Post | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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The claim is stated twice for emphasis in a new television ad attacking Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan: instead of investing in pre-kindergarten programs, he would give “$300 million in tax breaks” to wealthy corporations....
From: Washington Post | By: John Wagner | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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“I want their school to be a path to a better future. With Tom Tillis cutting funding to our schools, they lose.” — Shawn Jackson, a mother, in an ad sponsored by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as ad flashed headline “Tillis budget...
From: Washington Post | By: Glenn Kessler | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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KABUL — A suicide bomber killed three coalition soldiers near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday morning, and a fourth soldier died late Monday when an Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO forces. The violence, the deadliest aimed at NATO troops in...
From: Washington Post | By: Sayed Salahuddin, Tim Craig | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Was it really only a year ago that we were gearing up for the big unveil of HealthCare.gov, where the uninsured could seamlessly go online and shop for health care as they would for cheap flights? It was September 2013 when Republicans last sparred with...
From: Washington Post | By: Al Kamen, Colby Itkowitz | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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David Boies, the superlawyer who chairs a group that is trying to overturn teacher tenure laws in New York and elsewhere, said Monday that his organization is not looking to take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court — at least not in the short run....
From: Washington Post | By: Lyndsey Layton | Monday, September 15, 2014
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In March, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. stood inside the hulking downtown headquarters of the District’s federal prosecutor, eyed the bank of cameras and pack of reporters before him, and staked his reputation on the outcome of a long-running...
From: Washington Post | By: Mike DeBonis | Monday, September 15, 2014
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This weekend, the reelection campaign of Sen. Pat Roberts posted what to most people would appear to be a really long, totally wordless, curiously unfinished campaign ad. The three-minute, 18-second-long highlight reel features the Kansas Republican...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Monday afternoon, the U.S. Senate will gavel to order the first congressional hearing on a D.C. statehood bill in 21 years. No, the fact that the New Columbia Admission Act is getting a hearing doesn’t mean that its chances of passage have appreciably...
From: Washington Post | By: Mike DeBonis | Monday, September 15, 2014
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A controversial anti-abortion measure that roiled Virginia and the nation two years ago has reemerged as an attack in a competitive congressional race in the Washington suburbs. A new ad from John W. Foust, the Democratic nominee for the open seat being...
From: Washington Post | By: Rachel Weiner | Monday, September 15, 2014
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On Tuesday, the Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that could determine the winner of the battle for the Senate majority. The question at the center of the case is simple: Should Democrat Chad Taylor's name remain on the ballot even...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Beginning next month, customers will be able to pay for purchases directly from their iPhones and Apple Watches, thanks to a new mobile payment service announced by Apple last week. Two local institutions — McLean-based Capital One and Vienna-based...
From: Washington Post | By: Abha Bhattarai | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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TOKYO — North Korea has sentenced Matthew Miller, a 24-year-old California man, to six years’ hard labor for committing “hostile acts” when he entered the country in April. During a show trial that lasted all of 90 minutes — and during which...
From: Washington Post | By: Anna Fifield | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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A poet, a cartoonist, a labor organizer and a physicist working to understand the organization of the human brain are among the 21 people chosen as this year’s MacArthur Fellows, a distinction that bears the affectionate title “genius grant” and...
From: Washington Post | By: Ellen McCarthy | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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The Obama administration notified lawmakers Tuesday night that the Pentagon would reprogram $500 million in unobligated funds to support an expanded effort to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to administration officials. Taken on...
From: Washington Post | By: Juliet Eilperin | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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By her own account, Muriel Bowser staked her first D.C. Council campaign on the promise of reforming the city’s public school system, and she did it again when she ran for reelection four years later. Yet, in nearly two terms on the council, Bowser,...
From: Washington Post | By: Paul Schwartzman | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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I was reporting my story on the new Washington rat race — elected officials and staffers tracking their steps on Fitbits and competing against each other — when Apple announced its new watch. The announcement, as I note in my story, is not insignificant....
From: Washington Post | By: Michael S. Rosenwald | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Before Forest Park junior Angela Tender sets the ball, she gives a quick look to the opposing defense. The glance gives the keen setter an idea of where she’s going to send the ball. If Tender sees an opening, she’ll almost perfectly tap it over,...
From: Washington Post | By: Tariq Lee | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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In a scoreless game against Howard last season, River Hill’s Michael Heitzmann missed a penalty kick. He blocked that memory out on Tuesday night as he stepped up to again take a penalty kick against the Lions. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Isabelle Khurshudyan | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on Tuesday laid out two of his main priorities going forward: boosting homeownership and combating the nation’s “rental housing crisis.” In his first public policy speech since joining HUD...
From: Washington Post | By: Dina ElBoghdady | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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The couple, who had just had twins, thought everything was on track when their mortgage application was approved and the closing for their new Virginia home was scheduled. But when the lender — FirstBank — learned that the wife was on maternity leave,...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Paul Lopez and Rick Murguia are fortunate to be alive. They were in Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard last Sept. 16 when Aaron Alexis, armed with a Remington 870 shotgun and a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, killed 12 workers. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Joe Davidson | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Just weeks before school started, Jennifer White received a letter from the principal at her son’s middle school in the District. With a pattern of late arrivals in the spring, the letter said, her son was not invited to return. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael Alison Chandler | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Tony Auth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist at the Philadelphia Inquirer who turned his pen on politicians, ideologues, religious leaders and authority in all its forms, died Sept. 14 at a hospital in Philadelphia. He was 72. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt Schudel | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Maryland officials want to limit access to their new health insurance Web site when it launches in November so that any glitches can be worked out and the system won’t be overwhelmed with requests, The state’s staggered approach is different from...
From: Washington Post | By: Jenna Johnson | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Each time a play is whistled dead during a Wakefield football game, Shoni Carver leans forward and focuses her eyes on the scrum of players, intently searching for No. 24. It’s not that Carver is worried about her son, Leon Young, getting hurt; she...
From: Washington Post | By: Brandon Parker | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on Wednesday laid out two of his main priorities going forward: boosting homeownership and combating the nation’s “rental housing crisis.” In his first public policy speech since joining HUD...
From: Washington Post | By: Dina ElBoghdady | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) plans to ask the County Council for more money to cover the cost of repairing the Silver Spring Transit Center, already nearly $30 million over budget with no opening date in sight. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Bill Turque | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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DES MOINES — When Joni Ernst burst into public consciousness here last spring, she was talking about castrating hogs as a child on an Iowa farm. Another ad showed her wearing a leather jacket and stepping off a Harley-Davidson to point a pistol at...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Rucker, Dan Balz | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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LT. GOV. ANTHONY BROWN, the Democrat who is favored to win Maryland’s gubernatorial election in November, has made expanding pre-kindergarten for thousands more 4-year-olds a centerpiece of his campaign. It’s a fine goal. Now he needs to level with...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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THE KILLING WINDS came over the trenches at Ypres, Belgium, in the evening of April 22, 1915, carrying chlorine gas, greenish clouds that unleashed warfare with chemical weapons. It inspired fear and terror, and eventually led to international treaties...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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WITH PEOPLE DYING in the streets of the Liberian capital, President Obama has at last ramped up the U.S. response to the worst outbreak ever of the Ebola virus in West Africa. The fresh surge of support announced Tuesday represents a welcome change of...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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The latest Census data released on Tuesday seem to reinforce the discouraging conclusion, over the long view of history, that we haven't put much of a dent in poverty in America despite our best efforts and big expenditures on anti-poverty programs....
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Badger | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Federal auto safety regulators came under double-barrel attack on Capitol Hill Tuesday, as a House report and members at a Senate hearing excoriated them for failing for years to grasp the severity of an ignition switch defect in General Motors small...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael A. Fletcher | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Just before his seventh year as boys’ basketball coach at St. John’s, Joe Gallagher decided to take a chance on a University of Maryland student, handing him the reins to the Cadets junior varsity basketball and football teams. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Brandon Parker | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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The chief judge of D.C. Superior Court sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid warning of the “adverse impact” of judicial vacancies on the D.C. bench, specifically in the division that handles cases involving youths. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Keith L. Alexander | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle on more rigorous exams introduced three years ago. The Virginia Department of Education said Tuesday that 555 out of the state’s 1,827 schools...
From: Washington Post | By: T. Rees Shapiro | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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One day this summer, Rep. Fred Upton was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue when he happened upon White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. They are political foes. Upton, a Republican from Michigan, chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. McDonough...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael S. Rosenwald | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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A discrimination lawsuit that pitted a former Maryland school secretary against her principal — and included allegations that the head of Largo High School bullied her staff — was settled Tuesday just as it was about to go to trial in federal court....
From: Washington Post | By: Ovetta Wiggins | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Climate Central on Tuesday released new maps for the District, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware cataloguing flood risk from climate change. The topline news is that roughly $42 billion worth of property in the region lies within 5 feet of current high...
From: Washington Post | By: Lori Montgomery | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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But the maps are more interesting for their local details than for the broad sweep of data. The organization of scientists and journalists is mapping flood risk on the entire U.S. coast, taking note of every school, police station, hospital, museum,...
From: Washington Post | By: Lori Montgomery | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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As far as financial crisis villains go, the credit rating agencies never get enough, well, credit. But now they're reminding us that even—or especially—nincompoops can blow up the global economy when you play them off against each other with the...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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In a joint statement released Tuesday, two powerful al-Qaeda affiliates urged Muslims to unite against the U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State. In a two-page message posted to Twitter accounts that represent both groups, al-Qaeda in the...
From: Washington Post | By: Adam Taylor | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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LONDON -- If Scotland votes to separate from the United Kingdom on Thursday, could nationalists have a lucky lottery ticket to thank? Three years ago, Colin Weir, a former television cameraman, and his wife, Christine, a former psychiatric nurse, were...
From: Washington Post | By: Karla Adam | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Just as there are stereotypes about librarians, stevedores and men who wear pencil-thin moustaches, so there are stereotypes about quilters. They are, the cliche goes, old, gray-haired ladies who sit stitching calico scraps into traditional designs....
From: Washington Post | By: John Kelly | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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A Georgetown University student died Tuesday after apparently contracting meningitis, the university said. Andrea Jaime was a sophomore in the school of nursing and health studies, Georgetown said in a statement. She had been undergoing treatment for...
From: Washington Post | By: Nick Anderson | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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After yesterday's announcement that &pizza received a nearly $2 million investment, and a Food cover story today about the influence of fast-casual restaurants on the District, here's another serving of fast-casual pizza news: &pizza will be...
From: Washington Post | By: Maura Judkis | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Tibor Rudas, an impresario who once booked Luciano Pavarotti into a circus tent in Atlantic City and packed Dodger Stadium for a performance by the Three Tenors, died Sept. 8 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 94. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Elaine Woo, — Los Angeles Times | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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