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People tend to think about inequality in Manichean terms. It's either all good or all bad, when reality is a lot more banal than that. Some inequality is good, but that doesn't mean more is always better. Now, if people can't make money, then they won't...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Ill., draped in black-and-white mourning cloth, following his assassination. ¶ African American mothers holding their babies, likely the first generation born into freedom. ¶ A battlefield in the Virginia wilderness...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael E. Ruane | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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WHEN YOU look at the specialty license plate on the car in front of you, who do you think is communicating a message — the state government that printed the plate or the driver who chose the design and paid for it? The Supreme Court wrestled with this...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Washington and Oregon on Friday joined Colorado in defending its recreational marijuana law against a suit brought by two of its neighboring states.In a filing, Colorado asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit — filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma...
From: Washington Post | By: Niraj Chokshi | Friday, March 27, 2015
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A federal audit of Maryland’s once-troubled health insurance exchange found that the state waited too long to formally update its enrollment projections and numbers with federal grant providers, resulting in the misallocation of $28.4 million. Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Jenna Johnson | Friday, March 27, 2015
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An unknown party hijacked widely used tools developed by Baidu, the largest search engine in China, this week in an apparent attempt to target online software used to get around Chinese censorship.The assailants injected malicious code into the tools...
From: Washington Post | By: Andrea Peterson | Friday, March 27, 2015
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A few years after the Civil War ended, promoters determined to establish an all-black town on the Kansas frontier took out an ad in a Kentucky bulletin promising membership in “The Largest Colored Colony in America” for a small down payment: “All...
From: Washington Post | By: DeNeen L. Brown | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The city of Alexandria on Friday won the last of the legal challenges brought against it in the wake of its controversial 2012 waterfront development plan.The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that any errors made during the process of passing the plan and...
From: Washington Post | By: Patricia Sullivan | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Earlier this week, the U.S. Commerce Department put on a big show for foreign investors at the Gaylord National hotel, just outside Washington, D.C. President Obama showed up for a lunchtime keynote, followed the next day by Secretary of State John Kerry;...
From: Washington Post | By: Lydia DePillis | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Dynel Lane, the Colorado woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and removing a 7-month-old fetus from her body, will not face murder charges, the Boulder County District Attorney’s office told reporters on Thursday night. Lane stabbed 26-year-old...
From: Washington Post | By: Abby Ohlheiser | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Wall Street is so angry at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that bank officials are talking about donating less to Democratic campaigns, Emily Flitter reports for Reuters. They haven't reached any kind of agreement, but contributions from the financial...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Friday, March 27, 2015
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It’s been more than five years since the Great Recession toppled real estate values, but some properties still haven’t recovered.Take the pair of Chantilly office buildings known as Washington Technology Park I and II, part of the Westfields Corporate...
From: Washington Post | By: Jonathan O'Connell | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The era of great real estate deals that followed the financial crisis appears to be officially over. According to new data from RealtyTrac, a housing data website, home prices in cities around the U.S. have been growing at about 13 times faster than...
From: Washington Post | By: Ana Swanson | Friday, March 27, 2015
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It's peak sugaring season in much of the Northeast, when the country's maple syrup producers tap their trees to collect the sap that flows freely this time of year. It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap -- and nothing else -- to make one gallon of...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The era of great real estate deals that followed the financial crisis appears to be officially over. According to new data from RealtyTrac, a housing data website, home prices in cities around the U.S. have been growing at about 13 times faster than...
From: Washington Post | By: Ana Swanson | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The headlines in Tehran have been trumpeting some good news for Iran’s economy lately. In the first 11 months of the Iranian fiscal year, car production climbed 58 percent and pistachio exports shot up 71 percent. Inflation is high but easing, and...
From: Washington Post | By: Steven Mufson | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) on Sunday defended the religious freedom bill that he signed last week, saying the growing outrage over the legislation stems from “a tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding.”Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks, Sarah Halzack | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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CompaniesAquilent of Laurel appointed Brian Westhoff executive vice president of corporate business development.CNSI of Rockville appointed Arnold Morse general counsel.Constellation West of Fairfax appointed Mark Redford director of business development.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: — Compiled by Aaron Gregg | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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The White House’s top data nerd was kicked out of an algebra class in high school and almost didn’t graduate.DJ Patil, who was named the nation’s first chief data scientist last month, shares credit for coining the term “data science.” He is...
From: Washington Post | By: Amrita Jayakumar | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Arthur “Arty” Alafoginis is regaling me with his secret for the perfect steak as we sit in the Landover headquarters of his Capital Meat Co., one of the last family-owned meat distributors in the region.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Thomas Heath | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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PALM CITY, Fla. — President Obama escaped the persistent cold spell in Washington this weekend with a private golf retreat here in Florida, where his cadre of partners on the green included notable sports personalities and prominent business executives.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Jose A. DelReal | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Negotiators from five countries kicked off another frenetic series of talks Sunday in the dash to an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.In an indication of the hectic pace negotiators are keeping up with only three days remaining...
From: Washington Post | By: Carol Morello, William Booth | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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My first class in high school was typing. I took it the summer before my freshman year. I was a total grade-grubbing dork, so the experience thrilled me — and it had nothing to do with the fact that the class was mostly girls. I didn’t notice that...
From: Washington Post | By: Jay Mathews | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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A 47-year-old Upper Marlboro woman was killed early Sunday after her car veered off Interstate 495 and hit a guardrail, Maryland State Police said.Authorities believe fatigue caused the 3:45 a.m. crash that killed Veronica Denise Edmonds.Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Victoria St. Martin | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, on Sunday denied that the growing sectarian conflict in Yemen represents a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.“This is a war to protect the people of Yemen and defend its legitimate government...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) can't seem to figure out why his state has been the focus of condemnation and boycotts after having passed a version of "religious freedom" legislation that already exists in 19 other states. Pointing out those states, Pence...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Bump | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Prince George’s County police are investigating the death of a man who was found in the hallway of a Langley Park apartment building early Sunday.Cpl. Maria McKinney said officers found the man at 4:15 a.m. Sunday, inside a building in the 1400 block...
From: Washington Post | By: Victoria St. Martin | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest defended President Obama’s Middle East policy on Sunday, saying the administration is working to achieve its goals with international partners and limited U.S. military involvement.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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It’s easy to conclude that Democrats are actually in better shape to hold the Nevada seat in 2016 after Sen. Harry Reid’s decision, announced Friday, not to run for another term.Reid, after all, had rarely won his races by anything but the skin of...
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Cillizza | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) on Sunday defended the religious-freedom bill that he signed last week, saying the growing outrage over the legislation stems from “a tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding.”Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, said her chances of running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are “very high.”Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the 2010 California gubernatorial candidate said she is “90...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Confronted by Speaker John Boehner and Sens. Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton in the Oval Office, President Obama got mad. Then he got even.The president, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the "Saturday Night Live" skit above, turned into "The Rock Obama"...
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Cillizza | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency on Sunday described President Obama's Middle East policy as one of "willful ignorance," saying the administration needs a clearer strategy for dealing with conflicts emerging across the region.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley said Sunday that the presidency “is not some crown to be passed between two families,” sounding more resolute than ever about taking on Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination.Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: John Wagner | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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MONTABAUR, Germany — The co-pilot who crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 had consulted with several medical professionals about a vision issue that, coupled with preexisting psychological problems, appeared to give him a growing sense of unease about...
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For no particular reason, we were inspired this week to go back and look at the Census Bureau's historic data on voting trends by race and age. Perhaps it was all of the talk of 2016. Perhaps it was knowing that there were tables of numbers sitting out...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Bump | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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SANAA, Yemen — The first three days of airstrikes by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia have destroyed Yemen’s fleet of fighter aircraft and crippled military command centers, dealing a blow to Houthi insurgents, a senior defense official in Riyadh...
From: Washington Post | By: Ali al-Mujahed, Hugh Naylor | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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After another cold day today, warmer times await this week with temperatures near to slightly above seasonal averages....
From: Washington Post | By: Rick Grow | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Laszlo Bock runs "people operations" at Google, an apt title for a human resources department that seems far more like a data-driven laboratory than a mere home for HR administrivia. Only one third of the people he hires for the department have...
From: Washington Post | By: Jena McGregor | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Snowflakes by the millions of millions may provoke exasperation and even annoyance. But snowflakes in the seeming hundreds, such as fell in Washington on Saturday, produce curiosity and perhaps a sense of wonder and enchantment. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Martin Weil | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Earlier this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) made an about-face on defense spending. He also shifted on same-sex marriage.Speaking to a group of pastors in Washington on Thursday, Paul said that a moral crisis is leading people to believe that same-sex...
From: Washington Post | By: Katie Zezima | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Nan Tucker McEvoy, a newspaper heiress who headed the parent company of the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1980s and 1990s and who, as a longtime Washington resident, became the first woman to chair the governing board of the Smithsonian American Art...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt Schudel | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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GREENLAND, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Saturday that the House Republican leadership had made it next to impossible for him to get money from Super PACs after he filibustered the Affordable Care Act in 2013 — an action that helped trigger...
From: Washington Post | By: Katie Zezima | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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CaliforniaCommuter train hits car on tracks; 21 hurtA commuter train slammed into a car at a crossing in front of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on Saturday, seriously injuring the driver and the train operator. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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In a crowded gym Saturday afternoon, 31-year-old Mikey Taylor hoisted a sandbag into the air, over and over again, until his biceps burned with fatigue. Judges counted his repetitions and kept time with stopwatches. Onlookers cheered, counted along and...
From: Washington Post | By: Amy Brittain | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Public schools have long relied on volunteers to manage bake sales and to chaperone field trips. But what if schools could harness and organize volunteers to do something bigger and more difficult?They can, according to new research that suggests that...
From: Washington Post | By: Emma Brown | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION by Charlottesville police found no “substantive basis” to support the Rolling Stone account of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. That announcement by Police Chief Timothy J. Longo pretty much completes...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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U.S. EDUCATION officials in February had some modestly good news to announce: the nation’s high school graduation rate had inched up to a historic high. This month came even more encouraging news: Those rates have improved for all types of students,...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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BEIRUT — Syrian rebels captured the key northern city of Idlib from government forces on Saturday in what amounts to the most significant defeat for forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in two years.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Liz Sly | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Jamal Vaughn, a mechanical engineering student, was on his aunt’s stoop in northeast Washington on a recent afternoon, his long fingers curled around a half-smoked marijuana joint.“It used to be, ‘Let me see who’s around,’ ” Vaughn, 21,...
From: Washington Post | By: Paul Schwartzman | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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