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They come in by the minivan-load. Take a look at those license plates — these Halloween carpetbaggers are clearly not from the neighborhood. Some of them are just teenagers with pillowcases and no costumes! Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Petula Dvorak | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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FAIRFAX SCHOOL officials have characterized as a no-brainer their decision to start the high school day a bit later each morning. “So clear and compelling” are the health benefits of adequate sleep for adolescents, said school board chairman Tammy...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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I l i k e g r a p h s . And, obviously, I write about politics for a living, so when an ad backing Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) popped up during the (lamentable, horrible) defeat of the (noble, honorable) Kansas City Royals in the World Series on...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Bump | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Making appeals based on race is not new in politics. It can be subtle, like the posters of President Obama sitting in a barber's chair that hung in black barbershops in 2008. Or it can be overt and bordering on offensive, like the lynching images left...
From: Washington Post | By: Nia-Malika Henderson | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Atul Gawande’s current best-seller, Being Mortal , has touched a nerve regarding our medical system’s very poor handling of aging, life-altering illnesses, hospice, and palliative care. The book raises the question of why the U.S. health system prizes...
From: Washington Post | By: Harold Pollack | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Atul Gawande’s current best-seller, Being Mortal, has touched a nerve regarding our medical system’s very poor handling of aging, life-altering illnesses, hospice, and palliative care. The book raises the question of why the U.S. health system prizes...
From: Washington Post | By: Harold Pollack | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Lockheed Martin is set to acquire a health care technology company named Systems Made Simple for an undisclosed sum, the defense giant said Thursday. The deal is Lockheed’s seventh acquisition of the year and marks another purchase in the health care...
From: Washington Post | By: Amrita Jayakumar | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Brittany Maynard's decision of whether to end her own life, before an aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer destroys the quality of her life, isn't made lightly. The 29-year-old knows she doesn't have long to live, and her final days may be filled...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Overall spending on TV ads in state supreme court races stands at $12.1 million for the year, a $3 million increase over the past week, according to a new report. Outside groups roughly doubled their ad spending in the past week, with roughly $1 million...
From: Washington Post | By: Niraj Chokshi | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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It will be years before we’ll know whether the vision for an urbanized Tysons Corner will become a successful model for re-inventing suburban areas. The long-range plan for overhauling Tysons is just four years old and Metro’s Silver Line trains...
From: Washington Post | By: Jonathan O'Connell | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The Federal Reserve brought an end to a chapter of its unconventional monetary policy on Wednesday with little fanfare and no surprises. Well, almost. About the same time as Fed policymakers were preparing the announcement, former Fed chairman Alan...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The Federal Reserve is expected to declare an end to quantitative easing on Wednesday -- for yet a third time. Twice in the past, the central bank was overly optimistic about the economy and decided prematurely that its new and unconventional program...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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For-profit colleges will have to limit how much debt students amass in career-training programs or have their federal funding cut, according to rules issued Thursday by the Obama administration. The rules are the culmination of years of contentious debates...
From: Washington Post | By: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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THE UNITED States is a world leader in solitary confinement, a degrading assault on the mind that the Supreme Court came close to declaring unconstitutional in 1890. You wouldn’t know this from state corrections departments. Arizona, for example, insists...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Two years and $1.7 trillion later, the Fed's latest round of bond-buying, or QE3, is officially over. What did it get us? Well, the best answer is what it didn't get us: a recession in 2013. Now the words "fiscal cliff," "sequester," and "debt ceiling"...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) said he expects state lawmakers will propose religious freedom laws in their next session following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month which allowed same-sex couples to marry in the state. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A sea of mourners gathered at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., to remember Benjamin C. Bradlee, the editor who guided The Washington Post’s newsroom for nearly a quarter of a century. The funeral Wednesday morning was an opportunity for...
From: Washington Post | By: Paul Farhi, Mark Berman, Amy Argetsinger | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY An error in the Oct. 23 Animal Watch listed the date for the vaccination clinic sposored by the Prince George’s County SPCA/Humane Society as Oct. 26. The correct date is Nov. 2. Vaccination clinic Sunday: The Prince George’s...
From: Washington Post | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Happy Halloween! Also, happy four-days-before-the-midterm-election day! All right, the second one is not really a holiday. But with Republicans and Democrats working around the clock for every last vote in the lead up to Tuesday's election, it's a big...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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GIVEN THE lopsided array of political forces in Montgomery County — registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 3 to 1 — it’s no surprise that the real competition takes place in the Democratic primaries, while general elections are an afterthought....
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Friday, October 31, 2014
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AT THE United Nations in September, President Obama, citing “relentless crackdowns” around the world against dissent and civil society, promised “an even stronger campaign to defend democracy.” Even when it was “uncomfortable” or “causes...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Friday, October 31, 2014
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THE LATEST furor in the toxic relationship between the Obama administration and Israel erupted over a barnyard epithet directed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a “senior administration official.” Ugly jibes between the two governments are...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The Alexandria City public school system added nearly 600 students to its rolls this year, contributing to a 15 percent increase in ninth-graders, according to official enrollment data presented Thursday to the School Board. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Moriah Balingit | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Isaac Jackson, 5, walked slowly behind Kendra Sarris, his kindergarten teacher, into the hallway outside Room 19 at Accokeek Academy. The pair then sat at two tiny desks facing a concrete wall. It was testing time. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Ovetta Wiggins | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Marion Barry was more than 500 miles from the District of Columbia on Friday, attending an Atlanta campaign rally with former president Bill Clinton, but he most certainly took his opinions on the upcoming D.C. elections with him. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Mike DeBonis, Ed O’Keefe | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Republicans are expecting to pick up a number of congressional seats in Tuesday’s midterm elections. But not one of the seats they consider likely wins is in heavily Democratic Maryland. All eight of the state’s congressional incumbents — seven...
From: Washington Post | By: Arelis R. Hernández | Friday, October 31, 2014
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THE DISTRICT Man with an ax attacks officer D.C. police said they are looking for a man who attacked a police officer with an ax early Friday in Northeast. The ax shattered the window of the officer’s marked police car but did not stab the officer,...
From: Washington Post | Friday, October 31, 2014
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All eight of Montgomery County’s school board candidates say the academic achievement gap is a priority in a diverse county. All want to relieve school crowding, build new classrooms and increase community engagement. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Donna St. George | Friday, October 31, 2014
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LISTEN:  A conversation with OKCupid president and co-founder Christian Rudder http://wp-stat.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/Christian-Rudder-OL-final-podcast.mp3 Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Lillian Cunningham | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Amazon.com on Friday released a report on its employee diversity that shows its workforce is mostly white and male, a finding that mirrors similar disclosures by high-tech companies such as Google and Facebook. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Sarah Halzack | Friday, October 31, 2014
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I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that Tuesday will not be a good day for Democrats. The reason isn’t Ebola or the Islamic State or that the country has suddenly become more conservative. It’s not because of Fox News or all the outside...
From: Washington Post | By: Steven Pearlstein | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The picture above shows a spacewalk during the space shuttle mission STS-114 in 2005. The astronaut in the picture is Stephen Robinson, an American, but the giant robot arm to his left is Canadian: It's the "Canadarm1," a high-tech robotic arm. Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Adam Taylor | Friday, October 31, 2014
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I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that Tuesday will not be a good day for Democrats. The reason isn’t Ebola or the Islamic State or that the country has suddenly become more conservative. It’s not because of Fox News or all the outside...
From: Washington Post | By: Steven Pearlstein | Friday, October 31, 2014
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NEW YORK — When the people of this city set out to rebuild the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, they planned to erect a  lasting memorial, remake the skyline and restore Lower Manhattan as a financial center. But when the 104-story One World Trade...
From: Washington Post | By: Jonathan O'Connell | Friday, October 31, 2014
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In SugarString, the already crowded world of online tech news gets a new entrant. And a new publisher, too, one noted in the gorgeously-designed site's footer and at the bottom of each story: the telecommunications giant Verizon. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Nancy Scola | Friday, October 31, 2014
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For months, Iowa residents have been inundated with campaign ads. And they're not happy about it. "Iowa is the only state that actually has these [ads] as bad as we do because we're so in the middle," one voter told The Post's Ben Terris. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Casey Capachi | Friday, October 31, 2014
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BUENA VISTA, Colo. - Colorado’s crucial midterm election may be decided at the mailbox, not the ballot box. Two years ago, Colorado overhauled the way the state conducts elections, resulting in a system that provides more voter access than nearly any...
From: Washington Post | By: Katie Zezima | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Yes, Rep. John Dingell, you are doing it right. Every Halloween, Twitter users celebrate by making puns. This would seem unremarkable at all other points of the year, since 46 percent of Twitter users have been found to use the social media platform...
From: Washington Post | By: Jaime Fuller, Philip Bump | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The following is a guest post by political scientists Francisco Cantú (University of Houston), Marco A. Morales (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) and Felipe Nunes. ***** With a narrow enough victory — 2.9 percent of the vote — Dilma...
From: Washington Post | By: Francisco Cantú, Marco Morales, Felipe Nunes | Friday, October 31, 2014
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I don't know, guys. I like to think that Ruth Bader Ginsburg saw this picture of Ruth Baby Ginsburg, all dressed up for Halloween, and thought: "I should send that baby a T-shirt." I mean, I'm assuming she saw Ruth Baby Ginsburg. Last month she told...
From: Washington Post | By: Sarah Larimer | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Elizabeth Norment, a Washington-born actress who had a supporting role in the Netflix political drama “House of Cards,” playing the executive secretary of Frank Underwood, the diabolical political figure portrayed by Kevin Spacey, died Oct. 13 at...
From: Washington Post | By: Megan McDonough | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Back in the sweet early days of October, when it looked like the Nationals might have a chance at their best playoffs yet, Mayor Vincent Gray made a bet against San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin Lee — whichever city’s team lost the National League...
From: Washington Post | By: Julie Zauzmer | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual observations on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, died Oct. 28 at his home in Sheffield, Vt. He was 87....
From: Washington Post | By: Wilson Ring | Friday, October 31, 2014
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After years of wishing, hoping and praying he could sell his freshly roasted beans at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, Qualia Coffee owner Joel Finkelstein will finally get his chance on Sunday. He'll be the first of three D.C. coffee shops and/or...
From: Washington Post | By: Tim Carman | Friday, October 31, 2014
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This week, traditional and social media were abuzz after Walmart’s most recent (and frankly confusing) gaffe. Alongside the more predictably themed scary and sexy Halloween outfits, the retailer listed “Fat Girl Costumes” as a shopping category...
From: Washington Post | By: David Rekuc | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Trick-or-treaters have no weather worries this evening as the rain, wind and unpleasant cold hold off until Saturday....
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Samenow | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Clocks are going back while the Dia de los Muertos parties go ahead! Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks turn back to 1 a.m. As a result, bar-goers throughout the area gain an extra hour of drinking and dancing. Bars must still stop...
From: Washington Post | By: Fritz Hahn | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The Cook Political Report, one of the nation’s leading prognosticators, on Friday declared Maryland’s gubernatorial race to be a “tossup,” giving rise to more speculation that Republican Larry Hogan could pull off a major upset in the heavily...
From: Washington Post | By: John Wagner | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Want to know how many Californians take the SAT? The College Board reports that every year with precision. The number of students in the class of 2014 from the Golden State who took the college admission test: 236,923. Growth compared to the previous...
From: Washington Post | By: Nick Anderson | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The debate over whether the Obama administration should ban flights from Ebola-stricken nations has been raging for weeks, fueled by fears of an outbreak in the United States and a lot of election-inspired finger pointing. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Friday, October 31, 2014
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