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After three previous extensions, it looks like Obamacare’s temporary high-risk pools for the some of the country’s sickest patients are finally closing as planned. The high-risk pools were set up in each state four years ago as a bridge to Obamacare’s...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Friday, April 18, 2014
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THE FIRST round of Afghanistan’s election this month delivered a resounding, three-part defeat to the Taliban. More than 7 million voters — some 60 percent of those registered — turned out in defiance of the Islamists’ threats. Afghan security...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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VIRGINIA IS MOVING quickly, though not quickly enough, to join the vast majority of states that quickly restore the voting rights of most felons after they have finished their sentences. On Friday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, building on his predecessor’s...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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House Majority PAC, the leading super PAC backing Democratic candidates for the U.S. House, has reserved $6.5 million for fall television advertisements in two dozen districts, it announced Friday. Three-quarters of the districts in which House Majority...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The City of Boston has two great loves: Sports and politics. And, a year removed from the Boston Marathon bombings, the influence of that tragedy on the Boston sports community remain apparent.The marathon is, after all, a race. And several Boston sports...
From: Washington Post | By: Wesley Lowery | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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KABUL — Some of the influential politicians who competed in Afghanistan’s recent — but still undecided — presidential election have begun to accept their failure to win. And with that acknowledgment, their power has grown. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Kevin Sieff | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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In this week's new releases, Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman star in the sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," and a 4-year-old boy has religious visions during an emergency surgery in "Heaven Is For Real," a film that explores faith and the afterlife. Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Macy Freeman | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara. 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. Wonkbook’s Number...
From: Washington Post | By: Puneet Kollipara | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Charles F. Farthing, a physician who was at the forefront of care for HIV/AIDS patients and who drew attention to the need for an AIDS vaccine by announcing his willingness to inject himself, died April 5 after collapsing in a Hong Kong taxi. He was...
From: Washington Post | By: Steve Chawkins, — Los Angeles Times | Friday, April 18, 2014
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The Clinton Library on Friday released thousands of pages of new documents from the Clinton White House, including about 850 pages on its failed effort to pass health reform. The documents are especially interesting for how they seemingly parallel the...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Friday, April 18, 2014
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An increasingly larger share of homes in the foreclosure process have positive equity. This baffling tidbit from RealtyTrac turns on its head the most common reason behind foreclosures in recent years.  When the housing market soured and home prices...
From: Washington Post | By: Dina ElBoghdady | Friday, April 18, 2014
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When news broke earlier this month that two Associated Press journalists were attacked in Afghanistan, a familiar feeling of loss and powerlessness immediately took hold of me. Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon were sitting in a car when an Afghan police...
From: Washington Post | By: Tracee Herbaugh | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Here are five ideas that could affect the way we live, work and play. 1. Work hard, play harder. Zappos chief executive Tony Hsiesh makes the case that encouraging people to have fun at work makes them better at their jobs. Via Playboy: Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt McFarland | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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KIEV, UKRAINE — Ukraine’s new government inherited an army so bereft of modern equipment and training that when Russian troops entered Crimea and agitators stormed government offices in eastern Ukraine, the country proved helpless to protect its...
From: Washington Post | By: Kathy Lally | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Relisha Rudd’s disappearance was once measured in days. The days have stretched into weeks, and now nearly two months. But volunteers gathered Saturday unwilling to give up the hope that she might return home. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Justin Jouvenal | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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As the La Plata baseball team’s bus made its way toward Harwood, Md., on Saturday afternoon, senior Alex Calvert spent his time getting in the proper frame of mind. Calvert knew what the fourth-ranked Warriors were up against. Tenth-ranked Arundel...
From: Washington Post | By: Tom Schad | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Ahead of a major government auction of radio spectrum, federal officials have revealed a little bit about their plans for the free and open airwaves that today support technologies like WiFi and Bluetooth, but that could someday serve as the platform...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Michaels has confirmed that credit and debit card information was stolen from 3 million customers who shopped at some of its stores during an eight-month period. The craft-store chain initially confirmed the data breach in January but gave few details...
From: Washington Post | By: Amrita Jayakumar | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Democrats have a problem and everyone knows it. President Obama calls it a “congenital disease.” If they can’t control it, the president could spend the final years of his presidency battling not only a Republican House but also a Republican Senate....
From: Washington Post | By: Dan Balz | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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THE EASTER story is one of persecution, death and darkness on one Friday long ago, and of resurrection and triumph the following Sunday. “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” Martin Luther’s great hymn of the Reformation reflects the alternation between...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Michael C. Janeway, the former top editor of the Boston Globe and executive editor of the Atlantic magazine, who later held academic posts and wrote books on history and public policy, died April 17 at his home in Lakeville, Conn. He was 73. Read full...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt Schudel | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The District’s transportation planners envision sets of high-occupancy toll lanes stretching from Interstate 295 by the Maryland border to the 14th Street Bridge and the Virginia side of the Potomac River. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Thomson | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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BATIAL-1 WELL, Mexico — The geological marvel known to Texas oilmen as the Eagle Ford Shale Play is buried deep underground, but at night you can see its outline from space in a twinkling arc that sweeps south of San Antonio toward the Rio Grande....
From: Washington Post | By: Nick Miroff | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides thought winning election as a Republican in a Democratic-dominated city would be hard. “The entire state was against me,” he said. Governing has been even tougher. In the five months since his 59-vote victory, Pantelides...
From: Washington Post | By: Pamela Wood | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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NAMPA, Idaho — When Idaho’s largest hospital system bought the state’s largest doctor practice in 2012, the groups expressed hope that the deal would spark a revolution in delivering better-quality care. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Phil Galewitz | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Blazing gas flares 230 feet into the night sky above Qatar’s Ras Laffan Industrial City. The 183-square-mile complex houses the world’s largest assemblage of liquefied natural gas plants and its biggest port for LNG exports. Ras Laffan chills to...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Tuttle | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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On April 13, Bissau Guineans went to the polls to elect a new president and 102 members of its parliament, the Assembleia Nacional Popular. Where is Guinea-Bissau? What should I know about it? Guinea-Bissau is a small country in West Africa and a former...
From: Washington Post | By: Kim Yi Dionne | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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What began as a spring night of teenage reverie in a tony Potomac, Md., cul-de-sac ended with fisticuffs and two stabbing victims in two hospitals, Montgomery County police said. At 1:10 a.m. Saturday, police arrived at a residence on Alloway Court to...
From: Washington Post | By: T. Rees Shapiro | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Phillip Hayes Dean, an African American playwright best known for his biographical portrait of entertainer and activist Paul Robeson, which ignited a strong wave of protest from other black artists and intellectuals before its Broadway premiere in 1978,...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt Schudel | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The thermometer read a mild 55 degrees and the cherry blossoms had passed their peak Thursday when District Mayor Vince Gray officially launched the centerpiece of his plan to accelerate moving homeless families out of the city’s overburdened shelter...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert McCartney | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The first question out of Answer Man’s mouth when he arrived at the Jane C. Sween Library in downtown Rockville was: “Who was Jane C. Sween, anyway?” The answer was unexpected. “That’s Jane Sween,” said librarian Pat Andersen. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: John Kelly | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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It’s 9 a.m. Do you know where your hypothalamus is? Katie Redford thought hers was somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. Having returned from a trip to South Africa one day last month, she was still waiting for the part of the brain that regulates her...
From: Washington Post | By: Steve Hendrix | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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JERUSALEM — Israeli police officers blocked Palestinian Christians on their way to an Easter celebration Saturday at one of the holiest Christian sites in Jerusalem’s Old City, according to a top U.N. envoy. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Ruth Eglash, William Booth | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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A man driving a pickup truck was killed in a crash in the Round Hill area Saturday, Virginia State Police said. The pickup was traveling along Route 7 near Yellow Schoolhouse Road around midnight when it ran off the road and into a ditch. The vehicle...
From: Washington Post | By: Justin Jouvenal | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Much of Karyn Washington’s online presence -- from her organization For Brown Girls , to her beauty-driven #DarkSkinRedLip project -- sought to uplift other women and make them feel beautiful. When news broke last week that the 22-year-old had died...
From: Washington Post | By: Bethonie Butler | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s) has picked up the endorsement of a Washington-area building trades labor organization in her bid to become Maryland’s next attorney general. The 15 affiliate unions of the Washington D.C. Building and Construction...
From: Washington Post | By: John Wagner | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Earlier this year, when Buzzfeed announced they were killing scathing book reviews in an effort to create LOL nirvana, literary types watched the funeral, aghast. Why would you dispose with one of the most fun and underrated weapons left to a writer,...
From: Washington Post | By: Jaime Fuller | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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SEOUL — Divers for the first time spotted bodies through the window of a sunken South Korean ferry on Saturday, but were unable to retrieve them in a rescue operation that’s proving both ineffective and increasingly bleak. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Chico Harlan, Yoonjung Seo | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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We start a stretch of mostly ideal weather this weekend, with increased sunshine throughout. Temperatures are also pretty close to perfect....
From: Washington Post | By: Ian Livingston | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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One recent afternoon, two dozen teenagers stayed late at Hoover Middle School in Potomac, Md., for a presentation on Jewish culture. They tasted matzoh brittle, spun dreidels, colored Purim masks and watched a video of a rabbi blowing a ram’s horn....
From: Washington Post | By: Pamela Constable | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The National Archives made public Friday 7,500 pages of previously unseen documents from former President Bill Clinton’s administration. Like earlier releases, the internal e-mails, speech drafts and memos provide interesting vignettes at a time when...
From: Washington Post | By: Colby Itkowitz, Philip Rucker | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The excited calls from felons started coming in on Friday. There was a 54-year-old construction worker from Richmond who was convicted on a drug charge decades ago and had never voted. There was a young father, busted for dealing years ago, now trying...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael Laris | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The snowy owl that captivated the region when it appeared in downtown D.C. — only to get hit by a bus, evade police for hours and eventually wind up in a rehabilitation facility in Minnesota — will finally be released back into the wild this weekend....
From: Washington Post | By: Mark Berman | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced Friday that a state-run jail in Baltimore will no longer automatically comply with requests from the federal government to hold immigrants beyond their normal release date for possible deportation. Read full...
From: Washington Post | By: John Wagner | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Andrew Thomas had worked as a carpenter and an attendant at a coin laundry. He had a girlfriend and helped raise her daughter, who recalls him affectionately to this day. He had places to call home. More than a decade ago, the 62-year-old moved out of...
From: Washington Post | By: Peter Hermann | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Police reports made public this week about the September beating and carjacking of Maryland Del. Darren M. Swain contain allegations from the suspected assailants that the lawmaker used drugs with and solicited one of them before they attacked him and...
From: Washington Post | By: Arelis R. Hernández | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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IT’S A measure of how unhinged the debate over the Affordable Care Act has become that a minor change to a single question on a Census Bureau survey became a roiling political controversy. Sure, the Census Bureau did not do everything right. But, no,...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Friday, April 18, 2014
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ONE OF the most worrisome threats from a novel coronavirus first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012 has been the possibility of rapid and sustained human-to-human transmission. The virus, named Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, is still somewhat...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Friday, April 18, 2014
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The First Baptist Church of Highland Park was packed with people and praise during a Good Friday service in which pastors from seven area congregations preached “The Seven Last Cries of Christ,” that was based on the biblical account of the words...
From: Washington Post | By: Hamil R. Harris | Friday, April 18, 2014
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PRINCE WILLIAM County’s school system, with 85,000 students, is the second-largest in Virginia and among the 40 biggest in the United States; its annual budget is almost $1 billion. By contrast, the school system in Grayson County, in rural southwest...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Friday, April 18, 2014
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