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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 29, 2014
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In a drastic, and decidedly uncharacteristic move, tobacco companies are independently slapping stark warnings onto e-cigarette packages.The labels, which are similar to the kind big tobacco companies have historically battled to keep from off traditional...
From: Washington Post | By: Roberto A. Ferdman | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Remember last week, when I promised to make these things more difficult? Either I completely failed to deliver, or you guys are getting smarter. At any rate, once again we've got a ton of correct answers (although I will note, disapprovingly, that a...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Remember last week, when I promised to make these things more difficult? Either I completely failed to deliver, or you guys are getting smarter. At any rate, once again we've got a ton of correct answers (although I will note, disapprovingly, that a...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Monday, September 29, 2014
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David Howell, executive vice president and chief information officer at McEnearney Associates, writes an occasional column about market conditions in the Washington region. This year has seen a slowdown in the Washington area’s real estate market compared...
From: Washington Post | By: David Howell | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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A loss of $4 million in federal funding is threatening to curtail District services to young mothers and infants, complicating the city’s efforts to care for its youngest residents even as officials tout a new focus on reducing infant mortality. Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Mike DeBonis | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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There have been a couple of important developments in the past couple of weeks suggesting that maybe, just maybe, we can finally have a long-sought rational conversation about end-of-life care. First, the influential Institute of Medicine issued a 507-page...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Monday, September 29, 2014
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The Supreme Court’s conservatives cleared the way Monday for Ohio to restrict early voting in the state, on the eve of the day it was to start. The court granted the state’s request to stay decisions of lower courts that threw out the state’s new...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Sunday, Max Fisher wrote a story for Vox.com arguing that the ‘hands up don’t shoot’ gesture had spread from protests in Ferguson to the pro-democracy demonstrations on the streets of Hong Kong. However, another writer at Quartz.com, who has actually...
From: Washington Post | By: Henry Farrell | Monday, September 29, 2014
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A liberal advocacy group that supports a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine has launched a new ad campaign intended, it seems, to inspire millennials to care about the Middle East conflict. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Colby Itkowitz | Monday, September 29, 2014
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There's no doubt Kansas is a conservative place. Mitt Romney won Kansas by 22 points in 2012. The state is in the title of Thomas Frank's book on conservative successes in the American heartland, What's the Matter with Kansas? Come November, though,...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Monday, September 29, 2014
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The best way to get people to stop buying cigarettes might be to sell them in indistinguishable boxes. France is on the verge of introducing some of the most stringent anti-smoking legislation in the world. As part of a new proposal, which was first...
From: Washington Post | By: Roberto A. Ferdman | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Besides our own health-care system, Switzerland's may be the one that gets the most attention in America because of its similarities to the Affordable Care Act's new coverage scheme. So it seems worth noting that 64 percent of Swiss voters rejected a...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Besides our own health-care system, Switzerland's may be the one that gets the most attention in America because of its similarities to the Affordable Care Act's new coverage scheme. So it seems worth noting that 64 percent of Swiss voters rejected a...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Monday, September 29, 2014
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The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. A baby born in the U.S. is nearly three times as likely to die during her first year of...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Monday, September 29, 2014
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In this market, it’s not always easy to tell whether it makes more sense to rent or buy. With the help of Zillow, a real estate information Web site, we decided to compare a property that is listed both to rent and to buy and see which is the better...
From: Washington Post | By: Kathy Orton | Monday, September 29, 2014
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KABUL, Afghanistan – After months of political tensions, Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, took the oath of office Monday to lead a US-brokered coalition government that marked the first democratic transfer of power in the nation’s history....
From: Washington Post | By: Sudarsan Raghavan | Monday, September 29, 2014
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In March and April, Nairobi-based photojournalist Pete Muller made trips to the Masisi district in eastern Congo to bring back images of a forgotten war. Muller and the Post's Kabul bureau chief, Sudarsan Raghavan, reported on the ongoing crisis that...
From: Washington Post | By: Casey Capachi | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Utahns are split on whether they support same-sex marriage, but a majority say its legalization in the state wouldn’t affect their family. A Benenson Strategy Group poll released Monday found that 49 percent of Utahns think same-sex couples should...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Monday, September 29, 2014
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After nearly four decades as a lawyer and 30 years teaching would-be lawyers, and after writing a leading textbook on constitutional law and helping establish a law school, and after standing before the justices five times on behalf of his clients, Erwin...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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How independent should the Federal Reserve be? The general consensus in the wake of the Great Recession has been that the nation’s central bank should operate in a politically sterile environment, pulling whatever levers are necessary to ensure the...
From: Washington Post | By: Ylan Q. Mui | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Metro’s Red Line riders can expect delays Tuesday morning. Red Line trains are single-tracking between the Van Ness-UDC and Dupont Circle stations because of a track problem outside the Dupont Circle station. Dan Stessel, a Metro spokesman, said the...
From: Washington Post | By: Victoria St. Martin | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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A new group, made up of residents and activists from across Maryland, has formed to help Prince George's County residents who are fighting the county school system’s plan to build cellphone towers on school property. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Ovetta Wiggins | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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It’s a fair question: why was there no advanced warning of the Mount Ontake volcano eruption?...
From: Washington Post | By: Angela Fritz | Tuesday, September 30, 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 | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Sign up for Read In today, and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox every morning! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- The U.S. and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a Bilateral Security Agreement...
From: Washington Post | By: Reid Wilson | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Last week “This American Life” and ProPublica reported on the close relationship between the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) and major Wall Street banks, particularly Goldman Sachs. These reports suggest that the Fed is “captured” by the firms it...
From: Washington Post | By: Kindred Winecoff | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The Internal Revenue Service did incomplete work on nearly 60 percent of the tax-delinquency cases that it closed without collecting payments in 2012, potentially costing the government billions of dollars in missed revenue, according to federal...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on Facebook Stephen Colbert finds the fact that the Clintons' new granddaughter is named Charlotte very suspicious. She shares the name with a large city...
From: Washington Post | By: Jaime Fuller | Tuesday, September 30, 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 | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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To be more precise, pretty much every economist you've ever heard of agrees with this statement, which includes a couple of key caveats: Letting car services such as Uber or Lyft compete with taxi firms on equal footing regarding genuine safety and insurance...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Badger | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. Circle opens its global bitcoin service to the public in seven languages. "So what is Circle all about? On the surface," reports Gigaom, "it...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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To be more precise, pretty much every economist you've ever heard of agrees with this statement, which includes a couple of key caveats: Letting car services such as Uber or Lyft compete with taxi firms on equal footing regarding genuine safety and insurance...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Badger | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a vital security deal that allows some American troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond this year, ensuring a continuing U.S. presence in the region. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Sudarsan Raghavan | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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CBS News correspondent Steve Kroft: “How did they [Islamic State terrorists] end up where they are, in control of so much territory? Was that a complete surprise to you?” President Obama: “I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper,...
From: Washington Post | By: Glenn Kessler | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Sen. Rand Paul's best window for winning the 2016 Republican presidential nomination increasingly looks like it has passed. A lot can happen over the next 18 months, but the renewed focus on foreign policy -- and more specifically, the Islamic State...
From: Washington Post | By: Aaron Blake | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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While there is not yet a front-runner in the early race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is quickly becoming the favored contender of social conservatives, riding a recent wave of fiery speeches and standing ovations...
From: Washington Post | By: Sebastian Payne, Robert Costa | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Pity Nevada and Rhode Island, the only states to see Internet speeds slow down between the first and second quarters of the year, according to a new report. The vast majority of states saw Internet speeds accelerate in the second quarter from the quarter...
From: Washington Post | By: Niraj Chokshi | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Government jobs can be dangerous, depending on the occupation, but federal employees suffer fewer fatal work injuries than private-sector employees, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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In an incident reflecting growing Ukrainian anger toward the Kremlin, anti-Russian protesters pulled down a massive Vladimir Lenin statue in Ukraine's second-largest city late Sunday. To many Ukrainians, Lenin is a symbol of the Soviet Union and Russia's...
From: Washington Post | By: Rick Noack | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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HONG KONG — As Hong Kong readied for a third night of massive protests across the city, what began as a physical confrontation between authorities and protestors shifted into a psychological battle on both sides for the hearts and minds of undecided...
From: Washington Post | By: William Wan | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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As expected, visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi drank only warm water at a dinner given by President Obama in his honor at the White House Monday night.   For more than 30 years, Modi has been observing the annual nine-day religious fast called...
From: Washington Post | By: Annie Gowen | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The long-awaited, 30,000-square-foot lifestyle complex at 1212 Fourth St. SE in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood will open this week with a Bang — and an Aura Spa and a Penthouse Pool Club. But the four-level building’s main draw is the sixth...
From: Washington Post | By: Vicky Hallett | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Funny thing about the so-called “yoga tax” that goes into effect in the District on Wednesday. The yoga community is arguing that it shouldn’t apply to yoga. Here’s the Office of Tax and Revenue’s definition of health club businesses that fall...
From: Washington Post | By: Vicky Hallett | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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My boyfriend’s mother gives us a refrigerator’s worth of food every time we visit. She’s a good cook, but it bothers me that she thinks that we can’t fend for ourselves. My boyfriend says we’d be nuts to turn it down — we both work long hours...
From: Washington Post | By: Dr. Andrea Bonior | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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A warm upper level pattern keeps our introduction to October on the mild side. Chillier air sweeps in this weekend....
From: Washington Post | By: Matt Rogers | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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BAGHDAD — For millennia, Iraq has been one of the Middle East’s most religiously and ethnically diverse lands. Its cities and villages are dotted with the decaying hallmarks of ancient Babylonian civilization, the mosques of the first Muslim empires,...
From: Washington Post | By: Abigail Hauslohner | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The Islamic States' black and white flag has become one of the most recognizable symbols for the Iraq and Syria-based extremist group, and it has popped up in places as diverse as London and New Jersey. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Rick Noack | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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TOKYO — Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader who has mysteriously been missing from the public eye for almost a month, sparking rumors covering every possibility from a stroke to a coup d’etat, is merely recovering from ankle surgery, a South Korean...
From: Washington Post | By: Anna Fifield | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Summer has been vanishing in a variety of ways, but one of the most significant signs of the end of the warm season came this weekend when darkness finally exceeded daylight. The days on which daytime and nighttime are generally thought to be equal are...
From: Washington Post | By: Martin Weil | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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