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Islamic State's vaunted exercise in state-building seen as crumbling

Islamic State's vaunted exercise in state-building seen as crumbling

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The Islamic State’s vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its energies to fighting battles and enforcing strict rules.

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Missouri company recalls caramel apples that may be linked to listeria outbreak

A Missouri company is recalling packaged caramel apples that may be linked to a listeria outbreak that has hospitalized 29 people and killed at least three in 10 states.

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Cable news, where celebrity 'experts' rule

Cable news, where celebrity 'experts' rule

Former TV talk-show host Montel Williams was on CNN the other day discussing the Senate torture report and ...

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New on DVD

New on DVD

“The Good Lie” (PG-13, 110 minutes, Warner): The video cover prominently features Reese Witherspoon’s smiling face, but this isn’t just another uplifting tale of a white woman coming to the aid of desperately needy people of color — in this case, south Sudanese refugees escaping genocide and…

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The secret life of air baggage

The secret life of air baggage

Memo to the lady with the hot pink luggage tag: The six cans of Libby's pumpkin pie filling that you carefully knotted in that plastic supermarket bag for your flight to Australia are not going to explode.

December 21, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Hax: Thinking of ranking gifts? Consider child's perspective

Hax: Thinking of ranking gifts? Consider child's perspective

At 7, younger child won't understand your relationship with older child.

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Lima climate deal leaves room for improvement

Lima climate deal leaves room for improvement

Many rounds of meaningful international agreement will make it a success.

December 20, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
An unneeded Bush-era handout that refuses to die

An unneeded Bush-era handout that refuses to die

Congress should purge this provision of the tax code next year.

December 19, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…
Spouse has a history of dishonesty? Life your life honestly

Spouse has a history of dishonesty? Life your life honestly

Don't assume you have marriage of honesty and fidelity unless and until you get evidence otherwise.

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Last-minute holiday shopper's cheat sheet

Last-minute holiday shopper's cheat sheet

Here’s a procrastinator’s guide to making sure Santa’s sleigh is brimming with packages.

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Harney: Surprisingly, owners tend to underestimate homes' value

Harney: Surprisingly, owners tend to underestimate homes' value

On average they now underestimate the value by 1.6 percent, study says.

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Job for Pakistan: Avenge slaughter, crush the Taliban

Job for Pakistan: Avenge slaughter, crush the Taliban

Pakistan's leaders should take steps still needed to effectively defend the country.

December 18, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Most wonderful time of the year for filmgoers

Most wonderful time of the year for filmgoers

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year for moviegoers.

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Rampell: Congress continuously hurts nation by defunding IRS

Rampell: Congress continuously hurts nation by defunding IRS

Political leaders have improved odds for getting away with tax evasion.

December 16, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…
War authorization should be first act of Congress

War authorization should be first act of Congress

Washington leaders should move quickly to allow military action against Islamic State.

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Predicting epileptic seizures with 82 percent accuracy

Predicting epileptic seizures with 82 percent accuracy

This latest approach to managing the disease uses big data and algorithms.

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Five myths about ride-hailing company Uber

Five myths about ride-hailing company Uber

Clearing up misconceptions about the company, its drivers and its customers.

December 14, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Fareed Zakaria: Our openness keeps us strong

Fareed Zakaria: Our openness keeps us strong

Church report shows how congressional revelations did not damage American foreign policy.

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Holiday office parties: so very merry — and awkward

It is time, once again, to celebrate the holidays with our friends and loved ones. And co-workers.

December 12, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…

No room for a Christmas tree? Embrace the unexpected

How do you make a small space feel like home for the holidays? When traditional décor is out of the question (in other words, if your apartment hardly holds your luggage, let alone a Colorado blue spruce), designers suggest embracing kitschy décor in the interest of keeping things festive, p…

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An act of exceptional recklessness

An act of exceptional recklessness

Democrats who approved of enhanced interrogation now construct an elaborate fantasy world.

December 08, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Advice from Carolyn Hax: Fix yourself, not your ex

Advice from Carolyn Hax: Fix yourself, not your ex

Properly placed concern here would be for fromer boyfriends conflict-avoidance.

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Sen. McCain concurs: Pentagon is out of control

Sen. McCain concurs: Pentagon is out of control

Ashton Carter and congressional committee leaders appear willing to tackle labyrinthine budget.

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Milbank: Obama has already won the immigration fight

Milbank: Obama has already won the immigration fight

Still, Republican members continue to fume, shutdown is off the table.

December 03, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…
Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

December 03, 2014 2:52 pm
Advice from Carolyn Hax: Remaining friends with cheating ex

Advice from Carolyn Hax: Remaining friends with cheating ex

You can stay true to your convictions without coming off as the bad guy.

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Hax: One's ready to marry, one isn't

Hax: One's ready to marry, one isn't

How long should you stick around waiting for a different answer?

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The secret life of air baggage

The secret life of air baggage

Transportation security officers have master keys for TSA-approved baggage locks.  

November 26, 2014 12:23 pm
The secret life of air baggage

The secret life of air baggage

Most of the security checks of bags are done by machines as baggage moves along conveyor belts.  

November 26, 2014 12:24 pm
The secret life of air baggage

The secret life of air baggage

Transportation Security Officer Traylyn Redman checks a golf case at BWI. It contained photographic equipment.  

November 26, 2014 12:22 pm
Obama's legacy may be shifting political debate

Obama's legacy may be shifting political debate

Controversial, divisive, sometimes disturbing methods may have shifted the American political debate.

November 24, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
When the oven's crowded, here's how to keep the heat

When the oven's crowded, here's how to keep the heat

Fifteen-Layer Potato Gratin is preparation-intensive recipe, but worth every thin slice.

November 24, 2014 12:00 am
When the oven's crowded, here's how to keep the heat

When the oven's crowded, here's how to keep the heat

Thanksgiving, a holiday largely dedicated to thinking about others, should not be a time of self-centered stewing. But for several years now, I’ve sat around the family’s dinner table, loaded with dish after dish of sweet and savory pleasures, and obsessed only about the sorry state of my po…

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Catherine Rampell: Would you rather be taxed or fined?

Catherine Rampell: Would you rather be taxed or fined?

State and municipal governments have resorted to nickel-and-diming their constituents.

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Haleh Esfandiari

Haleh Esfandiari

Haleh Esfandiari, center, arrives at Dulles International Airport in September 2007 after her release from Evin Prison in Tehran.

November 21, 2014 2:18 pm
Advice from Carolyn Hax: Standing up for who you are

Advice from Carolyn Hax: Standing up for who you are

Be yourselves without explaining yourselves.

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Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

November 21, 2014 10:56 am
Gerson: Politics beneath this president

Gerson: Politics beneath this president

Obama's executive order is a confession of democratic failure.

November 20, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Genius of America is rooted in fluid collaboration

Genius of America is rooted in fluid collaboration

Mayors, governors are reaching across party lines, partnering with the private sector.

November 20, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Millennial spendthrifts? Not so

Millennial spendthrifts? Not so

Having lived through Great Recession, they may eventually be more financially cautious.

November 17, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Advice from Carolyn Hax: Save your children

Advice from Carolyn Hax: Save your children

Remove your children from presence of alcoholic (even functional) mother.

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Kasich is inspirational, throwback to yesteryear's GOP

Kasich is inspirational, throwback to yesteryear's GOP

Ohio's governor is pleasingly difficult to locate on an ideological map.

November 10, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…
Five myths about military suicides

Five myths about military suicides

Preventing these deaths means expanding access to care, eliminating stigma.

November 09, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…
Carolyn Hax: Roommate is driving woman crazy

Carolyn Hax: Roommate is driving woman crazy

Defensive roommate might be struggling with perfection. 

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U.S. strikes convoy of Islamic State leaders in Iraq

BAGHDAD — U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes on what U.S. officials said was a gathering of Islamic State commanders near the militant-held city of Mosul on Friday, in one of the most prominent assaults on the Islamist group’s leadership since the air war started here in August.

November 08, 2014 6:26 pmLoading…
Zakaria: Finally, a foreign policy president?

Zakaria: Finally, a foreign policy president?

Obama should look to Nixon and Kissinger moves, create stronger strategy.

November 06, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Gerson: Only Reagan can be Reagan

Gerson: Only Reagan can be Reagan

His guiding political principle was not human freedom but human dignity.

November 03, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Five myths about the Berlin wall

Five myths about the Berlin wall

Tearing down some misconceptions about this relic of the Cold War.

November 02, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Carolyn Hax: Girlfriend weighted down by more than pounds

Carolyn Hax: Girlfriend weighted down by more than pounds

There's more to relationship woes than some extra weight.

November 02, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

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