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Home equity lines are back in vogue

Home equity lines are back in vogue

Contact Washington Post Writers Group columnist Ken Harney at kenharney@earthlink.net.

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Tax talks threaten to blow hole in budget

Tax talks threaten to blow hole in budget

Obama may be forced to choose between signing bad bill or none.

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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?

November 27, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Advice from Carolyn Hax

Advice from Carolyn Hax

Husband won't tell critical mother to stand down.

November 26, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
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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Egg freezing's popularity is booming, but it offers no guarantees

Egg freezing's popularity is booming, but it offers no guarantees

ROCKVILLE, Md. — After the abrupt end of her marriage, Tiffany Angelo gave herself a few months to grieve. Then she moved on. Not to the next romance, but to something she could plan for: the children she deeply desired and would still have. With or without her ex.

November 23, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
'Rosewater' stirs memories of author's imprisonment in Iran

'Rosewater' stirs memories of author's imprisonment in Iran

Arrests like these achieve nothing, while seriously damaging Iran's international reputation.

November 23, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
Tighter standards on reverse mortgages

Tighter standards on reverse mortgages

The changes scheduled to take effect in less than four months.

November 21, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
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.

November 21, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
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.

November 21, 2014 11:30 am Related Loading…
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…
A jump-start in the Senate

A jump-start in the Senate

Portman-Shaheen legislation deserves a chance — without poison-pill amendments this time.

November 20, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…
'Force Majeure' an incisive look at marriage

'Force Majeure' an incisive look at marriage

The Swedish filmmaker puts marriage under a squirm-inducing microscope in "Force Majeure."

November 19, 2014 3:25 pmLoading…
'Listen Up Philip': Tortured artists, kindred spirits

'Listen Up Philip': Tortured artists, kindred spirits

"Listen Up Philip" plays like an adaptation of a lost Philip Roth novel. 

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Empowering women through arm wrestling

Empowering women through arm wrestling

I have never seen the Sylvester Stallone arm-wrestling movie "Over the Top," and I don't plan to. But I did go to see SuperCLAW 2014 — "The National Championship of Lady Arm Wrestlers" — in Washington recently and describing that as "over the top" seems like an understatement.

November 18, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
New on DVD

New on DVD

"The November Man" now on DVD.

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Need for flexible, innovative, American-style capitalism

Need for flexible, innovative, American-style capitalism

Government, private sector must find new ways to stimulate growth.

November 17, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…
Just how safe is your microwave?

Just how safe is your microwave?

I use my microwave nearly every day, mostly for heating leftovers, rewarming my morning coffee and "steaming" vegetables. Because, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 90 percent of homes in this country have the appliance, I figured it was universally regarded as safe…

November 17, 2014 6:00 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…
Five myths about longtime White House adviser Valerie Jarrett

Five myths about longtime White House adviser Valerie Jarrett

She is conduit to people who should be on the administration's radar.

November 16, 2014 5:00 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.

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Does tipping culture make servers vulnerable to harassment?

Does tipping culture make servers vulnerable to harassment?

That's the theory — but there isn't much in the way of quantitative research behind it.

November 01, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Advice from Carolyn Hax

Advice from Carolyn Hax

Bromance seems to trump romance.

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Gates shows determination, perspective on health crises

Gates shows determination, perspective on health crises

He will talk of making this "the last Ebola epidemic."

October 31, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Tunisia shows that Islam, democracy can be compatible

Tunisia shows that Islam, democracy can be compatible

Democracy can take root with favorable conditions, good leadership, bit of luck.

October 30, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Advice from Carolyn Hax

Advice from Carolyn Hax

Daughter is doing fine after divorce. Mom, not so much.

October 26, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Zakaria: the case for a Snowden trial

Zakaria: the case for a Snowden trial

Shining spotlight on something long hidden deep in shadows has benefits.

October 24, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Taking both House and Senate might hurt Republicans

Taking both House and Senate might hurt Republicans

Mistimed victory now might well doom GOP bid for presidency in 2016.

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57,000 federal employees paid $775M not to work

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show.

October 20, 2014 5:20 pmLoading…

Debunking five myths about the Secret Service

Let's separate fact from fiction about the security agency.

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Robinson: CDC might want to get its stories straight

Robinson: CDC might want to get its stories straight

Do that and we'll all promise not to panic about Ebola.

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Catherine Bryant

Catherine Bryant

Restaurant waitress Catherine Bryant says she feels safer working at a fancier establishments compared to more inexpensive places.

October 17, 2014 8:06 pm
Buying fictitious 'war on women' is for the mindless

Buying fictitious 'war on women' is for the mindless

The so-called war is a substitute for serious thought.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax

Advice from Carolyn Hax

What is in a name? Maybe the future of your marriage.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Panetta links Obama’s risk-averse style, questionable results

Panetta links Obama’s risk-averse style, questionable results

You go with the president you have; hope he finds his way.

October 11, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Zakaria: Maher guilty of gross generalizations about Islam

Zakaria: Maher guilty of gross generalizations about Islam

Christianity evolved into tolerant, liberal and modern faith. So can Islam.

October 09, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

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