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How intelligence agencies grapple with the global reach of domestic terrorism

March 18th, 2019


Shane Harris on how intelligence agencies share domestic terrorism threats; Rosalind S. Helderman on what we already know about the special counsel’s investigation; and the growing list of states that want to change the …

How the New Zealand mosque shootings moved across social media

March 15th, 2019


Hamza Shaban on how YouTube, Facebook and Twitter failed to stop the spread of a violent video from the Christchurch mosque shootings. William Booth …

Pilots raised the alarm after last year’s Boeing crash. Then another plane went down.

March 14th, 2019


Aaron Gregg investigates pilot complaints to Boeing. Glenn Kessler dissects what socialism really means. And Brady Dennis reports on the young climate activists going on strike.

How the Obama administration missed the fentanyl crisis

March 13th, 2019


A Post investigation uncovers how federal officials failed to address the rising threat of synthetic opioids. Emily Rauhala breaks down Justin …

'Operation Varsity Blues': A college entrance bribery scheme

March 12th, 2019


An elaborate college entrance bribery scheme. When veterans take their lives in the very places they sought help. Plus, a space name odyssey.

Questions for Boeing after second deadly plane crash

March 11th, 2019


Brian Fung explains Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s push to crack down on tech companies. Aaron Gregg delves into the tragic crash of a commercial Boeing plane in Ethiopia. And Simon Denyer revisits Fukushima, the site of one …

From $22 an hour to $11: What the GM layoffs mean for workers

March 8th, 2019


Heather Long tells us about an uncertain future for laid-off autoworkers. Devlin Barrett explains why terrorists in the U.S. are rarely charged with “terrorism.” And Shelly Tan discusses a long-awaited superhero.

Joe Biden's 1975 rhetoric on race

March 7th, 2019


Matt Viser on what we can learn from an interview with Joe Biden from the 1970s. Cat Zakrzewski on Facebook’s privacy overhaul. Plus, Lavanya …

‘I take full responsibility’: How Kamala Harris dealt with a scandal as DA

March 6th, 2019


Michael Kranish on some questions Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) might face about her record as a prosecutor as 2020 heats up. Science reporter …

A second patient is free of HIV, offering new hope for a cure

March 5th, 2019


Carolyn Y. Johnson on the second patient who may be cured of HIV, and Karoun Demirjian on the Democrats’ post-Cohen strategy. Plus, Avi Selk on a …

A surge in border crossings that wouldn’t be solved by a wall

March 4th, 2019


Nick Miroff on a surge in border crossings that is expected to go up. Peggy McGlone on a philanthropic family’s ties to the opioid crisis. And the president is on the phone ... just to talk.

Will 'Leaving Neverland' make fans leave Michael Jackson?

March 1st, 2019


Hank Stuever on the new documentary about alleged sexual abuse by Michael Jackson. Joanna Slater explains the recent clashes in ongoing India-Pakistan border tensions. Plus, Avi Selk on waiting for the Mueller …

The fragility of citizenship

February 28th, 2019


Philip Rucker's debriefing on the Trump-Kim Hanoi summit. Ishaan Tharoor on the question of citizenship for westerners in the Islamic State. Plus, the Pentagon’s new effort to count civilian casualties in war from …

‘I’m here to tell the truth about Mr. Trump.’

February 27th, 2019


Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer and personal attorney, appeared before a congressional committee today. Post reporters Karoun …

Trump and Kim look for a grand bargain in Hanoi

February 26th, 2019


Simon Denyer on what to expect from the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. Rosalind Helderman on the new details Michael Cohen’s testimony could offer. Plus, …

Democrats ready 'no' vote on national emergency

February 25th, 2019


Toluse Olorunnipa explains why House Democrats are challenging Trump’s national emergency. Nicole Ellis on her personal journey to figure out whether …

The teenagers trying to save the world

February 22nd, 2019


Anne Gearan on the Trump administration’s aid dilemma in Venezuela. Sarah Kaplan on the kids who are done waiting on adults to address climate …

Facebook’s billion-dollar blunder

February 21st, 2019


Tony Romm on Facebook potentially paying up after Cambridge Analytica. Christian Davenport on how rocket launches are muddying air travel. Plus, Orion Donovan-Smith on Liberian immigrants losing protections after …

With scandals growing, Catholic leaders gather for Vatican summit on sex abuse

February 20th, 2019


Chico Harlan on Roman Catholic Church leaders gathering for a summit about sex abuse. scandals. Michelle Ye Hee Lee on how small donors matter in a …

Bernie Sanders surprised everyone in 2016. Can he do it again?

February 19th, 2019


Aaron Blake on Bernie Sanders’s second presidential run. Steven Rich on the emotional impact of a school lockdown. Plus, Robin Givhan on the life and …

Can impeachment appear legitimate in a hyperpartisan universe?

February 18th, 2019


Carlos Lozada on the legitimacy of impeachment in a partisan climate. Plus, columnist David Ignatius examines the state of U.S.-Saudi relations after …

Trump braces for challenges to emergency declaration

February 15th, 2019


Damian Paletta on the details of President Trump's emergency declaration. Anthony Faiola on the continuing political battle in Venezuela. Plus, …

Why President Trump is declaring a national emergency

February 14th, 2019


Josh Dawsey on Trump’s plans to avoid another shutdown but still declare a national emergency. Rosalind S. Helderman on how Paul Manafort lied to …

A smaller refund this year? That doesn’t mean your taxes went up.

February 13th, 2019


Heather Long explains why your tax refund may be smaller this year. Lenny Bernstein on organ transplant oversight in the United States. And Sarah Kaplan with a sweet farewell to the Mars rover Opportunity.

There’s a deal to avert a government shutdown — but is Trump on board?

February 12th, 2019


Josh Dawsey on whether we’re heading for another shutdown. Juliet Eilperin on how late-term abortions have become political. And a Post reader on …

Loyal bulldog, furious fixer: The two Michael Cohens

February 11th, 2019


Paul Schwartzman on the path that led Michael Cohen to Donald Trump. Lena Sun on the preventable measles outbreak in Washington state. And Anna …

Jeff Bezos takes on the National Enquirer

February 8th, 2019


Marc Fisher on the evolution of Jeff Bezos’s tabloid scandal — and its potential political implications. Plus, Geoff Edgers on how Aerosmith and …

Charges of racism and sexual assault upend Va. politics

February 7th, 2019


Fenit Nirappil on the mounting scandals engulfing Virginia’s state government. Michael E. Miller on the diminishing threat of MS-13 to the nation. …

Elizabeth Warren apologizes for Native American heritage claims

February 6th, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to The Post’s Annie Linskey after her apology for claims of Native American heritage. Plus, Karen DeYoung on the Trump …

The selective investigation of North Carolina’s alleged voter fraud

February 5th, 2019


Amy Gardner reports on how prosecutors deal with voter fraud in North Carolina. Vanessa Williams looks at the Democrat responding to Trump’s State of …

How Trump’s lifetime appointments are reshaping federal courts

February 4th, 2019


President Trump installs a record number of appeals court judges, Ann Marimow reports. Shane Harris dissects the White House feud with its own intelligence agencies. Plus: Roxanne Roberts on how the “designated …

For black boys who don’t want to play in the NFL

February 1st, 2019


Today, Matt Viser on what separates Cory Booker from the 2020 pack. Former New England Patriot Martellus Bennett on looking beyond sports for black …

How an assault victim sought justice when the system failed her

January 31st, 2019


How one assault victim fought back against a successful D.C. chef. The tumultuous relationship between President Trump and Michael Bloomberg. And, …

What does Huawei have to do with the U.S.-China trade war?

January 30th, 2019


Anna Fifield and Devlin Barrett break down how charges against the Chinese tech firm Huawei influence U.S. and Chinese relations. Plus, Aaron C. Davis on how some people who worked during the shutdown won’t be seeing a …

Why the polar vortex is really a symptom of global warming

January 29th, 2019


Why record-breaking low temperatures aren’t evidence against global warming. Plus: Ian Shapira on former U.S. spies now in Congress and Nia Decaille on a rapper redefining black motherhood.

They only had each other. Then one became a mass shooter.

January 28th, 2019


The brother of the confessed Parkland shooter wrestles with his responsibility to his only family member. After a Trump club fired about a dozen undocumented workers, they’re fighting back. And a love triangle that …

The shutdown is over — for now. What happens next?

January 25th, 2019


As a 35-day partial government shutdown comes to a close, Paul Kane explains why President Trump finally gave in to pressure. And Rosalind S. …

A diplomatic crisis in Venezuela

January 24th, 2019


Carol Morello on why Venezuela may be on the verge of a coup. Abby Ohlheiser on how the Mall standoff went viral. Plus, Angela Fritz on the …

Senate shutdown votes are ‘fundamentally designed not to pass’

January 23rd, 2019


Seung Min Kim on stalled legislative efforts to end the seemingly never-ending shutdown. Moriah Balingit on the state of public school systems in …

544 days in an Iranian prison

January 22nd, 2019


The Washington Post’s columnist Jason Rezaian on his imprisonment in Iran. Eugene Scott on how Kamala Harris’s identity is shaping her presidential …

One civil rights icon is ‘trying to demystify the hero thing’

January 21st, 2019


Six decades after Minnijean Brown became one of the Little Rock Nine, one of the first nine black students to desegregate a high school in Little …

Who owns the Women’s March?

January 18th, 2019


Kimberly Kindy on federal prison workers who aren’t getting enough support during the partial government shutdown. Marissa Lang on the tensions surrounding the Women’s March. Plus, the career troubles of R&B singer …

The Founding Fathers never planned for the Trump International Hotel

January 17th, 2019


David Fahrenthold on a government watchdog report questioning the constitutionality of Trump’s D.C. hotel lease. William Booth on Britain's many …

Kirsten Gillibrand wants you to know her name

January 16th, 2019


Jenna Johnson on the gradual policy shifts of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), newly announced presidential hopeful. Sudarsan Raghavan on the …

Does Beto O’Rourke have something to say?

January 15th, 2019


Jenna Johnson talks to Beto O’Rourke after his bid for U.S. Senate. Matt Zapotosky on the confirmation hearing for an attorney general nominee. Plus, Drew Harwell on how his YouTube search for “RBG” yielded unexpected …

Trump’s secrecy around Putin talks are ‘part of a much broader pattern’

January 14th, 2019


Greg Miller on the president keeping notes from meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin to himself. Darryl Fears on an executive order that may thin millions of acres of forests. Plus, the hit musical “Hamilton” …

Why R. Kelly’s accusers were rarely heard — until now

January 11th, 2019


Geoff Edgers dives into the history of sexual misconduct claims against R. Kelly. Tim Carman questions the value of his food column, the $20 Diner. …

Border 101

January 10th, 2019


As President Trump continues to press his case for a wall, Maria Sacchetti dispels misinformation about the U.S.-Mexico border. Plus, Nicolás Maduro …

Meanwhile, in the Mueller investigation

January 9th, 2019


While the shutdown drama continues, it’s been a big week in the special counsel investigation. Plus, the administration quietly considers a rollback …

No exit: Trump’s shutdown strategy

January 8th, 2019


Reporter Robert Costa on what is happening the behind the scenes as the budget stalemate shows no sign of abating. Plus, Christopher Mooney on how a …

To build border wall, Trump considers national emergency powers

January 7th, 2019


President Trump is threatening to call a national emergency to build a border wall. Post reporter David Nakamura explains whether that’s possible, or even legal. Plus, tech reporter Geoffrey Fowler takes us on a ride …

The confounding case of alleged spy Paul Whelan

January 4th, 2019


Shane Harris tells the story about a former Marine being detained in Russia on suspicion of spying. Annie Linskey on how the “likability” question will affect female 2020 candidates. Plus, voices from the government …

New Congress, same old shutdown

January 3rd, 2019


Seung Min Kim explains how Congress might tackle the shutdown. Colby Itkowitz on whether the new Congress is as diverse as it seems. Plus, Ian …

Dysfunction junction: Why we have a ‘do nothing’ Congress

January 2nd, 2019


Paul Kane on why Congress can’t function. Drew Harwell explains the disturbing use of artificial intelligence to put real-life women’s faces in …

102 Americans on what unites us

January 1st, 2019


Book critic Carlos Lozada declares his pick for the most memorable book of the last year. And Americans share what they believe unites our often-divided country.

Goodbye, 2018. Hello, 2020.

December 31st, 2018


Annie Linskey tells us about Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren throwing her hat in the presidential ring. The Washington Post’s Style section selects what’s in and what’s out for 2019. Plus, the origin story of a pop …

After Mollie Tibbetts’s politicized death, an unlikely kindness

December 28th, 2018


The death of Mollie Tibbetts became an immigration talking point, but reporter Terrence McCoy tells the unlikely story of immense kindness in the …

All aboard the market roller coaster

December 27th, 2018


Heather Long breaks down the tumultuous markets. Julie Zauzmer shares her story on Jews being paid to move to Alabama. Plus, Tom Cruise and video …

The story behind a global e-scooter recall

December 26th, 2018


Peter Holley investigates the dangers of e-scooters. Philip Rucker debriefs on the president’s surprise trip to Iraq over this tumultuous holiday. …

A home for the holidays

December 25th, 2018


This year, 10-year-old Kamiya Johnson will be home for the holidays. Post reporter Jessica Contrera says that Kamiya’s family was able to leave a …

How Ben Carson is rolling back fair-housing enforcement

December 24th, 2018


Tracy Jan reports on how Ben Carson’s HUD cut back on investigating housing discrimination. Lori Aratani explains why airplane bathrooms keep getting smaller. Plus, Geoffrey Fowler on the ever-rising costs of Apple …

‘The sound and the fury’: Another week in the White House

December 21st, 2018


As a shutdown nears, White House reporter Josh Dawsey recounts President Trump’s chaotic week. Senior editor Marc Fisher on the evolution of former …

U.S. troops to leave Syria. Now what?

December 20th, 2018


What it means for the U.S. to pull forces out of Syria. The fashion industry’s mixed messages to plus-size women. Plus, when Congress weighed a …

How a ‘law and order’ party embraced prison reform

December 19th, 2018


The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill overhauling the federal prison system. What it takes to mend relationships between the police and …

Why President Trump is shutting down his charity

December 18th, 2018


President Trump’s charity will shut down amid allegations that he used it for personal and political gain. In the second part of our Murder With …

Murder With Impunity: Surrounded by homicide

December 17th, 2018


A New Orleans mother who lost three children in homicides now fears for her last. Plus, a new report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee details how the Russians sought to influence the 2016 election in favor …

When a 7-year-old dies on Border Patrol’s watch

December 14th, 2018


A 7-year-old girl died after being taken into Border Patrol custody, reportedly from dehydration and exhaustion. Also, the U.S. responds to climate …

Brexit: ‘The word you’re looking for is shambolic’

December 13th, 2018


Now that Theresa May has survived a no-confidence vote by her party, can she pull off Brexit? Also, what the new “Spider-Man” film means to an …

Michael Cohen, sentenced Wednesday, says he's free from Trump

December 12th, 2018


Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Google’s CEO visits the Post to discuss the tech giant’s future. Plus, why it’s maybe OK that First Lady Melania Trump doesn’t actually want to be the first …

Live from the Oval Office, it’s Tuesday afternoon!

December 11th, 2018


President Trump faces off with Democratic lawmakers Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in a nationally televised shouting match. How a flute player’s lawsuit illuminates the gender pay gap in America. Plus, 95 percent of …

Who wants to be White House chief of staff?

December 10th, 2018


Just as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation heats up, President Trump struggles to find a new chief of staff. Also, right-wing …

What one man’s death says about the asylum court system

December 7th, 2018


Apple’s new heart-healthy tech might be better for the anxious and not the ailing. Also, a dead man’s children seek asylum in the same court that denied him.

Deal or no deal?: Theresa May’s Brexit standoff

December 6th, 2018


A vote on Britain’s separation from the European Union, how veterans’ stay at Trump’s D.C. hotel (courtesy of Saudi Arabia) may have violated the …

The midterm election that's still not over

December 5th, 2018


An investigation into possible election fraud in North Carolina, the dismantling of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and one former …

Democrats set the stage (literally) for 2020

December 4th, 2018


The Democratic National Committee struggles to find a big-enough stage for likely presidential candidates. Plus, the second and final installment of our series “An Affair. The Mob. A Murder.”

Prime Suspect, Part 1: An Affair. The Mob. A Murder.

December 3rd, 2018


One September morning a Post reporter gets a call with new information about a murder she covered 30 years ago. Plus, how climate change became a partisan issue in the United States.

Introducing ‘Post Reports’

November 28th, 2018


Here it is: the new daily podcast from the newsroom of The Washington Post. “Post Reports,” hosted by Martine Powers, will bring you all the reporting and insight you expect from The Post, but for your ears. Launching …

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