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How the Navy could be torpedoing Trump’s chances in 2020

Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer, left, talks with Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, on July 27 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP) Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were the most surprising states that turned from supporting President Barack Obama in 2012 to voting for Donald Trump in 2016, and they […]

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The scare of a recession calls for exactly what Trump can’t provide

President Trump speaks during a “Keep America Great Rally” at Southern New Hampshire University Arena on Thursday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) PREVIOUSLY OBSCURE to all but market mavens, the relationship between interest rates on long-term government debt instruments and short-term ones took center stage in American life last week. Bond markets experienced an “inverted” yield […]

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How not to fix Silicon Valley

The technologists building our future don’t lack for confidence. Silicon Valley brims with pride about what it can make and how it will transform everything. The tech sector hoovers up STEM graduates (science, technology, engineering and math), pays them better, tells them they’re smarter and claims that their contributions to human progress are so superior […]

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Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency is part of a disturbing financial trend

Representations of virtual currency. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Graham Steele is the staff director of the Corporations and Society Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining Stanford GSB, he was the Minority Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs and a member of the staff of the Federal Reserve […]

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‘We cannot be forgetting’: Twilight marchers in Alexandria evoke the pain of enslaved thousands

Earlier that Friday evening, the Rev. Joseph Thompson, director of multicultural ministries at the Virginia Theological Seminary, had reminded the crowd — which included faith leaders, politicians, historians, students, couples and families — why they were gathered. “It’s all so we can get an idea, some insight into what it must have been like to […]

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Ralph Whittington, erotica collector extraordinaire, dies at 74

For years, he stored his trove — which included thousands of items, from 19th-century “bawdy house coins” to magazines, videotapes, photographs, dolls and devices — at his Clinton, Md., home, which he shared with his mother. Mr. Whittington, who was 74, died at his home on Aug. 6. The cause was cardiovascular disease, said his […]

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This journalist spent two years backpacking the world. Here’s what she packed.

Nicole Ellis spent two years backpacking around the world, visiting 17 countries across six continents. In one backpack and one pack she wore on the front, Ellis was able to get two years of travel life out of five pairs of socks, eight sets of underwear, tank tops, T-shirts, yoga pants, sandals, hiking boots, flats, […]

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American consumers are holding up the global economy. Some worry it might not last.

American consumers are increasingly propping up the global economy, an enduring source of strength that is helping keep the United States out of recession and drawing a sharp contrast with the rest of the world. But as a number of signs point to a possible downturn in the United States, economists are growing more skeptical […]

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Barring any setbacks, Max Scherzer ready to resume regular between-starts routine

Max Scherzer was in full uniform for a simulated game at Nationals Park on Saturday. (Nick Wass/AP) Another day, another Max Scherzer simulated game and another reason to believe the Washington Nationals’ ace will return to the mound soon — depending, of course, on how he feels in the morning. Scherzer threw 64 pitches on […]

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While RFK Stadium rusts away, the newly opened The Fields at RFK offers a glimpse into the future

For years, Lot 7 at RFK Stadium has sat as dormant as the abandoned stadium nearby, a 27-acre expanse of decaying asphalt on the west bank of the Anacostia River. But this summer, it sprang to life, reincarnated as three multipurpose turf fields hosting recreational soccer leagues, kickball teams and school groups, among other events. […]