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And minder makes three: For White House interviews, it’s never just one-on-one

washingtonpost.com — When NBC News White House reporter Chuck Todd conducts background interviews with government officials these days, he and his source usually aren't the only ones in the room or on the call. Typically, there's a third party: A representative of the White House's press staff monitors the conversation.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @farhip: For White House reporters, press "minders" make interviews into a three-way chat: washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl…

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Children paying a terrible price in Gaza

washingtonpost.com — Palestinian civilians continue to make up the largest share of casualties in the Gaza conflict.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @KenRoth: The Washington Post's updated visualization of the 634 deaths so far in the #Gaza fighting. trib.al/OnNSmUm pic.twitter.com/FCMKnhFsQ3

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How a solar storm nearly destroyed life as we know it two years ago

washingtonpost.com — On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth's atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years.
Jul 23, 2014

How a solar storm nearly destroyed life as we know it two years ago wapo.st/Uot6dz

Jul 23, 2014

How a solar storm nearly destroyed life as we know it in 2012: wapo.st/1jWjjY1 (Stop, @capitalweather, you're scaring the children.)

Jul 23, 2014

RT @LukeRussert: This is unreal RT: @hamrickisms: Ah, so a strong solar storm nearly sent us back into the Stone Age 2 yrs ago. wapo.st/Uot6dz

Jul 23, 2014

RT @LukeRussert: This is unreal RT: @hamrickisms: Ah, so a strong solar storm nearly sent us back into the Stone Age 2 yrs ago. wapo.st/Uot6dz

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Don’t think Obama has reduced inequality? These numbers prove that he has.

washingtonpost.com — Today, the average after-tax income of a member of the top 1 percent of earners is $1.12 million. The average after-tax income of someone in the bottom 20 percent is $13,300. That means the average person at the top takes home 84 times the income that the average person in the bottom takes home.
Jul 23, 2014

And pays what share of the tax burden? "@TheFix: The avg 1%'er takes home 84x the $ as the avg 2% & below earners. ow.ly/zvzMg"

Jul 23, 2014

The average member of the 1% takes home 84 times as much as average member of the lowest 2% of earners. ow.ly/zvzMg

Jul 23, 2014

Don’t think Obama has reduced inequality? These numbers prove that he has. wapo.st/1lv6DTd via @washingtonpost @Goldfarb

Jul 23, 2014

@goldfarb has scoop on new study showing decline in income inequality under Obama compared to Bush. wapo.st/1lv6DTd

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Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor infected as the worst outbreak in history continues, with no end in sight

washingtonpost.com — The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has contracted the virus himself, government officials said. Sheik Umar Khan, 39, was on the front lines of battling the disease that has so far claimed 632 lives in three West African states, according to the World Health Organization.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @washingtonpost: The top Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone has contracted the deadly disease himself wapo.st/1jVorvs

Jul 23, 2014

The worst ebola outbreak in history, and now this. Sierra Leone’s top ebola doctor infected wapo.st/1A67lQu via @washingtonpost

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House Republicans unveil plan to deal with border crisis

washingtonpost.com — A House Republican plan to address to the influx of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would cost considerably less than President Obama has requested but could get upended by the political forces that long have divided GOP lawmakers.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @zhanover: Ur disconnect with world outside DC is showing RT @blakehounshell: Ted Cruz eats Chik-Fil-A for breakfast? washingtonpost.com/politics/house…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @BrianFaughnan: Delicious. Chicken biscuit or egg/sausage biscuit. "@blakehounshell: Ted Cruz eats Chik-Fil-A for breakfast? washingtonpost.com/politics/house…

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To understand how jealousy works, take a look at your dog

washingtonpost.com — Your dog wants all of your attention (and it's never enough!) but can she feel jealousy? The answer seems to be yes, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE . The findings may not surprise dog owners, but they mark an important shift in the way scientists study jealousy - which remains one of humanity's most baffling emotions.
Jul 24, 2014

YUP! RT @markp93: Daisy? To understand how jealousy works, take a look at your #dog wapo.st/1rpGfQt via @washingtonpost

Jul 23, 2014

To understand how jealousy works, take a look at your dog wapo.st/1rpGfQt via @washingtonpost

Jul 23, 2014

A lead article on the Post right now is about dog jealousy, and I ain't even mad. j.mp/1tCi7cI

Jul 23, 2014

A study of dog jealousy. Gonna share the findings with my Cocker Spaniel, Woofer, tonight. @RachelFeltman wapo.st/1pbBTbb

Jul 23, 2014

To understand how jealousy works, take a look at your dog wapo.st/1rpGfQt via @washingtonpost

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You can now pay someone’s delinquent Detroit water bill online

washingtonpost.com — The Detroit Water Project, a platform to help donors pay the delinquent water bills of people in Detroit, started with a Twitter conversation. Tiffani Bell and Kristy Tillman have never met in person, but they've enjoyed a social media friendship that began with their mutual love for technology.
Jul 23, 2014

You can now pay someone’s delinquent Detroit water bill online wapo.st/Uoh4Rm via @washingtonpost

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Granddaughter of former Redskins owner George P. Marshall condemns team’s name

washingtonpost.com — The current fervent fight to change the name of the Washington Redskins was fueled, in part, by a symposium last year on Native American sports mascots that featured a panel of experts and drew an audience of 300.
Jul 23, 2014

Fascinating @TheresaVargas1 interview with granddaughter of 1st Redskins owner, who believes team name should change wapo.st/1rzOzif

Jul 23, 2014

Odd photo of former Redskins owner George Marshall in a very effete bear skin coat wapo.st/1rAYbZZ

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Privacy watchdog’s next target: the least-known but biggest aspect of NSA surveillance

washingtonpost.com — An independent privacy watchdog agency is expected to announce Wednesday that it will turn its focus to the largest and most complex of U.S. electronic surveillance regimes: signals intelligence collection under Executive Order 12333. That highly technical name masks a constellation of complex surveillance activities carried out for foreign intelligence purposes by the National Security Agency under executive authority.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @ashk4n: Here's a nifty (previously unseen) flowchart of the NSA's catch-all authority abroad washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-swit… #EO12333 pic.twitter.com/OmZ4J4y1Re

Jul 23, 2014

Applause for whistleblower John Tye today after his testimony on NSA legal loophole at PCLOB hearing. His op-ed : washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-swit…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @devicemag: Privacy watchdog’s next target: the least-known but biggest aspect of NSA surveillance washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-swit… @Thomas_Drake1 @doctorow @EFF

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Men are worse drivers, reading causes more crashes than eating, and 6 other facts about D.C. accidents

washingtonpost.com — Have you ever wondered what the safest times to drive are? How about whether crashes happen more often on rainy days or snowy ones, on local roads or main thoroughfares, on Mondays or Tuesdays, while the driver is talking on a cellphone or eating a sandwich? The District Department of Transportation has the answers.
Jul 23, 2014

Men are worse drivers, reading causes more crashes than eating, and six other facts about D.C. accidents wapo.st/1ludmNc

Jul 23, 2014

DC drivers -->"About one 1 in every 5 collisions linked to cellphones was caused by hands-free cellphone use"-- wapo.st/1ludmNc

Jul 23, 2014

Men are worse drivers, reading causes more crashes than eating, and 6 other facts about D.C. accidents. wapo.st/1mFme28

Jul 23, 2014

Fascinating study about D.C. crashes featured in the Washington Post. Thanks to Darla Letourneau of BikeWalkLee... fb.me/TtITLcvs

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BICEP2 experiment’s big-bang controversy highlights challenges for modern science

washingtonpost.com — For scientists, the really huge, cymbals-crashing discoveries are hard to come by these days. A breakthrough can take years of labor, and the final result might be a graph of data in which the signal is barely dis­cern­ible amid the noise. Dramatic findings are invariably questioned by other scientists. Doubt lingers.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @MarcAbrahams: "But then other scientists threw dust in the team’s face." RT @JoelAchenbach: This cosmology story: washingtonpost.com/national/healt…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @seanmcarroll: As BICEP2 illustrates, the road to scientific breakthroughs is a long and occasionally bumpy one. washingtonpost.com/national/healt…

Jul 23, 2014

As BICEP2 illustrates, the road to scientific breakthroughs is a long and occasionally bumpy one. washingtonpost.com/national/healt…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @JoelAchenbach: My new story on bicep2, gravitational waves, the big bang, and the inflationary yawn at dawn of time washingtonpost.com/national/healt…

Social conservatives urge Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) to apologize for backing gay marriage

washingtonpost.com — Five dozen social conservatives in Florida sent a letter to Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) urging him to apologize for announcing support for same-sex marriage earlier this week. "We call upon you to publicly apologize for this mistake and hold fast to your original position that states should define marriage as it has always been, the union of one man and one woman only.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @WesleyLowery: This week David Jolly became 8th GOP in Congress to back gay marriage. Now, social conservs want him to apologize wapo.st/1lwKAvx

Jul 23, 2014

This week David Jolly became 8th GOP in Congress to back gay marriage. Now, social conservs want him to apologize wapo.st/1lwKAvx

Jul 23, 2014

Social conservatives urge Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) to apologize for backing gay marriage wapo.st/1lwKAvx

Jul 23, 2014

RT @WaPoSean: Social conservatives urge Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) to apologize for backing gay marriage: wapo.st/1odvZcW

Jul 23, 2014

RT @WaPoSean: Social conservatives urge Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) to apologize for backing gay marriage: wapo.st/1odvZcW

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Mapping where America’s bowling alleys are

washingtonpost.com — Last week a bizarre political mini-scandal flared up and burned itself out within the span of 90 minutes. On Wednesday, TIME reported that the GSA was soliciting bids to gut and renovate the White House bowling alley. The GSA called the alley's lanes "irreparable," noting that it had been 15 years since any maintenance had been done.

Joe Biden and his awesome white board are here to teach you all about infrastructure investment!

washingtonpost.com — Class is in session, America! Buckle up, because Professor Biden is here. And great news! He brought his white board. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday became the latest guest lecturer on the White House White Board series, which is basically a fancy way of saying he's the star of a well-coordinated YouTube video of a guy explaining some stuff.
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