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Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms

washingtonpost.com — With that, Mitt Romney's long winter was over. After retreating from public view following his crushing loss to President Obama in the 2012 election, Romney has returned to the political stage, emerging as one of the Republican Party's most coveted stars, especially on the fundraising circuit, in the run-up to November's midterm elections.
RT @PhilipRucker: Romney in 2016? Nope. Mitt assured high rollers around Stephen Schwartzman's Park Ave dining room he's a no go http://t.c…
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A long night in Watertown: Reporter’s account of the standoff with marathon bomb suspect

washingtonpost.com — They've probably got IEDs. Look out for sniper fire. I got low. We all did. With weapons drawn, a handful of officers dashed around the street corner in front of us, toward the spot where the sound of gunfire had, just moments before, pierced the night air.
RT @WesleyLowery: Can't believe it was a year ago tonight: My recollections of the Watertown shootout washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl… http://t.co/JO…
When he was at the Boston Globe, Wes Lowery was in Watertown last April. Here is his account from Washington Post. washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl…
RT @jfdulac: “All we knew was that we were following the sirens.” @WesleyLowery on covering the manhunt. wapo.st/1r3kDWJ http://t.co…
“All we knew was that we were following the sirens.” @WesleyLowery on covering the manhunt. wapo.st/1r3kDWJ pic.twitter.com/gv6yUO2yxZ
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Despite sanctions, Russia is getting a $457.9M check from NASA

washingtonpost.com — Despite ongoing sanctions, Russia is about to get a big infusion of cash from the U.S. government. NASA recently renewed a contract that allows Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. The U.S.
RT @eilperin: A @katiezez scoop-the US may want to sanction Russia, but it just gave Putin $457.9 million for Space Station rides: http://t…
A @katiezez scoop-the US may want to sanction Russia, but it just gave Putin $457.9 million for Space Station rides: wapo.st/1nfuUS6
RT @PostReid: US sending $458m check to Russia to pay for rides to the International Space Station -- washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-pol…
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Publisher reveals title for Hillary Clinton’s memoir

washingtonpost.com — NEW YORK - Hillary Rodham Clinton's forthcoming memoir of her four years as secretary of state will be titled "Hard Choices," her publisher announced Friday morning. Simon & Schuster, which is publishing the book due out June 10, also unveiled an image that appears to be the book's cover: a closely cropped, black-and-white portrait of Clinton.
Publisher reveals title "HARD CHOICES" for Hillary Clinton's memoir via @washingtonpost wapo.st/1pfLEuA
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It’s official: D.C. primary turnout was historically bad

washingtonpost.com — It was clear before polls even closed that the turnout for the District's April 1 primary elections was bad. But, with thousands of absentee and provisional ballots outstanding, it remained to be seen whether the turnout was historically bad.

Ethnic America, mapped: Your county’s biggest ancestral populations

washingtonpost.com — The history of European colonization of the Americas is still evident today in most of the United States. This very cool map shows which ancestries make up the largest population in each of the country's 3,144 counties: Some highlights to note: The Irish really do run Boston.
RT @FactTank: Which ancestries make up the largest population in 3,144 U.S. counties: wapo.st/1j8IsJC via @PostReid http://t.co/kbla…
Ethnic America, mapped: Your county’s biggest ancestral populations wapo.st/1hSTV2o
The Connecticut divide isn't Red Sox/ Yankees; it's Irish/ Italian. Ethnic America, mapped: wapo.st/1j8IsJC
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Which athletes are the most fit?

washingtonpost.com — I asked Jeff Potteiger, dean of Graduate Studies and a faculty member in the Movement Science department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., how he would approach this debate. Potteiger is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Which athletes do you believe are, overall, the fittest?

Understanding ‘Novorossiya,’ the latest historical concept to get worried about in Ukraine

washingtonpost.com — On Thursday, during an epic question-and-answer session with the Russian public, President Vladimir Putin dropped a reference that is likely to be obscure to many in the West. Talking about the Ukrainian elections and ethnic Russians in that country's east, Putin took a detour through history.
RT @joshuakeating: ‘Novorossiya,’ the latest historical concept to worry about in Ukraine wapo.st/1pgCVbr
Another great @mradamtaylor on Ukraine: ‘Novorossiya,’ the latest historical concept to worry about in Ukraine washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldvie…
‘Novorossiya,’ the latest historical concept to worry about in Ukraine wapo.st/1pgCVbr
Understanding ‘Novorossiya,’ the latest historical concept to get worried about in #Ukraine wapo.st/1f30afa pic.twitter.com/lBc1QNAr6B

Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant

washingtonpost.com — NEW YORK - Chelsea Clinton announced here Thursday afternoon that she is expecting her first child later this year. "I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me," the former first daughter said at an event with her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Oh so Chelsea Clinton's giving media interviews now???? Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant wapo.st/1pebQFG
RT @themarkberman: Whoa congrats on the baby Phil RT @AaronBlakeWP: Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant (from @philiprucker) http://t.…
RT @themarkberman: Whoa congrats on the baby Phil RT @AaronBlakeWP: Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant (from @philiprucker) http://t.…
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Catherine Rampell

washingtonpost.com — "Wage theft" is an old problem. It can take many forms, including paying less than the minimum hourly wage, working employees off the clock, not paying required overtime rates and shifting hours into the next pay period so that overtime isn't incurred. Unfortunately, reliable data on the magnitude of the problem are scarce.
RT @crampell: Forget raising the minimum wage. How about enforcing the meager minimum already on the books? wapo.st/1mb4jFD
RT @karabrandeisky: .@crampell says govt should crack down on #wagetheft wapo.st/1jehBMe Implications for unpaid interns? http://t.c…
RT @literaryeric: Forget raising the minimum wage. How about enforcing the meager minimum already on the books? wapo.st/1mb4jFD
RT @greenhousenyt: WashPo's @crampell: Employers are stealing workers' wages with impunity, and it's time to get tough about this. http://t…
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Attack on AP journalists in Afghanistan rekindles a daughter’s pain

washingtonpost.com — When news broke earlier this month that two Associated Press journalists were attacked in Afghanistan, a familiar feeling of loss and powerlessness immediately took hold of me. Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon were sitting in a car when an Afghan police officer fired on them.

Diego Rivera’s daughter on her father’s favorite foods - and Frida Kahlo’s parties

washingtonpost.com — Marin, now 90, has had a long career of her own in public service (she was a senator and congresswoman in Mexico), education and literature. She came to Washington last month to speak at an event at the Mexican Cultural Institute, where I served some of her father's favorite foods from her 1994 cookbook, " Frida's Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life With Frida Kahlo."
RT @WaPoFood: Frida Kahlo could set a table, but who taught about food? @PatiJinich's Q&A w/Diego Rivera's daughter: wapo.st/1hTvlQ3
RT @WaPoFood: Frida Kahlo could set a table, but who taught about food? @PatiJinich's Q&A w/Diego Rivera's daughter: wapo.st/1hTvlQ3

A pound of gold found in Indian man’s stomach

washingtonpost.com — Gold has been stashed in all sorts of places - under mattresses, inside caves, in teeth. This may be the rare occasion, however, that gold has been found in someone's stomach. Thursday morning, news broke that a 63-year-old New Delhi businessman went to the doctor complaining about pain in his gut.
There's gold in them thar... Well... @washingtonpost A pound of gold found in Indian man’s stomach wapo.st/1gP4va7
brb checks stomach RT @washingtonpost: A pound of gold found in Indian man’s stomach wapo.st/1gP4va7

What we know about the ‘grotesque’ leaflet handed out to Jews in Donetsk

washingtonpost.com — A leaflet calling for Jews to register has reportedly been handed out in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has commented on the letter, saying that it is "not just intolerable; it's grotesque, is beyond unacceptable." But what do we know about the leaflet?
RT @washingtonpost: What we know about the "grotesque" leaflet handed out to Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine wapo.st/RsS76t http://t.co/2k…
RT @washingtonpost: What we know about the "grotesque" leaflet handed out to Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine wapo.st/RsS76t http://t.co/2k…
Context from @mradamtaylor on the Donetsk leaflet calling for Jews to register which prompted @JohnKerry comment - is.gd/bM8gEi
Thorough background research here, via @WashingtonPost, on that ‘grotesque’ leaflet handed out to Jews in Donetsk wapo.st/1j8wf6r
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Finding Ukraine on a map, revisited

washingtonpost.com — Joshua Tucker: Last week's guest post from political scientists Kyle Dropp (Dartmouth College), Joshua D. Kertzer (Harvard University) and Thomas Zeitzoff (Princeton University) concerning Americans' ability to place Ukraine on a map - and the relationship between the accuracy of this placement and attitudes toward the appropriate U.S.
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