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During protracted wars in the 1980s and 1990s, the government didn’t have a system in place to register births
The Christmas messages of the whistleblower and the monarch dovetail nicely; the one showing off the family addition, the other fearful of a lack of privacy
Whistleblowers say hospices treat non-terminal patients to earn more from Medicare programme
Vehicles and communications gear was seized by the powerful Islamist group
A debatable non-call on Monday night will steal the headlines, but week 11 saw the gap between the haves and have-nots increase further
Not all government functions will simply evaporate — Social Security cheques will still get mailed, and hospitals will stay open. But many federal agencies will send their employees home, from the Environmental Protection Agency to hundreds of national parks. Here’s a look at how a shutdown will work.
A partial shutdown of the US government has begun after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a budget last night, with the Republican-led House of Representatives adamant they would only agree to a deal if it included a delay to the start of Obamacare, the President’s package of health reforms.
The company made its decision before the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington DC earlier this week, which left 13 people dead
Internal audit leaked by US fugitive Edward Snowden reveals a litany of infractions, errors and illegal acts since the agency was made more powerful in 2008
The 'Look At Me Now' singer suffered a non-epileptic seizure at a Hollywood recording studio on Friday
Its domestic political coverage and foreign affairs expertise are still excellent
1877: The Washington Post is founded by Democrat representative Stilson Hutchins on December 6 with an initial circulation of 10,000.
What made the whistleblower give up his Hawaiian idyll?
Apple shows a dip in popularity among under-30s
A report on the conflict in Syria by the European Council for Foreign Relations argues two things: one, arming the rebels will only make the situation worse; two, Iran needs to be brought into diplomatic discussions. Donald Macintyre backs the report in today's column for Independent Voices. There is anything but consensus on the issue however, as these pieces from the Financial Times and Washington Post illustrate.
Obama promised to close Guantanamo on his ride to office in 2008. Four years in the White House saw little progress; with blame laid partly at the feet of Congress and partly the President's own slackness. Now he's taking a second run at the notorious Cuban prison-camp, where 100 of the 166 detainees are currently on hunger strike. Here's how the editorial writers at the New York Times and Washington Post responded.