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The 23 most unforgettable last sentences in fiction

The 23 most unforgettable last sentences in fiction

February 17, 2019

For the Olympic gymnast, success comes down to how well she sticks the landing. A flubbed dismount sullies even the most awe-inspiring routine. Stock-still at their desks, novelists face a similar demand for a perfectly choreographed last move. We follow them across hundreds of thousands of words, but the final line can make or break…

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The Pitfalls of Weaponizing Aid Deliveries

The Pitfalls of Weaponizing Aid Deliveries

February 17, 2019

International aid organizations refuse to participate in weaponizing aid deliveries as part of our government’s regime change policy in Venezuela: The U.S. effort to distribute tons of food and medicine to needy Venezuelans is more than just a humanitarian mission. The operation is also designed to foment regime change in Venezuela — which is why…

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You’re Addicted to Plastic. Can You Go Cold Turkey?

You’re Addicted to Plastic. Can You Go Cold Turkey?

February 17, 2019

One of those younger converts is Tessa Carleton, 24, who makes and sells handmade goods like macramé in rural Quebec. After a conversation with an environmentalist friend four years ago, Ms. Carleton donated or gave away the shampoo bottles, nail polish remover and Ziploc bags. And she is still purging. “It was a long process,”…

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Today’s Rift with Europe Echoes the Iraq War Debate

Today’s Rift with Europe Echoes the Iraq War Debate

February 17, 2019

Pence repeated his tone-deaf demands to our allies to quit the nuclear deal at the Munich Security Conference over the weekend. The response from the Europeans was even frostier than it had been in Warsaw: European officials brushed off U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s call this week for the bloc to ratchet up pressure on…

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Perspective | When Mark Herring was at U-Va., the Cavalier Daily was calling out racism

Perspective | When Mark Herring was at U-Va., the Cavalier Daily was calling out racism

February 17, 2019

Richard Neel served as a deputy attorney general of Virginia from 2010 to 2014. He was editor-in-chief of the Cavalier Daily at the University of Virginia in 1979-80. He is now a lawyer in private practice. February 15 Four years before Mark R. Herring and his friends “put on wigs and brown makeup” to dress…

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Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry

Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry

February 17, 2019

MUNICH — European leaders have long been alarmed that President Trump’s words and Twitter messages could undo a trans-Atlantic alliance that had grown stronger over seven decades. They had clung to the hope that those ties would bear up under the strain. But in the last few days of a prestigious annual security conference in…

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‘I think it’s long overdue’: Catholics in D.C., where McCarrick once presided, are both relieved and dismayed

‘I think it’s long overdue’: Catholics in D.C., where McCarrick once presided, are both relieved and dismayed

February 17, 2019

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick stands before the Mass of Installation for Archbishop Donald Wuerl at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast Washington on June 22, 2006. McCarrick, who has been defrocked by the Vatican over clergy sex abuse accusations, preceded Wuerl in the role. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Maria Sacchetti Reporter covering…

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With fitness trackers in the workplace, bosses can monitor your every step — and possibly more

With fitness trackers in the workplace, bosses can monitor your every step — and possibly more

February 17, 2019

Wayne Gono, 65, is the visionary/chief networking officer of Regal Plastics in Texas, a fabrication business that uses wearable fitness trackers to help push employees to be healthier. (Allison V. Smith/for The Washington Post) Christopher Rowland Business reporter focused on the health-care economy’s effects on patient health, costs, and privacy February 16 at 7:13 PM…

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Stocking shelves and clearing brush, guardsmen serve on border amid political heat

Stocking shelves and clearing brush, guardsmen serve on border amid political heat

February 17, 2019

National Guardsmen clear brush near the Colorado River outside Yuma, Ariz. (Caitlin O’Hara/For The Washington Post) Paul Sonne National security reporter focusing on the U.S. military February 16 at 7:43 PM YUMA, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Chris Cazares is panting to catch his breath after slicing down a salt cedar on the banks of the…

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Heather Nauert, Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, withdraws from consideration

Heather Nauert, Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, withdraws from consideration

February 17, 2019

Heather Nauert, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks to reporters on a flight from Panama to Mexico in October. (Brendan Smialowski/Reuters) President Trump’s pick to be the next United Nations ambassador withdrew from consideration Saturday, the State Department said. The department’s spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, had been tapped to succeed Nikki Haley at the United…

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