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Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a rally at the World War II Memorial in Washington Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, as Senate leaders have taken the helm in the search for a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a federal default. The rally was organized to protest the closure of the Memorial, subsequent to the shutdown, and lack of access to it by World War II veterans who traveled there on Honor Flight visits. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Big business declares war on tea party

- The Washington Times

The recent fiscal crisis has opened a major rift between the tea party wing of the Republican Party and business groups that traditionally have backed Republicans, with many business leaders now vowing to counter insurgent candidates.

GRAY: Critics driving spurious campaign against ethanol

A media campaign is underway to malign a cleaner, cheaper challenger to gasoline's virtual monopoly on transportation fuel. If it succeeds, this campaign will deprive American drivers of the next generation of high-octane, energy-efficient vehicles, and subject all of us to ever increasing levels of toxic air pollution.

**FILE** A sign marks Wall Street in New York. (Associated Press)

Stocks, euro slide as worries about Europe persist

- Associated Press

Stocks and the euro are falling as worries about Europe dragged down financial markets. Energy companies fell hard as the price of crude oil plunged 5 percent. Gold fell below $1,600 for the first time in more than two months.

BlackBerry users are being offered free apps including iSpeech Translator, Bejeweled and Texas Hold'em after massive service outages last week. (Associated Press)

Free apps offered to upset BlackBerry users

- Associated Press

Trying to make amends for massive outages last week, Research In Motion on Monday promised BlackBerry users free premium apps and a month of technical support.

Council members to examine DYRS leadership

- The Washington Times

The crisis response to a recent detention facility escape and beating of a corrections officer by a ward of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) was led by interim Director Neil Stanley, who faces tough questioning this week from a D.C. Council oversight panel about his ability to lead the troubled agency.

Unemployment claims fall to near 3-year low

- Associated Press

The number of people requesting unemployment benefits last week plunged to a nearly three-year low, bolstering likelihood that companies will increase the pace of hiring this year.

Homebuilders less confident in housing market

- Associated Press

Homebuilders' confidence in the housing market has sunk to the lowest level in more than a year, more evidence that the economic recovery is slowing.

Axelrod: Obama flexible on health care

President Obama will not "draw a line in the sand" during the health care debate as he attempts to pass sweeping health and climate legislation this year, his top political adviser said Sunday.

Correction: Misidentification

An article in Monday's editions mistakenly said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious took out two New York Times ads in the mid-1980s. The ads were taken out by a group of nuns acting independently.

Correction: Quote attribution

Because of an editing error, a quote in Wednesday's editions was wrongly attributed. It was Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, who said, "For an administration that uses word games to downplay the threat of foreign terrorists, and regularly accuses others of promoting the 'politics of fear,' they're awfully willing to paint law-abiding Americans, including war veterans, as 'extremists.' "

Plan to double Va. cigarette tax assailed

Virginia Republicans and the largest tobacco company in the country Wednesday said Gov. Tim Kaine's plans to help close the state's budget shortfall by raising the cigarette tax is ill-timed during a national recession and could harm employment in the state.

Autoworkers sense end of era

The industry as they know it is sure to come undone. "They're anxious, frustrated, scared and angry," says Brian Fredline, a United Auto Workers Local 602 president who has worked for General Motors Corp. for 23 years. He was describing the mood of his 3,000 members who assemble crossover sport utility vehicles like the Acadia at GM's sprawling Delta Township plant near Lansing.


Because of an editing error, a story in Wednesday's some early editions incorrectly spelled several names. Jim Oakes is the vice chairman of the Anglican District of Virginia, Steffen Johnson is an attorney for the Anglican District of Virginia and Russ Randle is an attorney with Patton Boggs LLP.


The Washington Times on Sunday ran the wrong photograph with the Metro section's quote of the day. The man pictured was Virginia Delegate Robert G. Marshall, Prince William County Republican.


The correct spelling for the name of the spokesman for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, mentioned Sunday in the "Stairway to Heaven" religion column, is Henry D.W. Burt.


A caption in Wednesday's Economy section misidentified Mark Cooper, director of research at the Consumer Federation of America.


An editorial in our June 1 editions, "Clintons' campaign blunders," incorrectly reported comments by former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro. The sentence should have read: Geraldine Ferraro set off a furor when she stated that Mr. Obama would not be in the race if he were a white man. In fact, California's Daily Breeze newspaper quoted Mrs. Ferraro, a Clinton supporter, as saying: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman he would not be in this position."