Dominant major newspaper
and its metro area, and America
's second serious national
newspaper (after the New York Times
-- I don't consider USA Today
a serious newspaper).
Editorial slant is liberal but pragmatic and non-partisan (at least, their editorial masthead reads "The Washington Post -- An Independent Newspaper"), although usually supporting Democratic individuals and initiatives. The counter to this in the Washington area is the Washington Times, a conservative and overtly Republican editorial page.