House GOP pulls border bill rather than face defeat

The failure to move ahead on an issue that Republicans call a national crisis was coupled by immigration legislation that stalled in the Senate before recess.

How Ted Cruz helped kill
Boehner’s immigration bill

House conservatives were emboldened by a meeting with the senator and a nudge to stick to their principles.

Departing majority leader
to leave House altogether

Departing majority leader <br>to leave House altogether

Eric Cantor said he’ll vacate his seat early.

A bomb bears down on central Gaza. (Max Becherer for The Post)

What an Israeli airstrike looks like

WORLDVIEWS | In the heart of Gaza City, a missile whooshed overhead before creating a ball of smoke where a home stood.

Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire

U.S. and U.N. officials announced the humanitarian truce that began early Friday, and both sides are sending delegations to Cairo to try to resolve the conflict that has reached its fourth week.

An Ebola patient is leaving Africa
for treatment at an Atlanta hospital  

An Ebola patient is leaving Africa <br>for treatment at an Atlanta hospital  

The person infected with the virus that prompted a CDC travel alert will be treated in a special unit.

Taxpayers paid patent workers up to $80,000 a year to do almost nothing

Taxpayers paid patent workers up to $80,000 a year to do almost nothing

Federal paralegals were idle for almost four years but still got paid, including bonuses, a probe finds.

On eve of recess, Congress approves billions in funding for VA, highways

On eve of recess, Congress approves billions in funding for VA, highways

The Senate sent Obama two bills, including $16 billion in aid for the troubled veterans agency.

Gas explosions rip through Taiwan city, killing 25, injuring more than 260

Gas explosions rip through Taiwan city, killing 25, injuring more than 260

Officials search for the cause of the blasts that hurled cars through the air and tore trenches into the streets.

Politics

Congress sends VA reform bill to White House

Congress sends VA reform bill to White House

Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Lifestyle

Hank Stuever on TV: It’s okay to quit ‘The Leftovers’

Hank Stuever on TV: It’s okay to quit ‘The Leftovers’

Viewers want to like it, for good reasons (it’s on HBO, intense performances), but they can’t go on.

Arts

Go Go Gadjet, kings of the beach weekend, wants more

Go Go Gadjet, kings of the beach weekend, wants more

A cover band known for entertaining the drunken masses searches for its chance to break out of the bar scene.

Real Estate

Searching for a pet-free rental -- it’s a jungle out there

Searching for a pet-free rental -- it’s a jungle out there

Check with management companies on their policies and consider renting a single-family house.

Sports

Observations from Day 8

Observations from Day 8

REDSKINS BLOG | Things kicked up another notch at Redskins training camp a day after a low-key practice on Wednesday. Today, the shoulder pads were back on, so that meant more contact, and more of a spirited atmosphere.

Technology

Why did all these countries start asking for Twitter’s user data?

Why did all these countries start asking for Twitter’s user data?

Twitter’s transparency report reveals that a growing number of countries want access to user information for the first time. What explains the spread?

Business

What that $34 overdraft fee is really costing you

What that $34 overdraft fee is really costing you

WONKBLOG | CFPB said overdrafts continue to impose heavy costs on consumers who have low account balances.

Discussions

Ask Tom: Bad service? Bad food? Ask for the manager.

Ask Tom: Bad service? Bad food? Ask for the manager.

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Tom Sietsema took questions, rants and raves on D.C. dining.

Diversions