House GOP pulls border bill rather than face defeat

Boehner did not have enough votes from his own ranks because virtually all Democrats opposed the legislation.

Republicans deliver another
self-inflicted wound

THE TAKE | Congress’s actions and inactions may be blocking the party’s path to victory in this fall’s midterm elections.

Sen. Cruz denies working
against House border bill

Dismissing talk that he had a role in the GOP stumble, he said, “I’m working hard” to build ties between the chambers.

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 that the humanitarian truce will begin Friday, and both sides are sending delegations to Cairo to try to resolve the conflict that has stretched into its fourth week.

Local News

Witness: McDonnells received gifts
‘because they’re helping me’

Witness: McDonnells received gifts <br>‘because they’re helping me’

Jonnie Williams testified that he hoped the couple would help promote one of his products.

GOP official who questioned Muslims’ contributions said to offer resignation

GOP official who questioned Muslims’ contributions said to offer resignation

But Virginia party treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds told a blog he did not make such an offer.

18-year-old Md. shooting victim may have been target of gang-related attack

18-year-old Md. shooting victim may have been target of gang-related attack

Montgomery police alleged that the 13- and 19-year-old suspects thought the victim spoke to police.

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.

High school suspensions plummet nearly 37 percent in Montgomery

High school suspensions plummet nearly 37 percent in Montgomery

While the gap has narrowed, suspensions of minority students still occur at disproportionate rates.

D.C. students’ proficiency rates
inch up a year after ‘historic’ gains

D.C. students’ proficiency rates <br>inch up a year after ‘historic’ gains

But underneath the slight growth in math and reading on annual tests were some unsettling data points.

Nationals acquire Indians’ infielder Cabrera for prospect Walters

Nationals acquire Indians’ infielder Cabrera for prospect Walters

Washington deals a young player with potential for a veteran capable of replacing Ryan Zimmerman.

More Top Stories

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.

‘I did have something to say to Obama but I didn’t go through with it’

‘I did have something to say to Obama but I didn’t go through with it’

CHECKPOINT | The sister of a fallen soldier was glad to attend a medal ceremony but also struggled with it.

Local Columnists

Here’s Jonnie: Cue the rapt gaze from Maureen McDonnell

Here’s Jonnie: Cue the rapt gaze from Maureen McDonnell

COLUMN | The former first lady’s supposed crush is a sad act to help her and her husband avoid jail time.

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.

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.

Lifestyle

To play the ‘Godfather of Soul,’ Chadwick Boseman finds his funk

To play the ‘Godfather of Soul,’ Chadwick Boseman finds his funk

James Brown biopic “Get on Up” offers a look at the legend’s life of messiness and cacophony.

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.

Federal Government

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

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.

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

Tofu and fish nuggets come to McDonald’s Japan

Tofu and fish nuggets come to McDonald’s Japan

McDonald’s Japan introduced tofu and fish nuggets amid a shortage of chicken products, the result of the Chinese food safety scandal.

Diversions