E.U. to unleash wave of sanctions against Russia

The European Union overcame months of misgivings about forceful confrontation and agreed to sanctions that have the potential to inflict serious damage on an already listing Russian economy.

In Tennessee, consensus politics makes a last stand

Tea party activists are competing against more than just one sitting senator. They are running against the legacy of the state’s Republican godfather.

Residents voice their concerns. (M.J. Okoniewski for The Post)

‘Are we going to be afraid of children?’

The mayor of Syracuse, N.Y., told Obama she wanted to house undocumented immigrant children. She didn’t expect the reaction.

Local News

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, center, flanked by lawyers Henry W. 'Hank' Asbill, left, and John L. Brownlee, right, heads to the Federal Courthouse in Richmond, Va. for the start of his trial Monday, July 28, 2014. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, James Wallace)

Ex-Va. governor Bob McDonnell enters court on Monday. (AP)

Prosecutor: McDonnell had a
‘duty not to sell . . . his office’

Prosecutors must prove the ex-Virginia governor and his wife performed or promised to perform “official” acts in exchange for largesse.

Working escalators! Bathrooms!
Oh, the smell of a fresh commute.

Working escalators! Bathrooms!<br>Oh, the smell of a fresh commute.

Riders respond with awe and apathy as they take the Silver Line on its first weekday.

Silver Line’s first big day was smooth.
But buses left riders stranded and late.

Silver Line’s first big day was smooth. <br>But buses left riders stranded and late.

Word about the major Fairfax Connector overhaul timed with the opening didn’t get to many riders.

Soccer group of 15,000 players sues Md. schools over use of playing fields

Soccer group of 15,000 players sues Md. schools over use of playing fields

Montgomery Soccer claims the school system’s bid process benefited only “elite clubs.”

D.C. lawyer will become the first woman to lead a major sports union

D.C. lawyer will become the first woman to lead a major sports union <br>

EARLY LEAD | NBA players group president Chris Paul rounded up votes for Michele Roberts.

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Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza, targets family home of Hamas chief

Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza, targets family home of Hamas chief

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuffed calls for a truce and warned of a long fight.

China’s once-powerful ex-domestic security chief is target of probe

China’s once-powerful ex-domestic security chief is target of probe

Zhou Yongkang is the most powerful leader yet targeted by an anti-corruption campaign.

This is the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Here’s why you should worry.

This is the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Here’s why you should worry.

WORLDVIEWS | The highly infectious virus has killed nearly 700 people as it sweeps through Africa.

Politics

Bill revamping VA expected to pass easily, negotiators say

Bill revamping VA expected to pass easily, negotiators say

Top negotiator says House-Senate compromise to fix veterans’ health-care “must go beyond politics.”

Local Columnists

A Marine mom seeks the terrible
details of her son’s death in Iraq

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COLUMN | Amy Wolfe attempts to soothe the gaping wound her son’s death left using dance.

Sports

Gritty Murphy is angling for a role with Redskins

Gritty Murphy is angling for a role with Redskins

Drafted to complement star rushers, the Stanford grad who can rope a steer is standing out at training camp.

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

One good thing may have come out of last year’s shutdown misery: Babies

One good thing may have come out of last year’s shutdown misery: Babies

In D.C.-area maternity wards, some suspect a baby boomlet has to do with government furloughs.

Arts

Ronstadt, Rehm receive arts and humanities medals

Ronstadt, Rehm receive arts and humanities medals

The National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal were awarded Monday at the White House.

Federal Government

The VA bill would make firings easier. Is that a good thing?

FEDERAL EYE | Opponents say the proposal would roll back civil-service protections and discourage talented professionals from joining the VA.

Discussions

Dr. Gridlock: Reports from the Silver Line’s first rush hour

Dr. Gridlock: Reports from the Silver Line’s first rush hour

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Dr. Gridlock collected stories - good and bad - from the Silver Line’s first commute.

Technology

The FTC is expanding the war on bogus cellphone charges

The FTC is expanding the war on bogus cellphone charges

Up to 20 million people a year are affected by “mobile cramming,” according to a federal study. Now the FTC is laying out what wireless carriers should do to stop it.

Business

Amazon adds a YouTube-like “Video Shorts” section that turns video browsing into a shopping opportunity

Amazon adds a YouTube-like “Video Shorts” section that turns video browsing into a shopping opportunity

A new component of Amazon’s Instant Video Web site, called Video Shorts, offers free video browsing and chance to purchase items related to the video clips.

Diversions