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.

Witness: Gifts to McDonnells ‘because they’re helping me’

Jonnie Williams testified that he hoped a relationship with the couple would help promote a product from his company.

CIA admits to improper search of Senate computers

Employees improperly searched systems used by staff to review interrogation files.

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

GOP official who questioned Muslims’ contributions said to offer resignation

GOP official who questioned Muslims’ contributions said to offer resignation

Bob FitzSimmonds, the treasurer of Virginia’s Republican Party, stirred controversy with a Facebook post.

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.

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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.

Do you have kids? And would you like to live longer? Send them to college.

Do you have kids? And would you like to live longer? Send them to college.

WONKBLOG | The more schooling a child has, the longer the parents’ life span, research finds.

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

A comprehensive guide to YouTube’s dumbest, most dangerous teen trends

A comprehensive guide to YouTube’s dumbest, most dangerous teen trends

THE INTERSECT | The so-called “fire challenge” is only the latest. Don’t try these at home.

Arts

Star witness for foes of Corcoran breakup entertains court

Star witness for foes of Corcoran breakup entertains court

Philanthropist Wayne Reynolds said he could close the gallery’s budget deficit with one dinner party.

Federal Government

Inspector general warns against nonprofit’s gag provisions

More than half of IRD’s separation agreements contain clauses that violate federal whistleblower laws.

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.

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