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.

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.

How Ted Cruz helped kill
Boehner’s immigration bill

How Ted Cruz helped kill <br>Boehner’s immigration bill

A meeting with the senator emboldened House conservatives.

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 denies he offered to quit

GOP official who questioned Muslims’ contributions denies he offered to quit

Two Va. party officials say Treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds offered to resign, but he told a blog he didn’t.

In battle over Corcoran’s fate, plot thickens with U-Md. bailout proposal

In battle over Corcoran’s fate, plot thickens with U-Md. bailout proposal

The university’s president told a court he could give a budget to meet the gallery’s needs within six weeks.

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.

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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Senate sends Obama bills to aid VA, extend transportation funding

Senate sends Obama bills to aid VA, extend transportation funding

Before a recess, Congress passed two bills, including a $16 billion injection into the veterans agency.

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.

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

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

‘The Seagull,’ now a mere ‘Bird’ at Woolly Mammoth

‘The Seagull,’ now a mere ‘Bird’ at Woolly Mammoth

Woolly Mammoth Theatre offers a return engagement of a modern riff on Chekhov’s “The Seagull.”

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

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.

Diversions