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)

Gazans watch a ritual of destruction

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

Cease-fire faltering between Israel, Hamas

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.

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.

Cloudier and muggier; showers and storms a risk through the weekend

Cloudier and muggier; showers and storms a risk through the weekend

WEATHER GANG | Sunshine might be in short supply over the next few days as shower chances rise.

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.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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