Gaza cease-fire unraveling as clashes resume

Less than three hours after a three-day humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, the truce appeared to be collapsing as more fighting erupted.

July 31, 2014 – Gaza City, Gaza Strip: Residence of central Gaza watch as an Israeli air strike destroys an apartment building in their central Gaza City neighborhood in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Some of the attacks on Gaza by the Israeli Defense Force are a very precise and well-planned affair. The owner of the destroyed building was phoned by the Israeli Defense Force and told to evacuate the house because it was going to be attacked. After the building was evacuated the neighborhood watched, as the building was truck with three jet fighter delivered guided bombs, which destroyed the targeted building but left the surrounding buildings standing. (Max Becherer/ Polaris Images for The Washington Post)

Moments before a missile strike in Gaza City

WORLDVIEWS | A missile whooshed overhead before creating a ball of smoke where a home stood.

Eric Cantor suffered a stunning loss in June's primary. (Melina Mara/Post file)

Cantor to vacate House seat early

Departing House majority leader Eric Cantor announced early this morning that he would resign from Congress, effective Aug. 18.

Revolt within GOP quashes border vote

GOP leaders said they would try again today to vote on a bill aimed at coping with a surge of unaccompanied minors at the border.

Local News

New evidence: McDonnell sent witness a photo wearing apparent gifted Rolex

New evidence: McDonnell sent witness a photo wearing apparent gifted Rolex<br>

It could shatter the claim that the then-governor was unaware that Jonnie Williams bought the watch.

Maureen McDonnell’s puppy crush
is a sad act scripted to avoid jail time

Maureen McDonnell’s puppy crush <br>is a sad act scripted to avoid jail time

COLUMN | The prime players in this Virginia corruption case are all manipulators.

There’s a muggy blanket over the region, and the risk of rain returns

There’s a muggy blanket over the region, and the risk of rain returns<br>

WEATHER GANG | We’re facing the chance of showers or storms from today through the weekend.

Virginia GOP official who posted about Muslims denies he offered to resign

Virginia GOP official who posted about Muslims denies he offered to resign

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Is spam a form of free speech?

Is spam a form of free speech?

THE INTERSECT | The filters used on unwanted e-mail can be a model for weeding out Twitter abuse.

Local Columnists

Maureen McDonnell’s puppy crush
is a sad act scripted to avoid jail time

Maureen McDonnell’s puppy crush <br>is a sad act scripted to avoid jail time

COLUMN | COLUMN | The prime players in this Virginia corruption case are all manipulators.

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

The little-known FRED charts that reveal the state of the U.S. economy

The little-known FRED charts that reveal the state of the U.S. economy

A guide to the American economy , in charts picked by experts.

Diversions