GOP eyes narrowing second round of $1,200 stimulus payments

Republican leaders discussed lowering the income threshold for people who would receive money.

Trump administration’s approach to testing is chaotic, states say

Labs and state officials said they were unsure who in the federal government to contact about supply issues.
“We talked about it like we were at war.”
— Maria Maraver, Madrid, in March
“I think I have gained something.”
— Karen Yip, Hong Kong, in June
“My mom is actually facing a lot of challenges, being that my mom is HIV positive.”
— Daniel Mita, Nairobi, in May
“I got paranoid.”
— Tamas Bodi, Budapest, in March
“This disease has destroyed everything. Not just our lives, but also the future of our children.”
— Anar Singh, Mohammadpur, India, in June
“Without income, how am I going to feed six people?”
— Rafaela Machado, Rio de Janeiro, in March
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Six months, six countries, six families — and one unrelenting, unforgiving epidemic

In far-flung corners of the planet, six families, like millions of others, would struggle to ride out the wave of the pandemic as it crested and then receded and then threatened to rise again. This account, detailed in dozens of interviews over several months, is their story — and the world’s.

Study results suggest pregnant women may be able to transmit coronavirus to babies

In a preliminary study, Italian researchers found the virus in umbilical cord blood, breast milk and elsewhere among a small sample of women who had the infection.
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Missing 'Glee' actress Naya Rivera presumed dead at 33
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Stories You’ll Want to Hear

Will we ever see Trump’s taxes?

The Supreme Court has ruled that a New York prosecutor can subpoena Trump’s tax records. Plus, how a nursing home administered a cocktail of unapproved drugs to its residents. And a music critic ventures out to hear live music.
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Biden offers $700 billion economic plan that contrasts with Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, proposed spending on American products and research, offering his own brand of economic nationalism to compete with President Trump’s and setting the stage for an election-year showdown over the economy.

Seoul mayor found dead amid harassment claim, police say

Park Won-soon was found dead on Friday after his secretary accused him of sexual harassment earlier in the week, police said. They said there was no sign of foul play in his death.

Michael Cohen taken back into federal custody

The Bureau of Prisons said in a statement that the president’s former personal lawyer had “refused the conditions of his home confinement.” He was spotted outside a Manhattan restaurant last week.
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Analysis

Trump’s campaign increasingly can’t escape pandemic

A surge in Tulsa. A surge in Jacksonville. The pandemic is spreading, whether the president wants to admit it or not.
In 2016, the Republican National Convention was held in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Post)
In 2016, the Republican National Convention was held in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Post)

Republicans look into holding their convention outdoors

As coronavirus cases soar in Jacksonville, Fla., Republicans explore holding their national convention in an outdoor arena.

Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty, invites migrants from city

China warned of retaliation after the U.S. ally offered refuge and a path to residency for Hong Kongers.
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Tearful WHO director pleads for global unity to fight the virus following U.S. pullout

The true enemy is not the novel coronavirus itself, but “the lack of leadership and solidarity at the global level and national levels,” said World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Judge wants Flynn case revived, with review of Justice Dept. dismissal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will decide whether to revisit U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s plan to examine whether the federal government’s move to undo former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea is in the public interest.

Justice Dept. says Stone should go to prison Tuesday

An appeals court is reviewing Roger Stone’s request for a two-month extension to Sept. 3.
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Destructive ‘drill bit’ tornado carves deadly path in Minnesota

Storms chasers captured shocking close-up footage of the twister, which flattened farmsteads.

Dow drops more than 300 points as new cases of covid-19 increase

Walgreens, which disclosed sharp declines in overseas revenue, was one of the biggest drags on the Dow Jones industrial average. But most of the giant tech companies were up slightly in midday trading.

Another 1.3 million people applied for new jobless benefits last week

The weekly number of Americans applying for unemployment insurance has remained above 1 million for 16 weeks.
A Sur La Table store in June 2018, in Dublin, Calif. (iStock)
A Sur La Table store in June 2018, in Dublin, Calif. (iStock)

Sur La Table files for bankruptcy, will close dozens of stores

The Seattle-based kitchenware company, popular for its in-store cooking classes, is looking for new owner.

Big Ten moves all fall sports, including football, to conference-only schedules

The league becomes the first Power Five conference to make such a move, saying it allows for “the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season.”

Take it from the Wizards: Redskins name change won’t make everyone happy

A former Washington Bullets executive says fans would have warmed to the new name sooner if the Wizards had enjoyed more on-court success.
Gabriel Granados of Hillcrest High School in Dallas throws during a 2018 practice. (Andy Jacobsohn for The Post)
Gabriel Granados of Hillcrest High School in Dallas throws during a 2018 practice. (Andy Jacobsohn for The Post)

Texas high school football in doubt after Dallas schools leader’s comments

“That’s a true contact sport, I don’t see how we can pull that off,” the Dallas Independent School District superintendent told MSNBC Thursday.

Anne Arundel issues region’s strictest mask mandate as area sees four-day increase in cases

Other key metrics, however, are holding steady or continuing to trend downward — but local officials still urged caution among residents as restrictions are lifted.

Montgomery’s Elrich unveils $66 million in budget cuts, including trims to police, mass transit

The proposal, which must be approved by the county council, comes ahead of projected revenue losses caused by the pandemic.
Elliot Kaye hugs his son, Noah, in March. (Astrid Riecken For The Post)
Elliot Kaye hugs his son, Noah, in March. (Astrid Riecken For The Post)
Perspective

He was finally ready to ask for help. Then the pandemic hit.

Elliot Kaye’s inherited kidney disease had advanced to the point that he needed a new kidney from a donor — and the timing for that request couldn’t have been worse. Now he’s fighting for his life, knowing his sons may face the same battle.
MoMA Ready, the producer at the center of the techno compilation album “HOA010.” (Guarionex Rodriguez Jr.)
MoMA Ready, the producer at the center of the techno compilation album “HOA010.” (Guarionex Rodriguez Jr.)
Review

A new generation of black artists are reclaiming the roots of techno music

How the HAUS of ALTR label is fighting “white supremacy in electronic music.”
From left, Erika Alexander, Queen Latifah, Kim Fields and Kim Coles on an episode of “Living Single,” which ran from 1993 through 1998. (Everett Collection)
From left, Erika Alexander, Queen Latifah, Kim Fields and Kim Coles on an episode of “Living Single,” which ran from 1993 through 1998. (Everett Collection)
Analysis

Why did it take so long for black sitcoms like ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and ‘Living Single’ to stream?

Shows such as “Martin” and “Moesha” are hardly the only classic black sitcoms gathering dust instead of collecting checks from Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max and others.

Unpacking the controversy around the erotic thriller ‘365 Days’

Critics of the popular film, available to stream on Netflix, have said it glamorizes rape and sex trafficking.
Coronavirus cake baked by Classy Girl Cupcakes in Wisconsin.
Coronavirus cake baked by Classy Girl Cupcakes in Wisconsin.

Covid-shaped confections are popping up around the world

People are re-creating the virus in buttercream, fondant and candy.
The Milky Way over the dock at Redfish Lake in the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. (Travis D. Amick)
The Milky Way over the dock at Redfish Lake in the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. (Travis D. Amick)

At the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, socially distanced stargazing

This remote 1,416-square-mile territory boasts the clearest skies in the continental United States.
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