White House considers unilateral moves amid stalemate with Congress

The administration is holding talks on what it can do to try to address some of the economic fallout from the pandemic if no relief deal is reached with Congress, according to two people aware of the deliberations.
Bus riders make their way through the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco in mid-July. (Melina Mara/The Post)
Bus riders make their way through the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco in mid-July. (Melina Mara/The Post)

San Francisco flattened the curve early. Now, coronavirus cases are surging.

The Bay Area’s progressive residents generally have been inclined to follow the rules. But more than four months after the region put some of the nation’s first shelter-in-place orders in effect, it has become a cautionary tale for government and health officials.

A vaccine won’t change the world right away

The confident depiction by politicians and companies that a vaccine is imminent may give people unrealistic beliefs about how soon the world can return to normal — and may spark resistance to simple strategies to tamp down transmission.

Biden’s delay in choosing running mate worries his allies

The presumptive Democratic nominee has extended his search by as much as two weeks. Even some longtime allies are concerned that the process is pitting women, especially Black women, against one another.

Portland protests calmer after federal agents stand down, but distrust of local police remains

The weekend brought none of the large-scale tear gas and firework-fueled clashes that marked the previous two months of unrest.
Grady County Sheriff Harry Young perches outside a polling location in the small southwest Georgia town of Cairo. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)
Grady County Sheriff Harry Young perches outside a polling location in the small southwest Georgia town of Cairo. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)
Republican candidate Duke Donaldson greets supporters while vying to become the county’s first African American sheriff. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)
Republican candidate Duke Donaldson greets supporters while vying to become the county’s first African American sheriff. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)
At nightfall, as the voting picture becomes clearer, Harry Young studies the board. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)
At nightfall, as the voting picture becomes clearer, Harry Young studies the board. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)

A Southern sheriff seeking another reelection wonders whether his county is ready to elect his Black opponent

The Grady County, Ga., election has become a referendum not just on another four-year term for Harry Young but on all he’s come to represent in a county where the face of law enforcement had always been White and male.
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How America votes is inherently unpredictable. So why do polling?

The Post’s polling team, Scott Clement and Emily Guskin, delve into conducting and interpreting polls during an election season. How exactly can polls be representative of the electorate? And are they predictive of how a country will eventually vote?
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Isaias scrapes Florida, set to unleash heavy rain along East Coast

Flooding from rain and rising seas could affect every coastal state from Florida to Maine.

Microsoft to continue acquisition discussions with TikTok after talking with Trump

The president previously indicated he was not in favor of a deal and said that he planned to ban TikTok in the United States.
The SpaceX capsule carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashed down off the coast of Pensacola, Fla. (NASA)

Astronauts aboard SpaceX capsule splash down in the Gulf of Mexico

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who spent two months on the International Space Station, completed the first crewed launch from U.S. soil since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.
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An Ariz. superintendent on safely reopening schools: ‘It’s a fantasy’

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Kris Kobach, left, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, speaks with supporters in Holton, Kan., last month (AP)
Kris Kobach, left, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, speaks with supporters in Holton, Kan., last month (AP)

Primaries in Kansas, Tennessee trigger GOP family feuds over who would deliver more for Trump

Establishment Republicans fear that a victory for Kris Kobach in Kansas on Tuesday would cost them the seat in November in a state that hasn’t elected a Democratic senator since 1932.

After Anita Hill hearings in 1991, Biden began a long quest to redeem himself with women

Biden, who has vowed to pick a female running mate, has sometimes haltingly responded to the seismic shift toward women’s rights and protection from sexual harassment.

Israel says it thwarted an attack on its northern border with Syria

The altercation took place when Israeli troops spotted a four people placing explosive devices adjacent to a security fence.

Islamic State attack on Afghan prison stretches into its second day

The prison raid is the most sophisticated Islamic State attack in Afghanistan since the group formed there in 2015.
A Chuck E. Cheese restaurant on Jan. 16, 2014, in Newark, Calif. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic. (Getty Images)
A Chuck E. Cheese restaurant on Jan. 16, 2014, in Newark, Calif. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic. (Getty Images)

As chains go bankrupt, suppliers around world find they are lower priority for repayment

Many factories face grim chances of recouping payment for products already shipped.
Voice of America headquarters in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Voice of America headquarters in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

With their visas in limbo, Voice of America journalists worry that they’ll be forced to leave U.S.

Michael Pack, the news organization’s new overseer, has declined to renew their work eligibility, but hasn’t said why.

Retired general appointed to Trump administration in position that won’t require confirmation

Anthony J. Tata had withdrawn from consideration his controversial nomination for undersecretary of defense for policy.

Dogs attacked a handler in a Kaepernick jersey for museum event, sparking Navy probe

The National Navy SEAL Museum, a nonprofit that is not overseen by the Navy, held the event last year, the Navy said.
A shopper wears a mask while passing in front of a Lord & Taylor store in Novi, Mich., on June 5. (Bloomberg)
A shopper wears a mask while passing in front of a Lord & Taylor store in Novi, Mich., on June 5. (Bloomberg)

Lord & Taylor, the oldest U.S. department store chain, files for bankruptcy

The department store chain joins about a dozen iconic retailers that have succumbed to Chapter 11 protection during the pandemic.
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What lies behind Apple’s 4-for-1 stock split

Stock splits might be out of fashion on Wall Street, but they make sense for a company that makes consumer products such as iPhones and laptops, and that wants to give retail investors a financial interest in its success.

Airlines, unions pin hopes for more payroll cash on politics

Unions are gaining support in Congress for another $32 billion in federal aid to protect airline workers from layoffs for another six months.
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D.C. pastor who said not to ‘cower in fear’ tests positive for coronavirus

Health officials have asked scores of parishioners and staff at Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Catholic Church to quarantine for two weeks.

Nonprofits struggle as needs outpace donations, imperiling their survival

The pandemic and recession could force as many as a third of nonprofits to close or merge before the economy recovers, top executives in the sector fear.

Isaias could unload 4-plus inches of rain in D.C. area with threat of ‘significant’ flooding

The National Weather Service has placed the entire region in an elevated risk zone for “excessive rainfall” late Monday through Wednesday morning.

Daughter of RFK seeks family heirloom from ‘Hickory Hill,’ but current owner won’t give it up

Kerry Kennedy says the new owner had promised she could take a planter from the front yard that had been there since John F. Kennedy bought the McLean, Va., house in 1955.
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(Jabin Botsford/The Post)
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All the president’s ‘Suburban Housewives’

Donald Trump’s retrograde appeals to suburban women reveal who he thinks is entitled to the American Dream.
Portrait of Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone at Seven Years of Age, by Jean-Étienne Liotard. (The J. Paul Getty Museum)
Portrait of Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone at Seven Years of Age, by Jean-Étienne Liotard. (The J. Paul Getty Museum)
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This artist showed how to make the color blue sing

Jean-Étienne Liotard brought the medium of pastel to a level of rare perfection with his portrait of a 7-year-old girl.
Vacationers paddle around a rental houseboat on Rainy Lake at Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park. (Explore Minnesota)
Vacationers paddle around a rental houseboat on Rainy Lake at Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park. (Explore Minnesota)

Aboard rented houseboats, vacationers take to the water at a safe distance

A jumping-off point for adventure: Houseboats allow travelers both mobility and privacy.
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