Experts fear Ohio governor’s diagnosis may fuel virus doubts

Health experts expressed concern that Gov. Mike DeWine’s apparent false positive — and subsequent negative test result — may become a misleading data point for those who doubt the pandemic’s severity or, in some cases, its very existence.

Hispanic, Black children at higher risk of virus-related hospitalization, CDC finds

The CDC report underscored the relative rarity of children being hospitalized.

With recovery at risk of stalling, workers and businesses are grasping in vain for certainty

People are growing more pessimistic about the nation’s ability to contain the virus, which only digs a deeper hole for the economy.
As enhanced jobless benefits expire, these unemployed Americans wonder how they'll get by. (The Washington Post)

As pandemic relief talks flounder, Trump prepares executive actions

The president signaled he was ready to forge ahead without Congress to try to address lapsed economic relief measures for millions of Americans, but he stopped short of declaring negotiations dead.

Most VA workers see racism against colleagues veterans, survey finds

Nearly 80 percent of Veterans Affairs employees surveyed by their workers union said endemic racism in the agency is a moderate or serious problem, with more than half reporting they have witnessed discrimination against the former military personnel whom the agency serves.

In a summer of racial protests, Alexandria remembers a young lynching victim

Sixteen-year-old Benjamin Thomas was hanged from a lamppost after an unproven allegation of attempted assault. It will be remembered on Saturday, its 121st anniversary.

Should police be in charge of traffic enforcement? In a suburb beset by racial inequities, lawmakers aren’t sure.

Black drivers are more than twice as likely to be stopped by police than White drivers in Montgomery County, Md.
(Anna Rothschild, Brian Monroe/The Washington Post)
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Postal chief overhauls leadership as Democrats press for probe of mail delays

Postal workers say recent policy changes have slowed mail delivery and ensnared ballots in recent primary elections.
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) at the Romney Building, where her office is located, in Lansing, Mich. (Brittany Greeson for The Post)

Gretchen Whitmer met with Biden to discuss vice presidential nomination

The Michigan governor is one of several Democratic women under consideration as Biden nears his decision.
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GOP women warn of eroding support among female voters amid a ‘gender chasm’

President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest are causing women to flee the GOP, female Republican pollsters and members say.
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The mother of one of the missing firefighters walks from her house to a nearby home. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)

They were family and fought Beirut’s fires together — including their last

Moments before the devastating blast, there was a suspicion that something was very wrong.

Abandoned Yemeni oil tanker renews fears of another disastrous explosion

For five years, the FSO Safer has been moored off Yemen with 1.1 million barrels of oil on board. The U.N. has long warned it’s a floating time bomb — or a worse Exxon Valdez.
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A passenger arrives at London's Gatwick Airport last month. The lifted travel advisory doesn’t change the fact that Americans are not allowed into many countries because of rising coronavirus cases in the United States. (AP)
A passenger arrives at London's Gatwick Airport last month. The lifted travel advisory doesn’t change the fact that Americans are not allowed into many countries because of rising coronavirus cases in the United States. (AP)

The State Dept. lifted its blanket international travel advisory. What does that mean for Americans?

Health experts weigh in on what to know about the latest travel advisory news.

Appeals court will reconsider whether Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 plea deal was legal

The question at stake is whether prosecutors broke the law when they concealed from victims a lenient non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, a registered sex offender.
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Montgomery County rescinds ban on private schools reopening this fall

Maryland’s Republican governor was fighting with the state’s most liberal jurisdiction over allowing private schools to teach students in person.

Virginia Supreme Court temporarily halts evictions amid pandemic

Governor Ralph Northam had asked the court to issue the moratorium through Sept. 7.
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A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample at a walk-up covid-19 testing site outside the Arlington Mill Community Center in Arlington, Va. (Photo by The Post)

Virginia sets record for coronavirus infections after backlog caused by technical problem

The Virginia Department of Health blamed the reporting problem on a technical issue in its database.

To defend his voting plan, Md.’s governor accuses a Black county executive of voter suppression. She is not pleased.

Angela Alsobrooks says Hogan’s plan does not protect residents in hard-hit Prince George’s County.
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Joe Biden’s running mate, whoever she is, is about to have to deal with a lot of nonsense. (Reuters)
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Is her tone right? Is she smiling enough? Is she concealing her ambition?
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Geoff Edgers interviews Chelsea Handler. (The Washington Post)

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