Coronavirus cases are surging in Midwest states

The increase is occurring in states with previously low infection rates. Experts also see worrying trends emerging in major Midwest and East Coast cities.
The voices of Americans searching for survival and reinvention amid an economic collapse.

After months of favor, Birx raises Trump’s ire with grim coronavirus assessment

Top White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx previously lost support within swaths of the scientific and medical community for seeming to minimize the virus and to enable the president’s overly rosy view of the pandemic.

Chad Wolf emerges as Trump’s favorite DHS chief

Previously overshadowed at the Department of Homeland Security by more bombastic political appointees, Wolf has become a close Trump ally and the face of the president’s police crackdown on protesters.

Tulsa protesters use race massacre ‘tombstones’ to defend a Black Lives Matter mural

Tulsa officials had ordered the mural’s removal after receiving a request by a pro-police group seeking permission to paint a “Blue Lives Matter” mural on another city street.
A Secret Service vehicle blocks India Johnson’s car after the officer drove his vehicle into it. (Yasmeen Winston)
A Secret Service vehicle blocks India Johnson’s car after the officer drove his vehicle into it. (Yasmeen Winston)

Two Black moms took their kids to play at the National Mall. Secret Service confronted them with guns, they said.

India Johnson and Yasmeen Winston are demanding the agency investigate the encounter at the World War II Memorial and publicly release details of the incident.
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Isaias charges into the Carolinas, poised to sweep up East Coast

The storm made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., on Monday night. Observed wind gusts topped 90 mph in coastal North Carolina southeast of Wilmington.

Prosecutor says Trump’s bid to shield tax returns is a delay campaign

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said in a court filing Monday that the efforts could serve to provide him with the immunity from prosecution that the Supreme Court has rejected.

Trump says Treasury should collect ‘very substantial’ portion of TikTok sale to U.S. firm

It was unclear under what authority President Trump, who has said he wants TikTok to cease U.S. operations if it is not sold to a U.S.-based company, could demand such a payment.
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Trump’s attacks on mail voting prompt alarm over GOP turnout

State and local Republicans across the country fear they are falling dramatically behind in a practice that is expected to be key to voter turnout this year.

Political appointee at USAID is forced out over anti-gay tweets

Merritt Corrigan, the White House liaison since her appointment to the U.S. Agency for International Development in the spring, claimed she had been subjected to “rampant anti-Christian sentiment” at the agency.
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A Miami-Dade County Elections Department employee sorts vote-by-mail ballots for the Aug. 18 primary election in Florida. (AP)

What we don’t know about what to expect on Election Day

We might not know for weeks which presidential candidate won certain states, making real-time coverage on election night particularly fraught.

It’s not just the U.S.: These governments see TikTok as a growing problem

India already banned the platform, and Australia’s government is conducting investigations into the app, according to media reports.
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Richard A. Rodriguez, 45, a retired master sergeant, was killed during a brawl at a sports bar in northern Iraq in the early hours of January 1. (Family photo)

A defense contractor died after a bar fight with Marines in Iraq. Some see an accident and overzealous prosecution.

It is one of several recent incidents that have raised concerns about the conduct of America’s elite combat forces, including an alleged sexual assault by a Navy SEAL in Iraq last summer, cocaine use and the strangulation of a Green Beret soldier in Mali in 2017.

Federal judge whose son was killed urges better protection of personal information

Judge Esther Salas says the “monster” who killed her son easily obtained her address and had a “dossier” on her family.

As Trump’s latest effort for new FBI headquarters falls flat, senator moves parts of the bureau to Alabama

Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) has steered the Redstone Arsenal complex in Huntsville through approvals and secured $1.1 billion in funding.
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NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule spacecraft that landed Sunday. Getty Images)

NASA is on an epic roll. But can it keep the momentum going?

It just launched a rover to Mars and returned astronauts from the space station. But Congress recently said no to its budget request.
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A shopper wears a face mask while passing a Lord & Taylor store in Novi, Mich., in June. (Bloomberg News)

Two more retailers file for bankruptcy: Lord & Taylor and Tailored Brands

Lord & Taylor, the nation’s oldest department store chain, filed for Chapter 11 protection Sunday and said it is searching for a buyer. Hours later, so did Tailored Brands, the parent company of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank.

FAA gives preliminary approval on design fixes for 737 Max

The announcement is the clearest sign yet that the jet could soon be cleared to resume flying.

Congressional leaders urge Trump administration to release funds to U.S. Internet freedom organization

The ranking House and Senate foreign affairs panel chiefs warned that a turf war is pushing anti-censorship programs to the “brink of collapse.”

Cardinals’ covid outbreak grows to 13 positives

Seven St. Louis players and six staff members have tested positive over the past week, prompting MLB to postpone four more games and extend the Cardinals’ shutdown until at least Friday.

Big 12 sets football schedule of nine conference games, one nonconference matchup

The conference is the last of the Power Five to announce its plans for an adjusted 2020 football season.
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Tampa Bay‘s Andrei Vasilevskiy stops a shot from Washington‘s Evgeny Kuznetsov during the overtime shoot-out. (Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

Capitals open round-robin play by salvaging a point in shootout loss to Lightning

The Capitals, playing without John Carlson, were plagued by familiar issues in a loss that could affect their playoff seeding.

Gov. Northam urged to ban evictions during pandemic

Virginia’s governor has asked courts to suspend evictions or delay scheduling them.

Arlington GOP leader doxes neighbors who complain about mask-less businesses

After a Facebook group kicks him out, the same information is posted on Reddit.
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Tropical storm warning zone.

Tropical storm warning for D.C. and Baltimore as Isaias to unleash very heavy rain, strong winds

As Isaias reaches the Carolinas on Monday night, tropical moisture will surge northward through the Washington region, setting the stage for a heavy rain event with areas of significant flooding through Tuesday night.

Is it appropriation when a Black woman does an Irish dance?

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Comedian Laurie Kilmartin's mask reads My mom died from COVID and all I get was this stupid mask.(Peter Bohler for the Post)
Comedian Laurie Kilmartin's mask reads "My mom died from COVID and all I get was this stupid mask."(Peter Bohler for the Post)

When her mom was dying of covid-19, ‘Conan’ writer Laurie Kilmartin turned tragedy into comedy. It’s what she does.

The comedian penned a book about her dad's death, and is performing standup about her mom's. She jokes so that others will take the coronavirus seriously.
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‘The Swamp’ looks at political reform through the eyes of an unlikely hero: Rep. Matt Gaetz

HBO’s new documentary follows three quasi-contrarian House Republicans who bring the idealism but not the change.
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Eggplant can be a love-or-hate proposition. Here’s how to treat it right.

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Should asking a stranger to take your photo go the way of the daguerreotype?

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