Postal Service tells 46 states that mail-in ballots may not arrive in time to be counted

An election worker with ballots that were mailed in or dropped off at collection boxes earlier this month in Renton, Wash. (AP)
An election worker with ballots that were mailed in or dropped off at collection boxes earlier this month in Renton, Wash. (AP)
The warnings point to a grim possibility: Even if people voting by mail follow all the election rules, the pace of delivery may disqualify their votes.

Discontent with McCarthy rises as GOP considers post-Trump world

A few House Republicans are discussing whether someone should challenge Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), a top Trump ally, for minority leader.
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Somehow, the president keeps misreading the politics of the pandemic

Americans support stronger efforts to control the outbreak — and see Joe Biden as better able to handle it.

U.S. will prepare virus strain for potential human challenge trials

Getting ready for human challenge trials — ethically fraught experiments in which people are vaccinated and intentionally exposed to the virus — will take months.

Researchers found a way to clean N95 masks — in a common electric cooker

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that an appliance such as a rice cooker or Instant Pot can thoroughly disinfect an N95 without degrading it.

Nursing homes in the Sun Belt had months to prepare for rising virus cases. They still weren’t ready.

The Northeast this spring provided lessons on preventing nursing home infection, but the South and Southwest have been slow to pick up on them.
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Trump, Biden and race: A history

Two men shaped by an earlier era are vying to lead the United States through a time of reckoning.

Trump, Biden tout experience to police chiefs, but president skips some questions

The International Association of Chiefs of Police asked specific questions on reform and funding proposals.
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Top DHS officials aren’t legally eligible for their roles, GAO finds

Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf and his deputy, Ken Cuccinelli, are serving under an "invalid order of succession," the Government Accountability Office found.
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The roof and back half of the building is exposed at Camden Amusement in northwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, following damaging winds Monday. (Liz Martin/The Gazette via AP)

Cedar Rapids and nearby Iowa communities, still in shambles days after destructive derecho, plead for help

Dispatches from Cedar Rapids reveal a disaster zone, with damage to most homes and businesses, some severe, trees down everywhere, roads blocked and hospitals overrun.
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Volunteer Mike Williams waits for voters at a Baltimore polling station on April 28. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Post)

The pandemic has reshaped Trump’s prospects for reelection

No election in history has played out against the backdrop of a pandemic, a major recession and a racial reckoning. Even more than ever, it is largely about the incumbent.
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Two couples’ wedding photos captured Beirut’s devastation. Both brides wondered if the other survived.

One bride, a doctor, rushed to tend to the wounded in her white wedding dress.

From self-exile, Belarus opposition leader calls for protests to reach ‘every city’

The video from Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who fled to Lithuania, came amid E.U. talks on possible steps against Belarus’s authoritarian ruler, who was recently reelected in a contest widely criticized as rigged.
Three women cross the Rio Grande toward Eagle Pass from Piedras Negras, Mexico in April 2019. (Sergio Flores for The Post)
Three women cross the Rio Grande toward Eagle Pass from Piedras Negras, Mexico in April 2019. (Sergio Flores for The Post)

Trump administration now wants floating wall to seal off waterways along Mexico border

As the United States builds a $15 billion border wall, it is exploring adding a “Buoy Barrier System” to block river and sea crossings.

Lawmakers, State Dept. trade allegations and demands over last year’s emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia

House Democrats want R. Clarke Cooper, the assistant secretary for political-military affairs, to explain what they say was his “inaccurate” testimony on how the emergency came about.

CDC asks 4 states and a city to draft coronavirus vaccine distribution plans

The discussions with states offer some of the first details of the federal government’s plans at a time when information shared by the administration has been limited and often confusing.

Retail sales inched up in July as Americans loaded up on electronics

Families preparing for a virtual school year powered sales of laptops, webcams, headphones and other electronics by 23 percent.

Google ends direct cooperation with Hong Kong on data requests

The move comes in the wake of Beijing’s imposition of a broad national security law that targets vaguely defined crimes including subversion of state power, collusion with foreign powers, secession and terrorism.
 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Reuters)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Reuters)

Pompeo presses his campaign against Chinese telecom companies during trip to Eastern Europe

During a stop in Slovenia, the secretary of state signed a joint statement with Foreign Minister Anze Logar to “exclude untrusted vendors” from high-speed wireless networks.
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The NBA’s playoff picture was clear entering the bubble. Now it’s complicated.

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Sam Freeman left his latest appearance this past Wednesday after suffering a mass flexor strain in his left elbow. He's now on the 10-day injured list. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Sam Freeman left his latest appearance this past Wednesday after suffering a mass flexor strain in his left elbow. He's now on the 10-day injured list. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Pitcher injuries are piling up, raising a new concern for teams early in MLB’s delayed season

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NCAA pulls plug on all Division I fall championships except for top-tier football

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Virginia House Democrats roll out plans for budget, criminal justice overhaul

The General Assembly will return to Richmond on Tuesday just months after newly empowered Democrats pulled off a raft of legislative wins in the regular session.

Montgomery County pauses testing at county sites pending review of private lab

County officials have decided to close all county-run testing sites over potential issues with testing by Rockville-based AdvaGenix.
The Bullis School occupies a lush 102-acre campus in Potomac, Md. (Bill O'Leary/The Post)
The Bullis School occupies a lush 102-acre campus in Potomac, Md. (Bill O'Leary/The Post)

The head of Potomac’s Bullis School was celebrated. But his exit was messier than it appeared.

Amid by claims of misspending and conflicts of interest, the board of the elite private school voted it had cause to terminate head of school Gerald Boarman, but let him finish his term.

D.C. police detain protesters in Adams Morgan area

The group of protesters had been marching for about two hours through Northwest Washington.
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Nyja Huston in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. (Washington Post illustration; Activision)
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‘Tony Hawk’ warehouse demo delivers a ‘nuclear bomb of nostalgia’ in 2 minutes

Like Mario games, it's an all-time 3D classic.
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From left, Courtney B. Vance as George, Jonathan Majors as Tic and Jurnee Smollett as Leti in “Lovecraft Country.” (Eli Joshua Ade/HBO)
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The lack of ingredient transparency on bottle labels leaves wines vulnerable to assertions of health claims and marketing of “clean” wines. (Getty Images)
The lack of ingredient transparency on bottle labels leaves wines vulnerable to assertions of health claims and marketing of “clean” wines. (Getty Images)
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(iStock/Washington Post illustration)

Money can buy social distance. But where does that leave budget travelers?

From isolated villas to private jets, the wealthy have found ways to travel during a pandemic. But for backpackers and hostel enthusiasts, it’s not as simple.
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