Trump attempts to wrest tax and spending powers from Congress with new executive actions

The measures, which focus on unemployment benefits, eviction protections, student loans and a payroll tax deferral, challenge the boundaries of power that separate the White House and Capitol Hill.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, right, listen as President Trump speaks to reporters on July 29. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, right, listen as President Trump speaks to reporters on July 29. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)

The lost days of summer: How Trump fell short in containing the virus

The administration’s failure to control the pandemic has been driven by dysfunction, according to interviews with 41 senior administration officials and others involved in the response. A politics-first, science-second attitude is pervasive inside the White House as the pandemic rages out of control.

Scientists ask whether the asymptomatic are key to unraveling virus

Researchers are trying to find out why so many infected people show no symptoms — and their efforts are finally beginning to yield results, raising hope for faster development of vaccines and therapies.

Their mail was not delivered for days. Now these Minn. residents worry about their votes counting.

Residents of the Minneapolis complex were still waiting for their absentee ballots to arrive days before Tuesday’s state primary.
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Confluence of events creates a moment for a Georgia pastor to take a Senate seat away from warring Republicans

As senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rev. Raphael Warnock (D) oversaw the nationally televised funeral of John Lewis after his bid to become Georgia’s first Black senator had already begun to find its footing.
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Gender- and race-based criticisms of the presumptive Democratic nominee’s potential running mates have surfaced already.

Oval Office shouting match shaped TikTok’s fate

Trump advisers Steven Mnuchin and Peter Navarro fought bitterly over TikTok as Silicon Valley dealmakers tried to get closer to the president.
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Traffic congestion in Bethesda, Md., during rush hour. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Post)

Climate change is about to make your bad commute worse

Faced with uncertainty about weather extremes in the future, civil engineers designing roads, bridges and tracks can do little but guess. And the wrong guess could be costly and dangerous.
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Congressional candidate faces university probe of sexual impropriety allegations

Alex Morse, mayor of Holyoke, Mass., is accused of inappropriate sexual relationships with students while teaching at the University of Massachusetts.
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Ana Navarro, left, speaks onstage during the 2019 Politicon at Music City Center in Nashville. David Urban, right, speaks during day 2 of Politicon 2019. (Getty Images for Politicon)

How should cable news deal with contributors working with campaigns?

CNN, the Fox News Channel and MSNBC have not previously said publicly what constitutes acceptable political involvement for their paid commentators.

Authoritarian Belarus leader faces toughest election yet, and his opponent is a woman

Belarus election is marred by intimidation, arrests of opposition activists and the jailing of presidential candidates.

Protesters in devastated Beirut turn fury on Lebanon’s leaders

The cry from the streets is for the politicians to stand down and open the way for a new order in Lebanon.
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Soybean fields burn Thursday near Lucas do Rio Verde, Brazil. (AFP/Getty Images)

Last year’s Amazon fires stirred global outrage. This year’s dry season has started out worse.

President Jair Bolsonaro, under pressure in Brazil and beyond, has banned intentional fires and deployed the military. But the right-wing populist has also publicly doubted the severity of the fires.
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Seven East Coast states saw their hottest July on record

The month ranked as the 11th warmest on record overall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Oceanographic cartographer Marie Tharp works on an underwater map. One of her important innovations was creating sketches depicting what the seafloor would look like. (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/Columbia University)
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Marie Tharp’s maps revolutionized our knowledge of the seafloor

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Miami of Ohio quarterback Brett Gabbert during the Mid-American Conference championship game against Central Michigan last December in Detroit. (AP)

Mid-American becomes first conference in NCAA football’s top level to cancel fall sports

The decision affects about 2,500 athletes in football, soccer, cross-country, field hockey and women’s volleyball.

D.C. shelter program may help limit virus’s spread

The city spends millions to place the homeless in hotels to avoid covid-19, but it is struggling to recruit members of another vulnerable population: those living in crowded conditions who could easily spread the virus to their families or roommates.
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Renovations take place at the park in Franklin Square. (Matt McClain/The Post)

For Franklin Square to be saved, much of it and 63 trees will be destroyed

Officials hope the addition of a pavilion, fountain, art exhibit space, children’s play area and public restrooms will transform Franklin Square into a welcoming space that will no longer be just a place to wait for a bus.

As many as 10 shot in Southeast DC incident, police say

Gunfire erupted early Sunday morning at a gathering, police say.
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A masked runner exercises at the Lincoln Memorial. (Matt McClain/The Post)

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“Untitled, San Quentin, California” (1957) by Gordon Parks. (Museum of Modern Art, Family of Man Fund/Gordon Parks Foundation)
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With his camera, Gordon Parks humanized the Black people others saw as simply criminals

A timely new book presents the photographer’s 1957 photo essay on crime in expanded form.
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(The Washington Post illustration/iStock)

Stuck stateside needn’t mean you can’t chat with foreign locals — and improve your language skills

Now can be an opportunity to supercharge your foreign language skills with online tutors. Or at least enjoyably kill time.
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