Tough questions, 11 finalists and many lawyers: How Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris

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Candidates were asked what they thought Donald Trump would nickname them. It was the opening gantlet of an arduous voyage — a public scrutiny that surfaced old foes or embarrassing quotes in the media, and for the 11 finalists, a deep examination by an individualized panel of lawyers that culminated with Biden himself.

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Rep. lhan Omar speaks during an informational picket about nurses’ safety and benefits outside a Minneapolis hospital in 2019. (Jenn Ackerman for The Post)

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Accounts of port workers suggest that a hazardous mix of materials were stored together inside a warehouse, said the head of search and rescue for the fire crew at the port.
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A new poll spotlights a key reason Biden is the 2020 favorite

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Harris attacked Biden’s health-care plan. Now she must support it.

Presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), fought tooth and nail over Medicare-for-all during the primary race.
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An old cruise ship docked in the port was capsized by the explosion. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
The explosion destroyed grain silos on the waterfront. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
The explosion destroyed grain silos on the waterfront. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
Members of a French search team walk on corn that spilled out of grain silos in the explosion. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
Members of a French search team walk on corn that spilled out of grain silos in the explosion. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)

At Beirut’s shattered port, a crater nearly 50 yards deep and small signs of previous lives

The scene on the Beirut waterfront after the devastating explosion last week looks straight out of “Mad Max,” a tortured landscape washed in sepia, littered with the husks of cars.

Protesters paralyze Bolivia over election delays, threaten escalation

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Former aide ties Mexican ex-president Peña Nieto to millions in bribes

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UNC-Chapel Hill launches the school year in person amid coronavirus crisis

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The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects species including American bald eagles. (Ricky Carioti/The Post)
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects species including American bald eagles. (Ricky Carioti/The Post)

Quoting ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ judge strikes down Trump administration rollback of historic law protecting birds

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Damian Lillard joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to record three 60-point games in the same season when Lillard recorded 61 points in a victory over the Mavericks on Tuesday night. (AP)

Damian Lillard’s 61 points saved Portland’s season — and evoked memories of a lost loved one

The Trail Blazers remained in the playoff mix thanks to Lillard’s career performance and an improbable three-pointer that the all-star guard credited to his cousin, who passed away during the NBA’s hiatus.
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A coronavirus testing location in Leonardtown, Md. (AFP/Getty Images)

Maryland’s average daily caseload drops to lowest level in weeks

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Maryland abandons cash tolls

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Md. judge orders firms to continue building Purple Line amid cost disputes with state

A temporary restraining order requires the companies to stay on the job until at least Sept. 14 as they and the state argue about hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns.

Disgraced W.Va. bishop Michael Bransfield has gone incommunicado, his successor says

More than a year after Pope Francis ordered Bransfield to make personal amends for alleged sexual and financial misconduct, there has been no word about a restitution proposal.
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The stress of the unknown is taking a massive toll on parents

One of many challenges: “Learning to be comfortable with not being comfortable.”
Anthony Anderson as Dre in the 2018 “Blackish” episode “Please, Baby, Please” that never aired on ABC. It was released Tuesday on Hulu. (Ron Tom/ABC)
Anthony Anderson as Dre in the 2018 “Blackish” episode “Please, Baby, Please” that never aired on ABC. It was released Tuesday on Hulu. (Ron Tom/ABC)
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(Photo by Goran Kosanovic for the Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)

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