Supreme Court says presidential electors can be required to back their states’ popular-vote winner

Colorado and Washington state officials had asked the court to settle the matter in case the November election is so close that a small number of what are sometimes called “faithless electors” could determine the result.

Trump, Biden campaigns shift focus to coronavirus

The former vice president is seizing on his opponent’s stumbling response to the crisis, while the the president's campaign seeks ways to reframe the issue.

Evictions likely to skyrocket, with black renters hit hard

In more than half the country, local courts are reopening and beginning to process a backlog of eviction cases, sparking what economists and housing advocates say could be a historic surge in homelessness.

Treasury, SBA data show small-business loans went to private-equity backed chains, members of Congress

After initially refusing to do so, the federal government released records on small business loans that it claims supported 51 million jobs.
A beach on Prince Edward Island, which has opened travel to three other Canadian provinces. (Tristan Spinski for The Post)
A beach on Prince Edward Island, which has opened travel to three other Canadian provinces. (Tristan Spinski for The Post)

Canada’s smallest province kept the rest of the country away. Now outsiders are returning.

After going months without a trace of the virus, Prince Edward Island, home to around 157,000 people, is testing the waters of a cautious reopening, even as some countries rethink their leniency on internal travel.

Black female voters say they want what they’re owed: Power

Black Women's Roundtable convener Melanie Campbell hosted the 9th Annual Women of Power summit in D.C. in March.(The Washington Post)
Headed into November, several black female voters, organizers and activists say this could be the year they are finally valued — not just for their output, but for their input.

Profiling debate rages after British sprinter Bianca Williams is handcuffed by police

Williams said her family was targeted because they are black and were in a Mercedes.

Trump says NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace should apologize for noose ‘hoax’

The tweet was the latest in a string of racially tinged overtures Trump has made to his political base.

Demand for anti-racist literature is up. These black bookstore owners hope it lasts.

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Washington is flying blind as it tries to craft the next coronavirus rescue bill

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"Social Distancing in The Mission" by Jennifer M. Potter, 45, in San Francisco.

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Trump is running a negative campaign. For his own reelection.

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Antiabortion protesters gather outside the Supreme Court. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
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Trump’s defeats at the Supreme Court could help shore up his support from evangelicals

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Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter halt review of Hong Kong requests for data

The social media giants said they would pause reviewing such requests from Hong Kong until they had reviewed the new national security law imposed by the Chinese government.

China detains Xu Zhangrun, leading critic of President Xi

The professor’s arrest comes at a time when the Communist Party is forcefully reasserting itself domestically as well as globally.
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Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov gives an address in Russia in 2016. (Musa Sadulayev/AP)

Chechen exiles are being hunted down. Often, the trail leads back to Russia.

A blogger gunned down Saturday in Austria was the latest victim. Russia denied charges of involvement in the wave of killings.

Judge orders shutdown of Dakota Access pipeline, citing environmental risks

A federal judge said officials failed to make a complete analysis of the pipeline's environmental impacts. The decision marks the second setback for President Trump's infrastructure push in two days.
For three months, Christmas City Spirits stopped production of drinkable alcohol and made 'Corona Bullet' hand sanitizer. Members of the group pose with the solution at the company's industrial park still. (Photo courtesy of Brett Biggs)
For three months, Christmas City Spirits stopped production of drinkable alcohol and made 'Corona Bullet' hand sanitizer. Members of the group pose with the solution at the company's industrial park still. (Photo courtesy of Brett Biggs)

Drawing on Grandma’s lessons from 1918, a distillery donated 800 gallons of hand sanitizer

When the pandemic began, Christmas City Spirits in Bethlehem, Pa., stopped its alcohol production and instead made hand sanitizer, which it donated to essential workers.
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An Uber Eats worker makes a delivery May 1 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Uber acquires Postmates, expanding the food delivery business that has surged during pandemic

The $2.65 billion all-stock deal continues Uber’s aggressive push into food delivery.

Firms are hiring their own epidemiologists to deal with the pandemic

In a sign of how complicated navigating the coronavirus outbreak has become, brands are rushing to hire scientists to help guide their reopening and reassure a nervous public.
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An undated photo released on July 3 by the International Triathlon Union shows South Korean triathlete Choi Suk-hyeon competing at an undisclosed location. (International Triathlon Union/AFP/Getty Images)

Death of triathlete Choi Suk-hyeon sparks a reckoning in South Korea

The young athlete allegedly had endured what she and others claimed was physical and verbal abuse from coaching staff.

Va. reports no daily virus deaths as region sees smallest case increase since April

The District, meanwhile, lost ground in a key metric after identifying a weeks-old spike in cases.

Montgomery restaurant says employees won’t wear face masks, violating regulations

The Grille at Flower Hill said it had been visited by health authorities following a complaint that its employees were not wearing face masks — a violation of both state and local health regulations.

Overwhelmed nursing homes kept taking new patients. Some got sick and died.

Nurses at Potomac Valley in Rockville pleaded with administrators to stop admissions, employees say.
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Dr. Paul Aguillon examines a poultry plant worker at his Georgetown office. (Michael E. Miller/The Post)

‘Are you ready to go back?’ After covid-19, a poultry worker fears a return to work.

Many of his co-workers at Perdue Farms in Georgetown, Del., had become ill. One friend died.
Helicopters fly over President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at an Independence Day celebration Friday at Mount Rushmore. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
Helicopters fly over President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at an Independence Day celebration Friday at Mount Rushmore. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
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Ennio Morricone in 2016. (Getty Images)
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Ennio Morricone wrote the perfect soundtrack for a time when we miss movies more than ever

The composer, who died Monday, left a powerful legacy, including the score for “Cinema Paradiso,” with an intro that moves us to tears.
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Kellee Edwards became the first black woman to host a series for the Travel Channel with her show “Mysterious Islands.” (Courtesy of Kellee Edwards)

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