At least eight jail officials knew Jeffrey Epstein was not to be left alone in cell

That so many prison officials were aware of the directive has alarmed investigators assessing what appears to be a stunning failure to follow instructions, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Trump’s week: A snub of an ally, a rollback, a divisive comment — and confusion

The events portray a president who changes his mind whenever it suits him, whose statements shift with the moment, and who uses words carelessly and sometimes destructively.
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee drops out of presidential race

The Democrat had argued that addressing climate change should be the top priority when he launched his campaign.
Sargassum on Cancun’s beaches in July.
Sargassum on Cancun’s beaches in July.
Sargassum on Cancun’s beaches in July.
Sargassum on Cancun’s beaches in July.
Sargassum on Cancun’s beaches in July.
Sargassum on Cancun’s beaches in July.
Sargassum on Cancun’s beaches in July.
Sargassum on Cancun’s beaches in July.
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This is the smelly seaweed that turned Cancun’s beaches into a rancid mess

The avalanche of yellow-brown seaweed known as sargassum is becoming an annual event — with increasingly dire consequences for the Caribbean’s environment and economy.

In one unusual Virginia neighborhood, roots stretch to the first Africans in America

Aberdeen Gardens, built through a New Deal grant for working-class black families, is working to preserve its past as the state commemorates the 1619 arrival of the first Africans in the English colony.
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Recent increases in spending have pushed the nation into levels of debt unseen since the end of World War II, the Congressional Budget Office said.
The president ratcheted up his attacks on Jewish Democrats on Wednesday, dismissing an outcry from both sides of the aisle as well as Jewish organizations.
Prosecutors were adamant that all evidence pointed to Swearingen as the killer of a 19-year-old woman in 1998. Before his death, Swearingen told The Post: “Today the state of Texas murdered an innocent man.”
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Leaders and members of unions have complained to candidates that a single-payer plan would offer weaker coverage than they have negotiated under the current system.
In a firmly worded decision, a judge ruled that “gratuitous” display of the Old Flag amounted to hate speech, racial discrimination and harassment.
If you’re leaving from Newark, George Bush Intercontinental in Houston or Miami’s international airport, bad news.
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Special Report

Hate-crime reports have soared in D.C. Prosecutions have plummeted.

Ashly Taylor was shot for being a lesbian. Then she watched as the hatred that fueled the attack was ignored in court.
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The real reason you should stop eating lunch at your desk

The Internet is not your friend. So don’t spend time with it during the midday feast.
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The Post's theater critic reviews Elizabeth Warren's campaign performance
The Post's theater critic reviews Elizabeth Warren's campaign performance
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