Trump’s directives spark confusion for state officials, businesses

His executive actions were aimed at offering new jobless benefits, protecting renters and postponing the payment of a federal tax. But an array of economists and lawmakers faulted them as unworkable or legally questionable.

Trump’s routine after failing to cut deals with Congress: Signing legally dubious executive actions

He has frequently relied on showmanship and pageantry to try to turn negotiating failures into victories.

U.S. virus infections surpass 5 million

The 5 million mark comes just 17 days after the U.S. total exceeded 4 million.
A teacher at Freedom Preparatory Academy in Provo, Utah, prepares to set up her classroom to accommodate new rules on social distancing. (Getty Images)
A teacher at Freedom Preparatory Academy in Provo, Utah, prepares to set up her classroom to accommodate new rules on social distancing. (Getty Images)

Chaos coast to coast as plans change and a school year like no other launches

Teachers are threatening strikes, and students are already coming home infected with the coronavirus, which has upended American education. The 2020-21 school year has dawned and it’s more chaotic than any before it.

Protesters set fire to police union headquarters in Portland

The latest violence came days after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler lashed out at protesters who barricaded exits to a police precinct and started a fire that “was intended to cause serious injury or death."

Change to census deadline could result in undercount of Latino and Black communities

The count dictates the allocation of federal dollars and influences everything from infrastructure to education to public health-care spending.
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Trump moves to use human rights as a cudgel against China amid growing tensions

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Protests erupted in Minsk and other cities as claims that longtime President Alexander Lukashenko won 82 percent of the vote drew skepticism. The campaign was marked by government abuses.
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Satellite image of Beirut. (The Post)

How the Beirut blast compared with similar explosions in Texas, China and France

Ammonium nitrate, used in both fertilizer and bombmaking, has previously ignited in deadly incidents. But the Beirut blast was so destructive because of the sheer amount of the chemical and the proximity of the explosion site to a densely populated area.

As U.S. expels migrants under emergency measures, they return, again and again

Emergency pandemic measures that rapidly expel most migrants who are arrested at the border have had the unintended consequence of a soaring rate of repeat crossings.

5.1-magnitude earthquake strikes North Carolina, is felt hundreds of miles away

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After many shared spaces had to close, property managers organized online happy hours, trivia contests and classes. (Getty Images/iStock)

Pandemic accelerates trends that are likely to change the way apartments and condos are designed

As apartment and condo buildings struggle to to keep residents safe and connected, one Maryland developer says office space and outdoor areas are more important that ever.
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The details on payroll taxes, enhanced unemployment benefits and eviction bans are not as generous as President Trump made them sound.

For many unemployed Americans, the only real certainty is uncertainty

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The Henrys of Cedar Hill, Tex., are one of many young families who are trying to join forces — and quarantine bubbles. (Ralph Lauer for The Post)

In 2020, back-to-school shopping means frantically searching for other families to ‘bubble up’ with

As fall approaches, young parents see if strangers want to band together against the chaos.
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The grounds crew at Nationals Park struggled to unfurl the tarp, leading to the suspension of Sunday’s game. (John McDonnell/The Post)

Thanks to a stubborn tarp, a weird Nationals season gets even weirder

Sunday’s game against the Orioles was suspended after the field wasn’t covered properly during a rain delay.

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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Do you dare? Useful secrets for home-schooling just this one awful year.

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Renovations take place at the park in Franklin Square. (Matt McClain/The Post)
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.

‘Dangerous, degrading and dehumanizing:’ Prosecutors say men lured vulnerable teens and women into sex work on D.C. streets

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“Material (SG) I” by Yinka Shonibare is at 1701 14th Street NW in Washington. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The Post)

Six outdoor sculptures you might walk by without realizing they’re by famous artists

Should we replace all problematic statues with modern art? These public artworks almost make the case.
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(Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Carolyn Robb for The Post)

Grilled Indian yogurt sandwiches offer a cooling crunch and creaminess in each bite

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