With a deal on pandemic relief elusive, Trump threatens to act alone

The president said he would take executive action to extend an eviction moratorium, suspend collection of the payroll tax and boost unemployment aid unless a deal can be reached quickly with congressional Democrats.

White House calls Arizona a success story as state resets after huge spike in cases

President Trump praised a drop in infections and deaths in a state that was one of the first to reopen in May, leading to one of the nation's worst surges in the virus.
Aimee Rodriguez Webb, a teacher for the Cobb County School District in Georgia, works in the virtual classroom she has set up at her home. (AP)
Aimee Rodriguez Webb, a teacher for the Cobb County School District in Georgia, works in the virtual classroom she has set up at her home. (AP)

America is about to start online learning, Round 2. For millions of students, it won’t be any better.

School officials nationwide, caught up in the reopening debate, had little time to prepare for online learning.

Federal officers may be leaving Portland, but charges will linger for many

Repercussions for protesters have persisted in the form of federal charges, including assaulting a federal officer, arson, damaging federal property and operating a drone in a restricted area.

LeBron James says NBA community doesn’t care whether Trump is watching

Responding to the president's claim of turning off games when players kneel for the national anthem, James said “the game will go on without his eyes on it.”
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On anniversary of bombing, Hiroshima mayor issues a warning

The mayor warned about the rise of “self-centered nationalism” and appealed for greater international cooperation to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Past, Rediscovered

The U.S. hid Hiroshima’s human suffering. Then John Hersey went to Japan.

Hersey rewrote history and changed American journalism when he published a 30,000-word story in The New Yorker magazine chronicling what the atomic bomb did to six victims.
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After the blast: Satellite images show destruction in Beirut

Shock turns to anger as Beirut assesses damage inflicted by massive explosion

Lebanese are asking why officials allowed tons of explosive chemicals to be stored at the city’s port for years.
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President Trump speaks during a briefing on Wednesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)

Legal scholars dispute Trump’s claim to power ‘nobody thought the president had’

President Trump has asserted that with the stroke of a pen he can break through gridlock on immigration and health care and the stalemate on a coronavirus relief package.

Democrats demand Postal Service reverse rules that have slowed delivery of absentee ballots

Democrats said the changes are necessary to striking a deal on a broader relief bill that may also include new unemployment benefits and a payroll tax cut.
Volunteers gather aid supplies on Wednesday to be distributed for those affected by Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area. (Reuters)
Volunteers gather aid supplies on Wednesday to be distributed for those affected by Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area. (Reuters)

After Beirut blasts, international aid and rescue workers pour into city

Losses from the explosion may total up to $5 billion, Beirut governor Marwan Abboud said, a sum that Lebanon, already in the throes of financial disaster, is ill-equipped to absorb.

‘I have no idea how I’m not dead’: A Post correspondent recalls doomful night in Beirut

When blasts tore through Beirut on Tuesday, a Post correspondent scrambled to find her friends and reach safety.

Jamaican school now says 7-year-old girl with dreadlocks may attend

The country’s supreme court had ruled that the school could bar the child for her hair. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said his government will update the law.
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Supreme Court sees approval rating rise after consequential term

Roughly equal majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents approve of the high court.
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Journalist, novelist and tabloid poet of New York dies at 85

Hamill captured life in the city with his gritty but lyrical columns for the Daily News, Post and other New York papers.
Jennie Summers with her three children in Maryville, Tenn. (Wade Payne for The Post)
Jennie Summers with her three children in Maryville, Tenn. (Wade Payne for The Post)

A Tennessee school district reopens amid pressure and pandemic fears

The success or failure of Tennessee’s Blount County school district’s reopening — as well as early attempts by other school districts — will be watched closely by many of the country’s 13,500 other school districts.
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GOP senators join call to extend airline bailout program

Sixteen Senate Republicans said they support extending a program designed to prevent layoffs in the airline industry during the pandemic.

Democrats introduce bill to add new mission to the Federal Reserve: Ending racial inequality

It would be the first major change to the Fed’s mandate since 1977 and would significantly alter the central bank’s focus.
Gold prices have been surging since late 2018 and have climbed nearly 35 percent in 2020. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)
Gold prices have been surging since late 2018 and have climbed nearly 35 percent in 2020. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

5 reasons gold prices are soaring

The precious metal – which passed the $2,000 mark for the first time this week – has surged 72 percent since the rally began in fall 2018.
Healthcare workers wait for patients to be tested at a walk-in covid-19 testing site earlier this summer in Arlington. (AFP/Getty Images)
Healthcare workers wait for patients to be tested at a walk-in covid-19 testing site earlier this summer in Arlington. (AFP/Getty Images)

Montgomery County doubles down on directive to close private schools, defying Hogan’s order

In Virginia, officials announced a smartphone app to provide notifications of possible coronavirus exposure.

Almost 4 in 10 election-judge jobs in Maryland are vacant. Officials are begging Hogan to change his Election Day plan.

More than 1,000 poll workers in the state have dropped out over the past week, boosting pressure on Gov. Larry Hogan to abandon his plans to open every voting precinct on Nov. 3.

Maryland will manage Purple Line construction if partnership falls through, state officials say

As disputes over cost overruns continue, the firms building the light-rail line say they’re preparing to quit.
The weedy edge of Glover-Archbold Park in NW Washington. (Adrian Higgins/The Post)
The weedy edge of Glover-Archbold Park in NW Washington. (Adrian Higgins/The Post)

Weeds seize any opportunity to spread — and this summer, they’re ferocious

Unless the cycle of spread is halted early, small numbers turn into huge numbers. But many people are blind to these invaders.
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The revealing and disturbing story of America, told through 20 years of reality dating shows

What has watching shows like “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?,” “The Bachelor” and “Flavor of Love” done to our culture?
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(Tom McCorkle for The Post)

Kaiserschmarrn is the most beautiful, delicious mess of a pancake you’ll ever make, and eat

You'll flip for this European specialty topped with lots of confectioners' sugar and roasted plums.
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The new rules for packing a bag during the pandemic

Checked bag vs. carry-on? Health experts weigh in on the best practices for air travel right now.

Union wants vulnerable TSA officers kept home as coronavirus cases surge

The number of TSA employees testing positive is climbing rapidly, topping 1,500, according to figures released Tuesday.
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