White House considers unilateral moves amid stalemate with Congress

Negotiations continue on Capitol Hill, but the parties are far apart.

A vaccine won’t change the world right away

The confident depiction by politicians and companies that a vaccine is imminent may give people unrealistic beliefs about how soon the world can return to normal — and may spark resistance to simple strategies to tamp down transmission.
The Bay Area is now seeing rising case numbers throughout the region. (Melina Mara/The Post)
The Bay Area is now seeing rising case numbers throughout the region. (Melina Mara/The Post)

San Francisco flattened the curve early. Now, coronavirus cases are surging.

The Bay Area’s progressive residents generally have been inclined to follow the rules. But more than four months after the region put some of the nation’s first shelter-in-place orders in effect, it has become a cautionary tale for government and health officials.

Biden’s delay in choosing running mate worries his allies

Longtime allies are concerned the process is pitting women, especially Black women, against one another.
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Grady County Sheriff Harry Young perches outside a polling location in the small southwest Georgia town of Cairo. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)
Grady County Sheriff Harry Young perches outside a polling location in the small southwest Georgia town of Cairo. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)
Republican candidate Duke Donaldson greets supporters while vying to become the county’s first African American sheriff. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)
Republican candidate Duke Donaldson greets supporters while vying to become the county’s first African American sheriff. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)
At nightfall, as the voting picture becomes clearer, Harry Young studies the board. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)
At nightfall, as the voting picture becomes clearer, Harry Young studies the board. (Mark Wallheiser for The Post)

A Southern sheriff seeking another reelection wonders whether his county is ready to elect his Black opponent

The Grady County, Ga., election has become a referendum not just on another four-year term for Harry Young but on all he’s come to represent in a county where the face of law enforcement had always been White and male.
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How America votes is inherently unpredictable. So why do polling?

The Post’s polling team, Scott Clement and Emily Guskin, delve into conducting and interpreting polls during an election season. How exactly can polls be representative of the electorate? And are they predictive of how a country will eventually vote?
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A Trump sign hangs on a barn in River Falls, Wis. (Caroline Yang for The Post)

Democrats in key states push Biden to be more aggressive in order to defeat Trump

President Trump trails former vice president Joe Biden in almost all key states. Yet to some of Biden’s supporters, Trump’s dominant visibility is a warning sign.

Isaias scrapes Florida, set to unleash heavy rain along East Coast

Flooding from rain and rising seas could affect every coastal state from Florida to Maine.

Microsoft to continue acquisition discussions with TikTok after talking with Trump

The president previously indicated he was not in favor of a deal and said that he planned to ban TikTok in the United States.
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An Ariz. superintendent on safely reopening schools: ‘It’s a fantasy’

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Kris Kobach, left, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, speaks with supporters in Holton, Kan., last month (AP)
Kris Kobach, left, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, speaks with supporters in Holton, Kan., last month (AP)

Primaries in Kansas, Tennessee trigger GOP family feuds over who would deliver more for Trump

Establishment Republicans fear that a victory for Kris Kobach in Kansas on Tuesday would cost them the seat in November in a state that hasn’t elected a Democratic senator since 1932.

After Anita Hill hearings in 1991, Biden began a long quest to redeem himself with women

Biden, who has vowed to pick a female running mate, has sometimes haltingly responded to the seismic shift toward women’s rights and protection from sexual harassment.

Israel says it thwarted an attack in the Golan Heights along the border with Syria

The altercation took place when Israeli troops spotted a four people placing explosive devices adjacent to a security fence.

Islamic State attack on Afghan prison stretches into its second day

The prison raid is the most sophisticated Islamic State attack in Afghanistan since the group formed there in 2015.
Employees of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry disinfect the Djuma Mosque in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s capital, on May 21. (Musa Salgereyev/TASS/Getty Images)
Employees of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry disinfect the Djuma Mosque in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s capital, on May 21. (Musa Salgereyev/TASS/Getty Images)

In remote Dagestan, a covid recount adds to questions on Russia’s overall numbers

Russia boasts of a low mortality rate. But in Dagestan, pneumonia and other causes were not part of pandemic totals.
Voice of America headquarters in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Voice of America headquarters in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

With their visas in limbo, Voice of America journalists worry that they’ll be forced to leave U.S.

Michael Pack, the news organization’s new overseer, has declined to renew their work eligibility, but hasn’t said why.

A defense contractor died after a bar fight with Marines, and some see a crime. Others see an accident and overzealous prosecution.

Service members face manslaughter charges in death of a Special Forces veteran after a brawl in Iraq.

Military dogs attacked a handler in a Kaepernick jersey for museum event, sparking Navy probe

The National Navy SEAL Museum, a nonprofit that is not overseen by the Navy, held the event last year, the Navy said.
A shopper wears a mask while passing in front of a Lord & Taylor store in Novi, Mich., on June 5. (Bloomberg)
A shopper wears a mask while passing in front of a Lord & Taylor store in Novi, Mich., on June 5. (Bloomberg)

Lord & Taylor, the oldest U.S. department store chain, files for bankruptcy

The department store chain joins about a dozen iconic retailers that have succumbed to Chapter 11 protection during the pandemic.
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Your retirement is close. Here’s how to ride the stock market roller coaster.

Despite the ups and downs in the stock market, you still should invest for retirement. Here's some advice to help you feel less fearful.

Airlines, unions pin hopes for more payroll cash on politics

Unions are gaining support in Congress for another $32 billion in federal aid to protect airline workers from layoffs for another six months.
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D.C. pastor who said not to ‘cower in fear’ tests positive for coronavirus

Health officials have asked scores of parishioners and staff at Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Catholic Church to quarantine for two weeks.

Nonprofits struggle as needs outpace donations, imperiling their survival

The pandemic and recession could force as many as a third of nonprofits to close or merge before the economy recovers, top executives in the sector fear.
Model projection showing Isaias at landfall Monday night in the Carolinas. (Earth.nullschool.net)
Model projection showing Isaias at landfall Monday night in the Carolinas. (Earth.nullschool.net)

Isaias to sweep from Carolinas to New England with heavy rains, storm surge and high winds

The storm is predicted to reach the Carolinas this evening and could dump 8 inches or more of rain in some locations. It will sweep into the Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, likely as a tropical storm, and could bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to the D.C. area.

Daughter of RFK seeks family heirloom from ‘Hickory Hill,’ but current owner won’t give it up

Kerry Kennedy says the new owner had promised she could take a planter from the front yard that had been there since John F. Kennedy bought the McLean, Va., house in 1955.
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All the president’s ‘Suburban Housewives’

Donald Trump’s retrograde appeals to suburban women reveal who he thinks is entitled to the American Dream.
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‘The Swamp’ looks at political reform through the eyes of an unlikely hero: Rep. Matt Gaetz

HBO’s new documentary follows three quasi-contrarian House Republicans who bring the idealism but not the change.
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(Washington Post illustration/iStock)

Should asking a stranger to take your photo go the way of the daguerreotype?

The common practice among travelers can be a source of stress — and happiness.
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