China wants Trump defeated and Russia is denigrating Biden, top intelligence official says

The statement by William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, identified China, Iran and Russia as countries seeking to influence the 2020 election. But he portrayed Russia as the most active source of interference.

As pandemic relief talks fail, Trump readies orders

White House officials said they will recommend that President Trump move ahead without Congress to try and address unemployment benefits, eviction rules, and student loan relief.

The U.S. economy is on the verge of a ‘lost year’

With the recovery stalling on many fronts, workers and business owners are craving some certainty about the path forward. But the White House and Congress are failing to act.
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A vaccine, or a spike in deaths: How America can build herd immunity to the coronavirus

A spreading disease will slow and eventually stop once a certain share of the population becomes immune. To see herd immunity in action, we can observe how a simulated disease spreads.

Most VA workers see racism against colleagues and veterans, survey finds

Nearly 80 percent of Veterans Affairs employees surveyed by their workers union said endemic racism in the agency is a moderate or serious problem, with more than half reporting they have witnessed discrimination against the former military personnel whom the agency serves.

In a summer of racial protests, Alexandria remembers a young lynching victim

Sixteen-year-old Benjamin Thomas was hanged from a lamppost after an unproven allegation of attempted assault. It will be remembered on Saturday, its 121st anniversary.
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Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty

The university president came under fire this week after posting a racy photo from vacation.

Democrats call for investigation of postmaster general over mail delays

Lawmakers want the inspector general to examine Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over cost-cutting measures that postal workers say have delayed mail delivery and ensnared ballots in recent primary elections.
Paul Kehmeier looks at his farm in Eckert, Colo. He took on a day job when his crops were hit by drought in 2018. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Post)
Paul Kehmeier looks at his farm in Eckert, Colo. He took on a day job when his crops were hit by drought in 2018. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Post)
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This giant climate hot spot is robbing the West of its water

A Post analysis found a giant climate hot spot in western Colorado and eastern Utah, where temperatures have increased more than 2 degrees Celsius since 1895.
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GOP women warn of eroding support among female voters amid a ‘gender chasm’

President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest are causing women to flee the GOP, female Republican pollsters and members say.

House can sue to force former White House counsel Donald McGahn to comply with subpoena

The ruling from the full D.C. Circuit also clears the way for the House to challenge President Trump’s border wall spending in a separate lawsuit.
Joe Biden shakes hands with Pope Francis at the Vatican in April 2016. (Andrew Medichini/AP)
Joe Biden shakes hands with Pope Francis at the Vatican in April 2016. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

Trump said Biden ‘hurt God.’ Biden has spent his life drawing from his Catholic faith.

Joe Biden's faith has long influenced his policy-making and guided him through personal trials.
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(Video: AP; photo: Atthar Mirza/The Post)

Video analysis of Beirut explosion reveals its power, even at great distances

The Post analyzed available video, photographs and satellite imagery of the blast and shared the materials with explosive experts, engineers, chemists and physicians to better understand the explosion and the impact of its destructive shock waves.

China sentences second Canadian to death, in apparent escalation

Beijing and Ottawa have been locked in a diplomatic dispute since the arrest of a Huawei executive.

Plane skids off runway in India and breaks apart, killing at least 15

The flight from Dubai to Kozhikode carrying nearly 200 people landed in heavy rain.
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STURGIS, SD - AUGUST 07: Motorcyclists ride down Main Street during the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 7, 2020 in Sturgis, South Dakota. While the rally usually attracts around 500,000 people, officials estimate that more than 250,000 people may still show up to this year's festival despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
STURGIS, SD - AUGUST 07: Motorcyclists ride down Main Street during the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 7, 2020 in Sturgis, South Dakota. While the rally usually attracts around 500,000 people, officials estimate that more than 250,000 people may still show up to this year's festival despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

‘We cannot stop people’: South Dakota motorcycle rally expected to draw 250,000

Even during a pandemic, organizers of one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world anticipate hundreds of thousands of people will make the annual pilgrimage to Sturgis.
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Key national security adviser to two presidents dies at 95

The retired Air Force lieutenant general played instrumental roles in nuclear strategy, the end of the Cold War and the Persian Gulf War.
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Officials are trying to persuade the public that a vaccine is apolitical. Trump isn’t helping.

Health officials are emphasizing that no vaccine will be approved without thorough vetting. But President Trump undercut them by hinting a vaccine might be available “right around” Election Day.
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A woman walks past a store last week in Arlington, Va. (AFP/Getty)

U.S. economy added 1.8 million jobs in July as it worked to recover from the pandemic

The additions were a welcome blast of good news in a grueling summer for the United States, but they were tempered with other signs that the labor market is cooling.

Canada condemns U.S. tariffs, pledges to retaliate

Canada says it will impose retaliatory levies valued at roughly $2.7 billion on a “broad and extensive” list of U.S. goods containing aluminum.

How Wikipedia is grappling with one of its biggest challenges ever —covid-19

How do you control misinformation on an online crowdsourced encyclopedia, where anyone with an Internet connection is an editor?
Brooks Koepka, the two-time defending PGA champion, is in the mix again after a first-round 66 at TPC Harding Park. (Getty Images)
Brooks Koepka, the two-time defending PGA champion, is in the mix again after a first-round 66 at TPC Harding Park. (Getty Images)

Early at PGA, but packed leader board has Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods near top

In golf's first major in 13 months, the Australian fired a first-round 65 for a one-shot lead over a host of stars. Two-time defending champ Koepka is just one off the lead and Woods is three back.
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Taking a stand isn’t new for the WNBA. It’s a way of life.

As sports leagues seek their place in this moment, the WNBA is right at home.

Montgomery County rescinds ban on private schools reopening this fall

Maryland’s Republican governor was fighting with the state’s most liberal jurisdiction over allowing private schools to teach students in person.

Virginia Supreme Court temporarily halts evictions amid pandemic

Governor Ralph Northam had asked the court to issue the moratorium through Sept. 7.
Antwon Gibson, 18, has special education needs and his foster parents, Kevin McGilly, left, and John Corea, have found remote learning difficult for him. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
Antwon Gibson, 18, has special education needs and his foster parents, Kevin McGilly, left, and John Corea, have found remote learning difficult for him. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)

Special education students are not just falling behind in the pandemic — they’re losing key skills, parents say

Parents across the country say the stakes are high if schools do not reopen soon.

To defend his voting plan, Md.’s governor accuses a Black county executive of voter suppression. She is not pleased.

Angela Alsobrooks says Hogan’s plan does not protect residents in hard-hit Prince George’s County.
Geoff Edgers interviews Chelsea Handler. (The Washington Post)
Geoff Edgers interviews Chelsea Handler. (The Washington Post)

Q&A with Chelsea Handler: How the comedian decided to deal with anger and sadness

The Post’s national arts reporter is hosting “Stuck With Geoff,” with whoever will take his calls.
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HANDOUT PHOTO: The author, right, with his wife Amy Ettinger at Sotcher Lake in July. (Photo by Julianna Summer White) (Julianna Summer White)

In the Sierra Nevada, an escape to the past

Amid the pandemic, a cautious return to the Mammoth Lakes, Calif., setting of childhood vacations.
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