White House considers unilateral moves amid stalemate with Congress

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

Getting a vaccine in record time is hard. Distributing it to tens of millions may be equally daunting.

The administration has shared limited and often confusing information about its strategy, making it difficult for overwhelmed state and local officials to plan.
Denise Rowe, left, and her grandmother, Juanita Davis, at a family reunion in Memphis in 2016. (Courtesy of Denise Rowe)
Denise Rowe, left, and her grandmother, Juanita Davis, at a family reunion in Memphis in 2016. (Courtesy of Denise Rowe)

Her family reunion feels unsafe. But her 98-year-old grandma wants her there.

Denise Rowe upset her grandmother by voting against holding their family reunion, which draws up to 200 people from 30 states every other summer. They are one of many families at odds over big gatherings.
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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.

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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Congress flails as coronavirus ravages the nation and the economy stalls

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Congressional fight over funding for digital learning could leave behind as many as 15 million kids

Educators hope the next coronavirus relief package will provide funding specifically earmarked for helping students and teachers get online.
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.

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 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.

Military dogs attacked handler in a Kaepernick jersey for an 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.
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Covid-19 has given parents a series of impossible choices. But sometimes they’re not our choices to make.

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Gerri Schappals on her wedding day in 1945. (Gerri Schappals)

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Gerri Schappals, 102, is an anomaly, and not just because of her age. Schappals was not particularly health-conscious throughout her life, yet she seems to have a bulletproof immune system. Schappals credits that to the 1918 flu pandemic. “I really think that having the 1918 flu strengthened everything about me,” she said.
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Airlines, unions pin hopes for more payroll cash on politics

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The pandemic cut demand for suits, ties and button-downs. (Reuters)
The pandemic cut demand for suits, ties and button-downs. (Reuters)

Parent company of Men’s Wearhouse files for bankruptcy

Tailored Brands is the latest retailer to seek Chapter 11 protection, joining Lord & Taylor, Brooks Brothers and J. Crew.

From outdoor proceedings to plexiglass, courts rethink jury trials

The most fundamental aspect of the nation’s criminal justice system is being re-engineered.

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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