Virus cases surge in Midwest

The increase is occurring in states with previously low infection rates. Experts also see worrying trends emerging in major Midwest and East Coast cities.
Analysis

Does Trump understand how bad the pandemic is?

An interview with Axios revealed gaps in the statistics the president often cites.

Mail problems held up delivery of ballots for today’s Michigan primary

Voters complained they had still not received their mail ballots just days before the vote, offering a potential warning ahead of the general election.
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Chad Wolf emerges as Trump’s favorite DHS chief

Previously overshadowed at the Department of Homeland Security by more bombastic political appointees, Wolf has become the face of the president’s police crackdown on protesters.

‘I don’t know John Lewis’: Trump bashes deceased civil rights leader for skipping his inauguration

In an interview, the president had few kind words for the former congressman, who died July 17.
A Secret Service vehicle blocks India Johnson’s car after the officer drove his vehicle into it. (Yasmeen Winston)
A Secret Service vehicle blocks India Johnson’s car after the officer drove his vehicle into it. (Yasmeen Winston)

Two Black moms took their kids to play at the National Mall. Secret Service confronted them with guns, they said.

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Census Bureau says counting will end a month earlier than planned

Plans to shut down the count earlier drew fierce criticism from Democrats and civil rights groups, which have pushed back against a broader effort by the Trump administration to change how the population is counted.
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I’ve worn Alexa-enabled glasses for two weeks. They’re driving me bananas.

You have to really love Amazon’s Alexa to let the Echo Frames whisper in your ear all day.
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If Congress can’t pass coronavirus legislation, is the institution broken?

What former members say about why Congress has so much trouble acting in a crisis.
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Analysis

Yet another GOP Senate candidate uses ‘Ranger’ label despite Army caveat

John James, running for the U.S. Senate in Michigan, took a Ranger course, but he did not serve in the elite Army Ranger unit.
Kris Kobach, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, has the establishment GOP worried he would put a safe seat in jeopardy. (AP)
Kris Kobach, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, has the establishment GOP worried he would put a safe seat in jeopardy. (AP)

As Kansas Republicans vote in Senate primary, GOP establishment fears a Kobach win

Voters in fives states — Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Arizona and Washington — cast ballots on Tuesday.

Islamic State attack on Afghan prison ends on second day, with at least 29 dead

The prison raid was the most sophisticated Islamic State attack in Afghanistan since the group formed its Afghan branch in 2015.

Why TikTok was destined to land in Trump’s crosshairs

China’s Internet industry for the first time attained the triple threat of engineering know-how, marketing sheen and multicultural sensibility to deliver an international hit.
People walk in front of a statue of Mao Zedong, Communist China’s founding father, at Changsha, China’s Hunan province. (Anna Fifield/The Post)
People walk in front of a statue of Mao Zedong, Communist China’s founding father, at Changsha, China’s Hunan province. (Anna Fifield/The Post)

Trump views China’s Communist Party as a threat. Young Chinese see it as a ticket to a better future.

Potential members are using twin crises of coronavirus and floods to prove their allegiance to the party.
People carry a fake coffin as they march during the National Day of Resistance to schools re-opening in New York on Monday. (Reuters)
People carry a fake coffin as they march during the National Day of Resistance to schools re-opening in New York on Monday. (Reuters)

With coronavirus cases reported at some reopened schools, protesters take to the streets with fake coffins

President Trump’s demands that schools reopen while covid-19 infection rates are increasing in most states have politicized reopening decisions being made at the local and state levels.

As Trump presses for new FBI headquarters in Washington, a U.S. senator shepherds a major bureau project in his home state

Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) has steered the Redstone Arsenal complex in Huntsville through approvals and secured $1.1 billion in funding.

Judge whose son was killed urges better protection of personal information

Judge Esther Salas says the “monster” who killed her son easily obtained her address and had a “dossier” on her family.
Despite opposition from President Trump, three of his four TVA appointees voted to close the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro, Ky. (AP)
Despite opposition from President Trump, three of his four TVA appointees voted to close the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro, Ky. (AP)

Trump fires chair of Tennessee Valley Authority board

The president cited the federally owned utility’s decision to outsource some technology jobs and blasted its current CEO.
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Privacy advocates battle each other over whether California’s Proposition 24 better protects consumers

The battle lines are strangely drawn.

Ford CEO steps down

Jim Hackett unexpectedly announced his retirement on Tuesday. Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley will take the helm of the U.S. automaker on Oct. 1.
Perspective

Baseball must learn from these outbreaks, or its teetering season is doomed

As MLB grapples with a pandemic, it lacks a blueprint, a precedent and any certainty about whether it will succeed.
Tampa Bay‘s Andrei Vasilevskiy stops a shot from Washington‘s Evgeny Kuznetsov during the overtime shoot-out. (Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay‘s Andrei Vasilevskiy stops a shot from Washington‘s Evgeny Kuznetsov during the overtime shoot-out. (Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

Capitals open round-robin play by salvaging a point in shootout loss to Lightning

The Capitals, playing without John Carlson, were plagued by familiar issues in a loss that could affect their playoff seeding.

Hogan curtails power of local health officers to order blanket school closures

The governor’s order aims to reverse Montgomery County's decision to keep private as well as public schools closed this fall.

Arlington GOP leader doxes neighbors who complain about mask-less businesses

A Facebook group kicked him out, and the same information is posted on Reddit.
Twenty-year-old Morgan Bullock from Richmond has become a TikTok sensation for her impressive Irish dance skills. (Morgan Bullock/TikTok)

Is it cultural appropriation when a Black woman does an Irish dance?

No. And let this young Black dancer explain why.

Richmond judge dismisses one Confederate monument lawsuit, allows another to stand

Another injunction means Gov. Ralph Northam is blocked from removing the Robert E. Lee monument for 90 days.
Comedian Laurie Kilmartin's mask reads My mom died from COVID and all I get was this stupid mask.(Peter Bohler for the Post)
Comedian Laurie Kilmartin's mask reads "My mom died from COVID and all I get was this stupid mask."(Peter Bohler for the Post)

When her mom was dying of covid-19, ‘Conan’ writer Laurie Kilmartin turned tragedy into comedy. It’s what she does.

The comedian penned a book about her dad's death, and is performing standup about her mom's. She jokes so that others will take the coronavirus seriously.
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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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(Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)

Eggplant can be a love-or-hate proposition. Here’s how to treat it right.

Vary both your cooking strategies and recipes — beyond the standard eggplant parmesan.
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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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