Trump’s assault on Postal Service gives Democrats a new campaign message

Democrats say the president’s move to undermine the government-run mail service offers them a chance to scoop up rural voters, veterans and seniors.

Trump, Biden tout experience to police chiefs, but president skips some questions

The International Association of Chiefs of Police asked specific questions on reform and funding proposals.
USPS is under scrutiny from politicians who are warning that the agency is not prepared to handle mail-in ballots for the November election. (Getty Images)
USPS is under scrutiny from politicians who are warning that the agency is not prepared to handle mail-in ballots for the November election. (Getty Images)
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The media must keep up red-alert coverage of Trump’s attacks on Postal Service

It’s a hard story to cover effectively, but journalists have to find a way because democracy depends on it this fall, a media columnist writes.

‘No way to spin that,’ Romney says of virus deaths

"We really have not distinguished ourselves" in handling the pandemic, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said, offering rare Republican criticism of the Trump administration's coronavirus response.

A Fla. district wanted to wait to reopen schools. The governor threatened to cut $200 million in funds.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) forced one of the largest U.S. school districts to reopen buildings by the end of August.
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President Trump pauses while speaking during a news conference Friday. (Bloomberg)
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U.N. rejects extension of arms embargo against Iran

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British vacationers in France told to return home or face 14-day quarantine

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From self-exile, Belarus opposition leader calls for protests to reach ‘every city’

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Lehua Gray has volunteered to test a coronavirus vaccine through a website called 1Day Sooner, which aims to reduce the time until FDA approval by crowdsourcing volunteers. (Julia Robinson for The Post)

U.S. will prepare virus strain for potential human challenge trials

Getting ready for human challenge trials — ethically fraught experiments in which people are vaccinated and intentionally exposed to the virus — will take months.

Betsy DeVos’s controversial new rule on campus sexual assault goes into effect

The rule expands the rights of the accused, prompting critics to say women will be reluctant to report attacks.
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College football’s con has been laid bare by the pandemic

The sport's leaders want absolution, not progress, which is why the entire system may not survive this current emergency.

Indians demote pitchers who broke coronavirus protocols

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Vlade Divac steps down as Kings GM as 14-year playoff drought continues

Divac's resignation comes after a five-year tenure marked by losing seasons, coaching changes and questionable draft decisions.
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Sam Freeman left his latest appearance this past Wednesday after suffering a mass flexor strain in his left elbow. He's now on the 10-day injured list. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Pitcher injuries are piling up, raising a new concern for teams early in MLB’s delayed season

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Northam unveils bills to address pandemic, economic crisis and calls for racial justice

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Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves is shown in a 2013 file photo. (Courtesy of Charlie Archambault)
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From left, Courtney B. Vance as George, Jonathan Majors as Tic and Jurnee Smollett as Leti in “Lovecraft Country.” (Eli Joshua Ade/HBO)
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The lack of ingredient transparency on bottle labels leaves wines vulnerable to assertions of health claims and marketing of “clean” wines. (Getty Images)
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