Democrats assail Trump actions on payroll tax and jobless aid as unworkable, call for further talks

Trump administration officials defended the president’s moves and said they were necessary because Democrats wouldn’t compromise on a broad coronavirus relief package.

Here’s what is actually in Trump’s executive orders

The details on payroll taxes, unemployment and evictions are not as generous as the president made them sound.
Jeffrey Henry, left, watches his son, Jackson, assemble a desktop crab robot in his learning area. (Ralph Lauer for The Post)
Jeffrey Henry, left, watches his son, Jackson, assemble a desktop crab robot in his learning area. (Ralph Lauer for The Post)

In 2020, back-to-school shopping means frantically searching for other families to ‘bubble up’ with

Parents are waking up to the idea that they will be more or less on their own for another six to nine months. For some, forming a team of nearby families in the same situation seems like the best solution.

Change to census deadline could result in undercount of Latino and Black communities

The count dictates the allocation of federal dollars and influences everything from infrastructure investments to education programs to public health-care spending.
Ju’Niyah Palmer holds an urn containing her sister's ashes. (Joshua Lott for The Post)
Ju’Niyah Palmer holds an urn containing her sister's ashes. (Joshua Lott for The Post)
A memorial to Breonna Taylor is seen in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 2. (Getty Images)
A memorial to Breonna Taylor is seen in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 2. (Getty Images)
Ju'Niyah Palmer is surrounded by photos and paintings of her sister at her mother's apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. (Joshua Lott for The Post)
Ju'Niyah Palmer is surrounded by photos and paintings of her sister at her mother's apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. (Joshua Lott for The Post)

The sisters had always been inseparable. Then, in a matter of minutes, Breonna Taylor was gone.

For Ju’Niyah Palmer, the police killing of Breonna Taylor in their shared apartment was not only a public outrage but a personal tragedy.
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TikTok flip-flop: What’s the president’s power over foreign companies?

Technology reporter Rachel Lerman explains why President Trump wants to block TikTok, and James Lewis, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, explains how the administration can take steps to change things for the Chinese-owned app.
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At least 21 people shot, one fatally, at a gathering in Southeast D.C.

The shootings occurred about 12:30 a.m. on Dubois Place in the Greenway neighborhood. At least seven of the victims were in critical condition, officials said.

5.1-magnitude earthquake strikes North Carolina, is felt hundreds of miles away

It is the strongest earthquake to strike North Carolina in more than a century and was reportedly felt as far away as Atlanta, part of Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Ohio.
President Trump leaves after a coronavirus briefing at the White House on Wednesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)
President Trump leaves after a coronavirus briefing at the White House on Wednesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)

A president ignored: Trump’s outlandish claims increasingly met with a collective shrug

More than 3½ years into his term, President Trump often finds himself minimized, as many of his outrageous or groundless statements are briefly considered and then, just as quickly, dismissed.
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President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping attend a bilateral meeting in 2019 at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump moves to use human rights as a cudgel against China amid growing tensions

Sanctions on Chinese entities in Hong Kong and Xinjiang have provided the administration another set of tools to outflank Beijing amid fallout from the pandemic and the collapse of bilateral trade negotiations.

Montana’s ticket-splitters could decide a race that’s put the Senate within Democrats’ reach

Freshman Republican Sen. Steve Daines is being challenged by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in a state where voters pride themselves on their independence.
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A demonstrator holds the Lebanese flag in Beirut's Martyrs' Square. (Reuters)

Lebanon’s top politicians resist calls to resign as world leaders consider how to help

Limited government resignations fell far short of demands of demonstrators who want to overhaul a system seen as corrupt.

Afghanistan to release last 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for peace talks

The move comes after months of delays and intense U.S. pressure on the Afghan government to begin direct talks as outlined in the U.S.-Taliban peace deal.

Authoritarian Belarus leader faces toughest fight yet as voters head to the polls

The election has been marred by intimidation, arrests of opposition activists and the jailing of candidates.
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Seven East Coast states saw their hottest July on record

The month ranked as the 11th warmest on record overall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Taylor Ellis, 26, of Cockeysville, Md., and 6-week old Rosalie. Ellis is blind, but technology allowed her to get a 3-D bas-relief model from the ultrasound image of Rosalie’s face. (Andrew Mangum for The Post)
Taylor Ellis, 26, of Cockeysville, Md., and 6-week old Rosalie. Ellis is blind, but technology allowed her to get a 3-D bas-relief model from the ultrasound image of Rosalie’s face. (Andrew Mangum for The Post)

3-D images from ultrasounds allow blind parents to feel their infant’s face

Used only for patients who might need a more detailed view of the fetus for diagnostic purposes, the device also provided images for a blind couple.
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Miami of Ohio quarterback Brett Gabbert during the Mid-American Conference championship game against Central Michigan last December in Detroit. (AP)
Miami of Ohio quarterback Brett Gabbert during the Mid-American Conference championship game against Central Michigan last December in Detroit. (AP)

Mid-American becomes first conference in NCAA football’s top level to cancel fall sports

The decision affects about 2,500 athletes in football, soccer, cross-country, field hockey and women’s volleyball.

D.C. shelter program may help limit virus’s spread

The city spends millions to place the homeless in hotels to avoid covid-19, but it is struggling to recruit members of another vulnerable population: those living in crowded conditions who could easily spread the virus to their families or roommates.
Renovations take place at the park in Franklin Square. (Matt McClain/The Post)
Renovations take place at the park in Franklin Square. (Matt McClain/The Post)

For Franklin Square to be saved, much of it and 63 trees will be destroyed

Officials hope the addition of a pavilion, fountain, art exhibit space, children’s play area and public restrooms will transform Franklin Square into a welcoming space that will no longer be just a place to wait for a bus.

Released prisoner accused of raping, killing Virginia woman has died

Ibrahim Bouaichi was arrested in October for sexual assault, then released on bond in April amid covid-19 concerns. Bouaichi, who was charged with murdering the assault victim, shot himself as police closed in on him Wednesday.
A masked runner exercises at the Lincoln Memorial. (Matt McClain/The Post)
A masked runner exercises at the Lincoln Memorial. (Matt McClain/The Post)

Outdoor stairs or stadium bleachers offer an excellent all-around covid-era workout

If you’ve got some stairs nearby, you can create a regimen that rolls three workouts in one: cardio, strength and plyometric movements such as leaps, jumps and bounds.
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“Untitled, San Quentin, California” (1957) by Gordon Parks. (Museum of Modern Art, Family of Man Fund/Gordon Parks Foundation)
“Untitled, San Quentin, California” (1957) by Gordon Parks. (Museum of Modern Art, Family of Man Fund/Gordon Parks Foundation)
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With his camera, Gordon Parks humanized the Black people others saw as simply criminals

A timely new book presents the photographer’s 1957 photo essay on crime in expanded form.
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(The Washington Post illustration/iStock)

Stuck stateside needn’t mean you can’t chat with foreign locals — and improve your language skills

Now can be an opportunity to supercharge your foreign language skills with online tutors. Or at least enjoyably kill time.
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