Tehran rules out talks with U.S. as Trump hesitates to blame Iran directly

Iran’s supreme leader said that if the United States returned to the nuclear deal Tehran struck with world powers, then it could take part in negotiations along with the agreement’s other signatories.
The Debrief

Trump’s competing instincts: Big threats, eagerness to make a deal — and desire to best Obama

The president is caught between a political imperative to confront Iran — pleasing hawkish Republicans and allies — and his instincts against foreign intervention and toward cutting a deal.

Tennessee unveils plan to convert Medicaid into block grant, asking Trump administration for profound change to program

Conservatives since the Reagan administration have been pushing for block grants, which would give states lump sums of money while freeing them from many of the rules for the health insurance program for the poor.
Six men linked to militia or white supremacist groups beat DeAndre Harris, below. (AP and Timothy C. Wright for The Post)
Six men linked to militia or white supremacist groups beat DeAndre Harris, below. (AP and Timothy C. Wright for The Post)

The garage beating lasted 10 seconds. DeAndre Harris still lives with the damage.

A video of the attack during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville turned Harris into a symbol of racial strife. The aftermath left him traumatized. He has spoken little since then, and his fight for justice is still not over.
Cokie Roberts

Emmy-winning journalist and political commentator dies at 75

Roberts, who won three Emmy Awards in a long career at NPR and ABC News, was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and named a “living legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008.
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A strong economy was supposed to be the centerpiece of President Trump's reelection campaign, but the trade war and uneven growth are giving Democrats a chance to attack.
Democrats are angry about a confirmation process they feel was rushed, while Republicans decry what they view as more attempts to tarnish Brett M. Kavanaugh’s reputation.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee’s sweeping request for documents follows growing scrutiny of whether Chao used her position to help a New York-based shipping company owned by her father and sisters gain favor with the Chinese government.
Today’s WorldView
If the Israeli prime minister returns to power and follows through on his promises, he may confirm a dark reality of the Israeli state.
The president’s former campaign manager will be questioned by House Democrats about an episode of possible obstruction detailed in the report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
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(The Post)

The backroom politicking that drove us to space

In the seventh chapter of “Moonrise,” Congress investigates the Sputnik launch, Lyndon Johnson seizes the spotlight, and President Eisenhower gets backed into a corner.
(Courtesy of Karen Gibbs)
(Courtesy of Karen Gibbs)

Kamala Harris grew up in a mostly white world. Then she went to a black university in a black city.

When anyone challenges her racial identity, the presidential candidate points to her four years at Howard University.
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(Associated Press)

William F. Buckley Jr. vs. James Baldwin: A racial showdown on the American dream

A new book sheds light on a historic evening in 1965, when black author James Baldwin crushed white conservative William F. Buckley Jr. in a televised debate in Britain.
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