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Post Reports is the daily podcast from The Washington Post. Unparalleled reporting. Expert insight. Clear analysis. Everything you’ve come to expect from the newsroom of The Post. For your ears. Martine Powers is your host, asking the questions you didn’t know you wanted answered. Published weekdays by 5 p.m. Eastern time.

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The Biden-Putin summit
What Biden’s summit with Putin can tell us about the future of U.S.-Russia relations. And, what could happen to struggling tenants when the rent comes due in July. 

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President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded their Wednesday summit as “positive” and “constructive” — but politics reporter Eugene Scott says their back-to-back news conferences made clear that the two leaders remain at odds. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium is up at the end of June, leaving many renters at risk of eviction. Kyle Swenson reports on why rent relief hasn’t made it to many who need it and how some tenants are getting by.

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Jun 16, 2021
How to fix a labor shortage
Some businesses ask whether higher wages could be the answer to the labor shortage. Members of Congress return to the Capitol, and all its security concerns. And a new era of space travel dawns — for those who can afford it.

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Across the country, businesses have a problem: Workers aren’t taking low-wage jobs. Economics reporter Eli Rosenberg talked to employers who think they have found a solution: paying people more.

Before returning to their home states last month, some lawmakers expressed concerns over safety and sought out funding for additional security. Now, House members have returned to the Hill, where they don’t necessarily feel much safer. Marianna Sotomayor reports

A new kind of space race: Billionaires are competing to launch into space. Others can come along — but only if they can afford astronomical prices. Space travel reporter Christian Davenport has more.

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Jun 15, 2021
A reckoning for People of Praise
An insular Christian group faces a reckoning over sexual misconduct. And, the extraordinary effort from educators to get kids back to school.

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Last fall, the Christian group People of Praise garnered national attention after a prominent member, Amy Coney Barrett, was nominated to the Supreme Court. Soon after, former members began a Facebook group called “PoP Survivors.” Investigative journalist Beth Reinhard reports on some of those former members who say they were sexually abused by other members of the group when they were children. 

Schools across the country are trying to persuade parents to send their kids back to in-person learning in the fall. Reporter Hannah Natanson follows an elementary school principal as she goes door-to-door to reassure hesitant families.

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Jun 14, 2021
Introducing ‘Please, Go On’
An introduction to The Post’s new opinion podcast: “Please, Go On,” with columnist James Hohmann and his first guest, Vice President Harris. And, cartoonist Alison Bechdel shares the secret to superhuman strength.

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The Post’s new opinion podcast launches today: “Please, Go On,” with host James Hohmann. In the first episode, James talks to Vice President Harris about the exodus of women from the workforce during the pandemic. 

This week we’re kicking off our Summer Fridays series, where we’ll explore arts and culture and topics beyond the news. For the first installment, we talk to cartoonist Alison Bechdel about her new book “The Secret to Superhuman Strength,” which explores her lifelong love affair with fitness — and how she realized that superhuman strength isn’t really about muscles at all.

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Jun 11, 2021
Washington’s X-Files
The serious government search for UFOs. What the death of Keystone XL could mean for Big Oil. And, what we know about how covid affects the brain.

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Are we alone in the universe? The U.S. government has been investigating that question for years. Reporter Jacqueline Alemany on the serious search for UFOs.

The company behind the Keystone XL pipeline is shutting down the project after years of lawsuits and public blowback. Juliet Eilperin reports.

Scientists are still trying to understand how the coronavirus affects the brain. Frances Stead Sellers reports.
Jun 10, 2021
‘Do not come.’
Vice President Harris delivers a blunt warning against crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. How the tax returns of the richest Americans are spurring talk of a wealth tax. And, the renewed popularity of Crocs during the pandemic. 

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In her first international trip as vice president, Kamala D. Harris attempted to thread a delicate needle on immigration: remaining stern on border crossings while offering incentives to would-be migrants to remain in Central America. Reporter Nick Miroff examines Harris’s two-day tour through Guatemala and Mexico and how the visit aimed to address the root causes of mass migration. 

What are the wealthiest Americans paying in income taxes? According to Post finance reporter Todd Frankel, a new report from ProPublica reveals a startling answer - and breathes new life into calls for a wealth tax. 

Retail reporter Abha Bhattarai and Post Reports producer Jordan-Marie Smith explore the pandemic popularity boost experienced by everyone’s favorite ugly shoe: Crocs.
Jun 09, 2021
Reclaiming stolen bitcoin
The Justice Department strikes back against hackers who carried out a lucrative ransomware attack last month. And what President Biden hopes to get out of his meeting with the Group of Seven.

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In May, hackers extorted millions of dollars in bitcoin from Colonial Pipeline through a ransomware attack. Now, the Justice Department has broken into the hackers’ virtual wallet, effectively wiping out their profits from the scheme. Cybersecurity reporter Joseph Marks takes us through the cat-and-mouse game.

The first foreign trip of Biden’s presidency will take him to Britain to meet with leaders of the Group of Seven nations. As columnist Ishaan Tharoor explains, the allies are hoping to have a smooth — even boring — gathering now that Donald Trump is no longer in attendance.
Jun 08, 2021
Manchin on a mission
Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) says he will not support his party’s voting rights bill. The coronavirus pandemic’s devastating impact on Latin America’s middle class. And, the White House partners with dating apps to promote vaccinations. 

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Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) has broken from his party once again to reject a broad voting rights bill. Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis has more on what this means for the rest of the Democrats’ priorities. 

In Latin America, a previously burgeoning middle class has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Anthony Faiola reports from Columbia on the disproportionate impact that rising poverty and inequality have had on Afro Latinos.

And, a group of dating sites has teamed up with the White House on an initiative to allow users to indicate whether they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Marisa Iati reports.
Jun 07, 2021
Is baseball broken?
Baseball is back, and almost normal — which means the sport is once again plagued with lots of problems that predate the pandemic. Today, we explore the fastball, the nonstop no hitters, and what’s wrong with baseball.

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There’s a growing trend in baseball — and it could be the downfall of America’s favorite pastime. We revisit a past episode with sports reporter Dave Sheinin on how high-velocity pitches are now dominating the sport. “What's being lost in baseball is the nuance, and it’s always been a game of nuance,” Dave says. “You're losing things like the stolen base, the bunt, the hit and run play. A lot of strategy and nuance is lost from the game when all it is is power versus power.”

Major League Baseball’s offensive woes are complicated, and they don’t appear to be going away. National baseball reporter Chelsea Janes explains what might be going on, and what MLB might try to do about it.
Jun 04, 2021
Bye-bye, Bibi?
What it’ll take to replace Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why we’ll probably all need a coronavirus booster shot. And what makes Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” resonate across generations.

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An unlikely alliance of opposition lawmakers announced on Wednesday that they had come to a power-sharing deal that would oust longtime Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Steve Hendrix reports on what this major political shift would mean for the future of the country.

Vaccine developers are beginning to test coronavirus vaccine booster shots. Science reporter Carolyn Johnson on why we'll probably need them.

Olivia Rodrigo’s new album “Sour” shot to the top of Billboard’s 200 albums chart. Pop culture reporter Sonia Rao digs into the singer’s cross-generation appeal.
Jun 03, 2021
A brief history of Black rebellion
The fight over voting rights in the United States. How one historian is thinking about the George Floyd protests a year later. And, what the HIPAA federal privacy law says about vaccination records.

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On Sunday night, Texas Democrats staged a dramatic walkout to block a restrictive voting bill from passing — but as Amy Gardner reports, this is far from the end of the battle over voting rights in the United States.

It’s been a year since the killing of George Floyd sparked a global uprising against police brutality and systemic racism. In her book “America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s,” historian Elizabeth Hinton connects the Black Lives Matter protests to a long history of Black rebellions in response to police violence. 

As more Americans get vaccinated, misinformation is spreading about whether requiring proof of vaccination is a violation of the HIPAA federal privacy law. Allyson Chiu explains who can ask for your vaccination status and whether you have to tell them.
Jun 02, 2021
Fauci’s inbox
What we can learn from Fauci’s emails. Why tennis star Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open. And, the joyous sounds of Americans reuniting.

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The Post recently obtained 866 pages of Anthony Fauci’s emails from March and April of 2020. Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta report on the correspondence behind some of the most frantic days of the coronavirus crisis.

Naomi Osaka is the second-ranked tennis player in the world. After a back-and-forth about whether she would be required to speak with the media at the French Open, she withdrew from the tournament. Sports reporter Ben Strauss says the episode raises questions about athletes' mental health and the utility of sports journalism.

For more than a year, families and friends have been kept apart because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as more and more people get vaccinated, loved ones are finally reuniting

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Jun 01, 2021
On cicada time
Love them or loathe them, the cicadas of Brood X are here. One Washington Post editor recalls his first taste of the bug. A Smithsonian entomologist demystifies the science of Brood X. And a biologist takes us on a journey through cicadas’ deep past.

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When the cicadas of Brood X last emerged, the world was a different place. George W. Bush was president. “Shrek 2” topped the box office. And Cameron Barr, lately the interim leader of The Washington Post, was a general-assignment reporter tasked with sampling frozen cicadas sauteed in butter and parsley.

Smithsonian entomologist Floyd Shockley has long loved periodical cicadas. He takes us on a tour behind the scenes at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, which houses cabinets full of preserved insects. There we learn about cicadas’ elegant bodies — and the mysterious way they count the passage of the years.

And finally, biologist Gene Kritsky takes us back many, many emergences to the time when cicadas serenaded the dinosaurs.

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May 28, 2021
The mystery of covid’s origins
Top health officials say they can’t rule out the possibility that the coronavirus leaked from a lab in China. For many Indian Americans, the covid crisis in India is close to home. And Texas enacts the strictest abortion law yet.

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We still don’t know the origin of the coronavirus pandemic. President Biden is asking the intelligence community to redouble their investigation into one theory: that the virus leaked from a Wuhan laboratory. Shane Harris reports.

Even as the United States gets the pandemic under control, Indian Americans are watching as loved ones suffer through India’s devastating surge. Fenit Nirappil reports on Indian American doctors scrambling to help from afar.

And Texas’ new law will ban abortions before many people realize they’re pregnant. OB/GYN Jen Gunter explains the science.

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May 27, 2021
Decisions, decisions
What it’s like to cover the Supreme Court, year after year. And, the not-so-secret life of audio producers.

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Longtime Supreme Court reporter Robert Barnes on how he prepares for the decision season each year, and what he’ll be watching out for this month

What exactly does it mean to “produce” a podcast? After a listener asked the question, the Post Reports team started thinking: What if we pulled back the curtain on our process? Producer Bishop Sand and editor Alexis Diao give a behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a producer on the show.

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May 26, 2021
A dissident, a plane and the future of Belarus
What a forced plane landing in Belarus could mean for state sovereignty and press freedom. And, how some Americans are dealing with accent bias.

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On Sunday, Belarusian authorities forced the landing of a commercial flight carrying travelers from Athens to Lithuania, mere minutes before its final descent. Michael Birnbaum reports on President Alexander Lukashenko’s goals in downing the flight, and the international response to the arrest of a dissident journalist on board

Accent bias is a subtle but insidious form of discrimination. But as some Americans seek to get ahead in their careers by taking accent modification courses, others are asking whether they should have to change their accents to get ahead. Rachel Hatzipanagos reports. 

Today is the anniversary of George Floyd’s death. In our episode, “The Life of George Floyd,” we hear about Floyd’s family, his upbringing and how racism hobbled his ambition — a story that reflects the lives of many Americans.
May 25, 2021
The crypto yo-yo
Cryptocurrency’s highs and lows. How the Black Lives Matter movement has shaped American views on the Middle East. And a guide for talking to vaccine-hesitant friends and family. 

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Over the past week, cryptocurrency buyers saw several sudden drops in the value of their investments. Hamza Shaban reports on the market’s volatility and questions about the future of crypto.

Black Lives Matter activists have been taking to the streets and speaking out to show solidarity for Palestinians. Cleve Wootson reports on how their support has changed the conversations that the American public and politicians are having around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Although more than 160 million Americans have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine, many people have remained vaccine hesitant and have no intention of getting vaccinated. Producer Jordan-Marie Smith talks with advice columnist Carolyn Hax about some tips for talking with skeptical friends and family.
May 24, 2021
Inside the failures of the Secret Service
Stern. Exacting. Infallible. The reputation of the U.S. Secret Service is all about perfection. But behind the scenes, the agency is far from perfect. Carol Leonnig goes behind the scenes on scandals and close calls that have come to define the agency.

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Before Post reporter Carol Leonnig started covering the Secret Service, she had the same impression most of us do about the men and women in suits standing next to the president. 

“They are super serious, they never crack a smile. They've got those impenetrable faces and impenetrable shiny glasses. Everything about them is spit, polish and perfect,” says Leonnig.

But behind the scenes, the agency tasked with protecting the president is anything but perfect. 

“As an organization, you just started seeing morale break down,” says Jonathan Wackrow, a former agent and security expert.

In her new book “Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service,” Leonnig brings to light the secrets, scandals and shortcomings that plague the agency today--from a toxic work culture to dangerously outdated equipment. 

“They have witnessed countless security vulnerabilities and gaffes...which make them fear that the zero-fail mission is perpetually at risk,” Leonnig says. “And that is a danger for the lives of the president and his family.”

This story was produced by Martine Powers and Ariel Plotnick, and edited by Maggie Penman.
May 21, 2021
The power (and limits) of a hate-crime law
What new legislation can –– and can’t –– do to address anti-Asian hate crimes. And, the growing role of people of color in far-right organizations.

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On Thursday, President Biden signed the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, which Congress passed in a rare moment of bipartisanship. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) discusses the promise — and limits — of the bill aimed at combating anti-Asian hate crimes and how it will be implemented. 

People of color are playing increasingly visible roles across the spectrum of far-right activism. Today, non-White activists speak for groups of radicalized MAGA supporters, parts of the “Patriot” movement and –– in rare cases –– neo-Nazi factions. Hannah Allam reports on what’s attracting people of color to these groups and how the groups might be benefiting from their membership.
May 20, 2021
Finally, kids pay off
A new tax benefit aims to cut U.S. child poverty in half — if it can reach the parents who need it most. And what happens when the world’s fourth richest person gets a divorce.

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Democrats passed a new child tax credit that they hope will cut U.S. child poverty in half. Millions of parents will start getting money as soon as July. But will it reach the families most in need? White House economics writer Jeff Stein reports.

After 27 years of marriage and philanthropic partnership, Bill and Melinda Gates are calling it quits. For tech reporter Jay Greene, it’s a moment to reexamine Bill Gates’s image.

Post Reports is now a Webby Award winner. We won for best episode of a news and politics podcast, for our story “The Life of George Floyd.”
May 19, 2021
Matt Gaetz and the limits of GOP loyalty
What we know about the investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz. And a covid-stricken New Delhi family’s harrowing 12-day ordeal.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was a darling of the Republican right. Now he’s embroiled in allegations that he engaged in sex trafficking involving a minor. Matt Zapotosky reports the latest on the investigation.

Foreign affairs reporter Ruby Mellen brings us the story of two sisters scrambling to find care for their parents in coronavirus-ravaged New Delhi.

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May 18, 2021
Devastation in Gaza
No end in sight as the Israel-Hamas conflict enters a second week. And, how will the Biden White House respond to the intensifying crisis? 

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The crisis in the Middle East continues to escalate. Over the past few days, Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip have destroyed multiple buildings, including one that housed international media. Miriam Berger reports that at least 200 Palestinians have died, including dozens of children. 

President Biden and his aides have spent recent days trying to tamp down the eruption of violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip. But as White House reporter Anne Gearan explains, the administration has declined to join calls for Israel to temper its response. 
May 17, 2021
The great unmasking?
How to interpret the latest mask-wearing guidance from the CDC. And, what the wave of election laws across the U.S. means for voter access. 

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On Thursday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced that in many cases, fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors. Yasmeen Abutaleb reports on the CDC’s rationale for the new guidance. 

National reporter Amy Gardner explains the election laws taking hold inseveralstates, raising concerns over voter access and how elections are run.
May 14, 2021
Running on empty
The threats — real and imagined — driving a run on gas across the Southeast. And why Peloton decided to recall 125,000 treadmills.

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A ransomware attack by suspected Russia-based hackers brought the Colonial Pipeline system to a grinding halt Friday. But gas shortages across the Southeast are largely driven by something else — panic. Will Englund reports.

Todd Frankel reported on dozens of injuries, and the death of one child, connected to a Peloton treadmill. Under pressure from consumers and regulators, the company issued a recall.

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May 13, 2021
Dude, where’s my Uber?
Where have all the Uber and Lyft drivers gone? And, how the pandemic economy is fueling protests and violence in Colombia.

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Uber and Lyft are facing major driver shortages, leading to long wait times and more expensive fares. Faiz Siddiqui reports on why this is happening — and what it may mean for the future of these popular ride-hailing apps.

Weeks of protests in Colombia have left dozens dead. South America bureau chief Anthony Faiola explains how the pandemic-ravaged economy has led to massive demonstrations across the country and criticism of Colombian police over the use of force. 
May 12, 2021
Liz Cheney vs. the new GOP
Liz Cheney’s losing battle with the Republican Party. And, the athletes living with covid for the long haul. 

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is fighting for her life in the party she helps lead. Congress reporter Marianna Sotomayor and Post Reports senior producer Reena Flores discuss the political head winds for Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House and an anti-Trump Republican in a party that values loyalty to the former president over everything else. 

Long-haul symptoms of covid-19 can make any job hard. But what if you’re an elite athlete? Reporter Michael Lee looks at the ramifications of the career-threatening virus in the sports world.
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May 11, 2021
Displacement in East Jerusalem
Israeli-Palestinian violence is flaring as Israel marks the contentious Jerusalem Day holiday. What April’s job numbers mean for the future of work. And, the prom must go on. 

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Violence erupted on Jerusalem Day, leaving at least 300 Palestinians injured. Jerusalem bureau chief Steve Hendrix reports on the escalating violence. 

April’s job numbers showed a dip in hiring. Economics correspondent Heather Long reports that the drop does not indicate a labor shortage, but a great reassessment of work in America

Education reporter Hannah Natanson reports on a rural Virginia high school that crossed state lines to hold a pandemic prom to remember. 

Post Reports has been nominated for a Peabody Award for the episode “The Life of George Floyd.” To see the full list of Peabody nominees, click here
May 10, 2021
When police watchdogs lack teeth
How civilian oversight is undermined by politicians and police. And how economic inequality has worsened the pandemic in Venezuela.

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Civilian oversight agencies are touted as ways that ordinary citizens can hold police accountable. But an investigation into these agencies by reporter Nicole Dungca shows that they often fail at doing so — in part because they are undermined by law enforcement itself.

Severe economic equality is worsening the coronavirus outbreak in South American countries. Anthony Faiola reports on the pandemic in Venezuela, where only the wealthy can afford care for sick loved ones.
May 07, 2021
Unfriending Trump
Facebook’s Oversight Board bars Donald Trump from rejoining the site –– at least for now. How far-right extremists are recruiting new members in chat rooms and on gaming platforms. And, a farewell to empty middle seats on Delta flights.

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Facebook’s 20-member Oversight Board has upheld the decision to ban Donald Trump from the social media platform. Silicon Valley correspondent Elizabeth Dwoskin discusses what that means for other political leaders online.

Far-right groups that blossomed during Trump’s presidency have created enduring communities online by soft-pedaling their political goals and entertaining potential recruits with the tools of pop culture. Marc Fisher reports.

For a year, empty middle seats were a silver lining of pandemic air travel — but no more.

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May 06, 2021
What it takes to police the police
The Justice Department is investigating police departments in Minneapolis and Louisville for misconduct. If they are in violation, what can the feds really do? And two new airlines hope to get Americans flying again.

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Justice Department probes will investigate police departments in Minneapolis and Louisville. Georgetown Law professor Christy Lopez has firsthand knowledge of what that kind of investigation can really accomplish.

It’s been 14 years since a new airline has launched in the United States, and many have failed since then. Lee Powell reports on two entrepreneurs trying to beat the odds.

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May 05, 2021
For India, no end to pandemic in sight
India continues to set world records as it faces the worst surge in cases since the start of the pandemic. And, how two decades of war have reshaped Kabul.

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Coronavirus cases are surging across India, leading to mass cremations and a scramble for vaccines. Joanna Slater reports on the crisis.

As U.S. troops formally withdraw from Afghanistan, Philip Kennicott and photographer Lorenzo Tugnoli look at how two decades of conflict have reshaped Kabul.

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May 04, 2021
The legacy of the 1963 Children’s Crusade
The key role children played in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and why it matters today. 

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Janice Wesley Kelsey was 16 when she faced White police officers in the Children’s Crusade of 1963 in Birmingham, Ala. The Black youths ages 7 to 17, marching peacefully in the name of civil rights, were met with billy clubs, German shepherds and fire hoses. 

News crews flocked to the place nicknamed “Bombingham,” and the footage helped prompt President John F. Kennedy to urge Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

On the 58th anniversary of the Children’s Crusade, Post Reports producer Jordan-Marie Smith reports on the impact of the march and how its tactics are reflected in the modern civil rights movement.

You can find more resources on the Children’s Crusade at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, at the National Civil Rights Museum and in the archives at Alabama Public Radio.
May 03, 2021
Revisiting 'The Life of George Floyd'
Today, we’re re-airing this special episode of “Post Reports,” where we tell the story of George Floyd’s life, his upbringing and how racism hobbled his ambition. Plus, an update from Floyd’s family members after the trial of Derek Chauvin.

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Last fall, the Post Reports staff and a team of reporters at The Post worked on an exhaustive telling of George Floyd’s life, about this one man and his family and the forces of systemic racism that shaped their experiences over the course of more than a century. 

This week, in the aftermath of the Chauvin trial verdict, we are re-airing this story about George Floyd, to remind people about the real three-dimensional person whose life and death were at the center of the trial. We also went back to some of the people interviewed in the original episode to find out what they think about the verdict, and how they have been processing their grief almost a year after his death. 

This story is part of The Washington Post’s series “George Floyd’s America.” The reporting explores the institutional and societal roadblocks Floyd encountered as a Black man from his birth in 1973 until his death, and the role systemic racism played throughout his life.  The series is based on a review of thousands of documents and more than 150 interviews with Floyd’s friends, colleagues, public officials and scholars. The picture that emerges is one that underscores how systemic racism has calcified within many of America’s institutions, creating sharply disparate outcomes in housing, education, the economy, law enforcement and health care. 

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Credits  Reporting for this episode from Ted Muldoon. “George Floyd’s America” was reported by Arelis Hernández, Tracy Jan, Laura Meckler, Tolu Olorunnipa, Robert Samuels, Griff Witte and Cleve Wootson. This “Post Reports” episode was produced by Ted Muldoon and Linah Mohammad and edited by Maggie Penman and Martine Powers. 

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Apr 30, 2021
The do’s and don’ts of going maskless
What the CDC’s updated mask guidance means for you. And, what to expect at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

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The CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can go without masks outdoors, except in crowded settings. Lena H. Sun reports on how these new guidelines may change the social norms of mask-wearing.

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are on — for now. Correspondent Rick Maese reports on how they’re being organized and how they’ll look different because of the pandemic. 
Apr 29, 2021
Biden’s first 100 days
What President Biden did — and didn't do — in his first hundred days in office. And, the United States takes cautious steps toward rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.

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As President Biden nears 100 days in office, he can say he made good on his promise to speed up the country’s vaccination efforts. But White House reporter Cleve Wootson explains that other issues, such as immigration, haven’t been so easy for him to address.

This week, Iran and the United States engage in another round of indirect negotiations to get the United States back in the Iran nuclear deal. Both countries say they want in, so what’s the holdup? National security reporter Karen DeYoung explains.

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Apr 28, 2021
What the census means for your democracy
What the initial results of the 2020 Census might mean for the political future of the country. And, how “canceled” went from a Black-culture punchline to a watchword of White grievance.  

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The theme of this year’s meeting of the Conservative Political Action Committee was “America Uncanceled.” Clyde McGrady explores the strange journey of the word canceled — from Black culture to a White grievance watchword.

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Apr 27, 2021
The surge in India
How India is driving the surge in global coronavirus cases. Plus, how countries are reacting to the United States’ abundance of vaccine. 

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A devastating second wave of coronavirus is sweeping India. The country is setting daily records for case numbers, and, as Joanna Slater reports, the health-care system is buckling under the immense demand. 

While the few countries with high vaccination rates are seeing coronavirus numbers decrease, globally, cases are rising. Emily Rauhala reports on how nations with lower supplies are calling for policy changes to prevent wealthy countries from hoarding vaccine.

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Apr 26, 2021
Fighting environmental racism
How a protest in a North Carolina farming town sparked a national movement for environmental justice.

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"I can't breathe" were George Floyd's dying words under a White police officer's knee. They eerily echo what Black, Latino, Native American and other non-White environmental-justice activists have said for decades about choking pollution in their communities. Darryl Fears and Brady Dennis report on how a protest in a North Carolina farming town sparked a national movement.

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Apr 23, 2021
Amazon and the new trust busters
The Biden nominee who wants to shake up Amazon. And a volcanic eruption meets a pandemic.

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Lina Khan’s nomination hearing signals a new era of tough antitrust enforcement for the tech industry. If confirmed, she would be the youngest-ever commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. 

Anthony Faiola reports on a volcanic eruption in St. Vincent that displaced thousands. Now, the island is grappling with how to keep evacuees safe as the pandemic rages on.

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Apr 22, 2021
Processing a guilty verdict
Some Black Americans are reluctant to believe that Chauvin’s conviction will impact social justice on a larger scale. Biden’s backtrack on refugee admission caps. And, the legacy of Walter Mondale.

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Many police reform advocates throughout the country celebrated what they saw as a rare moment of accountability on Tuesday. But Arelis Hernández spoke with Black Americans who are nervous that the conviction of Derek Chauvin might buoy misguided beliefs that racial justice has been achieved in America. 

The Biden administration last week announced that it was going to maintain President Donald Trump’s historically low refugee admission cap. Then, it abruptly reversed itself, insisting it had been misunderstood. White House reporter Sean Sullivan digs into the backtrack and explains what it means for the migrants left waiting. 

Former vice president Walter Mondale died Monday. He was 93. Correspondent Dan Balz reflects on his long-lasting contributions to the vice presidency.

From the archives: We all know about the death of George Floyd. But what about his life? In “The Life of George Floyd,” we tell the story of Floyd’s family, his upbringing and how racism hobbled his ambition — a story reflecting the lives of so many Americans.
Apr 21, 2021
Derek Chauvin, convicted murderer
Derek Chauvin is convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd. And the promise to defund the police in Minneapolis, and what happened instead.

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. Mark Berman reports. 

What do communities do when police retreat? Reporter Robert Klemko explains how a Native American neighborhood in Minneapolis found itself without a police force, and what the new model of public safety that took the force’s place looks like. 

From the archives: We all know about the death of George Floyd. But what about his life? In “The Life of George Floyd,” we tell the story of Floyd’s family, his upbringing and how racism hobbled his ambition — a story reflecting the lives of so many Americans.

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Apr 20, 2021
When gun laws fail to stop a mass shooting
How Indiana gun laws failed to prevent a mass shooting last week. And conflicting views on Brexit spur violence in Northern Ireland.

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Police say existing gun laws should have prevented a mass shooting in Indiana last week. Instead, the shooter was able to legally purchase firearms. Paulina Firozi reports. 

In Northern Ireland, Protestant unionists and Catholic nationalists have faced off in riots fueled by anger over Brexit trade deals. Amanda Ferguson reports from Belfast on some of the worst violence in Northern Ireland in more than a decade.

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Apr 19, 2021
Derek Chauvin's defense
Protests continue in the Minneapolis area after the police killing of Daunte Wright. And the defense rests in the Derek Chauvin murder trial. 

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On Thursday, after two days of witness and expert testimony, the defense rested its case in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, with Chauvin declining to testify. Holly Bailey reports. 

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Apr 16, 2021
Getting Putin’s attention
The United States imposes sweeping new sanctions against Russia. And, how former Trump allies are faring in the private job market.

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On Thursday, the Biden administration imposed the first significant sanctions to target the Russian economy in several years. Shane Harris reports on the administration’s effort to punish the Kremlin for a cyberespionage campaign against the United States, and for its attempts to influence the 2020 presidential election.

Former Trump administration officials are struggling to find private sector jobs. Tory Newmyer reports on the former president’s allies who may be paying the price for aligning themselves with a leader mired in controversy. 

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Apr 15, 2021
Ending the forever war?
A deadline to end the war in Afghanistan. Biden’s vision for the future of infrastructure. Plus, how Native communities are tackling vaccinations. 

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Biden announced that the United States will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021. Missy Ryan explains that the decision tells us a lot about the administration’s priorities. “Nobody is going to say that the situation in Afghanistan is what anybody would have wanted in 2001 or 2011 or 2020. The government is incredibly fragile. The Taliban is very powerful, and the prospects for peace are very dubious,” she says. 

President Biden’s infrastructure plan calls for the federal government to take on a vast new role in funding the nation’s transportation networks, seeking to rebuild roadways and transit while battling climate change, racial injustice and traffic deaths. Transportation reporter Ian Duncan says the plan is not quite the easy bipartisan victory some may have hoped.

Native Americans were vaccinated against smallpox and then pushed off their land. Reporter Dana Hedgpeth says this history has created generational trauma that tribes are working hard to counteract in their drive to vaccinate Native communities.
Apr 14, 2021
Weighing the risks of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Correction: In a previous version of this episode, we misstated a Brooklyn Center Police Department policy about guns and tasers. According to the former police chief, tasers are kept on the non-dominant hip, and guns on the dominant hip.

Why the CDC and FDA are recommending a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Another police killing in Minnesota. And, remembering DMX.

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The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six women developed extremely rare cases of blood clots. Health-care reporter Paige Winfield Cunningham explains. 

On Sunday, an officer of the Brooklyn Center Police Department fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. Wright was unarmed. Kim Bellware reports that his death has prompted a renewed outcry over police use of force in Minneapolis, where the highly watched murder trial of Derek Chauvin is reaching its close.

Earl Simmons, the rapper known as DMX, died April 9. Pop culture reporter Bethonie Butler says his contributions to rap and hip-hop are still felt today.

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Apr 13, 2021
Tracking down the Capitol rioters
How surveillance networks are helping federal authorities track down the Jan. 6 Capitol rioters. And, the legacy of Prince Philip.

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A Washington Post review of hundreds of pages of court records has revealed how federal law enforcement officials are using license plate scanners, facial-recognition software and other controversial surveillance technologies to hunt down Jan. 6 Capitol rioters. Post tech reporter Drew Harwell analyzes their use in one of the biggest criminal investigations in American history

Prince Philip, the former naval officer and husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, died last Friday. He was 99 years old. Reporter Adrian Higgins discusses the prince’s life and legacy.

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Apr 12, 2021
Putting police on trial
This week in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, officers and medical experts testified on the cause of George Floyd’s death. And why it’s so hard to prosecute police officers. 

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During the second week of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, prosecutors focused on two subjects: how the former officer’s tactics, denounced by fellow police officers on the stand, did not align with his training; and what was happening biologically to George Floyd in the key moments before his death. Holly Bailey reports from Minneapolis

Brown University associate professor Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve on the interdependence between prosecutors and police officers – and why it means that officers rarely face consequences in excessive-use-of-force cases

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Apr 09, 2021
Amazon vs. unions
What’s at stake in the biggest union battle this country has seen in decades. The future of community colleges. And, facing the prospect of “vaccine passports.”

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Jay Greene reports on Amazon workers’ fight for a union in a warehouse in Alabama — and the drive’s potential to inspire other workers. 

Normally during an economic downturn, higher-education reporters like Nick Anderson expect to see a rise in enrollment in community colleges. This time, that didn’t happen. Nick explains what that means for these schools and the students they serve, at a time when community colleges are being given increased political attention. 

The scramble to develop vaccine passports — and the potential problems they pose — from health reporter Dan Diamond. 

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Apr 08, 2021
Georgia’s tug-of-war on voting
Understanding Georgia’s controversial new voting law. And, how to tell if it’s allergies … or covid. 

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Georgia just passed a new voting law. Amy Gardner reports on the background of the controversial law and what actually ended up in it. 

As spring reaches full bloom, some allergy sufferers are wondering: Are their stuffy noses and itchy eyes actually symptoms of the coronavirus? Wellness reporter Allyson Chiu allays those fears and answers other reader questions about allergies and vaccines.
Apr 07, 2021
Could the economy get … too good?
Why some prominent economists and Republican lawmakers are worried the economy might recover too quickly. And, what it’s like to be a teenager while lawmakers debate your right to exist.

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The Federal Reserve has emerged as a White House ally in rejecting concerns about overdoing the stimulus. But Rachel Siegel reports that some economists and market analysts are raising alarm bells about the risks of overstimulating the economy and triggering inflation. In other words — could we be recovering too quickly?

What used cars tell us about the risk of too much inflation hitting the economy.

On Tuesday, the nation's first ban on medical treatments for transgender youths passed in Arkansas. Similar bills are being considered in at least 17 other states. Samantha Schmidt reports from one of those states, Missouri, where a transgender girl is struggling to find her voice as legislators attack her right to exist

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Apr 06, 2021
A fourth covid surge?
Experts warn that the United States may be entering a fourth surge of coronavirus cases. And, the things we take when we leave home. 

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Some scientists are warning that the United States is entering a “fourth wave” in the pandemic. Others are questioning that conclusion. Reis Thebault reports. 

When Post community editor Yu Vongkiatkajorn left Chiang Mai at 18, she tried to bring with her a veritable library — books collected over the years, journals she treasured. But when making her home in the United States, the object that stayed with her through her cross-continental moves was an unexpected one: a traditional silk shirt from Thailand that she never wears but lives permanently in her closet. For Post Reports producer Linah Mohammad, she also holds on to clothing, with two scarves that represent the Jordanian and Palestinian parts of her cultural identity. 

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Apr 05, 2021
Can a PSA end a pandemic?
As more vaccines become available in the U.S., the problem stops being supply and starts being how you get everyone to take one. Ariel Plotnick reports on the public health effort to bring the vaccine-hesitant around to getting a shot.

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We want to be educated, not indoctrinated,” say Trump voters wary of coronavirus vaccines. Dan Diamond reports on the findings of a focus group he sat in on last month with vaccine-hesitant Trump voters.

We can do this”: Biden unveils pro-vaccine TV ads and a network of grass-roots leaders to push vaccinations. The administration plans to spend more than $10 million on the ad campaign in April.

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Apr 02, 2021
The witnesses to George Floyd's death
Emotional testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd. And, Biden’s massive infrastructure plan. 

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The murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin began in Minneapolis this week, with emotional testimony from witnesses to George Floyd’s death. National correspondent Holly Bailey lays out what the jurors heard.Follow The Post’s live coverage of the Chauvin trial here

On Wednesday, President Biden unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. Economics reporter Rachel Siegel explains what’s in the sprawling proposal and the challenges Biden will face in garnering congressional support.
Apr 01, 2021
Crossing the border
Thousands are journeying to the border, motivated by complicated personal and practical reasons. Plus, the sound of Mars.

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Migrants are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in large numbers. Arelis R. Hernández rode along with Constable Roque Vela on a dusty road along the Rio Grande in South Texas to talk to some of the people trying to navigate the complicated policies at the border — and learn about why they’re trying to cross it. 

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is recording sound. Martian wind might not sound exciting, but hearing it stopped producer Bishop Sand in his tracks. The rover is continuing to record sounds, and NASA releases them in weekly files at
Mar 31, 2021
Scamming pandemic relief
How scammers raked in millions of dollars in pandemic relief fraud schemes. Advice for vaccinated parents about what to do with their unvaccinated kids. And, what we know about the origin of covid-19.

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Last week, the Justice Department announced that it had charged hundreds of scammers who targeted the trillions of dollars made available through federal aid programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program. Reporter Matt Zapotosky explains how the thieves worked, how they were caught and what the consequences have been — for the scammers and the scammed. 

As more adults become vaccinated against the coronavirus, some vaccinated parents might find themselves in a quandary — while they may be protected, allowing for more freedom in socializing or engaging in other routine activities, their children are not. Wellness reporter Allyson Chiu discusses what that means for summer camp and play dates.

The World Health Organization has released its findings into the origin of the coronavirus. Foreign affairs reporter Emily Rauhala explains the controversy around the report and the answers it has left unanswered.
Mar 30, 2021
Where is Mazen al-Hamada?
After telling the world about the brutality he experienced in a Damascus prison, Mazen al-Hamada mysteriously returned to Syria, into the arms of his tormentors. His story goes to the heart of the Syria tragedy — a decade after the hopeful Arab Spring. 

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After escaping from Syria to the Netherlands, Mazen al-Hamada shared his story about the horrors he had endured in a Damascus prison with audiences across the United States and Europe. 

Then — mysteriously, inexplicably — just over a year ago, he returned to Syria, to risk again the cruelties of the government he had so strenuously denounced. He hasn’t been heard from since. 

In an interview with audio producer Linah Mohammad, Post Beirut bureau chief Liz Sly paints a portrait of a man so haunted by the horrors he endured that he was unable to adapt to a new life in Europe, and explains how his story speaks to the post-Arab Spring Syria:

“Everything has changed and then nothing has changed, in the worst possible ways on both counts.”
Mar 29, 2021
The cost of racism for Asian businesses
The economic cost of racism for Asian businesses. And Tunisia a decade after the Arab Spring.

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There’s an economic cost to racism as Asian business owners reduce hours and shell out for security in the wake of the Atlanta shootings, says business reporter Tracy Jan. 

Tunisia is often considered the biggest “success” of the Arab Spring. A decade later, Claire Parker reports on the people still fighting for democracy in a Tunisia battered by crises.
Mar 26, 2021
Biden’s first news conference
Biden gives his first news conference as president. The NCAA’s problem with women’s basketball. And how a movie studio gave new life to a box office flop.

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On Thursday, President Biden fielded questions from the press about the immigration surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, whether he wants to kill the filibuster and what he plans to do about the war in Afghanistan. Power Up newsletter author Jacqueline Alemany reports on the president’s first formal grilling from reporters.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association says that women’s college basketball does not turn a profit. If that’s true, it’s a result of either incompetence or indifference on the part of the NCAA, says sports columnist Sally Jenkins.

Four years ago, DC Comics’ “Justice League” tanked at the box office. So when fans clamored, years later, for the version initially imagined by its original director, Zack Snyder — a darker, grittier epic of a superhero movie — the studio released it. Comics reporter David Betancourt explains the movement behind the new four-hour “Snyder cut” of “Justice League.”
Mar 25, 2021
Biden’s uphill climb on gun control
President Biden is pushing for new gun-control measures after the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder. Plus, what relaxed rules for art sales mean for the future of museums. 

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Biden is urging Congress to immediately pass stronger gun laws after two mass shootings in less than a week. Reporter Sean Sullivan lays out Biden’s agenda on guns and discusses the challenge he faces in seeing that agenda through. 

Museums have begun using the money from art sales to help them survive the pandemic, but critics say that sets a dangerous precedent. Reporter Peggy McGlone explains. 
Mar 24, 2021
Gun violence in a pandemic
Though mass shootings have happened less often during the pandemic, gun deaths remain high in the U.S. And, an independent panel says the AstraZeneca vaccine trial data is misleading.

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On Monday afternoon, a man walked into a Boulder, Colo., grocery store and started shooting. Ten people were killed, including a responding police officer. Reporter John Woodrow Cox lays out what we know about the second mass shooting in a week and addresses the misconception that gun violence has stalled during the pandemic.

After AstraZeneca announced that trials determined the vaccine it produced with Oxford University was 79 percent effective, an independent panel says the company used outdated and misleading data. William Booth reports on the ramifications. 
Mar 23, 2021
Another vaccine on the horizon?
What we know about the AstraZeneca vaccine. And, the fractured relationship between Google and historically Black colleges and universities. 

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Science reporter Carolyn Y. Johnson breaks down the results of the U.S. trial for the AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine — and its challenges.

Google’s failing approach to recruiting historically Black schools helps explain why there are few Black engineers in Big Tech. Reporter Nitasha Tiku says the pipeline for recruiting Black technical talent needs to be reexamined.
Mar 22, 2021
The case against the filibuster
The fate of the Senate filibuster will decide the future of the Biden presidency. Today, we dive deep into the filibuster’s origins and myths — and we talk to people who say that killing this arcane procedural roadblock is the only way to save the Senate.

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President Biden and Senate Democrats are faced with the question of whether to reform the rules of the filibuster — or even to terminate it altogether. In the view of many Democrats, it’s the only thing holding Biden back from executing ambitious plans on climate change, voting rights, immigration and the minimum wage.

“The disconnect between having a majority — which the Democrats now do — and needing 60 votes, which the Democrats can't get,” says national politics correspondent Philip Bump, “that disconnect really is shaping up to be one of the defining power struggles of the Senate.”

Today, Post Reports looks at the history of the filibuster — and why the myths about its origin obscure a more dismal story about its use to preserve slavery and prevent civil rights for Black Americans. 

“They basically created a de facto supermajority standard for the passage of civil rights bills — and only civil rights bills,” says Adam Jentleson, author of a new book called “Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy.” His research explores the question of whether the Founding Fathers ever intended for a powerful tool like the filibuster. “The evidentiary record is very clear on this,” he says. “They were anti-obstruction.”

The repeated failure of the Senate to defeat filibusters that blocked civil rights was an “institution-wide failure,” according to U.S. Senate historian Daniel Holt, who explains the repeated attempts to bring the filibuster under control. “There was a reluctance to use the mechanisms at hand to force adoption of these bills — much to the detriment of the African Americans in the country.”

Rashad Robinson, the president of Color of Change, recently penned an opinion piece for USA Today about the need to end the filibuster. The legacy of the obstruction of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, he argues, is a dark stain on the Senate and its traditions. “People were literally being lynched, beaten and killed in order for that legislation to happen,” he says. “Blood was spilled in the streets in order to get to 60-plus votes.”

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Mar 19, 2021
A specific kind of racism
A look at the unique vulnerability of spa workers in the wake of the deadly shootings in Atlanta. And how to handle your Zoom fatigue.

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Eight people have died after a gunman opened fire in Asian-run spas in and around Atlanta. Six of the victims were Asian women. Anne Branigin, a staff writer for The Lily, looks at the unique vulnerability of spa workers through the lens of race, class and gender

Zoom fatigue is real. Paulina Firozi reports on what you can do about it
Mar 18, 2021
The shootings in Atlanta
What we know about the shootings Tuesday night at three Atlanta-area spas. Plus, a closer look at the AstraZeneca vaccine controversy. 

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Shootings at three Atlanta-area spas on Tuesday have left eight people dead, including six Asian women, prompting widespread concern that the killings could be the latest in a surge of hate crimes against Asian Americans. Paulina Firozi reports. 

In Europe, several countries have suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Berlin bureau chief Loveday Morris says reports of life-threatening blood clots have brought the vaccine under review by the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency, though the WHO has said the vaccine’s benefits outweigh the risks. Wellness reporter Allyson Chiu explains how scientists are determining whether there’s a connection between the rare blood clots and the vaccine, or if it’s just a coincidence.
Mar 17, 2021
Will Cuomo step down?
Calls for Andrew Cuomo to step down grow as the New York governor faces allegations of sexual harassment from multiple women. The billionaires whose wealth ballooned during the pandemic. And, what the fencing around the Capitol means for our democracy.

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White House reporter Josh Dawsey discusses the controversy surrounding Cuomo and his refusal to resign.

A handful of tech titans made more than $360 billion during the pandemic. Tech culture reporter Nitasha Tiku discusses how the past year is shattering the myth of the benevolent billionaire.

Art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott writes that the danger of right-wing mobs is real. Fencing at the U.S. Capitol won’t help.
Mar 16, 2021
Biden’s border crisis
The influx of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border. And, medical professionals taking on covid-19 — and misinformation. 

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President Biden plans to send FEMA to help with the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Immigration enforcement reporter Nick Miroff explains who is arriving at the border and why

Meet the doctors and nurses who fight covid all day at work. Then, they go online and fight misinformation. Wellness reporter Allyson Chiu reports. 
Mar 15, 2021
A pandemic year
Reflecting on the anniversary of the pandemic, from the eyes of a nurse on New York’s front lines.

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Jessica Montanaro thrives in a high-stakes, high-pressure world. As a nurse at an intensive care unit in New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Montanaro is accustomed to leaping into action when patients’ lives are at stake. And when the coronavirus hit the U.S., Montanaro, like so many health-care workers, found herself at the center of the chaos. 

One year after the WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic, Montanaro reflects on her experiences caring for an influx of covid-19 patients and battling exhaustion and grief in her ICU. In this episode, producer Bishop Sand brings us into Montanaro’s world, as the virus drastically — and permanently — changed it.

Nearly a year ago, Post Reports did another story about Mount Sinai as doctors and nurses braced themselves for the worst of the surge in New York City. Listen back to “A New York hospital transformed by the pandemic.
Mar 12, 2021
The pandemic’s lost students
The search for the students who have gone missing during the pandemic. And, listeners share what has brought them joy this year. 

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Many students have failed to show up for online school since classrooms closed one year ago. Even before the pandemic, districts had to track down children who had stopped showing up or failed to return for a new school year. But this year, such cases are happening in unprecedented numbers, forcing districts to employ extraordinary efforts to track down students, to ensure they are safe and have the resources to learn.

Education reporter Moriah Balingit rode around Detroit with one of the many people tasked with tracking these missing students down. 

And March 11 marks one year since the WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic. We wanted to know: What has brought you joy in the last year?
Mar 11, 2021
A jury of Derek Chauvin’s peers
Jury selection for the trial of Derek Chauvin begins. And, tips for hunting vaccine appointments online. 

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Proceedings have begun for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd. National reporter Mark Berman talks about what to expect at the beginning of what will be a lengthy and highly contentious trial. Outside the Hennepin County courthouse, Joshua Lott describes what it’s like to photograph a city on edge.

Check out The Post’s award-winning special report, George Floyd’s America

Also, tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler with tips for nabbing an appointment online for a vaccine. 

Mar 10, 2021
Vaccinated? Here’s what’s safe.
The CDC guidelines on what fully vaccinated people can — and can’t — do. What we can learn from Israel’s mass vaccination program. And, the risk of plummeting birth rates in France. 

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New guidelines have emerged for fully vaccinated people in the United States. The Post’s Lena H. Sun walks us through what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday about what fully vaccinated people can now do safely

Israel has inoculated over half of the population. Jerusalem bureau chief Steve Hendrix reports on the country’s mass vaccination rollout — its successes and shortcomings.

Early in the pandemic, many were predicting the extra time at home could lead to a baby boom. Foreign correspondent Rick Noack says that in France, at least, it’s been just the opposite: a sharp drop in birth rates since the pandemic started.
Mar 09, 2021
What’s in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill
What’s in the coronavirus relief bill — and what’s not. The story of a Syrian spy. And the royal fallout from that Oprah interview. 

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Joby Warrick covers national security and weapons proliferation for The Post. In his latest book, “Red Line,” he looks at how a spy working for Syria’s chemical weapons program ended up delivering secrets to the CIA.

Meghan and Harry sat down for a blockbuster interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday on CBS. The Post’s Jennifer Hassan reports that this isn’t the first time British royals or British tabloids have been accused of racism and sexism.
Mar 08, 2021
A turning point for voting rights
The future of voting rights — in state legislatures across the country and before the Supreme Court.

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In recent weeks, Republican state legislators across the country have been proposing and voting on a variety of voting restrictions. Politics reporter Amy Gardner examines the onslaught of legislation intended to limit mail-in ballots, early-voting periods and ballot boxes — and the motivations behind the proposals. 

On Tuesday, a key part of the Voting Rights Act was stress-tested before the Supreme Court. Gilda Daniels, a former deputy chief in the Justice Department and the author of “Uncounted: The Crisis of Voting Suppression in America,” breaks down the arguments before the court. 
Mar 05, 2021
The legacy of a conspiracy theory
How the conspiracy theories that fueled “Pizzagate” were a harbinger of QAnon. Texas in the aftermath of the devastating winter storms. And, a remembrance of Vernon Jordan.

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The “Pizzagate” gunman has been released from prison. After Edgar Maddison Welch entered a popular D.C. pizzeria and fired shots in December 2016, he told law enforcement that he had gone there to investigate a conspiracy theory. Reporter Mike Miller explains how Pizzagate signaled the deepening of violence linked to conspiracy theories that would later lead to the siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

The power is back on, but millions of Texans wonder what it will take to fully recover — and who will help them. National correspondent Arelis Hernández reports on the Lone Star State two weeks after the deadly winter storms led to a near-collapse of the state’s power grid. 

Robin Givhan on the legacy and life of Vernon Jordan, and how he made being a Black man in America look effortless.
Mar 04, 2021
Don’t mask with Texas
Texas lifts its coronavirus measures requiring masks and allows businesses to reopen. President Biden’s first failed Cabinet nomination. And the building that reminds people of … the poop emoji.

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Politics reporter Philip Bump breaks down Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott’s decision to reopen the state’s businesses and lift its mask mandate — and why it’s not an opportune time to do it. 

White House reporter Seung Min Kim explains why Neera Tanden, President Biden’s controversial pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, withdrew her nomination after facing opposition from both Democrats and Republicans

The strangely shaped Helix is a distraction, art and architecture critic Phillip Kennicott writes. There’s a lot more to Amazon’s new D.C.-area headquarters than meets the eye.
Mar 03, 2021
Gen Z leads LGBT shift
Generation Z is breaking with binary notions of gender and sexuality. And, how the first season of “The Bachelor” to feature a Black man has only highlighted the show’s racism problem.    

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Recent surveys show that a growing percentage of the U.S. population identifies as LGBT. What’s less clear is why. Is it because of a real shift in sexual orientation and gender identity? Or is it because of a greater willingness among young people to identify as LGBT? Samantha Schmidt reports. 

The “Bachelor” franchise is facing a public reckoning after revelations about a contestant’s racist past. Style reporter Emily Yahr and Vulture writer Ali Barthwell explain what happened, and what this episode can tell us about Bachelor Nation and reality television as a whole.

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Mar 02, 2021
Biden’s Middle East woes
The U.S. intelligence report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi is finally released. And, how Donald Trump took a wrecking ball to U.S. relations in the Mideast, and whether President Biden will be able to recalibrate foreign policy in the region.

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The Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, approved the operation that led to the death of Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. National security reporter Karen DeYoung explains what we know from the long-awaited intelligence report. 

Foreign affairs columnist Ishaan Tharoor discusses the Mideast problems piling up for Biden, and whether the new administration will be able to accomplish its ambitious agenda in the region. “After four years of what's been perceived as kind of wrecking-ball diplomacy by Trump when it comes to the Middle East, it's a pretty thorny set of challenges that await President Biden, having to both think through what these challenges mean for his American interests, but also having to undo some of the work that Trump did,” Tharoor says.

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Mar 01, 2021
The violence rattling Asian Americans
Asian American communities are bracing themselves against an increase of violent assaults, leaving the marginalized group feeling under attack and isolated. 

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Attacks against Asian Americans are surging. While data is scant, the numbers in New York City and San Francisco — cities with large, long established Asian American communities — are up. 

Racially motivated attacks are chronically underreported, reporter Marian Liu says. “On top of that, there's a high threshold to proving what a hate crime is.” 

Liu spoke with Post Reports senior producer Reena Flores about the recent string of viral videos showing violence against elderly Asian Americans and how those attacks have left people in the minority group fearful. “The community has been left feeling very isolated.” Liu says. “They had to report this on their own, create their own database. And many have taken to patrolling their own streets —like people are patrolling Chinatown on their own.” 

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Feb 26, 2021
A balancing act in Honduras
As President Biden seeks to reset immigration policy, uncertainty surrounds the U.S. relationship with Honduras and its president, Juan Orlando Hernández, who is implicated in drug trafficking. 

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For four years, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández built his governing program around the demands of the Trump administration, which in turn stayed out of Honduras’s domestic affairs. 

Now, that arrangement is ending, and Hernández is finding himself in a precarious position as the United States pivots from one administration to another. 

Mexico City bureau chief Kevin Sieff spent a week with Hernández and his team. He spoke with producer Alexis Diao about that surreal week, and how the biggest threat to Hernández could be an extradition treaty he pushed through himself.

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Feb 25, 2021
Will a minimum-wage hike save the economy?
Behind the fight over raising the minimum wage — and why the Senate parliamentarian is at the center of it. Plus, boomers embrace online shopping. 

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President Biden’s push to increase the federal minimum wage is facing significant hurdles in Congress, opposed by skeptical Republicans, centrist Democrats and many business owners. Labor reporter Eli Rosenberg lays out the cases for and against the policy as a tool of financial relief during the pandemic.

Obscure Senate procedures are also complicating the issue. Post producer Arjun Singh and lawyer Jonathan Gould explain the role of the Senate parliamentarian in deciding whether Democrats can squeeze a federal minimum-wage hike into a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package using the budget reconciliation process. 

Older Americans are increasing buying groceries — and just about everything else — on the Internet. Abha Bhattarai unpacks boomers’ growing tech savvy

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Feb 24, 2021
An apolitical Justice Department?
Merrick Garland’s plans for the Department of Justice. And, another push to provide pandemic loans to small businesses.

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President Biden has vowed to remake the Department of Justice, placing a greater emphasis on promoting racial justice, criminal justice reform, and investigating and rooting out domestic terrorism. His nominee for U.S. attorney general, Merrick Garland, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. Matt Zapotosky reports. 

Business reporter Aaron Gregg explains the change in coronavirus relief that could help more mom-and-pop businesses survive the pandemic.

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Feb 23, 2021
Pregnancy, coronavirus vaccines and a difficult choice
Pregnant people and their babies face severe risks if they get infected with the coronavirus. Newly available vaccines could be a source of hope. But without good data, many pregnant people are agonizing over whether the shots are right for them.

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As vaccines become more widely available, many pregnant people are being asked to decide whether they’re ready to trust and receive a shot. For some, that decision could be the difference between life and death. 

False claims tying vaccines to infertility are driving doubts among women of childbearing age. Health officials worry their hesitation may affect efforts to reach immunization targets.

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Feb 22, 2021
Why so many Texans still don't have water
Most Texans are finally getting their power back, but millions of people are still without water as the crisis escalates in the storm-ravaged state. And why coronavirus cases are finally dropping in the United States.

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Although most Texans have finally had their power restored, millions of people are now facing a water crisis because of cracked pipes and knocked out water-treatment plants. Arelis Hernández reports from San Antonio.

The rate of newly recorded coronavirus infections is plummeting from coast to coast and the worst surge yet is finally relenting. Writer Reis Thebault on why covid-19 cases are dropping.
Feb 19, 2021
The rise and fall of Philly’s mass vaccination clinic
Philadelphia’s first mass vaccination site looked like a model of 21st-century efficiency — until the city abruptly shut it down after losing trust in the group that ran it. Plus, how the pandemic has led some men to realize they need deeper friendships. 

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A mass vaccination clinic in Philadelphia opened with fanfare but closed amid rifts of trust. Frances Stead Sellers explains the swift rise and fall of Philly Fighting Covid. 

No game days. No bars. Samantha Schmidt reports on how the pandemic is making some men realize they need deeper friendships. 
Feb 18, 2021
The lone grid state
Understanding the freezing weather sweeping across the United States — and why Texas’s independent power grid was doomed to fail in its wake. Plus, NASA tries to land a car on Mars.

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At least 14 people are dead in four states after a record-breaking cold snap swept through parts of the United States. Meteorologist Matthew Cappucci explains the science behind the freezing temperatures — and why the country might be bracing for more.

Will Englund reports on how the Texas power grid got crushed because its operators weren’t prepared

NASA’s Mars rover, Perseverance, could be in for a bumpy landing Thursday. But if it survives the “seven minutes of terror,” Perseverance could hold the key to future exploration of the Red Planet. 
Feb 17, 2021
How many extremists are in the military?
Why it won’t be easy to root out far-right extremism in the military. Why Indian farmers are protesting. And who pours the kibble for the first dogs? 

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In the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the Pentagon is struggling to answer a basic question: How many extremists work among its ranks? Missy Ryan reports. 

In Delhi, tens of thousands of Indian farmers have formed a protest encampment several miles long. Joanna Slater traces the origins of the revolt

Graphics reporter Bonnie Berkowitz on who takes care of White House dogs. 

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Feb 16, 2021
‘Presidential’: Andrew Johnson
In honor of Presidents’ Day, the story of a president who was impeached during a time of great division: Andrew Johnson. This story is from The Post’s podcast “Presidential” with Lillian Cunningham.

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Feb 15, 2021
Liz Cheney’s ‘vote of conscience’
There’s one big question hanging over the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump: How many Republicans will be willing to break with the former president and vote to convict? Today, a story about the potential cost of a vote of “conscience” and what that can tell us about the future of the GOP.

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Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump prompted a voter rebellion in the Republican’s home state— and the backlash shows that loyalty to the former president runs deep in the GOP. Post Reports senior producer Reena Flores went to Wyoming to report on the schism in the Republican party.

The Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump is ongoing, and there’s still an open question about how many Republicans will decide to break with the former president and vote to convict him. You can follow The Post’s live coverage here.

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Feb 12, 2021
A split screen of two presidents
As the impeachment trial continues, the former and the current president are pursuing very different strategies: One is watching the trial closely, while the other is doing everything he can to demonstrate that he is not watching at all.

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Former president Donald Trump has been watching his second impeachment trial closely, while President Biden messages that he has better things to do. Ashley Parker, The Post’s White House bureau chief, and reporter Anne Gearan paint a sharp juxtaposition between the current and former presidents this week. 

Catch up on the latest from the impeachment trial by listening to The Daily 202’s Big Idea, The Post’s morning news briefing.

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Feb 11, 2021
The mob that Trump built?
House managers make the case that Donald Trump spent months laying the groundwork for January’s riot at the Capitol. Plus, how the states that are pulling ahead in vaccinations are getting it done.

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On Wednesday, arguments began in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Politics reporter Aaron Blake unpacks House Democrats’ strategies

This week, the United States passed an encouraging milestone: 10 percent of the population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. And a somewhat surprising collection of states has been leading the pack. National correspondent Griff Witte explains what they’re getting right. Then, Post Reports producer Jordan-Marie Smith speaks with Anne Zink, the chief medical officer of Alaska, about why that state is leading the pack, despite a sprawling and challenging landscape.

As the impeachment trial continues this week, consider going back to listen to our deep-dive into the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6. That episode gives a moment-by-moment breakdown of the riot, with voices you may not have heard before, and insight into the events at the center of the impeachment trial. That episode of Post Reports is called “Four Hours of Insurrection,” and you can find it here or wherever you get your podcasts.

For the latest impeachment news, check out The Washington Post’s live blog, or The Daily 202’s Big Idea, a morning news briefing from The Washington Post. 

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Feb 10, 2021
‘The framers’ worst nightmare come to life’
The impeachment trial begins with an argument about whether it is constitutional in the first place. And, how the Keystone XL pipeline became a political shorthand for climate policy. 

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On the first day of former president Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, his attorneys are asking: Can a president even be impeached after he has left office? Reporter Ann E. Marimow explains the constitutional questions at play.

President Biden has said that addressing climate change is one of his foremost priorities as president. And since his first day in office, he has taken aim at controversial oil and gas policies, such as the previous administration’s support of the divisive Keystone XL pipeline. Senior national affairs reporter Juliet Eilperin on the future of pipelines in the United States

As the impeachment trial continues this week, consider going back to listen to our deep-dive into the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6. That episode gives a moment-by-moment breakdown of the riot, with voices you may not have heard before, and insight into the events at the center of the impeachment trial. That episode of Post Reports is called “Four Hours of Insurrection,” and you can find it here or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Feb 09, 2021
Trump’s rhetoric on trial
On the cusp of another impeachment trial, court documents point to how former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric allegedly fueled the rioters who attacked the Capitol. And, whether double-masking makes sense.

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Reporter Rosalind S. Helderman shares the latest in the impending impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump.

Health reporter Fenit Nirappil explains whether people should start wearing surgical masks beneath their fabric masks — especially as coronavirus variants spread.

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Feb 08, 2021
Democrats prepare to go it alone on covid relief
What you need to know about the economic relief package, and how Democrats are pushing it through Congress without any Republican support. And America’s chicken wing crisis. 

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In an early morning vote Friday, the Senate passed a budget bill that paves the way for President Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic relief plan. Reporter Jeff Stein reports on why Democrats soured on bipartisan efforts and ultimately decided to move forward without GOP support. 

Meanwhile, America is facing another deficit: chicken wings. “The pandemic has caused us to eat so much chicken,” explains business reporter Jacob Bogage. “Now that it's time for the Super Bowl, we no longer have enough chicken wings.”
Feb 05, 2021
Putin’s latest gamble
The Kremlin cracks down on opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s supporters all over Russia. And, how Pfizer is making the most of its available vaccine doses. 

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President Vladimir Putin has continued efforts to quash massive protests in Russia, spurred by the arrest and sentencing of recently returned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Robyn Dixon reports from Moscow.

Health business reporter Christopher Rowland explains how the Pfizer drug company is squeezing extra doses from overfilled vials of its coronavirus vaccine. 

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Feb 04, 2021
The GOP’s Marjorie Taylor Greene problem
How Republicans helped prop up the controversial congresswoman from Georgia. Why nursing home workers keep turning down vaccines. And, a tale of two ski resorts. 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene didn’t get to Congress on her own. Michael Kranish explores how prominent Republicans promoted the follower of extremist QAnon ideology, helping to usher her to power and ultimately deepening rifts in the party.

Reporter Rachel Chason explains the skepticism amongst nursing home workers to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Across the Franco-Swiss border, reporter Rick Noack finds a tale of two very different ski resorts where covid rules clash, and regional policies are having a major impact on tourism.

What you need to know about the coronavirus variants.
Feb 03, 2021
What happens after Myanmar’s coup?
Monday’s military coup in Myanmar was a long time coming. But what happens next? And, Canada vaccinates its homeless population. 

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Reporters Shibani Mahtani and Anne Gearan contextualize the overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government in Myanmar.

Foreign correspondent Amanda Coletta reports on Canada’s efforts to vaccinate people experiencing homelessness.

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Feb 02, 2021
The ex-president’s defense
Former president Donald Trump plans his impeachment defense. Why a new vaccine could be a game-changer. And, the owl pellet economy.

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Trump’s legal team unravels as the former president sticks to his script on his false claims of having won the 2020 presidential election. Reporter Josh Dawsey reports on what this means for the impeachment trial.

Carolyn Y. Johnson breaks down the single-shot coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

Christopher Ingraham’s kids loved dissecting owl pellets. The reporter took note and found out more about the owl pellet economy.
Feb 01, 2021
The Man in the Middle
How a moderate West Virginia Democrat could decide what Biden can do on climate change. Plus, the story of a snowstorm, six expiring vaccines and a group of dedicated health-care workers. 

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One coal state senator holds the key to Biden’s ambitious climate agenda — and it’s not Mitch McConnell. Climate and science writer Sarah Kaplan reports.

When Oregon health-care workers got stuck in a snowstorm with expiring vaccines, they got creative. Andrea Salcedo reports. 

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Jan 29, 2021
Gaming Wall Street
How ordinary investors, spurred on by a Reddit message board, took on the big Wall Street funds and sent GameStop share prices soaring. Plus, how President Biden is using the pandemic to try to expand access to health coverage.
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Business reporter Hamza Shaban explains what you need to know about GameStop’s stock price chaos. 

On Thursday, President Biden signed two executive actions, one of which was designed to expand access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. Health-care policy reporter Amy Goldstein on how the action is a direct response to the pandemic

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Jan 28, 2021
All the (former) president’s men
Why President Biden may not be able to fire some federal employees appointed during the Trump administration. The first Latino senator from California. And, what the new federal mask mandate means for you. 

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Lisa Rein reports that while Biden is firing some top Trump holdovers, in some cases, his hands may be tied.

How do Biden’s new mask orders work? Health reporter William Wan explains. 

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Jan 27, 2021
The battle over reopening schools
The growing tensions between school systems and teachers unions. Plus, Biden's Cabinet may be “the most diverse in history,” but his pick for agriculture secretary has reignited criticism over the USDA’s treatment of Black farmers.

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Chicago teachers are deadlocked with the school district over their reopening plans, but Chicago is far from alone. Education reporter Perry Stein explains the growing tensions between teachers unions and school systems

On Tuesday, CDC researchers published a data review in the Journal of the American Medical Association finding that there has been little spread of coronavirus in schools when precautions such as masks and social distancing are in place.

Producer Jordan-Marie Smith talked to reporter Laura Reiley about why Tom Vilsack’s nomination as agriculture secretary reopened old wounds for Black farmers.

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Jan 26, 2021
Whose Senate is it anyway?
A standoff in the Senate. How essential workers are faring almost a year into the coronavirus pandemic. And, why vaccine rollout has been so slow in France.

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When President Biden took office last week, he promised sweeping, bipartisan legislation to solve the pandemic, fix the economy and overhaul immigration. Just days later, the Senate ground to a halt, its members unable to agree on rules for how the evenly divided body should operate. Reporter Mike DeBonis unpacks the standstill

At the start of the pandemic, grocery workers were lauded by their companies and customers for their essential work. Some leveraged that support into hazard pay. Some successfully pushed for mask enforcement in their stores. Almost a year later, they’re still on the front lines every day – but appreciation for their sacrifice has waned. Photographer May-Ying Lam reports on the plight of these essential workers

France has had a particularly slow vaccine rollout, especially compared with its European neighbors like Germany. Foreign affairs reporter Rick Noack explains the delays facing one of the world’s most vaccine-skeptical countries

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Jan 25, 2021
400,000 people are dead. Can Biden change course?
How President Biden plans to combat the pandemic in his first 100 days. Where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went wrong with testing, and what it cost us. And what the U.K. coronavirus variant means for you.

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Just ahead of President Biden’s inauguration, the United States reached a grim milestone — 400,000 people have died of the coronavirus, a quarter of them in the past month. Health policy reporter Amy Goldstein lays out the new administration’s plan for wrangling in the pandemic.

The CDC’s response to what has become the nation’s deadliest pandemic marked a low point in its 74-year history. Investigative reporter David Willman explains why the agency squandered valuable time designing its own test when others were available earlier on. 

The highly contagious variant of the coronavirus first seen in Britain may become the dominant strain in the United States, per the CDC. Science writer Joel Achenbach reports.

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Jan 22, 2021
All-American terrorism
A wake-up call for federal law enforcement on domestic terrorism. How journalists who cover the White House are recalibrating post-Trump. And dogs return to the White House.

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National security reporter Shane Harris explains the soul-searching happening in federal law enforcement after Jan. 6, and how domestic terrorism might be handled in the United States. 

A conversation with Allison Michaels, host of the Post politics podcast “Can He Do That?” on the show’s pivot to the new administration.

Style reporter Maura Judkis reports on the return of Big Dog Energy to the White House. 

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Jan 21, 2021
The 46th president
An inauguration like no other. And how the White House residence staff say goodbye to one first family and hello to another. 

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Joe Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, calling for unity in a speech to a divided nation. White House reporter Sean Sullivan reports. 

Kamala D. Harris is the first woman, and the first woman of color, to become vice president. Producer Jordan-Marie Smith talks to Harris's Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters about how they’re celebrating.

Moving presidents’ families into and out of the White House is a complicated process, expertly coordinated by the chief usher of the residence. Graphics reporter Bonnie Berkowitz describes the delicate dance, usually completed in under five hours. 

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Jan 20, 2021
Biden’s first days
Why the nation’s capital feels like a ghost town. What President-elect Joe Biden wants to get done on his first day in office. And why the Secret Service has been paying $3,000 a month for a bathroom. 

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President-elect Joe Biden has long been eager to undo and reshape policies advanced by the Trump administration over the past four years. Come Wednesday, he’ll make liberal use of his executive powers to do it, Matt Viser reports.

Peter Jamison was reporting on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s potential departure from D.C., and he discovered a bizarre detail: The federal government used $3,000 a month of taxpayer dollars to pay for a bathroom for their Secret Service detail to use. The Trump-Kushner family has half a dozen bathrooms in their household, but according to neighbors and law enforcement officials, the people charged with keeping the family safe were instructed not to use any of them.

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Jan 19, 2021
Tulsa, 100 years later
The plight of black entrepreneurs in Tulsa, nearly a century after one of the nation’s worst acts of racial violence. 

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In 1921, a White mob descended on the Greenwood district of Tulsa, killing scores of African Americans, and looting and burning their businesses to the ground. The Tulsa massacre decimated Greenwood, a commercial hub once hailed as the height of Black enterprise. 

But as Tracy Jan reports, Black erasure in Tulsa is hardly a remnant of the past. Today, Black entrepreneurs in historic Greenwood feel threatened yet again, as gentrification drives up property values and Black business owners get priced out of land ownership — and some of them are asking why there still hasn’t been restitution for the past. 

In case you missed it: On Friday’s episode of Post Reports, we went in deep on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. With firsthand accounts from Post journalists, members of Congress and police, we reconstructed the events of that day, and answered some big questions about how it happened, why it happened and what might happen in the future. If you haven’t heard it yet, definitely go back to take a listen. That episode from Friday is called “Four hours of insurrection.”

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Jan 18, 2021
Four hours of insurrection
Today, we reconstruct the riot inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — hearing from the lawmakers, journalists and law enforcement officials who were there, and answering lingering questions about how things went so wrong. 

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The four-hour insurrection: How a mob of Trump supporters tried to disrupt American democracy. 

Reporters Rebecca Tan, Marissa J. Lang, Rhonda Colvin, and photojournalist Bill O’Leary were all witnesses to the violence on Jan. 6. They share their harrowing accounts of what it was like, inside and outside of the Capitol.

Reporter Peter Hermann explains how battered D.C. police made a stand against the Capitol mob. 

And reporter Carol D. Leonnig chronicles the experience of outgoing Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who told her that House and Senate security officials hamstrung his efforts to call in the National Guard.

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Jan 15, 2021
A brief history of tear gas in America
Tear gas is a chemical weapon banned in war. So why do police departments still use it on civilians in the United States? Producer Linah Mohammad and reporter Devlin Barrett examine the history of tear gas and the ethical questions about its use.

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Over the summer, tear gas was deployed to disperse peaceful protesters outside of St. John’s Church near the White House before President Trump posed with a Bible in front of the church, raising questions about the use of the chemical agent by law enforcement. 

Listen to the audio documentary KUOW at 65: The Battle in Seattle here.

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Jan 14, 2021
Impeached, again
President Trump is impeached by the House — again. And, inside a California hospital overwhelmed by the pandemic.
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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for the second time, on the charge of incitement of insurrection. This time, some Republicans supported the move, like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). Reporter Mike DeBonis reports on what it was like to be there today.

And while we’ve all been transfixed by the attack on the Capitol and its fallout – there's still a pandemic happening. On Tuesday, more than 4,200 Americans died of covid-19. Jon Gerberg is a video journalist for The Post. He got rare access to a hospital in California where a covid-19 surge has completely overwhelmed the health-care system. He talked about it with producer Linah Mohammad. 

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Jan 13, 2021
Who’s in charge of the GOP?
A widening rift in the Republican Party. What FBI officials knew about the siege of the Capitol, and when they knew it. And, why the February Vogue cover of Kamala Harris is causing a stir.

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Political reporter Michael Scherer explains how the Capitol riot is escalating a fight for the soul of the Republican Party, with pro-Trump conspiracy theorists on one side and the party establishment on the other. 

The Washington Post has learned that a day before rioters stormed Congress, an FBI report warned of “war” at the Capitol. That information contradicts a senior official’s declaration that the bureau had no intelligence indicating anyone at last week’s rally planned to do harm. National security reporter Matt Zapotosky lays out what we know about why law enforcement didn’t do more with the information. 

The nation’s first female vice president-elect has been photographed for the cover of February’s Vogue magazine, and a vocal chorus on social media is displeased with the images. The Post’s senior critic-at-large, Robin Givhan, explains why. 

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Jan 12, 2021
The insurrection planned in plain sight
How tech companies are responding to the far-right extremism on their platforms. Why we should have seen the siege on the Capitol coming. And, a brief history of presidential pettiness.

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The planning for last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol happened largely in plain view, with chatters in far-right forums explicitly discussing how to storm the building, handcuff lawmakers with zip ties, and disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s election. Those planners, however, are starting to lose their platforms, says reporter Drew Harwell. 

The scale of the siege was foreshadowed heavily on far-right social media websites, says researcher RazzanNakhlawi. And the groups who organized it – they’ve been around for years, and they’re not going anywhere

President Trump says he will not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Writer Ronald G. Shafer explains that while this is uncommon in recent history, he’s not the first president to do so.

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Jan 11, 2021
Trump’s ‘American Carnage’
Trump’s promise for a smooth transition of power might be too late, amid growing calls to remove him from office. After the attack on the Capitol, lawmakers seemed to come together — but will that last with a 50-50 Senate? And an update from Georgia.

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White House bureau chief Phil Rucker brings us behind the scenes of a week when President Trump incited a mob of his supporters to attack the Capitol, and then, grudgingly, admitted his loss. 

With Democratic victories in Georgia’s runoff elections, the Senate will be equally split, with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris serving as a tie-breaking vote. David Fahrenthold breaks down what that could look like

Last month, our host Martine Powers and producer Ted Muldoon reported from Georgia on the runoff elections, and all the people on the ground who were working to deliver a victory to the Democrats — and the first Black senator from the state. One of those people was Bob Melvin, who we learned after the canvassing trip had contracted the coronavirus. We checked in with him this week after the Democrats’ victory.

Correction: A previous version of this episode mistakenly said that Trump would be the second president to skip his successor’s Inauguration. In fact, there have been at least three others — John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson.

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Jan 08, 2021
What happens after an insurrection?
The public fracturing of the Republican Party. Security failures at the Capitol. And, questions about why predominantly White rioters got kid-glove treatment from police.

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Lawmakers, rattled and angry, reconvened to certify election results after an angry pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Seung Min Kim reports on the very public schism laid bare in the Republican Party. 

National security reporter Shane Harris on the massive failure of law enforcement to protect the building. 

Michael Brice-Saddler on the stark contrast between policing of predominantly White rioters at the Capitol and the Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrating last year. The comparison reveals a case of privilege, Brice-Saddler says. 

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Jan 07, 2021
Two Americas collide
The U.S. Capitol has been breached by a pro-Trump mob during the process of confirming Joe Biden’s vistory in the presidential election. Meanwhile, another election in Georgia is wrapping up — with control of the Senate hanging in the balance. 

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A violent mob has breached the U.S. Capitol, halting a congressional count of electoral votes. Follow live updates here. 

Results from the Senate runoffs in Georgia signal a Democratic flip in the state, and in the Senate. National reporter Cleve Wootson reports from Atlanta

Eugene Scott, a reporter for The Fix, breaks down what we know about who voted in the Georgia runoffs, and how. 

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Jan 06, 2021
Can America’s vaccine rollout be fixed?
Why the vaccine rollout has been slower than expected in the United States. And, the political theater of counting electoral college votes. 

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On Wednesday, Joe Biden will be one step closer to the presidency. Rosalind S. Helderman reports on what to expect during the congressional counting of electoral votes, and the futility of Republican lawmakers' objections

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Jan 05, 2021
‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’
What President Trump’s pressure campaign to overturn his election defeat sounds like. And, a nursing home’s creative solution to physical isolation.

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Amy Gardner explains why Trump’s latest phone call to Georgia officials has legal scholars crying foul.

And as the nation keeps a close eye on Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoff elections, it’s a good time to revisit Post Reports’ deep dive into the real — and perceived — voter suppression in the state. 

And, after months of isolation, a “hug room” in Italy lets nursing home residents touch their families for the first time, reports Chico Harlan.

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Jan 04, 2021
Georgia on our minds
As the dust settled after the November election, it became clear that the balance of power in Washington would all hinge on two Senate runoffs in Georgia. Whether President-elect Joe Biden will be able to accomplish major parts of his agenda, whether Congress will remain gridlocked, whether there will be single party rule or a still divided government -- it all comes down to Georgia. 

Attention, money and volunteers have poured into the state. But how much do we really understand about Georgia’s politics or history? Our host Martine Powers and producer Ted Muldoon bring us today’s dispatch from Georgia about these two runoff races, the history that led up to them and the ways that real and perceived voter suppression have collided in this one remarkable political moment.

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The Post’s political reporter Cleve Wootson has been reporting on the runoffs from Georgia for more than a month -- including looking at the massive amount of money and attention on the races. Records show Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock each raised more than $100 million in two months.

President Trump has been blasting Georgia’s election system. Many Republicans plan to vote in the Senate runoffs anyway.

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Dec 30, 2020
Love, actually … isn’t all around
A story of love and family — and deadlines. 

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For Post Reports producer Linah Mohammad, moving back in with her parents to weather the pandemic in Texas seemed like a harmless idea. 

But then Mohammad, who is single, turned 25 — a milestone sometimes deemed “the cutoff age for eligibility” for Arab women to marry — and suddenly her parents’ involvement in her love life made things a lot more complicated.

So she decided to do something she’d never done before: let her parents arrange a date.

Mohammad’s piece originally aired on the “This American Life” episode “Twenty-five.” 

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Dec 29, 2020
Underwater during a pandemic
In April, a massive dam failure in Midland, Mich., left an entire community underwater amid the pandemic. Jacob May saw the flood ravage his hometown and recorded an audio diary. This is Jacob’s story, and an update on how he’s doing now.

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Back in the spring, the producers of the Post podcast “All Told” put together a series of audio diaries, bringing listeners inside different people’s experiences of the pandemic. One of those diaries was from Jacob May. In late April, a dam in Midland, Mich., failed massively. It left an entire community literally underwater. At the time, Jacob was a high school senior. He saw the devastation ravage his hometown. Today, we’re re-airing Jacob’s audio diary, and a follow-up interview to see how he’s doing now.

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Dec 28, 2020
‘Presidential’: The story of Joe Biden
We really thought we knew everything there is to know about Joe Biden. … But then we heard this episode of “Presidential” with Lillian Cunningham and the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos, and we learned so much that we wanted to share it with you here. 

We’re taking a couple days off for Christmas. We hope you are safe and cozy wherever you are, whether you celebrate or not. We’ll be back on Monday, Dec. 28, with more stories from The Washington Post.

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Find the “Presidential” podcast here, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Dec 23, 2020
London on lockdown
A new mutation of the coronavirus is spreading in the U.K. — and causing chaos at certain ports of entry as Britain prepares to leave the European Union. Plus, the historic nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland to be interior secretary.

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The U.K. coronavirus mutation prompts more travel bans and major freight disruptions. The timing couldn’t be worse, London bureau chief Bill Booth says, as Britain prepares to leave the European Union. 

President-elect Joe Biden has picked Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico as his nominee for interior secretary. If confirmed, she’ll be the first Native American to serve in the position, managing the department that oversees the country’s tribal lands and has historically slighted Indigenous peoples in the United States.
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Dec 22, 2020
Is $900 billion too little too late?
What’s in the new stimulus package? The people stealing to survive during a pandemic. And a dispatch from America’s oldest Chinatown. 

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Rachel Siegel explains what Congress included in the long-awaited stimulus deal — and what it left out

More people are shoplifting food during the pandemic, according to retailers, police departments and researchers around the country. Abha Bhattarai reports on the Americans struggling to survive covid-19’s harsh economic realities.  

Jada Chin details the pandemic plight of small businesses in a neighborhood that has remained a shining beacon for immigrants: San Francisco’s historic Chinatown. 

Check out our NABJ award-winning episodes! We were honored with the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence for two episodes of Post Reports: one on finding joy in Black motherhood and another on Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s time at Howard.

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Dec 21, 2020
The sensibility of Janet Yellen
How president-elect Joe Biden has tapped Janet Yellen to be the first female treasury secretary. And the mall Santas making it work. 

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Economist Janet L. Yellen has had many jobs, even in the White House. Now, she’s going to be the secretary of the Treasury Department — if confirmed — in Biden’s Cabinet. Economics correspondent Heather Long explains the significance of her nomination.

And, this year, Santa performers are braving the pandemic with plexiglass, sanitation elves and snow globe bubbles.

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Dec 18, 2020
From Russia, with malware
What Russia hacked this time. Why America’s biggest companies are laying people off during a pandemic – while boasting record profits. And new coronavirus tests you can take at home.

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The U.S. government spent billions on a system for detecting hacks. The Russians outsmarted it, as national security reporter Ellen Nakashima explains. 

Some of America’s biggest companies have made a killing off the pandemic. But their record profits haven’t stopped them from laying off thousands of people, says corporate accountability reporter Doug MacMillan. 

How do home tests for coronavirus work? Health and science reporter William Wan explains.

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Dec 17, 2020
Get rich or vote trying
How members of Congress vote to enrich themselves. Why Biden is pursuing an unconventional pick for defense secretary. And what happened when The Post’s food critic got covid-19.

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Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia aren’t alone in drawing scrutiny over their stock portfolios. Chris Ingraham dives into new research showing that lawmakers with stock holdings vote in ways that juice their portfolios.

Dan Lamothe explains the controversy surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the Defense Department – and why recently-retired military leaders are typically frowned upon for the job.

When food critic Tim Carman first fell ill with covid-19 earlier this year, he feared a loss of taste and smell. But, as Carman writes, it turned out to be much worse.

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Dec 16, 2020
The vaccine is here. She got it first.
Meet Sandra Lindsay, the first person to get a coronavirus vaccine in the United States. And a closer look at President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken. 

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The vaccine is now being administered in the United States as hospitals struggle to keep up with coronavirus patients. Science reporter Ben Guarino on why this New York critical care nurse got the country’s first coronavirus shot: “We were scared.”

Biden has picked Antony Blinken to be secretary of state. The nomination emphasizes experience and the foreign policy establishment, according to national security reporter John Hudson.

Late last week, the first coronavirus vaccine was approved for emergency use. But as we reported on Post Reports, the country will now embark on a finely orchestrated, high-stakes process to distribute and administer doses. Meet the people inside a supply chain that could end the pandemic.

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Dec 15, 2020
Immigration under Trump
Looking back at four years of Trump’s immigration policies. Plus, setting egg-spectations for Britain’s pubs under covid.

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In 2015, Donald Trump ran on the promise to overhaul immigration — a vow he made good on as soon as he was sworn in. Immigration reporter Maria Sacchetti takes us through all the steps President Trump took to change the U.S. immigration system, from banning travel from some Muslim-majority countries to separating families, and the potentially lasting change in tone and rhetoric around immigration.

Adam Taylor explains the debate over coronavirus rules that is entangling Britain’s politics: Is a scotch egg a substantial meal?

Black country music star Charley Pride died Saturday at the age of 86. Listen to a past episode of Post Reports about the Black roots of country music.

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Dec 14, 2020
Policing mental health crises
What can go wrong when police are the ones responding to mental health crises. And grieving virtually during the pandemic.

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The final moments of Stacy Kenny’s life are captured on a recorded 911 call. 

Kenny, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, begs an emergency operator to explain why she’s been pulled over. 

The officers – Springfield Sgt. Rick A. Lewis and Officer Kraig Akins – smash the windows on her car. They Taser her twice, punch her in the face more than a dozen times and try to pull her out by her hair. She is unarmed and restrained by her locked seatbelt.

Her life ends – as does the call – when she tries to flee by driving away with one of the officers still inside the car. He shoots her in the head.

In 2019, her death in Springfield, Ore., was one of 1,324 fatal shootings by police over the past six years that involved someone police said was in the throes of a mental health crisis. 

Investigative reporter Kimberly Kindy breaks down why such fatal shootings of people in mental health crises are on the rise in small and mid-sized cities – and what those left to live with loss, like Stacy’s parents, Barbara and Chris Kenny, hope police departments will change about how they respond to mental-health-related calls.

The pandemic has changed the way we process grief. Animator Kolin Pope and audio editor Ted Muldoon bring us a meditation on Zoom funerals

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Dec 11, 2020
A supply chain that could end the pandemic
When the first coronavirus vaccine is approved for emergency use, officials across the country will embark on a finely orchestrated, high-stakes process to distribute and administer doses. Meet the people inside the supply chain that could end the pandemic.

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Once you have a vaccine, you have to get it to the masses. That’s the hard part
A vaccine manufacturer. A shipper. A state health official. A dry-ice guy. Host Martine Powers and producer Linah Mohammad take us inside the supply chain and speak to the people responsible for making the life-saving vaccine program work. In this episode, we explore how each part of the chain is preparing — from approval and manufacturing, to climate-controlled delivery reliant on dry ice, to how stores are readying themselves for the first shipment. 

Learn about the potential kinks that may show up in the chain and what it takes to overcome those hurdles. 

What you need to know about the coronavirus vaccine, and what to watch this week

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Dec 10, 2020
Bridging the vaccine’s trust gap
Can companies require employees to be vaccinated? What community leaders and health officials are doing to sell Black Americans on the coronavirus vaccine. And a second life for Halloween skeletons. 

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Can your employer require you to get vaccinated? Reporter Jena McGregor breaks it down.

Many Black Americans are not sold on the coronavirus vaccine, citing a long history of medical mistreatment and continuing inequities in modern-day health care as reasons not to trust the medical establishment. Lola Fadulu reports on the efforts to bring people around to the vaccine.

Don’t take down your Halloween decorations just yet. Arts and culture reporter Maura Judkis explains how giant skeletons are being repurposed for Christmas. 

What you need to know about the vaccines in development.

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Dec 09, 2020
Biden’s unorthodox health team
President-elect Joe Biden’s names his administration’s top health officials. The toll the pandemic has taken on nursing home employees. And an inauguration unlike any other. 

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The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on nursing home workers. “The problem is that there have been a number of nursing home employees who have either quit or fallen ill or died,” says business reporter Will Englund. “And in a business that has a traditional or a chronic problem with short staffing, that's gotten even much worse.”National political reporter Matt Viser on what you need to know about Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

Today is the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Listen to a previous episode, where arts reporters Geoff Edgers revisits his last album.

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Dec 08, 2020
Lame-duck executions
Why the Justice Department is pushing executions before the inauguration. The secret centrist revolt that could mean a second stimulus. And, how a top official tasked with helping Americans through the pandemic could benefit from hundreds of evictions.

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Under the Trump administration, the Justice Department is pursuing several federal executions during a lame-duck period ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration. Reporter Matt Zapotosky explains

Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers released a $908 billion relief proposal. But, as reporter Jeff Stein explains,
not everyone is on board.

Hundreds of families living on property owned in part by senior White House adviser Jared Kushner are facing eviction during a pandemic. Jonathon O’Connell reports on how the management company associated with Kushner is filing to remove tenants who are behind on rent by Dec. 31. 

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Dec 07, 2020
America’s deadliest serial killer
Reporter Hannah Knowles reveals a portrait of a fragmented and indifferent criminal justice system that for decades allowed the country’s deadliest serial killer to target those on the margins of society.

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America’s deadliest serial killer went undetected for decades. Between 1970 and 2005, he claims to have killed at least 93 people — nearly all women, many who remain unidentified.

For months, a team of reporters at The Post has been investigating Samuel Little’s killings —of people who lived on the margins of society, whose murders police failed to connect and solve

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Dec 04, 2020
The battle between fear and boredom in El Paso
Pandemic fatigue permeates even the cities hit hardest by the virus: In El Paso the death toll is staggering, but the community is struggling to come together to fight it. Plus, how a group advising the CDC is deciding who should get vaccines first. 

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El Paso was still grieving when the coronavirus arrived. Now, death has overwhelmed it. Arelis Hernández says the city pulled together after 23 people were killed in an attack at a Walmart last year, but El Paso is now struggling to summon solidarity as scores die of covid-19.

How do you decide who gets a vaccine first? Health reporter Lena H. Sun explains the complicated factors the committee advising the CDC is weighing — including how to save the most lives, how to stop the spread of the coronavirus and how to make people confident enough in the vaccine to take it in the first place.

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Dec 03, 2020
How to raise $170 million after an election
How President Trump might use the $170 million he’s raised to challenge election results. Infighting muddies the future of the Democratic Party. And, how the pandemic has complicated shared custody agreements.

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November was one of the president’s most successful fundraising months. Michelle Ye Hee Lee explains how Trump raised more than $170 million using appeals about false election claims, and where that money could go.

Democrats expected a blue wave this election cycle. It didn’t happen. Now, two factions within the party are openly battling over why. Political reporter Sean Sullivan brings us inside the feud, and the scramble over the future of the Democratic Party.

As we’ve discussed on the show, parenting during a pandemic is really difficult. Reporter Nia Decaille shares the experiences of divorced and separated couples, for whom the pandemic has complicated joint custody agreements.
Dec 02, 2020
Why was Iran’s top nuclear scientist killed?
The debate is not whether Israel killed Iran’s top nuclear scientist, but why. How the “Q” conspiracy theory went from an American curiosity to a transnational mess. And, the people who have covid-19 symptoms for the long haul.

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In the hours after the brazen assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, the question quickly shifted from “who” to “why.” Jerusalem bureau chief Steve Hendrix explains why Israel might have been motivated to strike now. 

Reporter Emily Rauhala explains the global appeal and dangerous adaptability of QAnon’s conspiracy theories. 

Kelsey Ables is a reporter and editorial aide with The Post. She has delved into the life of covid-19 long-haulers: people who have symptoms and effects from the virus well after two weeks. She spoke with one woman, Chimére Smith, about what she’s facing.
Dec 01, 2020
Biden’s play-it-safe, history-making Cabinet
What Joe Biden’s nominees and appointments can tell us about the incoming president’s administration. And, the former head of the CDC on what it will take to get coronavirus vaccines to the masses.

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National political reporter Annie Linskey on President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks — including economist Janet Yellen as the first female treasury secretary and an all-female communications team.

Moderna is moving closer to getting the green light for its coronavirus vaccine. But as former CDC director Tom Frieden says, “It’s not vaccines that save lives — it’s vaccination programs.”
Nov 30, 2020
The emotional toll of distance learning
Education reporter Laura Meckler explores the impact of distance learning on young kids’ emotional health and behavior — and what families and caretakers can do to help make a difficult situation better. 

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In March, school campuses across the United States began to shutter, forcing a nation of students home to pivot — seemingly overnight — to online learning. But left in the lurch are children, especially young children. 

After many districts decided to stay online during the fall semester, The Washington Post asked listeners and readers to send a recording of what it’s been like to continue school from home. “We heard back from a lot of kids, and what we heard was sort of a few themes over and over again,” says education reporter Laura Meckler. 

On today’s show, Meckler explores the enormous behavioral, physical and emotional toll that online learning has had so far. She speaks with 2020 teacher of the year Tabatha Rosproy and child psychiatrist Matthew Biel about what parents can do to get them, and their children, through Zoom school. 

Alexis Diao produced this episode, and reporter Hannah Natanson contributed reporting. You can read some of those submissions and view artwork by children about distance learning here.

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Nov 25, 2020
Working moms are not okay
Juggling careers and kids was already a struggle for millions of women in America. Then the pandemic hit. Ellen McCarthy reports on why working moms are leaving the labor force in droves – and what that could mean for the future of our country.

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When they met as students in Chicago, Vondetta Taylor and Jennifer Anderson were all aspiration. Taylor was training to be a chef. Anderson was working toward a career in broadcasting. And they both dreamed of starting their own families one day.

Careers and kids didn’t seem like too much to hope for or too much to handle back then. Growing up in the 1980s and ’90s, Taylor and Anderson were part of a generation of young women raised with the expectation that they could have it all, and that they should have it all.

But when the pandemic hit and their kids were sent home from school, their circumstances soured. And as Ellen McCarthy and Amy Joyce reported, the two friends became part of a legion of women who had no choice but to leave the labor force

“I had made a decision that I was no longer going to beat myself up about what type of interaction that I needed to have with my son, which would cause whatever type of performance for my job,” Taylor said. “I chose my son over my job.”

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Nov 24, 2020
The invisible public health crisis
Health reporter William Wan examines one of the unseen effects of the pandemic on people’s lives — the emotional and psychological toll of all that’s happened.

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Almost a year into a pandemic, we’re all aware of what the coronavirus can do to our bodies. More than 250,000 Americans have died. Millions of people around the world are sick.

But there are other, non-physical effects, too — the emotional and psychological toll of isolation, constant fear and loss, especially on young adults. That’s what Ted Robbins wants you to understand:

“What they told me was: ‘You as a parent don’t realize how bad it is for the youth today. You don’t realize how many of Christian’s friends have contemplated suicide. You don’t realize how depressed we are. You don’t realize how hard this is.’ ”

Months after the loss of his son to suicide, Robbins spoke with health reporter William Wan and producer Rennie Svirnovskiy about the conversations we’re still not having about mental health — and about the changes we’ll need to make if we’re going to get through this pandemic.

“I can’t bring Christian back,” Robbins said. “No matter how much I want to or I try, I can’t bring him back. But what I can do is try to save other children.”

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK, or 800-273-8255. You can also text a crisis counselor by messaging the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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Nov 23, 2020
The campaign to flip the election
Will anyone stop the president’s attempts to overturn the election? Revisiting the iconic album documenting John Lennon’s last years. And, where tourists go for fake coronavirus test results.

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With most legal options exhausted, President Trump is now using the power of his office to overturn the election by claiming baseless allegations of voter fraud. White House bureau chief Philip Rucker reports on the president’s attempt to stay in office.

National arts reporter Geoff Edgers revisits John Lennon’s last album on the 40th anniversary of its release.

Fake coronavirus test results are hitting the black market. Shannon McMahon discusses the tourists paying top dollar for them. 

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Nov 20, 2020
Inauguration is 62 days away. What could go wrong?
The votes have been (mostly) counted, and though Joe Biden is clearly the president-elect, there are still more steps and potential obstacles for that to become official. Plus, why more men are dying of covid-19.
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This week in Wayne County in Michigan, a drama has been unfolding over a procedural step that happens in every election: the certification of the vote. Trevor Potter of the Campaign Legal Center explains the process for Joe Biden to officially become the president -- and what could still go wrong between now and Jan. 20.

Ben Guarino is a reporter covering the practice and culture of science for The Post. He joins the show to talk about how more men are dying from the coronavirus compared with women — a global problem that’s now prevalent in the United States.

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Nov 19, 2020
How we voted, and why
A look at how key groups voted in this election: from Latinos in Texas and the women who went for President Trump to the Black voters who pushed President-elect Joe Biden across the finish line. 

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Democrats lost ground with swing Latino voters in key states such as Florida and Texas. In the Rio Grande Valley, national reporter Arelis Hernandez says, the surprising support for Trump underscores the need for Democrats to cultivate deeper relationships with a diverse Latino population.

White women were expected to vote overwhelmingly for Biden. That did not happen. Gender reporter Samantha Schmidt explains how party, not gender, is a stronger force in presidential politics today. 

National reporter Vanessa Williams on how Black voters saved Joe Biden’s campaign, again

Read The Post’s exit poll analysis here

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Nov 18, 2020
A red wave of Republicans — and covid cases
How Republicans are using election wins to justify their approach to the pandemic. The CDC’s latest on why you should wear a mask. And, the coronavirus response in Africa. 

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GOP leaders flouted warnings from public health officials early on. National political reporter Griff Witte explains how Republicans are now pointing to election wins to justify their approach to the pandemic. 

Coronavirus cases are reaching record highs in the United States. “Every two seconds we get another case. Every minute we get another death,” says health reporter Lena Sun. Sun explains the latest science from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on masks, and why they work. 

African countries have been largely successful in their response to the pandemic. Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah shares why that shouldn’t be surprising. 

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Nov 17, 2020
The lame-duck economy
With protections expiring and no stimulus deal in sight, Americans could be heading for even more economic pain. The national security costs of delaying the transition. And the promise of at-home coronavirus testing.

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Could we get another stimulus package during the lame-duck period? Jeff Stein reports on the political forces at work, and the potential costs of doing nothing

Experts are concerned that President Trump’s unwillingness to start a transition threatens the security of our country. Shane Harris explained the risks on The Post’s “Can He Do That?” podcast.

Home tests could help in the fight against the coronavirus. So where are they? William Wan reports. 

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Nov 16, 2020
The worst covid surge is just beginning
The Midwest emerges as the latest hot spot for coronavirus, as daily cases across the U.S. breaks records. And the Democrats’ last hope to take control of the Senate comes down to Georgia.

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Coronavirus cases continue to surge in the U.S. Reporters Annie Gowen and William Wan take a look at where the cases are rising and why.

Senior congressional correspondent and columnist Paul Kane joins the show to talk about the Democrats’ last hope to take the Senate in Georgia.

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Nov 13, 2020
What’s wrong with polling?
Campaign strategists and the public were led to believe that Democrats were headed for a wave. Election results have told a different story, just as they did four years ago. And, the next steps for a promising coronavirus vaccine.

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Polls fell short again in 2020. Political reporter Michael Scherer discusses what that means for future elections.

Carolyn Y. Johnson explains the next steps for Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, which the company finds is 90 percent effective in early data from its vaccine trial.

Our colleague Lillian Cunningham’s podcast “Presidential” has a new episode, all about Joe Biden: Triumph, tragedy and the fate of the center.

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Nov 12, 2020
Is this a coup?
The quiet pessimism lurking inside the White House. How Joe Biden plans to tackle an “existential threat to humanity” – climate change. And how to reclaim your sense of time during this … time.
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President-elect Joe Biden stands poised to launch the boldest climate change plan of any president in American history. Climate reporter Juliet Eilperin combs through his plans and explains what could stand in his way.  

Constantly wondering what day it is? This newsletter can help you remember — and recover.

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Nov 11, 2020
These tweets may be harmful to your democracy
Breaking down conspiracy theories over election fraud. The Republicans who won, even when Trump didn’t. And, a new leader in the box office. 

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Tech reporter Drew Harwell reports on the conspiracy theories taking hold among Trump supporters and being bolstered by Republican lawmakers

The battle for control of the Senate is still up in the air. But, as Fix reporter Amber Phillips explains, Republican politicians who embrace Trump won big this election. 

As the U.S. struggles to revive its economy during a pandemic, China takes the lead in movie box office sales. Foreign correspondent Eva Dou reports that it is the latest indication of China’s swift recovery

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Nov 10, 2020
New president, same pandemic
President-elect Joe Biden prepares a transition to the White House — and readies a team to combat a surging pandemic. And for future leaders, the hope and promise of Kamala Harris.

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Joe Biden is projected to be the next president of the United States. But, as politics writer Matt Viser reports, the president-elect faces some Trump-sized roadblocks in his transition to the White House.

Days after winning the election, Biden put forth a plan to slow the coronavirus. Health policy reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb walks us through who is on the president-elect’s coronavirus task force and what we know about his strategy to tackle the pandemic.

Senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan talks about Kamala Harris making history with quiet, exquisite power.
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Nov 09, 2020
How does a man who hates losing prepare to lose?
As key states flip for Joe Biden, the former vice president renews calls for patience. Meanwhile inside the White House, President Trump is by turns angry and despondent. But no matter what happens next, it’s clear: Trumpism is here to stay. 

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As Joe Biden overtakes President Trump in key states, national political reporter Matt Viser says the Democrat’s campaign is urging calm and patience as ballots continue to be counted. 

On Thursday night, President Trump delivered an angry, despondent speech in the face of a potential defeat. White House reporter Ashley Parker on what this week has been like for a president who hates to lose. 

Foreign affairs columnist Ishaan Tharoor on the legacy of Trumpism: “Trumpism exists beyond Trump,” he says, “because it wasn't always about Trump in the first place. He was a symptom of a whole series of conditions in American society and politics that led to this kind of nationalist movement.” 

Follow The Post’s live updates on the election here

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Nov 06, 2020
The divided states of America
Why the Trump campaign is mounting legal challenges in swing states. What the election reveals about the urban-rural divide. And why Wall Street likes the sound of gridlock in Washington. 

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Trump is mounting several legal battles over votes in key states. National political reporter Amy Gardner lays out the lawsuits to watch and what they could mean for the outcome of the election.

As battleground states continue to count ballots, one clear picture emerges: a divided America. White House reporter Bob Costa explains.

Economics correspondent Heather Long breaks down what political gridlock could mean for Wall Street and your wallet. 

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Nov 05, 2020
The race to 270
Battleground states continue counting ballots in races that are too close to call. And how Democrats failed to capture Latino voters in Florida.

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The presidential election is still too close to call. Aaron Blake lays out the states to watch in this quickly moving race, and explains each candidate’s potential path to victory. 

President Trump took a decisive and early win in Florida on election night. National enterprise reporter Jose Del Real explains how Trump successfully mobilized the Latino vote in South Florida — a feat that shocked many Democrats. 

Follow the Post’s live updates on the election here

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Nov 04, 2020
It’s not over yet
As the nation waits to find out the results of the election, we hear what it's like to report the news in this moment of uncertainty — with dispatches from political reporters and the editor who’s charged with deciding what goes on the front page.

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Buckle up folks. It’s gonna be a minute. 

Early Wednesday morning, President Trump falsely declared himself to have already won the election — a move that is far from surprising, according to White House reporter Toluse Olorunnipa. There is not a “precedent in modern history for a president to declare victory in this way when so many votes are yet to be counted,” Olorunnipa says. “But this is what we've come to expect from the president.”

Annie Linskey reports from the Biden camp, where the former vice president urged supporters to keep the faith. “We’re going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying votes is finished,” Biden said. “And it ain’t over till every vote is counted.”

Eugene Scott of The Fix anticipates what’s next as ballots continue to be counted: “It's hard to believe that if this race is as close as it's looking like it's going to be,” he says, “that this won't go to the courts.”

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Nov 04, 2020
The citizen’s guide to election night
From Kenosha, Wis., to Greenville, N.C., voters are anxiously heading to the polls on the last day of the 2020 general election. How voters have navigated the process of casting a ballot this year. And what to watch for on this election night. 

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As voters continue to line up at polling places across the country, Washington Post reporters are asking what’s keeping them in their lines and what’s giving them hope looking forward. 

“2020 is obviously one of the most hard-fought campaigns in recent American history,” says senior editor Marc Fisher. “What we’ve learned is that states have wildly different ideas about how to run elections. And the result of it is that there is no one hard and fast way to vote anymore.” 

And as the day turns into night, Fix reporter Amber Phillips explains what to watch out for on election night
Follow The Post’s live results here. 

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Nov 03, 2020
The year of the voter
How a chaotic year resulted in sky-high voter turnout. And, how Democrats are trying to win back rural votes in the Midwest. 

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The year of the vote: How Americans surmounted a pandemic and dizzying rule changes so their voices would be heard.

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Nov 02, 2020
Keeping up with the Boneses
Maura Judkis explains 2020’s peculiar Halloween phenomenon: the mad dash for Home Depot’s decorative 12-foot-tall plastic skeletons.
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Oct 31, 2020
Will our democracy survive this election?
The decline of democracy in the United States. Lessons from 150 books about President Trump and his time in office. And, the rise of Sarah Cooper. 

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On multiple occasions, President Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if former vice president Joe Biden wins the election. That concerns a lot of people, including Sarah Repucci, vice president of research and analysis at Freedom House, an organization that studies democracies around the world

“Democracy is not an end point that you reach and you achieve it and then you don’t have to worry any more,” Repucci says. “Democracy is something that needs to be cultivated and something that needs to be cared for. And our democracy has not been cared for over the past number of years.” 

Nonfiction book critic Carlos Lozada has read a lot of books about Trump. This year, he took everything he learned from those books, and captured it in a book of his own, called “What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era.” He talked with Lillian Cunningham, host of the podcast “Presidential,” about those lessons.

In the spring, Sarah Cooper went viral for lip-syncing to Trump on TikTok. And with a sitcom in development and a Netflix special on the way, arts reporter Geoff Edgers says the comic won’t be going back to her day job anytime soon

Our colleagues at The Washington Post podcast “Can He Do That?” have spent the better part of four years reporting on the Trump presidency. They have a new series out this week about the ways that the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric have contributed to a more sharply divided country.

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Oct 30, 2020
Q-tips, generators and a prayer: How to run an election
What it’s like to run an election in a pandemic. Also, the French president’s crusade to reform Islam.

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Chris Anderson is a Florida election official. In the weeks leading up to Nov. 3, he has been trying to administer an election safely, securely and as smoothly as possible. The tools of his trade: 101,000 Q-tips from a local Dollar Tree, a phone constantly pinging with text messages, and an election supervisor’s prayer that begs, “We don’t care who wins — just don’t let it be close.”

Another gruesome terrorist attack in France has intensified anti-Muslim sentiment. Instead of fighting systemic racism, France wants to “reform Islam.”  

Our colleagues at The Washington Post podcast “Can He Do That?” have spent the better part of four years reporting on the Trump presidency. They have a new series out this week about the ways that the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric have contributed to a more sharply divided country.

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Oct 29, 2020
Can we trust polling in battleground states?
A snapshot of what’s happening in key battleground states. What we can and can’t learn from polling. And a complicated end to the World Series.

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Reporters Jenna Johnson and Amy Gardner have been closely watching the presidential race play out in key states. In some of these states, such as Georgia and Texas, the polls are much closer than expected.

The Post’s polling director, Scott Clement, talks about Biden's narrow lead in Michigan, and what we can and can't learn from polling.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series for the first time in more than three decades — but there was a dark cloud over celebrations after a player tested positive for the novel coronavirus but joined his teammates anyway

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Oct 28, 2020
Will your vote count?
What we can learn from a Supreme Court decision on mail-in ballots in Wisconsin. The states where most voters still can’t vote by mail. And why it’s easier to vote from space than from your own home.

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Forget the official deadlines: Experts and campaigns say it's now too late to vote by mail. The latest from Jacob Bogage.

Coronavirus cases are surging again. But in five states, most voters fearful of infection are not allowed to cast ballots by mail. Reporter Arelis Hernández describes the restrictions leaving tens of millions of people with the risky choice of voting in person or not voting at all. 

In 2020, casting a ballot from space may be easier than casting one on Earth. Editor Ruby Mellen explains how that could be.

Check out The Washington Post’s How to Vote guide for information on your state.

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In a new three-part documentary, The Washington Post explores a failed response to the coronavirus pandemic that’s left 225,000 Americans dead, despite decades of preparation in Washington. Watch “America’s Pandemic” here:
Oct 27, 2020
The court that Mitch McConnell built
Mitch McConnell’s Supreme Court victory. The future of the Affordable Care Act. And a shift in the White House’s thinking on how to tackle the coronavirus.

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With just over a week until Election Day, the White House has signaled that it’s done trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus, setting its chips on therapeutics and vaccines. And, as White House reporter Toluse Olorunnipa explains, that shift in attitude can be seen in how Vice President Pence’s office is handling its own outbreak.

Check out The Washington Post’s How to Vote guide for information on your state.

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Oct 26, 2020
The winners and losers of early voting
What record-breaking early-voter turnout means for Democrats and Republicans. How one election official is handling the “tsunami” of ballots in her Texas county. Plus, the latest on foreign election interference. 

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Across the country, Democratic enthusiasm is propelling an enormous wave of early voting. But reporter Amy Gardner, who covers voting issues, explains that it’s still too early to know what that will mean for Democrat Joe Biden. Meanwhile, election officials such as Dana DeBeauvoir of Travis County, Tex., are scrambling to accommodate the record numbers of voters

During Thursday’s debate, President Trump and Biden were asked about the latest foreign interference in the election. Craig Timberg, national technology reporter, explains the story behind mysterious emails threatening Democratic voters this week. 

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Oct 23, 2020
545 kids
How the government has lost track of hundreds of separated migrant families. Why rural communities still lack reliable access to high-speed Internet. And, forming a ‘pandemic pod’ for the winter. 

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More than two years after a U.S. district judge ordered that families separated by President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border be reunited, the parents of 545 minors still haven't been found. Reporter Teo Armus explains why it’s been so difficult to track and reunite families.

The coronavirus pandemic has drawn new attention to a long-standing problem – poor Internet in rural communities. “There are people who have to go sit in parking lots, go meet a bus that has mobile hotspots, so they can submit homework or send an email with a large attachment,” says reporter Meagan Flynn, “because they can’t get Wi-Fi in their house.”

As winter approaches, many of us who rely on outdoor hangouts to meet our social needs might start to feel a little trapped and lonely. Never fear. Wellness reporter Allyson Chiu has a solution

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Oct 22, 2020
The latest on the race for a vaccine
The latest on vaccine trials, and who would get a vaccine first. Why personal protective equipment such as the N95 mask is still so scarce. And introducing the mute button to the presidential debate. 

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As coronavirus cases climb in nearly every state, drug companies are developing prospective vaccines at unprecedented speed. Science reporter Carolyn Y. Johnson has the latest on the search for a vaccine, and she says early data is expected in a matter of weeks

N95 masks are crucial in protecting front-line workers against the coronavirus, but even months into the pandemic they’re still hard to come by. Reporter Jess Contrera covers the supply chain issue America can’t seem to fix.

President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden face off in their final presidential debate on Thursday. Political reporter Amy B Wang explains what to expect

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Oct 21, 2020
Can Senate Republicans survive Trump?
The Senate seats in danger of flipping parties this election. Facebook and Twitters attempt to tackle disinformation ahead of the election. And a Black man speaks out after his image was used for fake pro-Trump Twitter accounts.

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Will the Senate flip parties? Reporter Paul Kane explains the Republican seats to watch this election, and the tightrope that senators who are close to the president have to walk to stay in office. 

Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook are struggling to keep up with the onslaught of disinformation on their sites. Silicon Valley correspondent Elizabeth Dwoskin reports on the latest policies intended to mitigate the spread of conspiracy theories and fake news ahead of the election. 

On Twitter, the sudden appearance and disappearance of fake Black pro-Trump accounts are a stunning example of how far false messages can spread before companies step in and block them. 

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Oct 20, 2020
Election 2020: Lawyers vs. more lawyers
There are just over two weeks until Nov. 3. Election-related lawsuits are flooding the courts, but the army of lawyers filing cases shows little sign of stopping. And a conversation with a pro-Trump Muslim voter. 

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People are voting early across the country, but courts are facing an unprecedented number of election cases. Martine Powers and Post Reports producer Reena Flores explore the variouselection cases before the court, the lawyering-up by both parties, and how that can play a role in the election and people’s ability to vote. 

Mike Hacham is a 27-year-old businessman in Detroit. Hacham, who is Muslim, says he plans to cast his vote for Trump for a second time despite the president’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. “Anything that hurts my people, I'm totally against,” he tells “Post Reports” producer Linah Mohammad. “But also, we cannot just judge a person on that aspect.” 

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Oct 19, 2020
The Life of George Floyd
“He's everywhere — but he's not here. He's on somebody's wall. He's on somebody's billboard. … He's in a newspaper, but he's not here. He's here in spirit. But he's not here.”

George Floyd has become a symbol, and a rallying cry. But what’s missing in our understanding is the man himself: a figure who was complicated, full of ambition, shaped by his family and his community and a century of forces around him.

On this episode of “Post Reports,” we explore the life and experiences of the man who sparked a movement, as part of The Washington Post’s series “George Floyd’s America.” The reporting explores the institutional and societal roadblocks Floyd encountered as a Black man from his birth in 1973 until his death, and the role systemic racism played throughout his life.
The eight minutes Floyd spent suffocating under the knee of a White police officer became the catalyst for nationwide protests against racial inequality. But it was not the first time that Floyd faced oppression — as a Black man, Floyd spent his 46-year life battling injustices that derailed, diminished and ultimately killed him. 

“One of the reasons George Floyd has become a rallying cry across the country for racial justice protest is not because his experience was so unique,” says reporter Tolu Olorunnipa, “but in part because his experience and the experience of his family are so common.”

The series is based on a review of thousands of documents and more than 150 interviews with Floyd’s friends, colleagues, public officials and scholars.

The picture that emerges is one that underscores how systemic racism has calcified within many of America’s institutions, creating sharply disparate outcomes in housing, education, the economy, law enforcement and health care.

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Reporting for this episode from Ted Muldoon. “George Floyd’s America” was reported by Arelis Hernández, Tracy Jan, Laura Meckler, Tolu Olorunnipa, Robert Samuels, Griff Witte and Cleve Wootson. This “Post Reports” episode was produced by Ted Muldoon and Linah Mohammad and edited by Maggie Penman and Martine Powers.
Oct 16, 2020
Tracking a secret outbreak in Iowa
How genetic science can help expose, track and contain coronavirus outbreaks. And your voting questions answered. 

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In a pandemic rife with confusion, where essential data and clear guidance have been difficult to find, clues to controlling coronavirus outbreaks can be found in the virus’s own genetic code. Sarah Kaplan reports on an undisclosed outbreak in Postville, Iowa — and the genetic evidence it left behind.

Your voting questions, answered. One listener asks, how do campaigns get involved in challenging votes? Election law attorney Ben Ginsberg explains. 

If you have a question about voting, check out The Washington Post’s guide on how to vote in your state. You can also ask Post Reports on Twitter or Facebook — or write us an email at

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Oct 15, 2020
Everyone wants a stimulus deal. So why isn’t there one?
Why we still don’t have a second pandemic relief bill. What the funding holdup means for schools. And how rushing this year’s census could shape our democracy for years to come. 
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has announced that the Senate will take up a narrow economic relief bill when it returns to session next week — one that Democrats will probably block. White House economics reporter Jeff Stein reports on the content of the stimulus bill.

As talks sour over the economic recovery package, public schools are once again bracing to lose out on tens of billions of dollars of federal aid — money they say they desperately need to reopen as they face mounting costs and shrinking budgets. “We saw a ton of rhetoric, particularly from the Trump administration, about how important it was to reopen schools in order to restart the economy,” says education reporter Moriah Balingit. “There has not been money that has followed that rhetoric.”

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to end the 2020 Census count early, putting an end to the contentious legal battle over the once-in-a-decade household count. Courts reporter Robert Barnes explains the vast implications of an undercount.

As the general election draws nearer, millions of people are figuring out how to vote for the first time or vote by mail for the first time. And the rules are changing fast, as states figure out how to adjust to the pandemic. 

The Post is partnering with ProPublica this fall to report on the problems voters are running into as they cast their ballots ahead of Nov. 3. And if you’re having trouble voting this year, we want to hear from you — about anything from long lines or harassment at the polls, to voter ID confusion and inaccurate ballots. These concerns are really important to voice.

To share your experience, message our tip line by texting VOTE to 81380, or fill out this form by ProPublica

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Oct 14, 2020
How covid-19 amplified the anti-vaccine movement
How Amy Coney Barrett would view her role on the court. How anti-vaxxers are using covid-19 to further their agenda. And when mail ballots get counted.

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During the first day of questioning in Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, she told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she has made “no commitment” to the White House or senators on how she would rule on major cases on the Affordable Care Act, abortion and election disputes. Amber Phillips breaks down how Barrett says she would view her role on the court. 

The pandemic is amplifying the U.S. anti-vaccine movement — and globalizing it. Foreign affairs reporter Emily Rauhala explains how the movement has weaponized legitimate fears that the vaccine might be rushed, and has leveraged those to further an anti-science agenda.

We’ve been taking your questions about voting this year, and how it will be different because of the pandemic. If you have more questions check out The Washington Post’s guide: How to vote in your state in 2020. And if you want to know exactly when mail-in ballots are processed in your state, here’s a comprehensive guide to that.

More than a week after we learned the president was sick with covid-19, we still don’t know much more than that. Washington Post podcast Can He Do That? looked at why that matters.

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Oct 13, 2020
Introducing Amy Coney Barrett
Opening statements in the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. How Barrett was involved in litigating the 2000 presidential election. And the political battle that led Oregon to vote by mail.
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White House reporter Seung Min Kim unpacks opening statements in the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and what we can expect over the following days.

Investigative reporter Beth Reinhard discusses Barrett’s role in the contested presidential election of 2000, and exactly how absentee ballots were involved.

Though Oregon’s mail-in voting system is now widely beloved by the state’s voters, it wasn’t always that way. Political journalist Jeff Mapes and former Oregon secretary of state Phil Keisling share their memories of the heated political battle over vote-by-mail in the 1990s — and reflect on why those debates are reemerging on a national stage today.
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Oct 12, 2020
Trump’s loyal base
The White men without college degrees who love the president more than ever. How evangelical Latinos could swing the vote for Trump in Florida. And, a bakery in Beirut reopens two months after an explosion. 

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Polls show Biden with a significant lead over the president, but national political reporter Jenna Johnson says there is still one demographic group that can’t be swayed: White men without college degrees. Johnson talked to some of Trump’s most loyal fans

In the battleground state of Florida, an oft overlooked group of swing voters may have the power to sway the election: evangelical Latinos. National features reporter Jose Del Real reports. 

In Beirut, a beloved Manousheh bakery returns after the Aug. 4 explosion that devastated the city. Foreign affairs reporter Siobhan O’Grady and Beirut-based reporter Nader Durgham with a baker’s tale of struggle and survival. 

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Oct 09, 2020
The problem with grand juries
What grand jury recordings can tell us about why there was no indictment in Breonna Taylor's death. How the pandemic is scrambling college students’ voting plans. And, how Boris Johnson was affected by contracting covid-19. 

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During last night’s vice-presidential debate, Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) were asked about justice, and the grand jury decision not to charge several officers for fatally shooting Breonna Taylor. From reporter Marisa Iati, the questions left unanswered by newly released recordings of the grand jury

It’s a weird time to be a college student. And on top of navigating remote learning and housing during a pandemic, students are now being asked to figure out how and where to vote – many for the first time. Political enterprise and accountability reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee shares advice from campus organizers trying to make the process easier to understand.

London correspondent Karla Adam reports that for Boris Johnson, catching covid-19 was a sobering experience. But so far, that is less so for Trump. “Trump is in the middle of the presidential election. So, whereas Boris Johnson disappeared from public view for about a month. That's clearly not happening with President Trump.” 

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Oct 08, 2020
With Trump sick, Biden puts the virus front and center
How Biden’s presidential campaign is pivoting. The most uneven recession. And, why service industry workers are seeing less in tips.

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National political reporter Annie Linskey on how Joe Biden’s campaign for president this year is evolving. From revealing coronavirus testing results to mobilizing Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the way the Democratic nominee approaches the field is changing.

On Tuesday, President Trump announced on Twitter that he was stopping negotiations on another relief package until after the election. He’s since pivoted again. But economics correspondent Heather Long tells us, in the meantime times are tough for many Americans -- and this is the most uneven recession in recent U.S. history.

Tips, commissions and bonuses are down across the country, and service industry workers are feeling the loss. As they told retail reporter Abha Bhattarai, while lawmakers are struggling to come up with packages to help the unemployed and others in need, they feel like a last priority.

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Oct 07, 2020
When serving the president means risking covid-19
How the White House residence staff is responding to the hot spot in their workplace. The owner of a Kansas diner weighs whether to reopen or keep feeding people in need. And the NBA’s push to get out the vote. 

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National features reporter Jada Yuan reports that as the number of people testing positive for coronavirus at the White House increases, there is growing concern that residential workers are being put at risk

The Ladybird Diner in Lawrence, Kan., has been feeding hungry people since it had to close its doors in March. Now, reporter Annie Gowen explains, the owner is facing a choice: She can reopen, but what will happen to the hungry people if she does?

In 2016, only 22 percent of eligible players in the NBA voted in the election. Sports reporter Candace Buckner reports on how the push across the league to get people to the polls this November started with the players themselves

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Oct 06, 2020
Outbreak in the West Wing
The White House sends mixed messages about Trump’s condition as at least a dozen people in Trump’s inner circle have tested positive for the coronavirus. The quiet resistance of U.S. Postal workers. And the importance of slow science. 

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The president says he's leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Centerafter testing positive for the coronavirus. White House reporter Seung Min Kim explains how the White House has been unclear about Trump’s condition, and who in his inner circle has tested positive. 

The Nobel prize in medicine has been awarded for the discovery of Hepatitis C. Science reporter Sarah Kaplan reports on how the committee has recognized the “landmark achievement” against a viral disease that is responsible for 400,000 deaths annually. 

Listen to Canary: The Washington Post Investigates, a new podcast from The Washington Post about two women’s refusal to stay silent. Hosted by Amy Brittain.

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Oct 05, 2020
"A secret that she couldn't tell"
The second chapter of “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates,” a new seven-part podcast that follows the intertwining stories of two women who came together after one of them publicly shared her story of sexual assault.

Lauren Clark is a hair stylist in D.C. When a stranger sexually assaulted her in 2013, it sparked a years-long courtroom saga and a campaign for justice. Her story started The Post’s Amy Brittain on a reporting journey that has lasted for nearly three years — one that played out in the middle of a larger cultural reckoning.

When Carole Griffin, a baker in Birmingham, Ala., read The Post’s story about Clark in 2019, it prompted her to reveal an unlikely connection.

In an email to The Post, Griffin said that she had information pertinent to that story. And later, she alleged that a prominent figure in the D.C. criminal justice system had committed a sexual assault decades earlier.

The Post is out now with all the episodes of its first long-form investigative podcast series, called “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates.” 
Oct 03, 2020
The ultimate coronavirus test for the president
President Trump and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus. What does that mean for the White House, the presidential race and the future of the country?

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White House reporter Josh Dawsey reports on contact-tracing efforts out of the White House.

Amber Phillips and the Fix navigate the political fallout, including the effects on upcoming presidential debates and campaign rallies. 

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Oct 02, 2020
Introducing "Canary: The Washington Post Investigates"
After a sexual assault case in the District of Columbia, one woman’s public warning ricochets all the way to Birmingham, Ala., where another woman gives voice to a devastating allegation.

This seven-part investigative series from The Washington Post follows the Alabama woman’s decision to come forward with a claim of sexual assault against a high-ranking figure in the D.C. criminal justice system, and the spiraling effects of that choice.

“Canary: The Washington Post Investigates” is about the intertwining stories of these two women, separated by decades and united by a shared refusal to stay silent. It’s a podcast about what it takes to report this story — and why it matters. Hosted by investigative reporter Amy Brittain.

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Oct 01, 2020
Nine months and 1 million lives lost
From the first wave in February in China through New York City and on to India’s current surge, the coronavirus has unleashed a worldwide suffering with no evident exit. As we pass a grim milestone, we try to get a sense for a few of the people we’ve lost.

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This week, the worldwide death toll of covid-19 has now surpassed 1 million people. That’s 1 million lives lost in just nine months. 

And as we’ve been hearing about and thinking about this huge number, our colleagues at The Post have been trying to grapple with this challenge: How do you make 1 million deaths feel real? 

Senior editor Marc Fisher reports on the sound of loss and hope around the globe.

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Sep 30, 2020
Revisiting the 2016 ‘October Surprise’
The story behind the FBI’s October Surprise just days before the 2016 election. And, the human cost of ordering online during a pandemic.

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Book excerpt: An FBI sex crimes investigator helped trigger 2016’s “October Surprise,” by national security reporter Devlin Barrett. 

In warehouses across the U.S., workers say they are overworked and fearful of their safety, says retail reporter Abha Bhattarrai. Now, workers are bracing for a holiday frenzy

For a recap of the first presidential debate, listen to The Daily 202’s Big Idea Wednesday morning. 

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Sep 29, 2020
Is Trump actually rich?
What we’ve learned from Trump’s tax returns. Who is Judge Amy Coney Barrett? And, what it’s like to moderate a presidential debate — and why it might be a good thing to lose the audience.

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President Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017, according to reporting tax records obtained by The New York Times. Reporter David Fahrenthold explains what else we’ve learned from these documents about the president’s business ventures.

Over the weekend, President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Investigative reporter Emma Brown reports on what we know about Barrett and how, if confirmed by Senate, she would influence the court. 

The first of three presidential debates is Tuesday, Sept. 29. National political columnist Karen Tumulty explains what it’s like to moderate a presidential debate and what to look out for on Tuesday. 

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Sep 28, 2020
Trapped inside the Star Motel
Even before the pandemic, Orlando was plagued by a lack of affordable housing. Then Florida’s tourism economy crashed, leaving hundreds of people trapped in rundown motels on the edge of society.

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Greg Jaffe reported on the people trapped at a motel without power just outside of Disney World.

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Sep 25, 2020
How policing failed Breonna Taylor
Why police are rarely charged for shooting people — and whether police tactics will change. The movement to abolish Greek life on campuses. And, the question of court-packing.

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In Louisville, clashes erupted after a grand jury’s decision in the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Investigative reporter Robert Klemko is in Louisville. He shares why it’s so hard to charge police officers of wrongdoing. Follow The Post’s live updates here. 

Across college campuses, students are calling for an end to Greek life amid the nation’s racial reckoning. “It's the students who are in Greek life or who were in Greek life who are leading it and who are not calling for reforms,” reporter Emily Davies says, “They're calling for an end to this system.”

There haven’t always been nine justices on the Supreme Court. Alison Michaels, host of the Post podcast “Can He Do That?” speaks with Lisa M. Holmes, a political science professor at the University of Vermont, about the number of seats on the Supreme Court and how it has been politicized in the past.

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Sep 24, 2020
Why Mitch McConnell is unstoppable
Republicans leave Senate Democrats with few options to stall a Trump SCOTUS pick. The country’s first U.S. criminal jury trial — on Zoom. And your voting questions, answered. 

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As the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body lies in repose at the Supreme Court, Republicans are vowing to forge ahead with a Trump-picked replacement. Congressional correspondent Paul Kane explains how Democrats are largely powerless to stop a Senate confirmation. 

Justice by Zoom: Courts across the nation are seeking ways to restart the most fundamental aspect of the criminal justice system. Courts reporter Justin Juvenal recounts the country’s first criminal trial by jury — via Zoom

Your questions about voting, answered: Should you vote twice? In-person and by mail-in ballot? Amber McReynolds, the CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute explains. 

Have more voting questions? Find more information with The Washington Post’s guide on how to vote wherever you live.

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Sep 23, 2020
Fall’s here. So is a rise in coronavirus cases.
Temperatures are dropping, and that could mean a spike in coronavirus cases. How a Supreme Court vacancy — or replacement — could have an impact on the presidential election. And, pandemic-inspired music you can dance to. 

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The United States reached a grim milestone: 200,000 deaths from covid-19. Health reporter Lenny Bernstein says that young people are behind the spike in cases — and with the temperature dropping, it will probably get even worse.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has injected uncertainty over voter rights ahead of the election. “Even before her death we saw several lawsuits from various states ending up at the Supreme Court over how voters are going to cast their ballots,” courts reporter Ann Marimow says, “so the question is: What happens as more of those reach the high court?”

In Kenya, small-town singers are hoping to make it big with songs about the pandemic. “We’re talking about songs that you can dance to, songs that you can’t help but dance to,” says Nairobi bureau chief Max Bearak. 

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Sep 22, 2020
America after RBG
The political battle brewing over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, and the future of the Supreme Court. And, remembering the life and legacy of “the notorious RBG.”

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneer for gender equality and the second woman to reach the Supreme Court, died Friday at age 87 at her home in Washington. Supreme Court reporter Robert Barnes discusses Ginsburg’s life and legacy, and how she became a feminist icon. “Folks made her out to be superwoman, and in fact she was an older person, quite frail. … Part of it was this sort of persona and aura about her as indestructible.”

The political battle over her seat has already begun, with President Trump expected to nominate a replacement this week and Republican senators likely to move quickly. “We haven't filled a vacancy created during a presidential election year in 80 years,” reporter Amber Philips says. “It might seem to us these past couple election cycles that this is a common thing, but it's really not.” 

Mourners have been gathering at the steps of the Supreme Court, especially moms and daughters, says Lily staff writer Caroline Kitchener. “She was a personal part of the relationship between these mothers and daughters.”

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Sep 21, 2020
“I hired you because you’re Black.”
On today’s Post Reports, Michelle Singletary has an honest conversation about affirmative action. And, we take your questions about voting this year, starting with a listener in California.

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Introducing Sincerely, Michelle: A personal series by financial columnist Michelle Singletary examining misconceptions involving race and economics. The first topic? Affirmative action. 

Do you have a question about voting this election? Check out The Post’s How to Vote guide, a resource with information broken down by state about how to vote in-person or by mail. 

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Sep 18, 2020
The White women turning away from Trump
On today’s “Post Reports,” Jenna Johnson reports on the White, suburban women who regret putting Donald Trump in office. Matt Zapotosky explains why Attorney General William Barr lambasting the Justice Department matters. And introducing “Canary,” a Washington Post investigative podcast hosted by Amy Brittain. 

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National political correspondent Jenna Johnson reports on the growing number of White female voters who regret voting for Donald Trump in 2016 and plan to vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden this November. 

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr launched a scathing criticism of the DOJ, accusing the department of meddling with politics. National security reporter Matt Zapotosky explains how Barr compared department prosecutors to “preschoolers” and claimed that it was Barr, not career officials, who has the ultimate authority to decide how cases should be handled. 

Introducing The Washington Post’s new podcast, “Canary.” After a sexual assault case in D.C., one woman’s public warning ricochets all the way to Birmingham, Ala., where another woman gives voice to a devastating allegation.
This seven-part investigative series from The Washington Post follows the Alabama woman’s decision to come forward with a claim of sexual assault against a high-ranking figure in the D.C. criminal justice system, and the spiraling effects of that choice.

Hosted by investigative reporter Amy Brittain, coming Oct. 1. 

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Sep 17, 2020
How federal regulators failed meat plant workers
On today’s Post Reports, more than 200 meatpacking workers have died of covid-19. Critics say that federal regulators have endangered employees by failing to respond appropriately. How the pandemic is transforming family practice doctors. And the Big 10 turns a 180. 

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So far, more than 200 meat packing employees have died of covid-19 in the United States. “We’re talking about problems in more than four hundred meat plants,” investigative reporter Kimberly Kindy says, but “two received fines: one Smithfield plant in South Dakota, one JBS in Colorado … And the fines were very small.”

Small, independent family practices are facing greater hardship as the pandemic wears on, especially in rural areas.. “Family doctors are really sort of the front-line physicians in American health care,” says business of health reporter Chris Rowland. “Their role, although they're the lowest-paid in medicine, is absolutely crucial to the functioning of the health system.” 

College football’s Big Ten was the first major conference to postpone its season. On Wednesday, Emily Giambalvo reports, it made a stunning reversal of that decision by announcing the season will resume at the end of October. 

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Sep 16, 2020
The 1963 Birmingham bombing’s ‘Fifth Girl’
Sarah Collins Rudolph survived the Birmingham bombing 57 years ago today. Now, she wants restitution. And, an update on the criminal case in the death of George Floyd.

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The story of Sarah Collins Rudolph, who survived the 1963 Birmingham church bombing. The explosion killed her sister and three other girls. Now, she wants restitution and an apology. “She wants justice for herself,” explains enterprise reporter Sydney Trent. “She feels like she has been overlooked.”

The police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing are turning on each other, according to national political reporter Holly Bailey.

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Sep 15, 2020
After Oregon fires, no house to come home to
Oregon residents struggle to find shelter away from wildfires and dense smoke. Why a Black autistic man is serving 10 years in prison for a car crash. And U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka sends a strong message with her masks.

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Samantha Schmidt reports from Oregon, where state orders have evacuees sleeping in parking lots and residents find themselves without homes to return to

Video journalist Lindsey Sitz reports on the case of Matthew Rushin, a 22-year-old Black autistic man who is serving 10 years in prison after a car crash.

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Sep 14, 2020
Nineteen children and counting
How one sperm donor found out he has 19 children -- and learned the promises and perils of online genetic testing. And, how dogs can sniff out diseases, including the coronavirus. 

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When Bryce Cleary donated his sperm in 1989, he was told he would have five donor children at most and all would be located on the East Coast, his own role hidden behind anonymity. Kyle Swenson reports that with the advent of genealogical websites like and 23andMe, Cleary realized he one day might be revealed to the children he helped bring into the world.

As the novel coronavirus continues to ravage the world, researchers are racing to find a faster way to detect it. Frances Stead Sellers reports that nine dogs at the University of Pennsylvania are being trained to sniff out the disease.

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Sep 11, 2020
The American West is burning
On today’s Post Reports, record-breaking wildfires are already spreading up the West Coast – and the fire season has only just begun. How a Homeland Security whistleblower was told to stop reports on potential Russian interference in the 2020 election. And, the issues with the new “Mulan.” 

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The Bay Area skies changed basically overnight, says Washington Post reporter Heather Kelly. One day “it was orange. It looked like Mars. It was dark. It was depressing.” 

As wildfires in the western United States rage on, it’s difficult to imagine the size of the wildfires, says extreme weather editor Andrew Freedman. “It is the entire distance, essentially, from the U.S. border with Canada in Washington state, to the U.S. border with Mexico in Southern California. That entire expanse is affected to some extent.”

A DHS whistleblower was told to cease intelligence reports on the threat of Russian interference ahead of the 2020 election. National security reporter Shane Harris says the whistleblower was told to stop in part because “it made the president look bad.” 

High expectations for Disney’s remake of “Mulan” have been tempered and riddled by geopolitics. Foreign affairs columnist Ishaan Tharoor says it’s a battle that Disney did not plan on having

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Sep 10, 2020
E. Jean Carroll v. the United States?
The Justice Department seeks to intervene to the benefit of President Trump in a defamation case brought by journalist E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of raping her decades ago. Unemployed Americans say they won’t forget inaction by Congress. Plus, whether there’s a future for karaoke.

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Reporter Matt Zapotosky on the Justice Department’s case for defending the president in a year-old defamation suit.

People hurting financially in the U.S. say they won’t forget Congress’s lack of action during the pandemic, according to economics correspondent Heather Long.

Nightlife reporter Fritz Hahn says singing in public isn’t the safest thing to do during a pandemic. But karaoke super fans are eager for the fun to return.

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Sep 09, 2020
The postmaster general’s alleged straw-donor scheme
The postmaster general faces new allegations of campaign finance violations. Why the pandemic is making it so hard for people to sleep. And your questions about immunity, answered. 

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Investigative reporter Aaron Davis has discovered that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s prolific campaign fundraising was bolstered for more than a decade by a practice that left many employees feeling pressured to make political contributions to GOP candidates –– money DeJoy later reimbursed through bonuses, former employees say.

Health and science reporter Karin Brulliard has noticed that the pandemic is making it harder for her (and a lot of other people) to sleep. Experts say this “coronasomnia” could imperil public health.

General assignment reporter Meryl Kornfield recently asked immunologists all your immunity-related questions. Some of their responses are encouraging. 

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Sep 08, 2020
Is it okay to laugh at Florida Man?
The beginnings of the Florida Man meme, and what it’s like to go viral on the worst day of your life.

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Is It okay to laugh at Florida Man? Writer Logan Hill investigates what happens after someone goes viral as the “world’s worst superhero”— and the moral implications of laughing along.

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Sep 07, 2020
The U.S. is deporting Nicaraguan asylum seekers
The story of a Nicaraguan dissident who — in fear for his life and his family’s — sought asylum at the border. U.S. officials sent him back instead.

Moises Alberto Ortega Valdivia is a political dissident from Nicaragua who sought asylum in the U.S. He was denied that right. What happened next at the border was “shocking,” says Post correspondent Kevin Sieff. “To them and to basically anyone who follows immigration law.” 

After the Post published this article, Congress members wrote to President Trump, demanding Nicaraguan asylum seekers be allowed to apply. 

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Sep 04, 2020
Why your groceries just got more expensive
On today’s Post Reports, how presidential candidates are shifting their focus to the Midwest. How the pandemic is making us pay more for less at the grocery store. And how grocery store workers morale is at an all-time low.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is shifting his strategy in an attempt to win the Midwest. Matt Viser reports that the intentional contrast with President Trump makes the region the most crucial battleground in the 2020 campaign. 

What’s on your grocery store shelves? Turns out, it’s a lot less, for a lot more. Laura Reiley reports on how the pandemic is affecting the food supply chain

“They don’t even treat us like humans anymore”: Abha Bhatarrai explains how grocery store worker’s morale is at an all-time low

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Sep 03, 2020
The children left behind in online learning
On today’s Post Reports, how distance learning widens the digital divide and leaves disconnected students behind. The unique challenges of special education during the pandemic. And, the toxic side of positivity.

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Education reporter Moriah Balingit on how schoolchildren are being locked out of virtual classrooms because of poor Internet connections. As many of the nation’s classrooms are moving online, more than 17 million students do not have high-speed Internet at home

As schools reopen, education reporter Perry Stein says that “the stakes are high for everyone. They are high for every child who’s not in school. But they are particularly high for special education kids.” 

The world has been turned upside, and experts say it’s okay if you’re not okay with that. Wellness reporter Allyson Chiu reports on the toxic effects of forced positivity. 

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Sep 02, 2020
The TikTok ban, explained
Tech reporter Rachel Lerman on why President Trump wants to ban TikTok, and what a ban could mean for users and employees in the United States. Emily Rauhala explains what the pandemic means for international students in America. Plus, Lauren Lumpkin on what it feels like to start college remotely. 

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Sep 01, 2020
What happens when federal workers get political
Lisa Rein reports on the Hatch Act and the uneven way the anti-corruption law has been enforced for the past three years. Matt Zapotosky breaks down what we know about Stephen K. Bannon’s arrest. And remembering actor Chadwick Boseman. 

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As Trump appointees flout the Hatch Act, civil servants who get caught get punished.

Steve Bannon has been charged with defrauding donors in a private effort to raise money for Trump’s border wall.

Chadwick Boseman praised student protesters in his 2018 commencement speech at Howard University. Watch the video.
Aug 31, 2020
Two conventions, two American realities
Political correspondent Dan Balz looks back at two very different conventions that painted two different portraits of America. Plus, NBA reporter Ben Golliver and sports columnist Jerry Brewer on what happened in the bubble and what it means for the role of sports in protests against racial injustice.

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Aug 28, 2020
A story on repeat in America
Today on Post Reports, Kim Bellware is following protests in Kenosha, Wis., where a Black man was shot multiple times by police. Columnist Eugene Robinson on the civil rights moment we’re in, and why we need Black Lives Matter. Elise Viebeck reports on how voting by mail went in the primaries. And, deputy weather editor Andrew Freedman on what happens when you’re dealing with climate change, a pandemic and a Category 4 hurricane. 

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Hurricane Laura struck Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. Read live updates here.

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Aug 27, 2020
The quiet ambition of Mike Pence
Tonight at the Republican National Convention, Mike Pence will accept the nomination for another term as vice president. White House bureau chief Philip Rucker explains how Pence has secured his longevity in the administration. Also on Post Reports, science reporter Carolyn Johnson on the truth behind the plasma treatment Trump has been touting as a coronavirus breakthrough. And climate reporter Sarah Kaplan on what the pandemic can teach us about fighting climate change.

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Aug 26, 2020
The invisible hand of Melania Trump
On the eve of Melania Trump’s big speech headlining the second night of the Republican National Convention, politics reporter Mary Jordan discusses the first lady’s reputation. Sarah Kaplan explains how genetic analysis of the coronavirus could help us map and control its spread. And Isabelle Khurshudyan on the mass demonstrations that have erupted in Belarus after a hotly contested presidential election.

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Melania Trump is about to give her biggest speech in four years. The Trump campaign hopes she can be its secret weapon.

Read an excerpt from “The Art of Her Deal”: How Melania Trump blocked Ivanka Trump from encroaching on her domain.

Genetic data show how a single superspreading event sent the coronavirus across Massachusetts –– and the nation.

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Aug 25, 2020
In the words of Trump’s sister: ‘You can’t trust him’
Today on Post Reports, Michael Kranish explores the inner workings of the Trump family. Kevin Sieff looks at how work deemed essential led to one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the United States. Plus, Robin Givhan hunts down the rare fashion brand beloved by the women of Trump’s world. 

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For Guatemalans in Florida, essential work leads to a coronavirus outbreak. 

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Aug 24, 2020
Remote learning during a pandemic is hard
Today on Post Reports, a story from the Post’s podcast All Told: As schools across the country wrestle with the question of how to best return to teaching in the fall, the story of one class’s preparation for Advanced Placement exams reveals the highs and lows, successes and struggles, that distance learning brings with it.

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Education reporter Laura Meckler writes about the struggle to prepare for AP exams across the nation.

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Aug 21, 2020
What happened at UNC-Chapel Hill?
Nick Anderson talks about how the outbreak at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill foreshadows how other higher education institutions are reacting to the coronavirus. Matt Viser describes Joe Biden’s decades-long fight for the Democratic nomination. And, Caroline Kitchener explains the debate over Susan B. Anthony’s views on abortion -- and why it matters.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reopened the campus for in-person classes. A week later, those classes went remote.

Former vice president Joe Biden has been imagining this moment for more than 50 years. It’s not exactly the triumph he had in mind.

Some conservatives want to celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s rumored antiabortion stance.

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Aug 20, 2020
How Howard University shaped Kamala Harris
Rosalind S. Helderman on the new Senate report that alleges close ties between Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russia. Fashion critic Robin Givhan shares Sen. Kamala D. Harris’s journey to a historically Black university. 

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Sen. Kamala D. Harris’s Black identity blossomed at Howard University, according to fashion critic Robin Givhan.

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Aug 19, 2020
Women’s suffrage and the Black women left out
Today on Post Reports, Katie Mettler on the little known story about how the 19th Amendment was ratified. And historian Martha S. Jones on how Black women had to keep fighting for the right to vote after the 19th Amendment passed.

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A mother’s letter, a son’s choice and the little known story about the 19th Amendment’s ratification.

Black women fought to get the right to vote long after White women earned it.

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Aug 18, 2020
Trump vs. the Postal Service
Ashley Parker traces President Trump’s obsession with the U.S. Postal Service. Freelance journalist Kayla Ruble talks about why young Black voters yearn for policy, not promises, from Sen. Kamala Harris. Plus, Dino Grandoni on the hunters and fishers asking Congress to deliver climate change solutions.

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Tracing Trump’s Postal Service obsession — from ‘loser’ to ‘scam’ to ‘rigged election’.

A large portion of young Black voters in the U.S. aren’t entirely convinced Sen. Kamala Harris will be the change they need.

Hunters and fishermen are asking Congress for climate change solutions. Here’s why that’s unusual.

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Aug 17, 2020
Ten bucks left, no place to go
Today on Post Reports, social issues reporter Kyle Swenson explains how America’s unemployment system is stretched to the brink by the pandemic. And reporter Sydney Page on one artist’s random acts of kindness, and what they mean to health-care heroes. 

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Ten bucks left, no place to go: How the pandemic and a broken unemployment system are upending people’s lives.

Health-care workers are opening their mailboxes and finding their own portraits.

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Aug 14, 2020
What’s up with the Postal Service?
On Today’s Post Reports, Jacob Bogage explains how delays and a partisan battle over funding the U.S. Postal Service may affect the election. Jose A. Del Real reports on Latino voters in Arizona, who may hold the key for a Democratic win there. And, Sarah Kaplan with a climate solution for America’s hottest cities. 

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Trump says the Postal Service needs money for mail-in voting but he’ll keep blocking funding.

Latinos transformed Arizona. Do campaigns see them? 

How America’s hottest city will survive climate change

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Aug 13, 2020
Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and the future for Democrats
Today on Post Reports, national political reporter Annie Linskey breaks down the reasons behind Joe Biden’s historic choice of Sen. Kamala D. Harris as his running mate. Sports columnist Sally Jenkins on why it takes courage to hit pause on college football. Sarah Dadouch reports on the shattered lives left behind after the blasts in Beirut last week — plus, the story of a doctor whose wedding video shoot accidentally captured the explosions and went viral. 

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Inside Biden’s unusual VP pick process: Tough questions, 11 finalists and many lawyers.

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Aug 12, 2020
More mail-in ballots, more problems?
Today on Post Reports, Elise Viebeck on the anxieties around voting by mail ahead of November. Phil Rucker explains how the White House failed to contain the coronavirus as the summer cases crept up. And Shibani Mahtani reports on the crackdown in Hong Kong. 

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Anxieties about mail ballots were on full display in the latest round of primaries, highlighting worries for fall. 

The lost days of summer: How Trump fell short in containing the virus. 

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law as political structures unravel. 

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Aug 11, 2020
America’s eviction crisis
Today on Post Reports, Renae Merle reports on why the expiration of rent relief will trigger a wave of evictions in at-risk communities. Dino Grandoni explains the fight to keep the lights on in households across the country. And, Teddy Amenabar on how to read your coronavirus test results. 

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Evictions are likely to skyrocket as jobs remain scarce. Black renters will be hard hit. And landlords are pushing back on a federal moratorium.

Congress faces pressure as states lift electricity shut-off bans during the coronavirus crisis. 

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Aug 10, 2020
A new gentrification crisis
Today on Post Reports: Tracy Jan on how the pandemic is exacerbating the effects of gentrification in cities like Los Angeles. From Linah Mohammad and Hira Qureshi, how the Hulu series “Ramy” tackles taboos, and why it’s gotten criticism from the Muslim community. And Brittany Renee Mayes explains why Black-owned bookstores are seeing a boom in orders of anti-racist literature.

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Ethnic enclaves are struggling to fight gentrification during the pandemic.

The Hulu show “Ramy” tackles taboos. But it’s also gotten criticism from the Muslim community.

Demand for anti-racist literature is up. Black bookstore owners are hoping it will last.

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Aug 07, 2020
How negligence killed scores in Beirut
Today on Post Reports, Sarah Dadouch brings us on the ground in Beirut, and Liz Sly reports on how the massive explosion there has thrown the city into deeper crisis. Columnist Jerry Brewer ruminates on how sports won’t be sports in the time of covid-19. And a Black doctor on how his scrubs are a form of armor.

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Shock turns to anger as Beirut assesses damage inflicted by massive explosion

Sports used to be an escape from the world. Now, they’re a window into it.

A Black doctor on why he wears his scrubs everywhere now.

Aug 06, 2020
The organ transplant aftershock
Early on in the pandemic, we solicited queries from Post Reports listeners about covid-19. We received all kinds of responses — about masks, social distancing, food safety, testing, symptoms. And we received an email from one listener, Charlotte Cudd of Jacksonville, Fla., who was curious about whether people who die of covid-19 can still become organ donors. On today’s episode, we seek to answer her question — and we ask a few of our own.

Aug 05, 2020
America’s vanishing economy
Heather Long on the economy’s decline, Madhulika Sikka talks to “Indian Matchmaking” creator Smirti Mundhra. Plus, the “Can He Do That?” podcast examines why we do polling.

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Netflix’s new hit “Indian Matchmaking” misses the full story on arranged marriage

How America votes is inherently unpredictable. So why do polling?
Aug 04, 2020
How the pandemic left America behind
As countries around the world are emerging from lockdowns and cautiously returning to life as normal, it’s beginning to feel like most of the world is showing up to a post-pandemic celebration party where Americans are not invited. On today’s “Post Reports,” we ask the question: Where did the U.S. go wrong? What’s it like in places where the curve has successfully been flattened? Which countries are still struggling with covid-19? And how has the American failure in pandemic response shifted the way that the U.S. is viewed on the global stage?

The crisis that shocked the world: America’s response to the coronavirus

Beijing’s summer is more oppressive than usual, but most prefer the heat over the virus

With American tourists banned from Italy, Amalfi Coast workers are sliding into poverty

Brazil ignored the warnings. Now, while other countries fret over a second coronavirus wave, it can’t get past its first.

Aug 03, 2020
Capital B for Black
In a newsroom, it’s rare that a question of whether to capitalize a word sparks intense discussion and debate. But in June, an issue of textual style became an urgent topic at The Washington Post: Should journalists begin capitalizing the word “Black” when used as a racial identifier? And if so … what does that mean for “White”? And “Brown”? 

“During my lifetime, this decision has come up a lot,” says Jesse Lewis, who leads The Post’s copy editing desk. “I was born in the ’50s, and at the time, ‘Negro’ was the preferred term. … Then you get to the late ’60s, early ’70s, ‘African-American’ was used as the term of discussion. There are things that happen in society that bring these issues to the forefront.” 

The story of how The Post’s final decision came about — with intense discussions within our newsroom and throughout the journalism industry — says a lot about our moment of racial reckoning, and the thoughtfulness and deliberation that moment demands. 

And the results can be controversial — especially when it came to the decision on whether to identify America’s White community with a capital W. 

“There’s a certain denialism to the idea that race isn’t an issue,” Lewis said, arguing for the need to classify White as a racial identity. “Writers have said, maybe you just uppercase ‘White’ because then it’s recognized, or Whites recognize it as a racial category, and they will have to deal with the consequences of being categorized by race.”

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The Washington Post memo on writing style changes for racial and ethnic identifiers: The Post will capitalize Black to identify groups that make up the African diaspora.

Eve Ewing: I’m a Black Scholar Who Studies Race. Here’s Why I Capitalize ‘White.’

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Jul 31, 2020
Can police learn to de-escalate?
Police officers around the country are fielding an increasing number of mental-health calls. Hannah Dreier documents what it’s been like for one officer who recently completed his department’s de-escalation training. And, Michelle Boorstein reports on how gospel choirs are adapting to the pandemic’s socially distanced reality.

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Converging in a tense section of Huntsville: A White police officer fresh from de-escalation training, a troubled Black woman with a gun, and a crowd with cellphones ready to record.

Her gospel choir brought her closer to God. Now she can only hum from home.

Can a president delay a U.S. election? The Washington Post’s ‘Can He Do That’ podcast unpacks the question.

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Jul 30, 2020
The attorney general’s defense
Amber Phillips recaps Attorney General William P. Barr’s combative testimony on Capitol Hill. Peter Whoriskey uncovers how Johnson & Johnson companies used a “super poppy” to make narcotics for America’s most abused opioid pills. Plus, Michael Andor Brodeur on the sound of the pandemic. 

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Jul 29, 2020
No really, how long before a coronavirus vaccine?
Trying to find 30,000 test subjects for a coronavirus vaccine, from Carolyn Y. Johnson. How white moms on the front line of Portland, Ore., protests are trying to balance power with privilege, according to the people who spoke with reporter Marissa Lang. Plus, a seismically quiet Earth during the pandemic’s shutdowns, from science reporter Joel Achenbach.

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Trials for coronavirus vaccines are underway, but we still have a long way to go.

The “Wall of Moms” participating in Portland’s protests are also becoming the face of the movement. Here’s why that might be a problem. 

Get all of the questions you might have about the coronavirus answered with this FAQ from The Post.

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Jul 28, 2020
Public vs. private: The pandemic education gap
Perry Stein on the private-school choice parents are making as public classrooms remain closed. Geoff Fowler guides us through the privacy risks on TikTok. And Michele Norris explains the significance of John Lewis’s final journey. 

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As public schools go all virtual in the fall, parents eye private schools that promise to open their campuses.

Is it time to delete TikTok? A guide to the rumors and real privacy risks

The late congressman John Lewis lies in state at the Capitol.

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Jul 27, 2020
Policing while black
As a black police officer in Plainfield, N.J., Martesse Gilliam thought he could change policing from the inside — until he ended up on the outside. Plus, Steven Zeitchik on how movie theaters are adjusting to the pandemic. 

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Jul 24, 2020
A show of force in American cities
Matt Zapotosky dissects the deployment of federal agents to American cities. Max Bearak reports on the surprising effects of the coronavirus on Kenya’s wildlife preservation. And Dave Sheinin on the changes to baseball on Opening Day. 

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Trump announces an increase in the use of federal law enforcement in U.S. cities.

Coronavirus is crushing tourism — and cutting off a lifeline for wildlife.

Opening day amid coronavirus: Masks, empty parks, social justice.

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Jul 23, 2020
A looming deadline for tens of millions of Americans
Today on Post Reports, Jeff Stein tracks the GOP infighting complicating the trillion-dollar stimulus deal. As President Trump nears the end of his first term, Juliet Eilperin explains what’s at stake in the environmental world. And Christopher Rowland, on the race to make enough small glass vials to deliver coronavirus vaccines around the world. 

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Glass vials for vaccines are in demand, as governments and drug companies rush to lock down supply. 

Jul 22, 2020
The Gettysburg Troll
Investigative reporter Dalton Bennett goes on a quest to find the shadowy figure behind a number of social media hoaxes –– the most recent played out in Gettysburg on Independence Day –– that have riled far-right extremists and repeatedly duped media outlets. 

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Jul 21, 2020
Federal agents storm Portland
Today on Post Reports, Devlin Barrett and Marissa Lang explain why federal tactical units have been deployed to Portland, Ore. — over the protest of city officials. And Jonathan Capehart, on the life and legacy of John Lewis.

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Federal officials ignore city officials’ calls to leave Portland as clashes with protesters continue.

Hear more from and about John Lewis on Post podcasts Cape Up and Constitutional.

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Jul 20, 2020
Inside the Houston surge
Full emergency rooms. Expanded ICUs. Double shifts. 3 a.m. phone calls to patients’ families. A look inside the hospitals at Texas Medical Center in Houston — the epicenter of the state’s new surge in coronavirus cases.

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As coronavirus cases skyrocket across Texas, hospitals grapple with patient influxes.

Jul 17, 2020
A tale of two vaccine searches
Carolyn Y. Johnson explains how the unsuccessful years-long hunt for an HIV vaccine could give scientists a leg up in developing a novel coronavirus vaccine. Carlos Lozada dissects Mary L. Trump’s new book. And Ben Golliver shares a glimpse from inside the NBA bubble at Disney World. 

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Decades of research on an HIV vaccine boost the bid for one against coronavirus.

The real villain of Mary L. Trump’s family tell-all isn’t Donald. It’s Fred.

What’s it like in the NBA’s Disney bubble? For one reporter: Hotel room workouts and lots of time to think.

Jul 16, 2020
A crisis for education
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner on the decision to keep public schools online in the fall. Laura Meckler explains the delicate dance local districts are facing with whether to allow students on campus. And Nick Anderson, on a victory for international college students.

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The Trump administration has dropped its plan to strip international college students taking only online classes of their visas.

Jul 15, 2020
How some campus health centers fail students
Jenn Abelson describes the state of college campus health-care centers. William Wan reports on the recurring supply shortages challenging health-care workers. And, Emily Heil explains the boycott against Goya.

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As students return to college amid the coronavirus pandemic, campus health-care centers across the country face their biggest test

What’s your experience been like with college health centers? Tell us your story.

Jul 14, 2020
How Trump rewards loyalty
Toluse Olorunnipa reports on the fallout of Roger Stone’s commutation. Marissa Lang discusses the concerns of organizations that help victims of domestic violence. And Robert McCartney explains how Washington’s NFL team is dropping its name. 

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Trump commuted his confidant’s sentence. Roger Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Jul 13, 2020
A new Hong Kong
Shibani Mahtani reports on the security law sending a chill through Hong Kong. Abha Bhattarai explains why workers are being laid off — again. And Cleve Wootson on the implications of reopening Disney World in Florida.

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Workers are being laid off for a second time, as coronavirus surge puts the brakes on reopening the economy. 

Florida invited the nation to its reopening. Then it became a new coronavirus epicenter

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Jul 10, 2020
Will we ever see Trump’s taxes?
Today on Post Reports, David Fahrenthold explains the Supreme Court’s rulings on Trump’s tax records, and why the public still may never see them. Debbie Cenziper on how a nursing home administered a cocktail of unapproved drugs to its residents. And music critic Michael Andor Brodeur ventures out to hear live music for the first time since the pandemic began. 

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Supreme Court rules Manhattan’s District Attorney may subpoena Trump’s tax records, denies Congress access for now. 

‘The covid cocktail’: How a Pa. nursing home gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing.

Going to my first concert of the pandemic felt like preparing for battle. Then I got there

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Jul 09, 2020
Black women to Biden: You owe us
Today on Post Reports, Errin Haines on what black female voters want from the Democratic Party. Michael Scherer explores the relevance of political conventions during a pandemic. And Tiana Clark on getting divorced over videoconference. 

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Black women show up at the polls. Will the Democratic party show up for them?

The surreal anticlimax of getting divorced over videoconference

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Jul 08, 2020
Teaching the human body to fight covid-19
Today on Post Reports, Carolyn Johnson explains that in the rush to find a vaccine for the coronavirus, scientists are turning to an elegant but unproven method. Jonathan O’Connell  reports on how the Small Business Administration funneled relief funds to major chains and private-equity investors. And, Taylor Turner on how historically black colleges and universities face unique challenges during the pandemic.

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RNA vaccines have leapt to the front of the fight against the coronavirus. Will they work?

Data shows small business loans went to big business, members of Congress.

Despite the coronavirus, historically black colleges continue to help their students weather any storm. 

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Jul 07, 2020
Will there be another stimulus bill?
Congress has adjourned for a two-week recess without addressing the alarming rise in coronavirus infections or the ongoing economic crisis. Erica Werner explains what might come next. Aaron Blake reports on how some Republicans lawmakers are moving toward mandating masks, even as Trump continues to question how dangerous the coronavirus really is. And Ben Guarino on the new elevator etiquette amid a pandemic. 

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Congress departs for two-week recess without addressing coronavirus spikes, economic strains.

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Jul 06, 2020
“The Cursed Platoon,” Part 2