Ambassador Zero: A Virus’s Toll on U.S. Diplomats at Home and Abroad

WASHINGTON — The symptoms were more annoying than alarming: A dry cough, achiness and then sniffles…

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Is Trying to Lead in a Pandemic Without Picking Sides

On Thursday, in a public service announcement filmed in his wood-paneled office, Gov. Greg Abbott of…

College Made Them Feel Equal. The Virus Exposed How Unequal Their Lives Are.

The political science class was called “Forced Migration and Refugees.” Students read accounts of migrants fleeing…

Administration Turns to Private Firms to Help Process Small Business Aid

WASHINGTON — The Small Business Administration doled out tens of millions of dollars in contracts in…

Tensions Persist Between Trump and Medical Advisers Over the Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Rarely has the schism between President Trump and his own public health advisers over…

A Debate Over Masks Uncovers Deep White House Divisions

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was…

F.D.A. to Allow Use of KN95 Masks Approved by China

With doctors, nurses and other health care workers facing acute shortages of protective masks, the Food…

Maryland’s Governor, a Republican, Is Willing to Spar With Trump for Supplies

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Larry Hogan was annoyed. On a conference call, Mr. Hogan, the Republican governor…

U.S. Commanders Cite Pandemic as They Pull Back Elite Units Around the World

WASHINGTON — American military commanders are using the restrictions imposed by the spread of the coronavirus…

They’re Running for Office Without Health Insurance During a Pandemic

In the past week and a half, Cori Bush has been hospitalized twice with shortness of…

Stranded Abroad, Americans Ask: Why Weren’t We Warned Sooner?

NEW DELHI — Ana Pautler, a trekker from San Francisco, was partway up a Himalayan mountain…

Trump Administration Scales Back Paid Leave in Coronavirus Relief Law

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has substantially scaled back paid leave requirements for employers that were…

The Other Front-Line Workers

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From Afar, Congress Begins Oversight of Trump Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi, moving aggressively to scrutinize the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus…

DeVos Weighs Waiving Special Education. Parents Are Worried.

WASHINGTON — Tucked away in the $2 trillion coronavirus stabilization bill is a provision that allows…

The N.R.A. Sees a Threat, and an Opportunity, in Covid-19

Faced with budget pressures and an invigorated gun control movement, the National Rifle Association has found…

Inside Kim Kardashian’s Prison-Reform Machine

Kim Kardashian West breezed into a steakhouse in Washington, D.C., last month, wearing a bright white…

Juggling Lessons From Katie Porter

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The Safety Net Got a Quick Patch. What Happens After the Coronavirus?

WASHINGTON — President Trump and congressional Republicans spent the last three years fighting to cut anti-poverty…

The Safety Net Is Stronger. What Happens After the Coronavirus?

WASHINGTON — President Trump and congressional Republicans spent the last three years fighting to cut anti-poverty…