Author Archives: The Washington Post

Mall giant is snapping up America’s bankrupt retailers

Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past a Brooks Brothers location on July 8, 2020, in New York. A retail venture owned by licensing company Authentic Brands Group and mall owner Simon Property Group has bought Brooks Brothers.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

When Brooks Brothers filed for bankruptcy last month, court filings showed it owed as much as $100 billion to thousands of creditors, including $10 million to one of its biggest landlords: Simon Property Group. Now the nation’s premier mall operator ...

Read More »

Business leaders say they are unlikely to implement Trump’s payroll tax order

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON – Auto part suppliers, clothing sellers, retailers, restaurants and a torrent of top businesses signaled Tuesday they are unlikely to implement President Donald Trump’s order deferring payment of workers’ payroll taxes, threatening an early blow to a policy the ...

Read More »

Judge blocks Trump administration from ending transgender protections

People gather outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 8, 2019, to hear arguments in the case surrounding transgender protections in the workplace. (The Washington Post/ Michael S. Williamson)

A federal judge on Monday blocked the Trump administration from removing nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in health care, issuing a temporary setback to a major policy priority for social conservatives. The new rules, which were set to take effect ...

Read More »

Maryland county votes to keep statue honoring Confederate soldiers

A Maryland county voted this week to keep a statue honoring Confederate soldiers on its courthouse lawn, spurring a protest outside the meeting that prompted officials to conclude the session early. The “Talbot Boys” memorial has stood since 1916 on ...

Read More »

Justices allow pandemic-related relief on mail-in ballots

Volunteers Susan Phillips, left, and Donna Taylor, right, look over mail-in ballots they are counting on Primary Day, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Glastonbury, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rebuffed the Republican Party and allowed a consent decree to go forward so that Rhode Island voters during the coronavirus pandemic could cast mail-in ballots without in-person witness verification. It was the first ...

Read More »

For high court, this summer lull is anything but a respite

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, early Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  WASHINGTON — One of the most consequential Supreme Court terms in recent times shows no signs of conclusion. The court seemed to wrap up its work July 9 with a traditional flourish of big opinions, including a blockbuster finale: ...

Read More »

Michael Flynn case to be reheard by full DC appeals court

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, then - National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Flynn is relaxed and hopeful even as the possibility of prison looms when he's sentenced in the Russia probe Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The retired three-star general pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. during President Donald Trump's White House transition. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court in Washington will take a second look at a judge’s effort to scrutinize the Justice Department’s decision to drop its case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The full U.S. ...

Read More »

Novavax executives stand to collect millions even if vaccine doesn’t work

Novavax CEO Stan Erck (Submitted photo by Elliott O’Donovan)

The top executives at Gaithersburg-based Novavax, one of the biotechnology companies racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, stand to collect tens of millions of dollars in compensation even if their treatment never makes it to market. The stock options earmarked ...

Read More »

Outsiders see surprise wins in Maryland judicial primaries

April Ademiluyi, left, and Gladys Weatherspoon, center, bested sitting judges in the Democratic primary for Circuit Court judge in Prince George's County, as did Marylin Pierre, right, in Montgomery County. (Courtesy of the Ademiluyi campaign, Will R. Jones, Diane Fink/Emerge Maryland)

A political upheaval of sorts occurred last month in Maryland’s primary election for circuit court judges — one little noticed by the public, but not ignored by the state’s legal establishment. While normally sitting circuit court judges cruise to victory ...

Read More »