Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans

President Trump has left little doubt through his utterances the past few weeks that he sees himself not only as the Republican standard-bearer but as a leader of a modern grievance movement animated by civic strife and marked by calls for “white power.”

‘White power’ video was a glimpse into political discourse in ‘America’s friendliest’ retirement community

Political arguments in the Villages have led at times to physical confrontations, prompting some septuagenarians to pack pepper spray and stun guns.
Marine One, with President Trump aboard, flies past Mount Rushmore Friday near Keystone, S.D. (AP)
Marine One, with President Trump aboard, flies past Mount Rushmore Friday near Keystone, S.D. (AP)
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Mount Rushmore is colossal kitsch, perfect for a populist spectacle

President Trump's speech before the giant faces was an effort to scale up particular grievances into broad national rifts, to claim that protesters who seek equal treatment and dignity for African Americans are not protesting against police violence, but rather seeking to dismantle America, and western culture.

U.S. logs 26th straight day of record average case totals

The virus continued to spiral out of control, particularly in the South, as several states experienced record numbers of confirmed infections and hospitalizations. Florida logged another daily high of new cases, while Arizona set a record for hospitalizations.
A Frosted Cakerie employee sets up seating in Joplin, Mo. (Terra Fondriest for The Post)
A Frosted Cakerie employee sets up seating in Joplin, Mo. (Terra Fondriest for The Post)

A small Missouri city thought it had dodged the coronavirus. Now, it’s hitting home.

It seemed this spring that the pandemic sweeping America had passed Joplin by. Now that it has arrived following a rapid statewide reopening, however, it’s hitting the region with a vengeance.
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‘The Cursed Platoon,’ Part 2

1st Lt. Clint Lorance had been in charge of his Army platoon for three days when he ordered them to kill three Afghans on a dirt road. After a second-degree murder conviction, Lorance was pardoned by President Trump, hailed as a hero. His troops suffered a different fate.
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Many said they were moved to tears reading about the experiences of 1st Platoon. Others questioned how the soldiers could blindly follow orders to shoot at civilians.
The dedication of the Washington Monument on Feb. 21, 1885. The 555-foot-high monument was then the highest structure in the world. (AP)
The dedication of the Washington Monument on Feb. 21, 1885. The 555-foot-high monument was then the highest structure in the world. (AP)
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On Fourth of July, Americans cheered a new landmark: the Washington Monument

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The possibility that Russia paid militants to target U.S. forces — and that the president received reports about the activity but did little about it — has revived allegations, particularly among Democrats, that President Trump is loath to confront Russia.

Joint effort by two Democratic super PACs raised $107 million so far in election cycle, groups say

American Bridge and Unite the Country are pooling resources to attack President Trump in key states and project positive messages around former vice president Joe Biden.
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Passengers walk through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Fourth of July holiday travel weekend. (Erik S Lesser/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
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Hard-hit industries clamor for regulations during pandemic

Business interests see a short-term battle against two hard-to-influence forces: individuals acting irresponsibly and a Trump administration reluctant to lay down guidelines that would mandate individual behavior during the pandemic.
Tourists pose for pictures at the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana last year. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists pose for pictures at the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana last year. (AFP/Getty Images)

Ghana to black Americans: Come home. We’ll help you build a life here.

The West African country is offering discounted land to those who want to escape racism.

Before the coronavirus, CDC made similar errors with Zika tests

The CDC sidelined an effective Zika test in favor of a more complex one that failed about one-third of the time.
Medical personnel wait for a driver to pull up at a drive-through covid-19 testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in March. (AP)
Medical personnel wait for a driver to pull up at a drive-through covid-19 testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in March. (AP)

Covid-19 outbreak reported in 15 fraternity houses at University of Washington

Concerns rise as colleges and universities make plans for students to return in the fall.
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This file photo shows Redskins owner Daniel Snyder at FedEx Field. (Jonathan Newton/The Post)

Tribal leaders, officials: Redskins’ name review puts team on ‘right side of history’

Chuck Hoskin Jr., chief of the Cherokee Nation, cautiously praised the Washington franchise’s pledge to revisit its controversial 87-year-old moniker as “a start.”

District marks Fourth of July with fireworks, flyovers and protests

The year’s festivities include flyovers by the Air Force’s Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels. Metro is running more trains and staying open longer to accommodate crowds.

Va. Republicans to choose nominee to face Rep. Spanberger in Trump district

Two candidates — both military veterans and state lawmakers — are top contenders in a field of six.
A file photo depicts the National Cathedral and its environs at sunset. (Salwan Georges/The Post)
A file photo depicts the National Cathedral and its environs at sunset. (Salwan Georges/The Post)
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Washington’s sunsets lately have been stunning. Here are a few reasons why.

The sublime displays are attributable to atmospheric processes that feed off a perfectly-sculpted landscape stretching from the Blue Ridge to the Chesapeake Bay.

A Confederate statue is toppled in rural Maryland, then quietly stored away

Amid nationwide protests of racism and inequity, a family removes Confederate symbols from its ferry business and wants nothing more to do with the attention they brought.
Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck walk their dogs in April in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)
Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck walk their dogs in April in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are the pandemic’s only tabloid celebrities

Affleck and de Armas manage to be riveting during the coronavirus era in a way that other celebrities simply are not.
Social distancing during the pandemic has made drive-in theaters, such as the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, Va., more popular. (Toni L. Sandys/The Post)
Social distancing during the pandemic has made drive-in theaters, such as the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, Va., more popular. (Toni L. Sandys/The Post)

The drive-in is back, in all its retro, slightly annoying glory

A night out with "E.T." delivers nostalgia, mosquitoes and a trunkful of new rules.
(Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)
(Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)

Chill out this summer with pina coladas, frozen Irish coffees and other blended cocktails

Dust off your blender, because it's about to get a workout.
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