As cities burned, Trump stayed silent — other than tweeting fuel on the fire

The president, in consultation with some aides, decided not to give a speech about the violent protests over what many see as systemic racial injustice by law enforcement.

In African American communities, private grief amid public rage

A series of attacks on black people, including several caught on tape, created additional waves of pain for communities already ravaged by the pandemic and its economic fallout.
Police form a line in front of St. John’s Church near the White House on Sunday as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd. (AP)
Police form a line in front of St. John’s Church near the White House on Sunday as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd. (AP)
Protesters set fire the road signs and an American flag Sunday as they gathered near the White House. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post)
Protesters set fire the road signs and an American flag Sunday as they gathered near the White House. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post)
Washington, D.C., police arrest a protester Sunday night for violating the city’s curfew. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post)
Washington, D.C., police arrest a protester Sunday night for violating the city’s curfew. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post)
Signs and chants during the protest made reference to George Floyd, whose death in Minnesota sparked the nationwide protests. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post)
Signs and chants during the protest made reference to George Floyd, whose death in Minnesota sparked the nationwide protests. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post)

Night of destruction across D.C. after police, protesters clash outside the White House

More than 1,000 people marched to Lafayette Square across from the White House, and at nightfall American flags, parked cars and buildings were lit ablaze — and protesters faced pepper bullets and tear gas fired by police.

Royce White towers above the Minneapolis protests, and thousands are looking up to him

The 6-foot-8 former basketball star is an emerging leader in a new civil rights moment that began as incidents of police brutality began to be captured on smartphones and shared widely online.
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A wave of protests puts a spotlight on U.S. hypocrisy

For Trump, May was a month of distractions, grievances as nation marked bleak milestone

Facing in the coronavirus an enemy he could not tweet into submission, the president was desperate to change the subject, from pressing bogus conspiracy theories to inflaming tensions over the death of George Floyd.

Trump is pushing churches to open. Black pastors in hard-hit St. Louis preach caution.

The disproportionate impact of coronavirus on African American communities has left faith leaders fearful of a resurgence.

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President Trump made 19,127 false or misleading claims in 1,226 days

The 20,000 mark for false or misleading claims by the president now appears to be a given, so we have to ask: Will he top 25,000?
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Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, far right, join the crew at the International Space Station. (NASA/AP)

SpaceX capsule docked, NASA astronauts are aboard the International Space Station

The mission was the first time NASA astronauts had launched from United States soil since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011, and it marked the first time a private company had flown astronauts to orbit.
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Former vice president Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, visit the War Memorial Plaza in New Castle, Del., on Memorial Day. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Protests pose a challenge for Joe Biden: Appealing to older and younger black voters

The former vice president is planning to speak more about race in coming days, according to a person familiar with his campaign’s plans. “He has to meet the moment,” an African American pollster said.

This election isn’t 1968 or 1992 or 2016: What the protests could mean for the Trump campaign

How will the unrest over the killing of George Floyd by police play for President Trump? Just as many people are arguing that it will seal his reelection as arguing that it will undo him.
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Police officers on horseback stand next to demonstrators blocking the road outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on Sunday. (AP)

Protests over death of George Floyd and police killings spread to London, Berlin, Toronto

Demonstrators worldwide defied coronavirus restrictions to wave “I can't breathe” signs and chant “no justice, no peace” outside U.S. embassies.

Scientists tackle starfish plagues on endangered Great Barrier Reef

In the past 30 years, half of the reef’s coral has been lost, largely because of bleaching events and crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks.
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A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. (AP)
A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. (AP)

Confederate monuments vandalized across the South

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond was covered with graffiti.

‘I’m missing it all’: Grandparents grieve over loss of visits with grandchildren

It’s still safest to connect virtually for now, experts say.
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Whistleblower in quiz show scandals dies at 93

He helped expose a major 1950s television scandal, later chronicled in the movie “Quiz Show.”
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Desperate retailers to ask Fed, Treasury for emergency help

Even though stores were closed for much of March and April, huge amounts of shoes, shirts, suits and swimwear poured into the United States from global supply chains that continued churning despite the pandemic.

In virus-hit South Korea, AI monitors lonely elders

Elderly South Koreans are using voice-enabled smart speakers that allow a telecom company to listen to them 24 hours a day for signs of rising loneliness or insecurity.
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Sara Adelman holds her daughter Amelia in Salt Lake City. (AP)

Parents hoping to get back to work face a child care crisis

The pandemic has created a staggering child care crisis that threatens to undermine the tentative reopening of the economy, forcing many parents to choose between work and looking after their kids.
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In the wreckage of Richmond, one small miracle — and anticipation of more protests

Sunday was marked by peaceful rallies and cleanups as the mayor set a curfew and the governor declared a state of emergency.
Parishioners receive the sacrament of Communion during the first Mass in two months at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington. (Oliver Contreras/for The Post)
Parishioners receive the sacrament of Communion during the first Mass in two months at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington. (Oliver Contreras/for The Post)

On this Pentecost, Christians who came to church were wary and grateful

Official virus restrictions were loosened for worship services, but many parishioners stayed home.
A medic protester assists a member of the media on Saturday after Minneapolis police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during a demonstration following the death of George Floyd in police custody. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
A medic protester assists a member of the media on Saturday after Minneapolis police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during a demonstration following the death of George Floyd in police custody. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

Police injure, arrest reporters covering unrest

Even when displaying a press badge, some were hit with pepper spray or rubber bullets. “I have never been fired at by police,” said one startled war correspondent, “until tonight.”
Christo’s the Gates in New York City in 2005. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
Christo’s the Gates in New York City in 2005. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
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Audacious artist who wrapped buildings, parks and landscapes in cloth dies at 84

Christo’s installations, which in some cases attracted millions of visitors, expanded the definition and appreciation of contemporary art.
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