Jobless rate falls to 13 percent in unexpected turnaround

The U.S. economy gained 2.5 million jobs in May, as many states and counties began to reopen with the slowing of coronavirus cases nationwide.

Economists predicted 20 percent unemployment in May. How did they get it so wrong?

Give some credit to the government relief efforts for bringing back jobs in restaurants and stores sooner than expected.
PROTESTS OF POLICE VIOLENCE

Pentagon disarms guardsmen in D.C. in signal of de-escalation

The Defense Department appears to have made the decision without consulting the White House.

Trump says strong economy will quell protests

President Trump said a sudden rebound in hiring could somehow address racial tensions, suggesting he doesn’t believe more structural changes might be needed to deal with protests.

How Mattis reached his breaking point

The former defense secretary feared top military leaders were being used as a prop for the president, people familiar with his thinking said.
“ I just hope that it shows that the black community will never give up what they believe in.”
— Xavier Brown, freshman at Howard University
“I protested to tell police it’s not right to kill people.”
— Khalil Kim Allen, 7, son of Eun Hye Kim
“I’m tired of the racism.”
— Robin Williams, 63, Ann Arbor, Mich.
“It does feel like this is really a transformative and historical moment.”
— Cameron PajYeeb Yang, of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders
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Voices of protest

People from across the country are showing up to protest George Floyd’s death. We talked to protesters about why this movement matters to them.

D.C. mayor renames street outside White House ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza’

In a pointed message in support of demonstrators and against the president, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) formally renamed the street outside the White House after ordering city crews to paint "Black Lives Matter" in giant yellow letters along 16th Street NW.

Students in masks? Sick kids staying home? Teachers aren’t convinced plans will keep them safe.

School districts aren’t doing enough planning to keep them safe, teachers say, and what they are planning won’t work.

Winter is coming south of the equator, along with predictions of the coronavirus’s spread

Studies of how the novel coronavirus behaves from season to season are still in their early stages. But researchers in Australia, southern Africa and South America say colder weather is cause for significant concern.

Guide to the pandemic

There have been more than 6.6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide. The virus has killed more than 390,000. Access to the following stories is free:
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Outside George Floyd's memorial, a demand for change
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Documents show Facebook staff blasting policy on Trump rhetoric

Internal posts and documents obtained by The Post show thousands of employees want to change the social media giant’s stance that allows unfettered speech from politicians, with some staffers questioning whether Facebook is in an “abusive relationship” with President Trump.

Citing economic emergency, Trump directs agencies to waive federal regulations

The Trump administration is doing by fiat what it has struggled to accomplish through lengthy rulemaking.
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Who do you think Joe Biden should choose for vice president?

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has promised the VP pick will be a woman. In this quiz, we offer up a series of things Biden might consider when making the pick and ask you how important each should be. Then, we’ll show who matches up best with your priorities.
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‘Maybe?’ Ocasio-Cortez on backing Pelosi for another term as speaker

The freshman lawmaker said that issue is “always subject to continuing dynamics.”
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The topics Trump addressed during his Rose Garden speech

He came prepared with talking points, which he referred to only sporadically. He responded to one question, and then left.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks about President Trump's response to protests and rioting across the U.S. in Philadelphia on Tuesday (Reuters)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks about President Trump's response to protests and rioting across the U.S. in Philadelphia on Tuesday (Reuters)

Biden says 10-15% of the nation is ‘just not very good people’

The former vice president spoke optimistically of the majority of Americans in a time of crisis.

Iran’s coronavirus cases surge again as epicenter shifts to new province

While the epidemic was initially concentrated in the capital, Tehran, and the holy city of Qom, the new flare-up has largely been centered in Khuzestan province, an oil-rich region in Iran’s southwest.

Pro-government forces in Libya seize warlord’s last western stronghold

The capture of Tarhuna shattered Khalifa Hifter’s ambitions to seize the capital, Tripoli, and rule Libya. His forces are on the retreat as Libya enters an uncertain future.
Arborist Adam Rendell saws off a dead branch in London's St. Pancras Gardens. (Tori Ferenc for The Washington Post)
Arborist Adam Rendell saws off a dead branch in London's St. Pancras Gardens. (Tori Ferenc for The Washington Post)

While covid lockdowns keep others at home, these Londoners are swinging through the trees

Two tree surgeons say they have the perfect job for the coronavirus era.
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Protesters’ ‘defund the police’ rallying cry is achieving some progress

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) announced a $150 million budget cut for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Trump campaign ad pulled after complaints it politicized space

Karen Nyberg, a former astronaut and wife of Doug Hurley, who was carried to the International Space Station by the SpaceX launch, called the ad propaganda.
Mount Rushmore in South Dakota features four presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. (AP)
Mount Rushmore in South Dakota features four presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. (AP)

19th Amendment anniversary celebration will put women on Mount Rushmore, temporarily

Images of 14 female leaders of the suffrage and civil rights movements will be projected onto Mount Rushmore, including women who never themselves got the right to vote.
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‘Protecting property’ is an abstraction to the growing share of Americans who own nothing

More than 1 in 5 U.S. families have a zero or negative net worth, and the share is even larger among black and young Americans.
Daniel Doll (left) and David Simnick say Soapbox sales have skyrocketed. (Marvin Joseph/The Post)
Daniel Doll (left) and David Simnick say Soapbox sales have skyrocketed. (Marvin Joseph/The Post)
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Soapbox sees explosive growth in pandemic-era pivot

The Georgetown-based maker of soaps, shampoos and body washes says revenue jumped tenfold after it expanded into hand sanitizers.
Gwen Berry was placed on probation by the USOPC after she raised a fist during the playing of the national anthem at the Pan American Games. (Shizuo Kambayashi/File)
Gwen Berry was placed on probation by the USOPC after she raised a fist during the playing of the national anthem at the Pan American Games. (Shizuo Kambayashi/File)

Tensions rise in U.S. Olympic community amid protests and punishments

Athletes demand an apology for past punishments as the Olympic committee delicately tries to respond to swirling controversy.

WNBA considering a 22-game schedule at a central site, starting in July

The season had been scheduled to begin May 15, but a no longer needed Olympic break allows some flexibility.
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Trump’s militarization of D.C. is nothing but stagecraft

But what he is doing is disturbing.
Members of federal agencies block 16th Street near the White House. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
Members of federal agencies block 16th Street near the White House. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)

Humvees, helicopters and National Guard: D.C. officials push back on show of federal force on city streets

The president has floated the idea of a federal takeover of D.C. police and threatened to send active-duty military into the city. For now, the Justice Department says the National Guard is supporting civilian authority and is not making arrests.
Clergy members gather at the makeshift memorial to remember George Floyd on June 2 in Minneapolis. (Joshua Lott for The Post)
Clergy members gather at the makeshift memorial to remember George Floyd on June 2 in Minneapolis. (Joshua Lott for The Post)
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The brutal video of George Floyd’s death can galvanize a nation. If we stop scrolling.

Images launch movements. But in the era of clicks and shares, they risk being data points on a traumatizing timeline.
Actress Lea Michele in 2019. (AP)
Actress Lea Michele in 2019. (AP)

You may be surprised a Lea Michele controversy made news this week, but you shouldn’t be

The actress managed to break through the headlines this week after former co-star Samantha Ware said she made her time on set "a living hell."
Delaney Thayer serves drinks at Centro Cocina Mexicana restaurant in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
Delaney Thayer serves drinks at Centro Cocina Mexicana restaurant in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

As restaurants reopen, here’s what you should know about air conditioning and air flow

Air conditioning is unlikely to spread the coronavirus — but eating outdoors is safest.
Located near Maine’s Acadia National Park, Acadia Yurts is offering special rates to locals this month. (Acadia Yurts)
Located near Maine’s Acadia National Park, Acadia Yurts is offering special rates to locals this month. (Acadia Yurts)

In Maine, businesses offer pay-what-you-can promotions to locals as restrictions keep tourists away

The tactic offers a model for transitioning out of quarantine — and bolstering hometown support.
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