Administration pledges to buy, distribute 100 million swabs by year’s end

In a plan for a national testing strategy delivered to Congress, the administration doubled down on its stance that states should bear primary responsibility for carrying out diagnostic tests.

On weekend dedicated to war dead, Trump tweets insults, promotes baseless claims and golfs

The president, who urged Americans to return to church, did not do so himself.
Brendan Barrie, 19, of Milford, Mass., lost his summer job as a camp counselor. He instead decided to spend time caring for an uncle who died of brain cancer last week. (Katye Martens Brier for The Post)
Brendan Barrie, 19, of Milford, Mass., lost his summer job as a camp counselor. He instead decided to spend time caring for an uncle who died of brain cancer last week. (Katye Martens Brier for The Post)

Summer jobs for teens are scarce, but a little boredom has its benefits

Millions of American high school and college students have arrived at the Summer of Nothing, a landscape of scuttled internships, summer camps and travel plans.

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As Trump ousts watchdogs, 3 replacements have conflicts of interest

The 40-year era of independent oversight of the presidency, which has had bipartisan support, is threatened by Trump’s rapid discharge of five acting or permanent inspectors general.

Federal judge guts Fla. law requiring felons to pay fines before voting

State leaders are all but certain to appeal the decision, which paves the way for thousands of felons who have completed their sentences to register in time for the November election.
Kansas National Guard members wait at a drive-thru covid-19 testing site. (AP)
Kansas National Guard members wait at a drive-thru covid-19 testing site. (AP)

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As deaths near 100,000, the pandemic that first struck cities now strains counties with acres of farmland, cramped meatpacking plants, isolated prisons and few hospital beds.
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The president has tweeted multiple times in recent days to falsely suggest the congressman-turned-television host Joe Scarborough murdered an employee whose death was ruled an accident.
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Grassley facing stiffest challenge in Senate career as inspectors general defender

Amid President Trump’s rapid-fire dismissals of the watchdogs, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), in a self-appointed role, has refrained from taking aggressive action.
President Trump stops to talk to reporters before departing for Camp David on May 15. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
President Trump stops to talk to reporters before departing for Camp David on May 15. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Trump returns to 2016 message of disruption

The president’s reluctance to recalibrate his political tactics during the pandemic could determine whether he wins another term, say campaign officials, strategists and pollsters on both sides of the aisle.

With masks and sanitized hands, Italian Catholics return to church

In one of the world’s most Catholic countries, churches celebrated the first Sunday Mass since the arrival of the coronavirus — with plenty of new rules.

Boris Johnson wants to reopen Britain’s schools in a week. Parents, teachers and local officials push back.

Johnson’s government is looking to Germany, Denmark and New Zealand. But Britain has been hit much harder by the coronavirus.
Shoppers walk through the Kantamanto market in Accra after coronavirus restrictions in parts of Ghana were lifted in April. (Nipah Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Shoppers walk through the Kantamanto market in Accra after coronavirus restrictions in parts of Ghana were lifted in April. (Nipah Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Some American nurses are facing pay cuts. But around the world, many are getting huge raises.

In Ghana, health-care workers got a 50 percent raise on top of tax waivers during the pandemic, while Canada announced salary hikes, and France pledged bonuses for doctors and nurses as part of its $120 billion rescue package.
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Revelers gather at a Lake of the Ozarks beach in Missouri on Saturday. (Twitter/Lawler50/Reuters)
Revelers gather at a Lake of the Ozarks beach in Missouri on Saturday. (Twitter/Lawler50/Reuters)

Crowds pack venues in Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, ignoring social distancing

The scenes highlighted how some have interpreted the loosening of coronavirus restrictions ahead of Memorial Day weekend as an invitation to return to a pre-pandemic version of normal.
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Jennifer King was an assistant coach of the Arizona Hotshots in 2019. (Norm Hall/AAF/Getty Images)
Jennifer King was an assistant coach of the Arizona Hotshots in 2019. (Norm Hall/AAF/Getty Images)

Jennifer King has been a cop, a QB and a national champion. Next: Redskins assistant coach.

“I think the ultimate drive for me is to be successful and great at whatever I was doing,” said King, who is the first African American woman to hold a full-time NFL coaching job.
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Spike in D.C. numbers, crowds at region’s beaches renew virus concerns

A one-day jump in the District’s numbers raised questions about whether it can begin reopening as expected Friday.
Viral images of a packed Ocean City boardwalk and a mask-free Gov. Ralph Northam (D) mingling with crowds had many wondering whether safety guidelines were being taken seriously.
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Knitting, sewing and woodworking can help keep you calm.
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Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in “The Trip to Greece.” (IFC Films)
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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon delight, in the brilliant and affecting ‘The Trip to Greece’

The fourth — and final — outing in the series of improvisatory films mixes the serious with the sublimely silly.
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Cattle grazing at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga. (White Oak Pastures)

The meat industry’s supply chain is failing, but these smaller farms can still meet your needs

Supermarkets may have a limited supply of beef and chicken, but you can still get your meat at these online shops dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices.
Krish Raghav, left, and Yan Cong in an elevator on our last day of quarantine April 10 in Beijing. (Yan Cong for The Post)
Krish Raghav, left, and Yan Cong in an elevator on our last day of quarantine April 10 in Beijing. (Yan Cong for The Post)

Room and bored

A couple returned from overseas and entered a 14-day quarantine in a Beijing hotel, but in separate rooms. This is their journey in photos, comics and words.
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