The Take

America is at a low ebb, shaken by multiple blows, and Trump adds to the distress

The pandemic, the economic collapse, the killing of George Floyd and the cities aflame — all are battering the country with pain and destruction.

Police turn more aggressive to regain control of cities

Many protests have been peaceful, but some have apparently looted stores, set fire to police cars, and thrown bleach and even a molotov cocktail, according to departments.
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Days of fury

D.C. braces for more protests after clashes outside White House

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said crews were out cleaning up debris and that law enforcement would be working to try to keep the city calm.

Desperate retailers to ask Fed, Treasury for emergency help amid economic turmoil

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.

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.

Guide to the pandemic

There have been more than 6.0 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide. The virus has killed more than 365,000. Access to the following stories is free:
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He helped expose a major 1950s television scandal, later chronicled in the movie “Quiz Show.”
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Biden expands his lead over Trump to 10-point margin in Post-ABC poll

Former vice president Joe Biden is now holding a clear lead nationally as Americans give President Trump negative ratings for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Copying GOP, Democrats aim to disseminate data

Former presidential candidate Howard Dean is leading a private company that will provide precise information that could be critical for Democratic campaigns in close elections.

Trump to go to fundraisers in June, his first since outbreak

Party officials said they plan to take safety measures to ensure the health of the president and attendees.
A man near Cusco, Peru, is dressed as a traditional Andean character that acts as a vigilante imposing social order. (Jose Carlos Angulo/AFP/Getty Images)
A man near Cusco, Peru, is dressed as a traditional Andean character that acts as a vigilante imposing social order. (Jose Carlos Angulo/AFP/Getty Images)

From the Andes to Tibet, the coronavirus seems to be sparing populations at high altitudes

Low-lying cities in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru have been hit hard, but mountainous regions have avoided the worst.
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Raising kids in Venezuela was already hard. Then schools shut down.

Before the coronavirus, poor families in Caracas relied on schools for child care, and meals.
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A weak tornado touched down briefly near Holly, a Colorado on Thursday afternoon. The tornado lasted only a few seconds, and the funnel did not condense to the surface due to the dry air near ground level. (Matthew Cappucci/The Post)
A weak tornado touched down briefly near Holly, a Colorado on Thursday afternoon. The tornado lasted only a few seconds, and the funnel did not condense to the surface due to the dry air near ground level. (Matthew Cappucci/The Post)

Strong tornadoes were absent from the High Plains in May, much to the relief of residents

April was the second most active for tornadoes in the Lower 48. May is nearing record quiet.

‘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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NBA players past and present show up and speak out to protest George Floyd’s death

From Boston's Jaylen Brown and Indiana's Malcolm Brogdon in Atlanta to Stephen Jackson in Minneapolis, there has been a robust response from NBA figures.

As sports return, at-risk athletes may face ‘heavy decision’ on whether to play

Leagues need to determine precautions for those who play despite preexisting conditions and compensations for those who opt out.
Mike Deehan, 77, made the five-hour drive from Georgia to Bristol for race weekend, as he has every year since 1961. He booked his usual spot at the Earhart Campground. (Earl Neikirk for The Post)
Mike Deehan, 77, made the five-hour drive from Georgia to Bristol for race weekend, as he has every year since 1961. He booked his usual spot at the Earhart Campground. (Earl Neikirk for The Post)

Shut out at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR fans set up camp next door

NASCAR fans can't attend Sunday's race but several came to the Virginia-Tennessee border anyway just to rekindle friendships and revel in the noise.

Despite Northam’s credentials, some question his response to pandemic

The nation’s only physician-governor has drawn both criticism and praise for his low-key, methodical approach to the crisis in Virginia.

Why aren’t more people seeking tests in D.C.?

Demand for testing has been slow, experts say, because of a lingering sense of test scarcity, confusion about who qualifies to get one, a lack of easy access and skepticism about testing operations.
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Kylie Scott, left, and Sarah Cooper separately lip-sync to remarks made by President Trump at press briefings. (Courtesy of Kylie Scott and courtesy of Sarah Cooper)
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Sarah Cooper, Kylie Scott and the fine art of lip-syncing the presidency.
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A hiker on a trail leading to Trout Lake in Yellowstone National Park. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
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‘In Praise of Paths’ reminds us of the incredible power of the simple outdoor walk

When Torbjørn Ekelund lost his driver’s license, he didn’t wallow. Instead, he walked.
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Picnic-ready, classic slaw gets a healthful upgrade — and a flavor boost

A classic favorite gets a healthful upgrade.
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Travel may be off the table, but this virtual cooking experience brings Mexico City’s tacos to you

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