Gripped by disease, unemployment, outrage at the police, America plunges into crisis

The nation’s persistent political dysfunction and racial inequality were laid bare this week.

Fired officer charged in Floyd’s death used fatal force before and had history of complaints

Derek Chauvin shot one suspect, and was involved in the fatal shooting of another, according to police records and news reports.
Protesters rally against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Demonstrations have been ongoing across the U.S. (Joshua Lott for The Post)
The Debrief

With ‘shooting’ tweet, Trump inflames rather than soothes tensions

Having contributed to another national cleavage over racial justice, the president elected to lead the nation through crises retreated from the responsibility of doing so on this one.
A woman at a May 25 protest to reopen all New Jersey businesses. (Reuters)
A woman at a May 25 protest to reopen all New Jersey businesses. (Reuters)

The pandemic isn’t over. But America sure seems over it.

With the patience of some citizens apparently flagging, we are deciding to have a summer after all, it seems. A summer of playing freely, of living dangerously.

Supreme Court, in rare late-night ruling, says California may enforce certain restrictions on religious gatherings

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sided with the court’s liberal justices in response to a petition brought by a church in California that had argued the state’s pandemic-related restrictions violated constitutional protections for places of worship.

Europeans emerging from lockdowns find conspicuous absence of Americans

As countries in Europe relax their restrictions, residents are coming out to cities that feel and sound as they haven’t in decades.

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The World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva. (Reuters)

U.S. to quit WHO and stop treating Hong Kong as separate from China, Trump says

President Trump attacked the World Health Organization as controlled by Beijing, accused the Chinese government of a comprehensive “pattern of misconduct,” and ordered American officials to begin the process of revoking Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law.

Trump backs DeVos, vetoes measure to overturn controversial student loan forgiveness rule

Although the White House had long signaled the move, many veterans groups urged the president to stand up for members of the military who are preyed upon by predatory colleges.

CDC chief defends failure to spot early coronavirus spread in U.S.

Robert R. Redfield says diagnostic testing would have made little difference, describing it like “looking for a needle in a haystack.”
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The Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., is the planned site for the Republican National Convention this summer. (AFP via Getty Images)

North Carolina officials push RNC to provide a detailed safety plan for convention

Before greenlighting the event, North Carolina’s top health official said Republicans must explain how they will keep participants safe.

Tensions escalate over Pompeo’s decision to oust inspector general

Lawmakers requested formal interviews with one former and six current senior State Department officials.

Twitter’s decision to label Trump’s tweets was two years in the making

It was a culmination of a series of quiet and incremental processes intended to dismantle a long-standing exception that the social media industry has made for the speech of politicians, two Twitter employees said.

Responding to Floyd killing, Biden seeks to project empathy as activists, party leaders demand details

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee spoke about the need for every American to confront the systematic racism that has resulted in the deaths and mistreatment of African Americans for centuries.

Germany says it wants to make Europe ‘strong again’

President Trump isn't popular in Europe, least of all in Germany. But German leaders appeared ready to appropriate his campaign slogan this week when they announced the theme of their upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union.

New Honduran law targets ‘narco jets’ carrying cocaine from Venezuela

The legislation also paves the way for more cooperation with the United States to stop drug trafficking.
Students eat lunch while separated by partitions at the cafeteria of a school in Daejeon, South Korea, on Wednesday. (Yonhap/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
Students eat lunch while separated by partitions at the cafeteria of a school in Daejeon, South Korea, on Wednesday. (Yonhap/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

South Korea closes schools again amid coronavirus spike, days after reopening

The country had started to stage the opening of schools in the last week, instituting social distancing and prevention measures in an attempt to prevent the spread of covid-19.
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(Dana Scruggs for The Washington Post)

Transcripts of calls between Flynn, Russian diplomat show they discussed sanctions

Long-secret documents were released amid a partisan fight over a government motion to dismiss the former national security adviser's guilty plea.
An earthquake shook Puerto Rico in early May, causing fear among citizens and leaving dozens of people without electricity. (Thais Llorca/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
An earthquake shook Puerto Rico in early May, causing fear among citizens and leaving dozens of people without electricity. (Thais Llorca/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

In Puerto Rico, an economic disaster looms amid fears of coronavirus

Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced's stay-at-home policies curbed new infections in the U.S. territory without overwhelming its compromised health system. But the island’s swift lockdown has further frayed a safety net strained by hurricanes and political upheaval.
The New York Stock Exchange reopened its floor to traders on Monday after a more than two-month hiatus. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
The New York Stock Exchange reopened its floor to traders on Monday after a more than two-month hiatus. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. stocks post second straight month of gains after bumpy session

Investors breathed a sigh of relief after President Trump took aim at China without upending their trade deal.

Trump-fueled push of unproven drugs drove prescriptions, study finds

Publicity about a potential covid-19 treatment created a 200 percent increase in hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescriptions in March, researchers said.

European government officials call for tech companies to loosen grip on contact-tracing technology

Public health officials, doctors and researchers say fighting the overwhelming spread of the virus requires more access to data.
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 Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Post)
Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Post)

Capitals GM on NHL’s return to play: ‘Answers aren’t always completely there’

The NHL is expected to allow teams to open their practice facilities to limited players in the next two weeks.

Power Five conferences ask Congress to ‘not wait for the NCAA’ on player compensation

In April, the NCAA announced its Board of Governors supported rule changes that allowed athletes to be paid for endorsements.

Coronavirus has infected 100,000 people in D.C., Md. and Va.

Six in every 1,000 residents in the region have tested positive for the virus that causes covid-19.

Demonstrations for George Floyd lead to clashes outside White House

Several hundred people gathered at 14th and U streets before marching toward downtown.

D.C. cuts speed limit to 20 mph as Bowser tries to curb pedestrian deaths

City officials cite research that lower speeds could improve a person’s chances of survival if struck.
An image from a video taken by Christian Cooper shows Amy Cooper with her dog calling the police. (Christian Cooper/AP)
An image from a video taken by Christian Cooper shows Amy Cooper with her dog calling the police. (Christian Cooper/AP)
Perspective

‘Karens’ try to make unequal power structures work for them

Amy Cooper, “Mrs. America” and the many postures of white female entitlement.
A screengrab from The Actors Fund's You Can't Stop the Beat. (Courtesy of The Actors Fund)
A screengrab from The Actors Fund's "You Can't Stop the Beat." (Courtesy of The Actors Fund)
Perspective

This joyful ‘Hairspray’ video raises the roof. Even better, it raises money for entertainers in need.

Through collaborations like “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” the Actors Fund has amassed more than $27 million in aid.
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 to know about air conditioning, air flow and the coronavirus

Air conditioning is unlikely to spread the coronavirus — but eating outdoors is safest.
The author gets a lift in the back of a pickup truck during a 1993 hike of the Pacific Coast Trail. (Dan White)
The author gets a lift in the back of a pickup truck during a 1993 hike of the Pacific Coast Trail. (Dan White)

How a long-ago trek on the Pacific Crest Trail is helping me survive now

There are some surprising — and instructive — parallels between living through a pandemic and completing a 2,650-mile hike: Look down, not ahead, and accept the grace of angels.
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