Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans

The president has left little doubt that he sees himself as the leader of a modern grievance movement.
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The Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, (Astrid Riecken for The Post)

America’s 244th birthday: Dark skies, but also new hope

Frightened and isolated by the novel coronavirus, many Americans see protests over racial inequality as a step toward national renewal.

U.S. enters holiday weekend facing a surge of infections

Governors and mayors around the country have canceled or scaled back Independence Day celebrations and pleaded with people to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Four years before the CDC fumbled coronavirus testing, the agency made some of the same mistakes with Zika

The CDC sidelined an effective Zika test in favor of a more complex one that failed about one-third of the time.
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A Frosted Cakerie employee sets up seating in Joplin, Mo. (Terra Fondriest for The Post)

A small Missouri city thought it had dodged the coronavirus. Now, it’s hitting home.

It seemed this spring that the pandemic sweeping America had passed Joplin by. Now that it has arrived following a rapid statewide reopening, however, it’s hitting the region with a vengeance.
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We asked veterans to respond to The Post’s reporting on Clint Lorance and his platoon. Here’s what they said.

Many said they were moved to tears reading about the experiences of 1st Platoon. Others questioned how the soldiers could blindly follow orders to shoot at civilians.
The dedication of the Washington Monument on Feb. 21, 1885. The 555-foot-high monument was then the highest structure in the world. (AP)
The dedication of the Washington Monument on Feb. 21, 1885. The 555-foot-high monument was then the highest structure in the world. (AP)
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On Fourth of July, Americans cheered a new landmark: the Washington Monument

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Some outsiders want Sanders to agitate more, but sometimes insiders want her to do it less.

Battle over how U.S. will cast ballots in the fall is just heating up

Legal battles in about two dozen states are poised to shape how roughly 130 million registered voters cast ballots in upcoming contests.
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A protester holds a “No chance for Gates, No forced vaccination” sign at a protest in Stuttgart, Germany. Some anti-vaccination conspiracy theories focus on billionaire Bill Gates. (Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images)

Prospect of vaccine unites anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and hippie moms in Germany

German health experts have warned that even if a coronavirus vaccine is approved, refusals could open the way to a resurgence of the virus.

Covid-19 outbreak reported in 15 fraternity houses at University of Washington

Concerns rise as colleges and universities make plans for for students to return in the fall.
A surprise display of fireworks sponsored by Macy's explode over the Hudson Yards area of Manhattan as seen from a pier in Hoboken, N.J., late Tuesday. (Kathy Willens/AP)
A surprise display of fireworks sponsored by Macy's explode over the Hudson Yards area of Manhattan as seen from a pier in Hoboken, N.J., late Tuesday. (Kathy Willens/AP)

How the weather affects fireworks displays, and what to consider when planning to view them

The wrong combination of wind and temperature can foul air quality and restrict visibility.
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Passengers walk through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Fourth of July holiday travel weekend. (Erik S Lesser/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
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Hard-hit industries clamor for regulations during pandemic

Groups that typically would oppose federal mandates want a nationwide standard on when masks should be mandatory as the surging coronavirus makes Americans more fearful.
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This file photo shows Redskins owner Daniel Snyder at FedEx Field. (Jonathan Newton/Post)

Tribal leaders, officials: Redskins’ name review puts team on ‘right side of history’

Chuck Hoskin Jr., chief of the Cherokee Nation, cautiously praised the Washington franchise’s pledge to revisit its controversial 87-year-old moniker as “a start.”
Workers clean the base of a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Washington on June 24. (Matt McClain/The Post)
Workers clean the base of a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Washington on June 24. (Matt McClain/The Post)

Authorities search for protesters accused of vandalism as several face charges

Half a dozen individuals have been arrested and charged with destroying federal property in connection with efforts to bring down statues in the District — a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

American flag, deemed ‘target’ for protesters, ordered off Virginia Capitol construction site

Workers unfurled the flag ahead of Independence Day, at a corner that’s drawn sometimes violent protests.

Judge who issued injunction blocking removal of Richmond’s Lee statue appears to recuse himself from case

Judge Bradley B. Cavedo's recusal does not appear to affect the injunction, although it could affect the July 23 hearing date.

What you need to know if you’re planning on heading downtown Saturday

Officials are discouraging people from joining the festivities on the Mall out of fear that crowds could spread the novel coronavirus.

Va. Republicans to choose nominee to face Rep. Spanberger in Trump district

Two candidates — both military veterans and state lawmakers — are top contenders in a field of six.
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Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck walk their dogs in April in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are the pandemic’s only tabloid celebrities

Affleck and de Armas manage to be riveting during the coronavirus era in a way that other celebrities simply are not.
Social distancing during the pandemic has made drive-in theaters, such as the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, Va., more popular. (Toni L. Sandys/The Post)
Social distancing during the pandemic has made drive-in theaters, such as the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, Va., more popular. (Toni L. Sandys/The Post)

The drive-in is back, in all its retro, slightly annoying glory

A night out with "E.T." delivers nostalgia, mosquitoes and a trunkful of new rules.
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(Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)

Chill out this summer with pina coladas, frozen Irish coffees and other blended cocktails

Dust off your blender, because it's about to get a workout.
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