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.
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.
Protesters rally against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Demonstrations have been ongoing across the U.S. (Joshua Lott for The Post)

Trump threatens to pull military into political fray of unrest

The president is unlikely to follow through despite his authority to deploy armed forces, experts said.
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.

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.

Guide to the pandemic

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Stories You’ll Want to Hear

‘We woke up to a city of ash’

Anger boils over in Minneapolis in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Understanding what happened in Central Park. And a powerful painting captures another unsettling time in America.
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The World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva. (Reuters)
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.

As he seeks to punish China, Trump faces criticism at home over his own attacks on democratic values

President Trump’s suggestion that law enforcement authorities would be justified in shooting protesters in Minneapolis seemed antithetical to his condemnation of Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong.

Supreme Court considers churches’ demands that states lift pandemic restrictions

In cases filed by groups in California and Illinois, justices will examine how the responsibility of governments to control the spread of covid-19 can be applied to churches, synagogues and mosques, and the constitutionally protected right to worship.
Don’t Miss

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.

Biden says Floyd’s death is a reminder that America is ‘a country with an open wound’

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.
The Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., is the planned site for the Republican National Convention this summer. (AFP via Getty Images)
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.
Analysis

Trump just said what Republicans have been trying not to say for years

The president revealed his real concern about mail-in voting: He’s worried Republicans will lose more elections.

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.
Filippo, 7, stayed at the Hotel Michelangelo with his mother this month after he tested positive for the coronavirus. (Alberto Bernasconi)
Filippo, 7, stayed at the Hotel Michelangelo with his mother this month after he tested positive for the coronavirus. (Alberto Bernasconi)

Four-star quarantine: At a Milan hotel, guests don’t get room keys

The Hotel Michelangelo is dedicated to keeping people apart.
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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.

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.

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.
A pedestrian in Buenos Aires walks past posters on the street that read No to the payment of the debt. Break with the IMF on Wednesday. (Agustin Marcarian/Reuters)
A pedestrian in Buenos Aires walks past posters on the street that read "No to the payment of the debt. Break with the IMF" on Wednesday. (Agustin Marcarian/Reuters)
Analysis

Argentina is on the verge of defaulting on its debt again

The government's supporters are likely to blame international creditors if there's no deal.
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The 2020 NBA Finals, originally slated for this week, could have featured Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, and LeBron James. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
The 2020 NBA Finals, originally slated for this week, could have featured Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, and LeBron James. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Analysis

The NBA Finals were set to be a world’s stage before the world was put on tilt

The league's grand global ambitions have been stymied by the pandemic.

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.

Demonstration for George Floyd leads 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.
Steve Carell plays decorated Air Force Gen. Mark Naird, who is chosen to lead the new United States Space Force, in “Space Force.” (Aaron Epstein/Netflix)
Steve Carell plays decorated Air Force Gen. Mark Naird, who is chosen to lead the new United States Space Force, in “Space Force.” (Aaron Epstein/Netflix)
TV Review

Steve Carell’s ‘Space Force’ has a troubled launch, even with heroic efforts from John Malkovich

In Netflix’s comedy, Carell plays a bullheaded general. But it’s Malkovich, as a scientist, who gives it spark.
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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