Fewer jobs cut than predicted

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Dow soars nearly 900 points as Wall Street closes in on pre-pandemic highs

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The former defense secretary feared top military leaders were being used as a prop for the president, people familiar with his thinking said.

Two Buffalo officers suspended after shoving 75-year-old protester to the ground

The man reportedly has a serious head injury, a county official said.
Local artists and public work crews paint "Black Lives Matter" on 16th Street near the White House as part of an endeavor authorized by D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. (Video: Rachel Chason/The Post; photo: Toni Sandys/The Post)

D.C. mayor renames street outside White House ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza’ in escalation of feud over federal presence

In a pointed message in support of demonstrators and against the president, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) formally renamed the street outside the White House after ordering city crews to paint "Black Lives Matter" in giant yellow letters along 16th Street NW.

With White House effectively a fortress, Trump’s backers see strength while critics see weakness

The White House is now so heavily fortified that it resembles monarchical palaces or authoritarian compounds. The resulting picture is jarring and distinctly political — a Rorschach test for one’s view of the Trump presidency.

Students in masks? Sick kids staying home? Teachers aren’t convinced plans will keep them safe.

School districts aren’t doing enough planning to keep them safe, teachers say, and what they are planning won’t work.

Q&A with Bill Nye: What ‘The Science Guy’ has been thinking about during the pandemic

The Post’s national arts reporter is hosting “Stuck With Geoff” with whoever will take his calls. Nye talks about masks, vaccines and why soap is “freaking amazing.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks about President Trump's response to protests and rioting across the U.S. in Philadelphia on Tuesday (Reuters)

Biden lauds America as a decent nation, if one with a small portion of ‘just not very good people’

The former vice president spoke optimistically of the majority of Americans in a time of crisis.

‘We know the pain’: Australia confronts police racism toward first inhabitants

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Arborist Adam Rendell saws off a dead branch in London's St. Pancras Gardens. (Tori Ferenc for The Washington Post)

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“We are not counterprotesters. We're just going to make sure Coeur d'Alene is safe,” said Conrad Nelsen, shown holding a flag during an Idaho protest Tuesday. (Spokesman-Review/AP)
“We are not counterprotesters. We're just going to make sure Coeur d'Alene is safe,” said Conrad Nelsen, shown holding a flag during an Idaho protest Tuesday. (Spokesman-Review/AP)

Armed white residents lined Idaho streets amid ‘antifa’ fears. The leftist incursion was an online myth.

Misinformation about outside extremists spread widely online, fueling militant reactions throughout Idaho and other states.

Trump banks on the economy rebounding without more government help — for now

His critics and some Republicans say being a jobs president requires having a jobs plan — and Trump is so far resisting rolling out his own legislative proposal.

For many black business owners, importance of protests overshadows cost of rebuilding

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A woman looks at artwork on plywood covering a window shattered in La Mesa, Calif., during protests over the death of George Floyd. (AP)
A woman looks at artwork on plywood covering a window shattered in La Mesa, Calif., during protests over the death of George Floyd. (AP)
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Members of federal agencies block 16th Street near the White House. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
Members of federal agencies block 16th Street near the White House. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)

Humvees, helicopters and National Guard: D.C. officials push back on show of federal force on city streets

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A woman takes part in a May 25 protest to reopen all New Jersey businesses. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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

The patience of some citizens appears to be flagging.

After staff uproar, New York Times says Sen. Cotton op-ed urging military incursion into U.S. cities ‘did not meet our standards’

The paper said a “rushed editorial process” was to blame. Publisher A.G. Sulzberger earlier defended the essay as commitment to airing a “diversity” of voices that differ from the paper’s editorial stance.
Actress Lea Michele in 2019. (AP)
Actress Lea Michele in 2019. (AP)

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Located near Maine’s Acadia National Park, Acadia Yurts is offering special rates to locals this month. (Acadia Yurts)
Located near Maine’s Acadia National Park, Acadia Yurts is offering special rates to locals this month. (Acadia Yurts)

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