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

The Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, (Astrid Riecken for The Post)
The Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, (Astrid Riecken for The Post)
Frightened and isolated by the novel coronavirus, many Americans see protests over racial inequality as a step toward national renewal.

‘White power’ video was a glimpse into political discourse in ‘America’s friendliest’ retirement community

Political arguments in the Villages have led at times to physical confrontations, prompting some septuagenarians to pack pepper spray and stun guns into the golf carts residents use to dart around.
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Trump got his crowd and his fireworks, and peddled his fiction

The president reveled in the dramatic majesty of Mount Rushmore — and ignored the complicated American story.

Ghana to black Americans: Come home. We’ll help you build a life here.

The West African country is offering discounted land to those who want to escape racism.
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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.

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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1st Lt. Clint Lorance had been in charge of his Army platoon for three days when he ordered them to kill three Afghans on a dirt road. After a second-degree murder conviction, Lorance was pardoned by President Trump, hailed as a hero. His troops suffered a different fate.
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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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The Past, Rediscovered

On Fourth of July, Americans cheered a new landmark: the Washington Monument

On Independence Day in 1848, the long-awaited start of the obelisk's construction was cause for celebration. This Fourth of July, President Trump plans to make it a focal point of fireworks, despite the pandemic.
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Symone Sanders, Biden’s top African American aide, faces pressure from all sides

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 “common pot” meal for vulnerable families in Santiago, Chile, on June 30. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

How has the pandemic affected global poverty? Here’s what’s happening — and what may follow.

The World Food Program says it needs to reach more people than ever before.

New Iraqi leader tries to rein in Iran-backed militias, but task proves daunting

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s raid on Kataib Hezbollah was the boldest move yet against the armed groups.

After he fatally shot an unarmed teen, a Kansas police officer was paid a $70,000 severance

Officer Clayton Jenison fired 13 times into a van being driven by a teenager. The Johnson County district attorney ruled the killing was justifiable, and the officer resigned — but city officials did not disclose the severance package.

Police chief fires 3 Colo. officers over photo taken near memorial site for Elijah McClain

McClain died last summer in Aurora, Colo., after he was placed in a chokehold and injected with a heavy sedative by paramedics.
The Paso del Norte border bridge as seen from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. (Reuters)
The Paso del Norte border bridge as seen from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. (Reuters)

Mexico raises new concern about Americans bringing virus south

With rising coronavirus numbers in Southern California, Texas and Arizona, leaders in Sonora and Tamaulipas are seeking tighter border restrictions and pleading for Americans not to cross.
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A hand sanitizing station is seen ahead of the Fourth of July holiday travel weekend at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (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.

Black women say Pinterest created a den of discrimination

Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks claim they were underpaid, faced racist comments, and were subject to retaliation for raising complaints. Other women are now coming forward with their own allegations of bias.

Treasury, SBA appear to miss deadline to disclose small business loan data

The missed target date is a setback in the administration’s promises to be transparent about one of the largest economic stimulus packages ever created by the federal government.
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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.
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Ten books to read in July

The best thing about social distancing? You have a valid excuse to stay home and read.
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