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Supreme Court says employers may opt out of ACA’s birth control mandate over religious, moral objections

At issue was the Trump administration’s decision to expand the types of organizations that could opt out of providing cost-free access to contraceptive care and the extent to which the government should create exemptions for religious employers and others who assert moral objections.
People wear protective face masks in Tokyo. (AP)
People wear protective face masks in Tokyo. (AP)

Japan faces uptick in cases but no political will for new shutdowns

The government says it will not shutter the economy again despite calls by medical experts for caution.
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Analysis

Some U.S. health officials lament a crisis that didn’t need to happen

Experts say lack of political will lies behind why the richest nation in the world can’t rein in the pandemic.

Auditors call Facebook’s decision to prioritize free speech above other values a ‘tremendous setback’

Civil rights auditors hired by Facebook criticized the social media giant's choice to leave untouched several posts by President Trump.
Statue of Thomas Jefferson at the Virginia state capitol. (Salwan Georges/The Post)
Statue of Thomas Jefferson at the Virginia state capitol. (Salwan Georges/The Post)

As statues of Founding Fathers topple, debate rages over where protesters should draw the line

Some say attacking the likenesses of people who played key roles in establishing the nation is going too far.

Tech CEO apologizes for racist tirade against Asian American family caught on video

After Michael Lofthouse, the CEO of cloud computing firm solid8, gave the family the middle finger, a waitress came to the family's side. "Get out," she said. "You are not allowed here."

Park Police did not record radio transmissions during Lafayette Square sweep of protesters

The sudden march into the group of protesters, featuring members of the Park Police, Secret Service and D.C. National Guard, is now under investigation by Congress and the subject of civil lawsuits.
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Teaching the human body to fight covid-19

In the race for a coronavirus vaccine, scientists are turning to RNA testing. How the Small Business Administration funneled money to major chains. And, why historically black colleges and universities face unique challenges during the pandemic.
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Chief justice was hospitalized last month after injuring his head in a fall

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has experienced at least two seizures since the early 1990s, but his doctors determined that was not what caused his fall in June, a court spokeswoman said.

Redskins name review appears to be an informal process with no set deadline

The review is believed to largely consist of team owner Daniel Snyder talking with a small group of advisers.
The Trump family at the 2016 National Republican Convention. (Ricky Carioti/The Post)
The Trump family at the 2016 National Republican Convention. (Ricky Carioti/The Post)

Republicans split over whether to attend Jacksonville convention

Politicians, donors and party officials, especially seniors at higher risk of complications from covid-19, face a difficult choice between a personal risk to their health and a potential backlash from the president and his supporters.
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President Trump during a roundtable discussion on the Safe Reopening of Americas Schools. (AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump during a roundtable discussion on the Safe Reopening of Americas Schools. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Analysis

Trump pushes away many suburban voters who helped him win

A poll shows the president receiving about a third of the suburban vote — a significant decline from the nearly 50 percent of support he received when he ran against Hillary Clinton.

Amy Kennedy wins N.J. Democratic primary, will face party defector turned Trump loyalist

The competitive South Jersey primary is part of New Jersey’s increased role as a bulwark in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic majority.
The Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay, left, in Hong Kong, is being turned into the headquarters of Beijing's National Security Office in Hong Kong. (Jerome Favre/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
The Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay, left, in Hong Kong, is being turned into the headquarters of Beijing's National Security Office in Hong Kong. (Jerome Favre/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Beijing’s secret police get a room with a view in Hong Kong

China’s new security agency in the city will operate out of a four-star hotel that offers a vantage point over key protest zones — and a rooftop pool.

U.S. commander expects Iraq will ask American troops to stay

Marine Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., who heads U.S. Central Command, said the United States must remain patient as Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi challenges groups with formidable military and political clout.
Schools across the country shuttered in spring. (AP)
Schools across the country shuttered in spring. (AP)

Trump pushes schools to open in the fall, downplaying risks as virus spreads

It’s unclear whether the schools push will be a political winner for President Trump. Some parents are eager to return to normal but many others, fearful of the coronavirus, have told districts they want to keep their children home this fall.
This stereograph shows crowds moving into, out of and around the Brooklyn Bridge Street railroad station in 1907. (Library of Congress)
This stereograph shows crowds moving into, out of and around the Brooklyn Bridge Street railroad station in 1907. (Library of Congress)
Analysis

How cities failed the black middle class

White people without a college education can still find better pay in big cities. But for black people without a college degree, moving to a city no longer guarantees entry to the middle class, new data suggests.
Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians said he plans to wear extra personal protective gear and have his staff adhere closely to safety protocols. (AP)
Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians said he plans to wear extra personal protective gear and have his staff adhere closely to safety protocols. (AP)

Buccaneers coach predicts his players will ‘all get sick’ when NFL returns

Tampa Bay players are scheduled to report for training camp in two weeks, following the kind of virtual offseason all NFL teams have been conducting since March. 
Analysis

Deadline puts added pressure on Cowboys to sign Prescott to a long-term deal

Failure to sign its franchise quarterback to a new contract might force Dallas to cut two key players to get under the salary cap.
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Five-year-old Alexa Schiesel was thrilled to attend the first day of summer school because it meant seeing her friends’ faces again. (Erin Schiesel)
Five-year-old Alexa Schiesel was thrilled to attend the first day of summer school because it meant seeing her friends’ faces again. (Erin Schiesel)

To fight a loss of learning during the pandemic, Alexandria schools launch summer class

In Virginia, Alexandria is one of the only school systems that is offering upgraded summer classes this year. The initiative involves 500 teachers and three dozen new hires and costs $1.7 million.

Coronavirus cases increase in region after lowest number in months

It’s the second-highest caseload in the region since June 13.

Agencies develop financial-relief programs for D.C.-area renters affected by pandemic

The District, Maryland and Virginia have announced new efforts to aid people struggling to pay rent.
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Gov. Hogan eyes White House in 2024, no interest in Senate

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is weighing a bid for the presidency in 2024, embarking on a virtual book tour this month that will continue to elevate his national profile in Republican circles.

Gen. Robert E. Lee is the only Confederate icon still standing on a Richmond avenue forever changed

Workers on Tuesday removed a monument to Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, the last of four statues taken down on city-owned land.
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Perspective

10 ways to help your child fall in love with nature this summer

Yes, many camps and pools are closed, and vacation plans have been upended. But nature is wide open. Here are ways to explore outdoors, whether you live on a farm or in an urban apartment.
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A woman looks at her phone. Could she actually be watching a Quibi show? (iStock)
A woman looks at her phone. Could she actually be watching a Quibi show? (iStock)
Analysis

How Quibi went from promising start to industry laughingstock

Quibi wants us to watch its dramas. We'd rather read about company drama instead.
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(Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)

A classic French dessert gets a savory spin with bell pepper and zucchini

This creamy clafoutis is filled with sauteed bell peppers and zucchini, with white sharp cheddar for balance.
The Unclaimed Baggage Store in Scottsboro, Ala. (Courtesy of Unclaimed Baggage)
The Unclaimed Baggage Store in Scottsboro, Ala. (Courtesy of Unclaimed Baggage)

This store sells off travelers’ lost luggage. Here are the best and weirdest finds.

Impress your friends with a lizard leather pool cue you purchased at a discount from someone's unclaimed baggage.
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