Ex-defense secretary blasts Trump for his threats to use troops in U.S.

Jim Mattis’s extraordinary criticism marked a significant shift for the retired Marine general who said he felt it was his duty to stay out of politics.

Barr seeks to subdue D.C. protests by ‘flooding the zone’ with federal firepower

The attorney general is directing President Trump’s response to violent protests from a command center in downtown Washington.

Murder charges filed against all 4 officers in George Floyd’s death as protests against biased policing continue

Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng have been charged with aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder. Derek Chauvin now faces a second-degree murder charge.
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Scenes of protests across the nation and around the world

Charges against the officers in George Floyd's death did little to quell demonstrations nationwide, including in D.C., Minneapolis and Houston, as well across the globe.
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A dangerous new factor in an uneasy moment: Unidentified law enforcement officers

Identification is needed to hold law enforcement officers accountable for their actions. The public also needs to know how someone is authorized to enforce the law in any given situation.

Virginia governor to announce plans to remove statue of Robert E. Lee in state capital, a target in protests

Lee is the only one of the five Confederate figures along Richmond’s Monument Avenue that is owned by the state. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has supported removal since the deadly Unite the Right white-supremacist rally in 2017, but he had long deferred to local sentiment.

Scores of testing sites forced to close because of vandalism in civil unrest

At least 70 testing locations across the country have had to close because of destruction, according to figures compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Florida’s largest majority-black city was doing well. Then came the coronavirus.

Miami Gardens has seen almost 20 years of economic gains, but residents fear the pandemic now threatens progress and health.
People in face masks hold boxes of food distributed by the government during a lockdown on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador. (AP)
People in face masks hold boxes of food distributed by the government during a lockdown on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador. (AP)
Workers carry the coffin of Flavio Juarez, a 50-year-old man who died after contracting the coronavirus, at a cemetery on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. (AP)
Workers carry the coffin of Flavio Juarez, a 50-year-old man who died after contracting the coronavirus, at a cemetery on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. (AP)
Mexican Red Cross paramedics rush a patient suspected of being infected with the coronavirus into a Mexico City hospital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican Red Cross paramedics rush a patient suspected of being infected with the coronavirus into a Mexico City hospital. (AFP/Getty Images)

Latin America had time to prepare for the coronavirus. It couldn’t stop the inevitable.

Early in the pandemic, when Latin America was mostly a spectator to global outbreaks, there was hope that when the virus arrived there, things would be different. Weeks later, more than a million people have been infected, tens of thousands are dead, and those hopes are gone.

Guide to the pandemic

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‘I opened a door’: D.C. man shelters dozens of protesters from police
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Rosenstein testifies to Senate panel

The former deputy attorney general conceded that, in hindsight, he would not have signed off on continued monitoring of a former Trump campaign adviser.

Trump and allies try to rewrite history on handling of police brutality protests

The president’s false account of his trip to a secure bunker is part of a larger effort to downplay or whitewash the administration’s handling of the George Floyd protests.
President Trump and former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, along with their wives, attend the funeral of former president George H.W. Bush in 2018. (Matt McClain/The Post)
President Trump and former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, along with their wives, attend the funeral of former president George H.W. Bush in 2018. (Matt McClain/The Post)

All four living ex-presidents draw a sharp contrast with Trump on systemic racism

In their statements, however, was an implicit recognition that they had failed during their own tenures as president to solve the problem that has plagued the country throughout its history.
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Voters wearing protective masks cast ballots Tuesday in the D.C. primary. (Oliver Contreras for The Washington Post)
Voters wearing protective masks cast ballots Tuesday in the D.C. primary. (Oliver Contreras for The Washington Post)

Polls show the election turning against Trump — so he claims they’re invented

He likes to imply that the polls are wrong or simply made up for an obvious reason: They show him losing to Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump tried to register to vote in Florida using an out-of-state address

The president resubmitted his application to use a Florida address, as required by state law, and in March he voted by mail in Florida’s Republican primary. Trump has recently made unsubstantiated claims about fraud in mail-in balloting.

House Democrats unveil $500 billion transportation package with focus on buses, rail and the environment

Republicans wrote off the five-year vision for how Americans will get around as a left-wing wish list.

Fired State Dept. watchdog who was probing Pompeo speaks to lawmakers

"The record shows that I have served without regard to politics," Steve Linick said in an opening statement.

Global vaccine race could lead to generational Sputnik moment

The nation that produces the first safe and effective vaccine will gain not only bragging rights but also a fast track to put its people back to work, a powerful public health tool to protect its citizens and a precious resource to reward allies.

Investigators link smear campaigns to Bolsonaro, allies

Rivals accuse the sons of Brazil's president of coordinating online smear campaigns from an “office of hate.” The family denies the allegations.
Pro-democracy activists take part in a rally on the eve of the Tiananmen Square Massacre commemoration in Hong Kong on Wednesday. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy activists take part in a rally on the eve of the Tiananmen Square Massacre commemoration in Hong Kong on Wednesday. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen Square massacre, but vigil is banned for first time

Authorities have outlawed the annual commemoration that drew tens of thousands each year, highlighting the rapid loss of political freedoms in the city.

Working teens become family lifelines during pandemic

With parents in quarantine or unemployed, teens have had to dump schooling for critical breadwinning jobs at grocery stores and other high-risk endeavors.
Shawn Dromgoole, center, surrounded by his community in Nashville's 12 South neighborhood. (Shawn Dromgoole)
Shawn Dromgoole, center, surrounded by his community in Nashville's 12 South neighborhood. (Shawn Dromgoole)

A black man was afraid to walk in his gentrified community. So 75 neighbors walked with him.

“Neighbor, after neighbor, after neighbor started reaching out, telling me they wanted to walk with me,” Nashville resident Shawn Dromgoole said.
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The next big problem: Businesses can’t or won’t pay rent

Many shops and restaurants say they'll go out of business if they are forced to pay rent now. But landlords face bankruptcy without rents and municipalities need commercial property tax payments.
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Ben & Jerry’s pointed call to ‘dismantle white supremacy’ stands out among tepid corporate America statements

The ice-cream maker posted a lengthy and pointed message on its website blaming George Floyd’s death on “inhumane police brutality perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy.
Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA have worked to form a return-to-play plan for the league, which has been shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA have worked to form a return-to-play plan for the league, which has been shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

NBA’s return-to-play plan takes shape before Thursday vote

The NBA’s Board of Governors is poised to vote Thursday on a plan to resume the 2019-20 season.
The Rev. Robert Fisher, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, speaks to the crowds Wednesday. (Alex Brandon/AP)
The Rev. Robert Fisher, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, speaks to the crowds Wednesday. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Historic D.C. church where Trump stood holding a Bible becomes a symbol for his religious foes

A group of clergy – including the region’s Episcopal bishop, Mariann Budde – said they want to reclaim the church's image after President Trump's visit.

Mayor Bowser relaxes D.C. curfew as tensions rise between local leaders and Trump administration

Federal authorities ramped up their presence Wednesday, shutting off streets near the White House and causing protesters to move to other areas such as President Trump’s downtown hotel and the U.S. Capitol.

Voting problems in D.C., Maryland lead to calls for top officials to resign

Many voters say they did not receive mail-in ballots; long lines led to hours-long waits to vote in person.

Brandon Todd loses his D.C. Council seat; voters soundly reject Jack Evans

Tuesday’s problem-plagued D.C. primary elevated young, liberal female candidates. The city's 13-member council currently has four female lawmakers.
Protesters run as riot police fire tear gas and move on demonstrators to clear Lafayette Park and the area around it across from the White House for President Trump’s photo op on Monday. (Ken Cedeno/Reuters)
Protesters run as riot police fire tear gas and move on demonstrators to clear Lafayette Park and the area around it across from the White House for President Trump’s photo op on Monday. (Ken Cedeno/Reuters)

After protesters’ removal, Trump gets into the weeds on what defines tear gas

The Trump campaign demanded corrections, claiming no tear gas was used — although the CDC actually considers the very chemical irritants used in Lafayette Square to fit within the broad umbrella term of “tear gas.”
A protester faces a line of police officers in downtown New York on Saturday. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)
A protester faces a line of police officers in downtown New York on Saturday. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)
Perspective

Imagine there’s no ‘Imagine’

People get John Lennon’s protest lullaby all wrong. Radical change isn’t something you can just close your eyes and wish for.
David McAtee, owner of YaYa’s BBQ in Louisville’s West End in February 2018. (Walt and Marshae Smith/westofninth.com)
David McAtee, owner of YaYa’s BBQ in Louisville’s West End in February 2018. (Walt and Marshae Smith/westofninth.com)

David McAtee fed Louisville police for years. To some who knew him, his fatal shooting doesn’t add up.

Barbecue man David McAtee was put in a “bad situation” by heavy-handed tactics officers probably wouldn’t have used in a white neighborhood, said the president of Louisville’s city council.
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