The crowds that typically flow into the District on Independence Day were markedly thinner this year — and often headed in different directions. Hundreds flocked to Black Lives Matter Plaza, while hundreds more ventured to the Mall for protests or to celebrate the nation’s founding.
On Independence Day, self-proclaimed militias, bikers and far-right groups flooded in — heavily armed and unaware, it seemed, that the mysterious Internet poster threatening to burn American flags was not who the person claimed to be.
The disagreements over Michael Hickson’s care — amplified by an audio recording, widely shared on social media, of his wife pleading with a doctor to continue treatment — provide a rare window into fraught end-of-life decisions that are being made across the country.
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.
(Clockwise from top left) Stevan Molinar, left, with two squad leaders in 2016; Frank Scafidi prepares for a mission in Vietnam; Lt. Col. Harry Lesher pins a First Lieutenant bar on Tom Knutsen in 1971; Victoria Chamberlin at the NCO academy in South Korea in 2014. (Courtesy of Stevan Molinar, Frank Scafidi, Tom Knutsen, Victoria Chamberlin)
The possibility that Russia paid militants to target U.S. forces — and that the president received reports about the activity but did little about it — has revived allegations, particularly among Democrats, that President Trump is loath to confront Russia.
Business interests see a short-term battle against two hard-to-influence forces: individuals acting irresponsibly and a Trump administration reluctant to lay down guidelines that would mandate individual behavior during the pandemic.
Video on social media shows the statue being pulled down. The incident occurred as President Trump spoke critically of recent incidents of vandalism in speeches Friday night at Mount Rushmore and Saturday night at the White House.