Trump commutes sentence of confidant Roger Stone

Stone was set to go to prison July 14 for lying to Congress and witness tampering. President Trump has labeled the prosecution a “Witch Hunt” on Twitter and has amplified Stone’s claims of juror bias during his federal trial last year.

After months of decline, U.S. coronavirus death rate begins to rise

A dramatic surge in confirmed infections across the South and West inundated hospitals with ill patients.

Trump and DeVos want schools ‘fully’ open five days a week, but not many are listening

School systems across the country plan to have students learn from home part of the time, including a network that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has repeatedly praised for its approach during the pandemic.
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‘If I die, I die’: As pandemic surges, older people alarm adult kids by living as they usually would

The dynamic can leave middle-aged people, many of whom may already be worried about their adult children going to protests or beach gatherings, feeling that they must also parent their parents.
A friend of Davon McNeal is comforted as a crowd gathers to remember the 11-year-old, who was killed by a stray bullet after a July 4 cookout. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Post)
A friend of Davon McNeal is comforted as a crowd gathers to remember the 11-year-old, who was killed by a stray bullet after a July 4 cookout. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Post)
Balloons are released by a crowd gathered to remember of 11-year-old sixth-grader Davon McNeal. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Post)
Balloons are released by a crowd gathered to remember of 11-year-old sixth-grader Davon McNeal. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Post)
A resident leaves her apartment building where a homicide reward flier hangson the street where Davon McNeal was fatally shot. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Post)
A resident leaves her apartment building where a homicide reward flier hangson the street where Davon McNeal was fatally shot. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Post)

On a D.C. street beset by gun violence, calls to fix policing, not defund it

In the area where 11-year-old Davon McNeal was killed, people want better policing, more programs and a push in their own community to stop violence.

Minneapolis police officers say they are suffering from PTSD after Floyd protests

Lawyer representing more than 150 officers says many can’t continue working and plan to leave the force at a time of increased violence in the city.
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Majority of Americans say race discrimination is a big problem in the U.S.

More than 65 percent of the public says racial and ethnic discrimination is a big problem in the United States, according to a Monmouth University poll released this week.
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Roberts, Supreme Court emerge as counterweight to Trump, Congress

With November’s election looming, the court’s five conservatives and four liberals may have looked for chances to display their independence.
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Police officers guard the scene of the June 27 gun attack that wounded Omar García Harfuch, Mexico City’s police chief, in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City. (Reuters)

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Traditional drug trafficking organizations rarely targeted top officials. The upstart cartel has killed judges, congressmen, police and civilians.
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A lumberjack statue wears a protective mask in Tucson, Ariz. (Cheney Orr/Reuters)

Republican governors who opposed mask mandates start to soften

Even in states where governors suggest mask rules are unenforceable, mayors are allowed to chart their own course.
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Ongoing shortsightedness about the pandemic may seal Trump’s political fate

Coronavirus tests lead to cases, which leads to criticism, President Trump seems to believe, so he’s mad at the tests.
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The point isn’t that the cognitive test is easy. The point is that Trump keeps bragging about it.

President Trump and his allies have invested a lot of energy in questioning former vice president Joe Biden’s mental acuity, given the likelihood that Trump and Biden will face off in November.
Ulhas Kamathe, a gym owner from Mumbai, is known as the Chicken Leg Piece Guy. Millions watched him eat chicken legs on TikTok. (Yogendra Chavhan)
Ulhas Kamathe, a gym owner from Mumbai, is known as the Chicken Leg Piece Guy. Millions watched him eat chicken legs on TikTok. (Yogendra Chavhan)

Millions watched an Indian man eat chicken legs on TikTok until the app was banned

India was TikTok’s biggest international market with over 200 million users.

Turkish court clears path for Hagia Sophia museum to become a mosque again

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree after the court decision ordering the site to be reopened for worship.

U.K. lifts travel restrictions for dozens of countries, but U.S. arrivals still require 14-day self isolation

The lightened rules free up residents of Britain to travel, as they will not face a requirement to isolate upon return.
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A picture of Jesus lies on the ground inside a church damaged by Islamic State militants in the predominantly Christian town of Tilkaif, Iraq, in 2017. (AP)
A picture of Jesus lies on the ground inside a church damaged by Islamic State militants in the predominantly Christian town of Tilkaif, Iraq, in 2017. (AP)

Trump administration admitting fewer persecuted Christian refugees

Numbers cited by World Relief and Open Doors USA show that fewer Christians from the 50 countries where Christians face the most persecution were admitted to the United States in President Trump’s first three years in office combined than in 2016 alone.

Covid-19 death toll for people of color under 65 twice that for white counterparts, CDC says

About 30 percent of people of color under 65 died, compared to 13 percent of their white counterparts, according to CDC's most in-depth analysis to date of covid-19 deaths in the U.S.
Judy Shelton, U.S. executive director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, seen in Washington last year. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
Judy Shelton, U.S. executive director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, seen in Washington last year. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Senate banking panel to move forward with vote on Judy Shelton’s nomination to Fed board

Shelton’s nomination appeared in jeopardy before the recession put new pressure on the Fed and its ability to steer clear of politics.

Facebook, in a possible reversal, considers banning political ads near the U.S. election

The company continues to grapple with a large advertising boycott, employee unrest and other issues related to its policies on hate speech and misinformation, according to a person familiar with the company’s thinking.

TikTok users fear app shutdown as security concerns grow

Fears over TikTok’s Chinese ownership are setting up a battle between the Trump administration and the site’s users. Amazon emailed employees ordering them to delete the app from phones that have access to Amazon email accounts, citing “security risks.” The company said the email was sent in error.
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Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Bloomberg)
Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Bloomberg)

Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN apologize after reporter’s profane email to Sen. Josh Hawley

The NBA scribe responded to a letter the Republican senator from Missouri had sent to Commissioner Adam Silver taking issue with the league's stance on social justice issues.

NHL, players approve plan to resume play Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton

The Capitals will play Tampa Bay on Aug. 3 in their first game in the league’s expanded 24-team playoff format.
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The MLS bubble is a massive undertaking. How it fares will tell us a lot about sports’ return.

The return-to-play tournament outside Orlando has lost two teams for coronavirus concerns. Protocols remain in place, however, and among those keeping a close eye are the NBA and NHL.
The Arthur Ashe statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Post)
The Arthur Ashe statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Post)

Arthur Ashe, who stood for so much, might be last statue standing in Richmond

As Confederate statues have been removed, the one honoring the city native, tennis great and humanitarian remains.

A white restaurateur told a black customer not to wear an ‘I can’t breathe’ shirt. A boycott followed.

Protesters at the Fish Market of Maryland in Clinton say their efforts are linked to bigger issues in majority-black Prince George’s County.
“P-Valley” takes place in a fictional Mississippi town and follows the strippers at a club called Pynk. (Tina Rowden/Starz)
“P-Valley” takes place in a fictional Mississippi town and follows the strippers at a club called Pynk. (Tina Rowden/Starz)
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Kennedy Center to commission anti-racism works, expand programs for black artists and audiences

New initiatives will be led by the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera.
(Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)
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A Goya boycott has people sharing alternatives for adobo, sazón and more pantry staples

People are sharing alternative brands and recipes from their abuelas after deciding to boycott the company when its CEO, Robert Unanue, heaped praise on President Trump.
Union Station in Washington is quiet on a weekday, with fewer passengers traveling by train. (Andrea Sachs/The Post)
Union Station in Washington is quiet on a weekday, with fewer passengers traveling by train. (Andrea Sachs/The Post)

We took a plane, train and (rental) automobile for the experience, not the journey

Travelers contemplating a domestic trip can’t help but wonder: What’s it like . . . to take a train? To fly in a plane? To rent a car? Are passengers abiding by the rules, and what happens if they don't? Here is our report from the rails, sky and road.

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