Gripped by disease, hardship, fury, America plunges into crisis

The nation’s political dysfunction and racial inequality were laid bare this week.

Fired officer charged in Floyd’s death used fatal force before

Derek Chauvin shot one suspect and was involved in the fatal shooting of another, according to police records and news reports.

Minneapolis struggled with police violence and adopted reforms. ‘And yet, George Floyd is still dead.’

The city again confronts the cycle of police violence, protests and calls for reform.
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The death of George Floyd: What video and other records show about his final minutes

The Washington Post reconstructed the events immediately preceding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis using security footage, emergency services recordings and cellphone videos.
The Debrief

With ‘shooting’ tweet, Trump inflames rather than soothes tensions

Having contributed to another national cleavage over racial justice, the president elected to lead the nation through crises retreated from the responsibility of doing so on this one.

Pandemic’s overall death toll likely surpassed 100,000 weeks ago

A state-by-state analysis shows that deaths officially attributed to covid- 19 only partially account for unusually high mortality during the pandemic.

Americans are getting a burger and a haircut — but not dinner and a movie

As states start to reopen, here’s where people are going, according to a Post analysis of data provided by a company that aggregates cellphone location information.

Guide to the pandemic

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Weather officer Mike McAleenan works to create a weather prediction for Saturday's SpaceX launch to the International Space Station. (John McDonnell/The Post)
Weather officer Mike McAleenan works to create a weather prediction for Saturday's SpaceX launch to the International Space Station. (John McDonnell/The Post)

Another nail-biter: Weather threatens SpaceX’s second attempt to launch NASA astronauts

There's a 50-50 chance of storms that could interfere with the historic launch effort set for 3:22 p.m. ET, days after bad weather forced NASA to scrub a first attempt.

Trump backs DeVos, vetoes measure to overturn controversial student loan forgiveness rule

Although the White House had long signaled the move, many veterans groups urged the president to stand up for members of the military who are preyed upon by predatory colleges.
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Tensions rise over Pompeo’s decision to oust inspector general

Lawmakers requested formal interviews with one former and six current senior State Department officials.

Twitter’s decision to label Trump’s tweets was two years in the making

It was a culmination of a series of quiet and incremental processes intended to dismantle a long-standing exception that the social media industry has made for the speech of politicians, two Twitter employees said.
Peter Smith heads to the voting machine after filling out his ballot for the Wisconsin 7th District special election on May 12 in Marshfield. (Tork Mason/AP)
Peter Smith heads to the voting machine after filling out his ballot for the Wisconsin 7th District special election on May 12 in Marshfield. (Tork Mason/AP)

Wisconsin election officials agree to send voters applications to vote by mail

The vote-by-mail issue, which has drawn ire from President Trump, is especially fraught in Wisconsin, where the state Supreme Court had ruled that in-person voting on April 7 had to go forward.
Palestinian youths cross a roundabout in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 26. (Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images)
Palestinian youths cross a roundabout in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 26. (Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images)

Palestinian leader cuts ties with Israel over annexation plans. His own people feel the pinch.

West Bank residents are already suffering the economic effects of the coronavirus shutdown. The announcement by President Mahmoud Abbas makes it harder for some to travel to Israel for work and medical care.

Trump hammers China over Hong Kong. China’s response: What about Minneapolis?

President Trump on Friday slapped at China on Twitter and ordered the United States to begin the process of revoking Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law in response to Beijing’s plans to exert greater controls over the territory.
(Dana Scruggs for The Washington Post)
(Dana Scruggs for The Washington Post)

Supreme Court rules California may enforce certain restrictions on religious gatherings

A church had argued that pandemic-related restrictions violated constitutional protections for places of worship.

CDC chief defends failure to spot early coronavirus spread in U.S.

Robert R. Redfield says diagnostic testing would have made little difference, describing it like “looking for a needle in a haystack.”
Synchronous fireflies light up the trees along a trail at the Elkmont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on June 3, 2019. (Angeli Wright/Asheville Citizen Times via AP)
Synchronous fireflies light up the trees along a trail at the Elkmont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on June 3, 2019. (Angeli Wright/Asheville Citizen Times via AP)

Firefly festivals are canceled this year, and the insects might be pleased about it

Scientists say covid-19 might allow the bioluminescent beetles to mate in peace for the first time in a long while.
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 Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Post)
Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Post)

Capitals GM on NHL’s return to play: ‘Answers aren’t always completely there’

The NHL is expected to allow teams to open their practice facilities to limited players in the next two weeks.

Trump lashes out at D.C. mayor after White House protest over killing of George Floyd

Hours after demonstrators clashed with uniformed Secret Service agents late Friday, the president praised the officers’ restraint, but he also accused Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) of refusing to allow the police to intervene.

Demonstrations for George Floyd lead to clashes outside White House

Several hundred people gathered at 14th and U streets before marching toward downtown.

Coronavirus has infected 100,000 people in D.C., Md. and Va.

Six in every 1,000 residents in the region have tested positive for the virus that causes covid-19.

Masks are now required for travelers at Dulles, Reagan National airports

The policy brings two D.C.-area airports in line with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's mandate that protective face coverings be worn in public spaces.
In Naperville, Ill., Jenny Latham is struggling to pay the $3,800 monthly rent for her shop, Celidan Creations Florist. Her mom Karin Jacobs, who founded the store in 1992, passed away last month. (Moe Zoyari for The Post)
In Naperville, Ill., Jenny Latham is struggling to pay the $3,800 monthly rent for her shop, Celidan Creations Florist. Her mom Karin Jacobs, who founded the store in 1992, passed away last month. (Moe Zoyari for The Post)

The second-best flower shop in Naperville, Ill., is struggling to survive. Along with the American Dream.

Spring is a boom time for florists. But not the spring of a pandemic.
(Mariner; Vintage Classics; Washington Square)
(Mariner; Vintage Classics; Washington Square)

Salman Rushdie, Diana Gabaldon and other authors reflect on the books they find most transporting

This summer, instead of squeezing one more book into our suitcases, we’ll need what we read to transport us to faraway places.
Delaney Thayer serves drinks at Centro Cocina Mexicana restaurant in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
Delaney Thayer serves drinks at Centro Cocina Mexicana restaurant in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

As restaurants reopen, here’s what to know about air conditioning, air flow and the coronavirus

Air conditioning is unlikely to spread the coronavirus — but eating outdoors is safest.
The author gets a lift in the back of a pickup truck during a 1993 hike of the Pacific Coast Trail. (Dan White)
The author gets a lift in the back of a pickup truck during a 1993 hike of the Pacific Coast Trail. (Dan White)

How a long-ago trek on the Pacific Crest Trail is helping me survive now

There are some surprising — and instructive — parallels between living through a pandemic and completing a 2,650-mile hike: Look down, not ahead, and accept the grace of angels.
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