Economic recovery may be fizzling as disruption from virus lingers

The pandemic shock, which economists once assumed would be only a temporary business interruption, appears instead to be settling into a traditional, self-perpetuating recession.

Trump dons mask in public for the first time, months after health experts said everyone should

His decision to wear a mask during a trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center followed several months of controversy over his reluctance to abide by public health guidelines.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wears a face covering on Capitol Hill last month. (AP)
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wears a face covering on Capitol Hill last month. (AP)

Fauci sidelined by White House as he steps up blunt talk on pandemic

President Trump has not talked to the scientist in more than a month, even as coronavirus infections have surged in large swaths of the country.

In Brazil, descendants of U.S. Confederate veterans are asked to retire divisive symbols

After the Civil War, thousands of defeated Southerners came to Brazil to self-exile in a country that still practiced slavery. For decades, their descendants have thrown a massive party that now attracts thousands. The Confederate flag? Everywhere. As in the United States, calls are growing for a reassessment, but some are refusing to renounce the symbol.

Big changes in small towns are fueling a racial justice movement across the Midwest

In the past decade, the number of young people of color living in the Midwest has surged and the older white population has nearly stalled — part of a nationwide transformation helping to drive Black Lives Matter protests.
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Trump confirms he authorized cyberattack on Russian trolls during 2018 midterm elections

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The NHL moves north for its restart, shifting to Canada as U.S. struggles with pandemic

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Montgomery County school officials give reporters a tour of College Gardens Elementary in Rockville. (Bill O'Leary/The Post)

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Union Station in Washington is quiet on a weekday, with fewer passengers traveling by train. (Andrea Sachs/The Post)

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