States mandate masks, begin to shut down again as cases soar

After a holiday weekend that drew large crowds to fireworks displays and yielded scenes of Americans celebrating without masks, health officials warned of hospitals running out of space and infection spreading rampantly.

Coronavirus relief loans benefited well-connected firms, businesses that didn’t mention saving jobs

Businesses owned by members of Congress and the law practice that represented President Trump were among those that received aid from the $660 billion relief program.
Ian Haydon is part of a covid-19 vaccine trial being conducted by the biotechnology company Moderna Therapeutics. (Stuart Isett for The Post)
Ian Haydon is part of a covid-19 vaccine trial being conducted by the biotechnology company Moderna Therapeutics. (Stuart Isett for The Post)
Ian Haydon is part of a covid-19 vaccine trial being conducted by the biotechnology company Moderna Therapeutics. (Stuart Isett for The Post)
Ian Haydon is part of a covid-19 vaccine trial being conducted by the biotechnology company Moderna Therapeutics. (Stuart Isett for The Post)
Ian Haydon is part of a covid-19 vaccine trial being conducted by the biotechnology company Moderna Therapeutics. (Stuart Isett for The Post)
Ian Haydon is part of a covid-19 vaccine trial being conducted by the biotechnology company Moderna Therapeutics. (Stuart Isett for The Post)

‘We’re all starved for hope’

Ian Haydon, on the trial and error of being injected with a potential covid-19 vaccine.

Evictions likely to skyrocket, with black renters hit hard

In more than half the country, local courts are reopening and beginning to process a backlog of eviction cases, sparking what economists and housing advocates say could be a historic surge in homelessness.
An officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Chicago on Sunday. (AP)
An officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Chicago on Sunday. (AP)

Major U.S. cities, gripped with crises, now face spike in deadly shootings, including of children

As the nation faces massive social justice protests, a pandemic and financial catastrophe, it is suddenly also confronting a spike in violence in some of its major cities.

White woman who called police on black birdwatcher is charged with false reporting

Amy Cooper falsely claimed she was threatened by a black birdwatcher in Central Park in late May. The incident was captured on video and shared widely on social media.
The Debrief

McEnany defends Trump’s view on Confederate flag by claiming he doesn’t have one

As institutions across the country take steps to remove Confederate imagery from the public square, Trump and his White House allies are struggling to mount a defense for increasingly antiquated views.
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Queer Harry Potter fans respond to J.K. Rowling's comments on transgender women
Broadway star Nick Cordero dies of coronavirus at 41
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Broadway star Nick Cordero dies of coronavirus at 41
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Will there be another stimulus bill?

As coronavirus case numbers rise and the economic crisis continues, will Congress offer more relief? The awkward struggle for Republican lawmakers who support mandating masks, contradicting President Trump. And elevator etiquette during a pandemic.
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Supreme Court says presidential electors can be required to back their states’ popular-vote winner

Colorado and Washington state officials had asked the court to settle the matter in case the November election is so close that a small number of what are sometimes called “faithless electors” could determine the result.

Tell-all book by President Trump’s niece to be published two weeks earlier on July 14

Although the publisher last week was released from a temporary restraining order, Mary Trump is still under the order and is contesting it.

Black female voters say they want what they’re owed: Power

Headed into November, several black female voters, organizers and activists say this could be the year they are finally valued — not just for their output, but for their input.
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Democrats again take aim at Confederate statues in the Capitol

House Democrats included language in a federal funding bill ordering the removal of statues of those who participated in the Confederate Army or government as well as people with unambiguous records of racial intolerance.

Spencer Cox wins Utah GOP gubernatorial primary, dashing Jon Huntsman’s hopes of a comeback

Huntsman, the former governor and a 2012 presidential candidate, stepped down as U.S. ambassador to Russia last year.
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The Trump White House finally — if unintentionally — invokes the Armenian genocide

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany referenced vandalism of the “Armenian Genocide Memorial.” The invocation of the G-word is something administrations have avoided for decades.
Secondary school students form a human chain near a Hong Kong school campus on June 12 to protest a teacher’s removal over what they said were her political beliefs. (Reuters)
Secondary school students form a human chain near a Hong Kong school campus on June 12 to protest a teacher’s removal over what they said were her political beliefs. (Reuters)

Teachers face threats, books are banned as China pushes party line in Hong Kong schools

Historical texts and discussions that might go against Beijing’s desired narrative are being erased as officials impose “patriotic education.”

Signs increasingly point to sabotage in fiery explosion at Iranian nuclear complex

Experts say they believe a bomb caused last week’s mysterious explosion at Iran’s main uranium facility. But it is unclear how badly the country’s nuclear program was set back.

Bubonic plague triggers health alert in China after herder is infected

Officials are stepping up precautions to prevent a wider outbreak, banning the hunting, skinning and transportation of rodents that can carry the deadly bacteria.

Ghislaine Maxwell moved to federal jail in Brooklyn

Maxwell, the longtime companion of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein accused of facilitating his sexual abuse of teenage girls, was transferred ahead of a bail hearing that may come later this week.

Florida orders schools to reopen in the fall, even as virus cases soar

The state’s education commissioner issued an executive order calling for in-person instruction.
The Cal State University, Los Angeles Student Union building. (AP)
The Cal State University, Los Angeles Student Union building. (AP)

International students must take classes in person to stay in the country legally this fall, ICE announces

The new federal guidance left some students expressing fears on social media that they could be suddenly deported.
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Supreme Court keeps ban on robocalls to cellphones, tosses exception for government debt collection

The bottom line of Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants: The consultants “still may not make political robocalls to cell phones.”

Britain may further limit Huawei in 5G, a win for U.S. and blow to China

Britain and China have been clashing over Beijing’s ­crackdown on political freedoms and a strict new security law for Hong Kong.

Mahomes agrees to a 10-year contract extension

The star quarterback and reigning Super Bowl MVP becomes the NFL’s highest-paid player and will be under contract to the Chiefs for the next dozen seasons.
FedEx Field in Landover. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
FedEx Field in Landover. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

A Redskins name change could happen soon. But the process might drag on for a while.

Washington is hoping to change its nickname before the start of the NFL season, but legal and branding experts say it could be very difficult to execute a complete overhaul in roughly three months.

Va. reports no daily virus deaths as region sees smallest case increase since April

The District, meanwhile, lost ground in a key metric after identifying a weeks-old spike in cases.

Virginia schools quickly drop Confederate names, this time ignoring calls to preserve ‘history’

Historians say the wholesale rejection of Confederate iconography is unprecedented.

Faculty resoundingly votes to change the name of Washington and Lee

The faculty vote followed a similar resolution from student government leaders amid a national debate over race.
Dr. Paul Aguillon examines a poultry plant worker at his Georgetown office. (Michael E. Miller/The Post)
Dr. Paul Aguillon examines a poultry plant worker at his Georgetown office. (Michael E. Miller/The Post)

‘Are you ready to go back?’ After covid-19, a poultry worker fears a return to work.

Many of his co-workers at Perdue Farms in Georgetown, Del., had become ill. One friend died.
Helicopters fly over President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at an Independence Day celebration Friday at Mount Rushmore. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
Helicopters fly over President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at an Independence Day celebration Friday at Mount Rushmore. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
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Mount Rushmore is colossal kitsch, perfect for a populist spectacle

President Trump’s speech made monumental claims as blunt and overscale as the men behind him.
Ennio Morricone in 2016. (Getty Images)
Ennio Morricone in 2016. (Getty Images)
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Ennio Morricone wrote the perfect soundtrack for a time when we miss movies more than ever

The composer, who died Monday, left a powerful legacy, including the score for “Cinema Paradiso,” with an intro that moves us to tears.
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(Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)

Figs are nature’s edible gems. Here are 6 recipes to use them.

From pizza to salad, figs are a great fit.
Kellee Edwards became the first black woman to host a series for the Travel Channel with her show “Mysterious Islands.” (Courtesy of Kellee Edwards)
Kellee Edwards became the first black woman to host a series for the Travel Channel with her show “Mysterious Islands.” (Courtesy of Kellee Edwards)

The future of travel, according to Travel Channel host Kellee Edwards

A conversation on the blessing and curse of not traveling, how solo trips might change, and how travel companies can do better by black travelers.
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