States mandate masks; shutdowns return as cases soar

The U.S. pandemic map burned bright red, with the number of new coronavirus infections during the first six days of July nearing 300,000.

Relief loans benefited well-connected firms that didn’t mention saving jobs

Businesses owned by members of Congress 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.
A growing number of residents are calling for the Market House in downtown Fayetteville, N.C., to be torn down. (D.L. Anderson for The Post)
A growing number of residents are calling for the Market House in downtown Fayetteville, N.C., to be torn down. (D.L. Anderson for The Post)

In Fayetteville, George Floyd killing divides black elected officials and protesters of color

This North Carolina city is the birthplace of George Floyd, whose death ignited national protests over police abuse and long-standing racial inequities. As protests have grown here, the city has also become home to a clash between the urgent demands of younger activists pushing for swift change and the careful pragmatism of their elders.
The Debrief

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

President Trump and his White House allies are struggling to mount a defense for increasingly antiquated views.
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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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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.

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.
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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.

Roger Stone again seeks to delay reporting to prison

The confidant to President Trump asked for a two-month extension because of coronavirus risks in prison. He is scheduled to surrender to a federal prison in Georgia next week.
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.
Firefighters in Prince George's County rescued six people from high waters in Monday night's storms. (Prince George's County Fire Department)
Firefighters in Prince George's County rescued six people from high waters in Monday night's storms. (Prince George's County Fire Department)

Overnight storms leave flooded Metro stops, high water on roads, downed trees and power outages

Metro's Cleveland Park stop flooded, five people were rescued in Maryland and more than 18,000 are without power in the region.

D.C. Council reconsiders sweeping police bill

Lawmakers plan to revisit the emergency measure they passed on June 9 to overhaul policing after complaints from Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, delaying its enactment for weeks.

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.

Elite private and charter schools across Washington got millions in relief loans

Those types of schools have faced criticism for taking relief money during an economic crisis while their major funding streams have not stopped flowing.

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.

Md. biotech firm wins $1.6 billion to develop coronavirus vaccine

The company, which produces vaccines through genetic engineering, is conducting a Phase 1 safety trial in Australia of an experimental vaccine.
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.
The Unclaimed Baggage Store in Scottsboro, Ala. (Courtesy of Unclaimed Baggage)
The Unclaimed Baggage Store in Scottsboro, Ala. (Courtesy of Unclaimed Baggage)

This store sells off travelers’ lost luggage. Here are the best and weirdest finds.

Impress you friends with a lizard leather pool cue you purchased at a discount from someone's unclaimed baggage.
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