As protests grip Washington, White House and D.C. Mayor Bowser clash over control of city streets

District officials view the federal show of force as an unnecessary and worry that the Trump administration's moves to extend security barriers beyond the White House perimeter and close off nearby Lafayette Square could become permanent.
Protesters gather Thursday in front of Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
Protesters gather Thursday in front of Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
Members of the U.S. Park Police in Lafayette Square on Tuesday. (Matt McClain/The Post)
Members of the U.S. Park Police in Lafayette Square on Tuesday. (Matt McClain/The Post)
Protesters looking toward the White House on Tuesday. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post)
Protesters looking toward the White House on Tuesday. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post)

With White House effectively a fortress, Trump’s backers see strength while critics see weakness

The White House is now so heavily fortified that it resembles monarchical palaces or authoritarian compounds. The resulting picture is jarring and distinctly political — a Rorschach test for one’s view of the Trump presidency.

As protests spread, tensions escalated over Trump’s reach for military in response

Pentagon leaders have struggled to reconcile deference to the president’s agenda with a fear of being drawn into the partisan fray.

Revered Marine’s rebuke of Trump forces Republicans to pick sides

In the wake of Jim Mattis’s criticism, several Republican members of Congress stayed silent, accused the media of trying to stir controversy or offered support for the president.

U.S. economic slide is likely bottoming out, but a recovery could take years

Welcome to the “limbo economy” where there are signs of improvement after the coronavirus-induced pandemic, but the overall state for many workers and businesses remains glum.
Fran Bednarek, a nurse, inside her rented room in Santa Fe. Due to losing work from the pandemic, Bednarek must use a food bank. (Cate Dingley for The Post)
Fran Bednarek, a nurse, inside her rented room in Santa Fe. Due to losing work from the pandemic, Bednarek must use a food bank. (Cate Dingley for The Post)
T'cha-Mi'iko Cosgove, a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, at his school in Santa Fe. (Cate Dingley for The Post)
T'cha-Mi'iko Cosgove, a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, at his school in Santa Fe. (Cate Dingley for The Post)
Robert Garcia, a former marine, in downtown Santa Fe. (Cate Dingley for The Post)
Robert Garcia, a former marine, in downtown Santa Fe. (Cate Dingley for The Post)

‘People are looking at me’: For many who lost jobs in the coronavirus pandemic, hunger comes with shame

Americans facing food shortages for first time say being dependent is almost as difficult as being hungry.

Researchers retract study on risks of using an antimalarial drug to treat covid-19

Three of the authors of a study on whether hydroxychloroquine was dangerous for hospitalized patients said they could “no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary data sources.”

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An agent testified that the man who captured Ahmaud Arbery’s death on video told investigators that one of the suspects directed a racial slur at the dying man before police arrived.

After staff uproar, New York Times says Sen. Cotton op-ed urging military incursion into U.S. cities ‘did not meet our standards’

The paper said a “rushed editorial process” was to blame. Publisher A.G. Sulzberger earlier defended the essay as commitment to airing a “diversity” of voices that differ from the paper’s editorial stance.
A border fence is under construction in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Lukeville, Ariz., in January. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Post)
A border fence is under construction in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Lukeville, Ariz., in January. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Post)

People are sawing through and climbing over Trump’s border wall. Now contractors are being asked for ideas to make it less vulnerable.

Though the president had previously sold his border wall as a nearly impenetrable structure, his administration is hoping to find ways to shore it up against those defeating it.
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks about President Trump's response to protests and rioting across the U.S. in Philadelphia on Tuesday (Reuters)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks about President Trump's response to protests and rioting across the U.S. in Philadelphia on Tuesday (Reuters)

Biden lauds America as a decent nation, if one with a small portion of ‘just not very good people’

The former vice president spoke optimistically of the majority of Americans in a time of crisis.

Iran releases U.S. Navy veteran held for two years

Michael White, a California native who traveled to Iran to meet a woman he had met online, had been held for two years and contracted the coronavirus, said his family and a U.S. official.

China, Iran hackers are said to be targeting U.S. presidential campaigns

Google said the efforts so far to hack staffers’ Gmail accounts have failed.
People protest in Sydney in solidarity with those in the United States protesting police brutality on Tuesday. (Reuters)
People protest in Sydney in solidarity with those in the United States protesting police brutality on Tuesday. (Reuters)

‘We know the pain’: Australia confronts police racism toward first inhabitants

Protests echo outrage over the death of George Floyd, yet Aboriginal Australians don’t have to look beyond their shores for evidence of discrimination.
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Nursing homes ran short on staff, protective gear as virus deaths mounted

A new federal report detailing the industry’s struggles comes after months of refusal by states to release information about the pandemic’s impact in eldercare facilities.

Supreme Court asked to reconsider immunity available to police accused of brutality

A diverse coalition of groups says the court-created doctrine protecting government officials is unbalanced.
“We are not counterprotesters. We're just going to make sure Coeur d'Alene is safe,” said Conrad Nelsen, shown holding a flag during an Idaho protest Tuesday. (Spokesman-Review/AP)
“We are not counterprotesters. We're just going to make sure Coeur d'Alene is safe,” said Conrad Nelsen, shown holding a flag during an Idaho protest Tuesday. (Spokesman-Review/AP)

Armed white residents lined Idaho streets amid ‘antifa’ fears. The leftist incursion was an online myth.

Misinformation about outside extremists spread widely online, fueling militant reactions throughout Idaho and other states.

Trump banks on the economy rebounding without more government help — for now

His critics and some Republicans say being a jobs president requires having a jobs plan — and Trump is so far resisting rolling out his own legislative proposal.

YouTube is starting to age-restrict news videos of George Floyd’s killing

The video-sharing platform is showing a warning that the videos may be "inappropriate or offensive to some audiences."
A woman looks at artwork on plywood covering a window shattered in La Mesa, Calif., during protests over the death of George Floyd. (AP)
A woman looks at artwork on plywood covering a window shattered in La Mesa, Calif., during protests over the death of George Floyd. (AP)
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Members of federal agencies block 16th Street near the White House. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
Members of federal agencies block 16th Street near the White House. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)

Humvees, helicopters and National Guard: D.C. officials push back on show of federal force on city streets

The president has floated the idea of a federal takeover of D.C. police and threatened to send active-duty military into the city. For now, the Justice Department says the National Guard is supporting civilian authority and is not making arrests.
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Meghan Markle comments on protests against racism after the death of George Floyd. (Duchess Of Sussex via Reuters)

Meghan Markle addresses George Floyd’s death in surprise graduation speech

The Duchess of Sussex spoke to students at her former high school in Los Angeles about the nationwide protests to bring attention to police brutality and racism in the United States. "I realized: The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing,” she said.
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Actress Lea Michele in 2019. (AP)
Actress Lea Michele in 2019. (AP)

You may be surprised a Lea Michele controversy made news this week, but you shouldn’t be

The actress managed to break through the headlines this week after former co-star Samantha Ware said she made her time on set "a living hell."
Located near Maine’s Acadia National Park, Acadia Yurts is offering special rates to locals this month. (Acadia Yurts)
Located near Maine’s Acadia National Park, Acadia Yurts is offering special rates to locals this month. (Acadia Yurts)

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