Administration pledges to buy, distribute 100 million swabs by year’s end

In a plan for a national testing strategy delivered to Congress, the administration doubled down on its stance that states should bear primary responsibility for carrying out diagnostic tests.

Some churches tentatively open and holiday crowds flock to tourist hot spots

Americans inch — and dive — toward each other as summer brings warm weather and uncertainty about the virus.
An image of veteran Constance Kandy Pinard is projected onto the home where she grew up in Florence, Mass. Pinard, a nurse in the U.S. Air Force and resident of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass., died from covid-19. (AP)
An image of veteran Constance "Kandy" Pinard is projected onto the home where she grew up in Florence, Mass. Pinard, a nurse in the U.S. Air Force and resident of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass., died from covid-19. (AP)

In a veterans’ home slammed by the virus, chronic problems aided a disaster

Residential centers for the aged of all kinds have been hit hard by the virus, but the disaster at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, a state-run facility in western Massachusetts, has highlighted gaps in the patchwork oversight of state-run veterans’ homes.

While U.S. and Britain struggle to roll out contact tracing, Germany has been doing it from the start

In contrast to the tracing programs heralded in other countries, Germany’s effort is decidedly low-tech, relying heavily on phone calls.

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There have been more than 5.4 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide. The virus has killed more than 340,000. Access to the following stories is free:
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Covid-19’s new surge across rural America

The pandemic that first struck cities now strains counties with acres of farmland, cramped meatpacking plants, isolated prisons and few hospital beds.

Federal judge guts Fla. law requiring felons to pay fines before voting

State leaders are all but certain to appeal the decision, which paves the way for thousands of felons who have completed their sentences to register in time for the November election.
Remains of the numbers 36 and 140 appear on the wrecked USS Nevada. BB-36 was the ship’s designation, and 140 was painted on the structural “rib” at the stern for the atomic tests to facilitate post-blast damage reporting. (Ocean Infinity/SEARCH, Inc.)
Remains of the numbers 36 and 140 appear on the wrecked USS Nevada. BB-36 was the ship’s designation, and 140 was painted on the structural “rib” at the stern for the atomic tests to facilitate post-blast damage reporting. (Ocean Infinity/SEARCH, Inc.)
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Explorers find wreck of USS Nevada, the ship that almost escaped Pearl Harbor

As Japanese bombers swarmed overhead on Dec. 7, 1941, the battleship tried to escape the devastation and nearly made it to safety.
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Spike in D.C. numbers, crowds at region’s beaches renew virus concerns

A one-day jump in the District’s numbers raised questions about whether it can begin reopening as expected Friday.
Viral images of a packed Ocean City boardwalk and a mask-free Gov. Ralph Northam (D) mingling with crowds had many wondering whether safety guidelines were being taken seriously.

A family grieves as Trump shares conspiracy theory to attack MSNBC host

The president has tweeted multiple times in recent days to falsely suggest the congressman-turned-television host Joe Scarborough murdered an employee whose death was ruled an accident.
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Grassley facing stiffest challenge in Senate career as inspectors general defender

Amid President Trump’s rapid-fire dismissals of the watchdogs, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), in a self-appointed role, has refrained from taking aggressive action.
President Trump stops to talk to reporters before departing for Camp David on May 15. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
President Trump stops to talk to reporters before departing for Camp David on May 15. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Trump returns to 2016 message of disruption

The president’s reluctance to recalibrate his political tactics during the pandemic could determine whether he wins another term, say campaign officials, strategists and pollsters on both sides of the aisle.
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(Photos by Jonas Jungblut)

With masks and sanitized hands, Italian Catholics return to church

In one of the world’s most Catholic countries, churches celebrated the first Sunday Mass since the arrival of the coronavirus — with plenty of new rules.

Boris Johnson wants to reopen Britain’s schools in a week. Parents, teachers and local officials push back.

Johnson’s government is looking to Germany, Denmark and New Zealand. But Britain has been hit much harder by the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's news conference on the lifting of the state of emergency is broadcast on a large outdoor screen in Tokyo. (Issei Kato/Reuters)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's news conference on the lifting of the state of emergency is broadcast on a large outdoor screen in Tokyo. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Tokyo lifts state of emergency, braces for ‘new lifestyle’ with the virus

Japan’s approach relies on social pressure rather than government edicts. Despite some shortcomings, it appears to be working.
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Even before covid-19, Social Security was facing a shortfall

Absent legislative action to fix a coming shortfall, Social Security will have only enough tax income to pay out 76 percent of scheduled payments, a trustee report said.

Number of working black business owners falls 40 percent, far more than other groups

Minority-owned businesses have suffered disproportionately in a crisis that’s also killing nonwhite Americans at higher rates and taking more of their jobs, an analysis of new data shows.
Revelers gather at a Lake of the Ozarks beach in Missouri on Saturday. (Twitter/Lawler50/Reuters)
Revelers gather at a Lake of the Ozarks beach in Missouri on Saturday. (Twitter/Lawler50/Reuters)

Crowds pack venues in Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, ignoring social distancing

The scenes highlighted how some have interpreted the loosening of coronavirus restrictions ahead of Memorial Day weekend as an invitation to return to a pre-pandemic version of normal.
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Jennifer King was an assistant coach of the Arizona Hotshots in 2019. (Norm Hall/AAF/Getty Images)
Jennifer King was an assistant coach of the Arizona Hotshots in 2019. (Norm Hall/AAF/Getty Images)

Jennifer King has been a cop, a QB and a national champion. Next: Redskins assistant coach.

“I think the ultimate drive for me is to be successful and great at whatever I was doing,” said King, who is the first African American woman to hold a full-time NFL coaching job.
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Not a crafter? Here’s why you should consider becoming one during the pandemic.

Knitting, sewing and woodworking can help keep you calm.
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Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in “The Trip to Greece.” (IFC Films)
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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon delight, in the brilliant and affecting ‘The Trip to Greece’

The fourth — and final — outing in the series of improvisatory films mixes the serious with the sublimely silly.
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Cattle grazing at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga. (White Oak Pastures)

The meat industry’s supply chain is failing, but these smaller farms can still meet your needs

Supermarkets may have a limited supply of beef and chicken, but you can still get your meat at these online shops dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices.
Krish Raghav, left, and Yan Cong in an elevator on our last day of quarantine April 10 in Beijing. (Yan Cong for The Post)
Krish Raghav, left, and Yan Cong in an elevator on our last day of quarantine April 10 in Beijing. (Yan Cong for The Post)

Room and bored

A couple returned from overseas and entered a 14-day quarantine in a Beijing hotel, but in separate rooms. This is their journey in photos, comics and words.
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