Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans

President Trump has left little doubt through his utterances the past few weeks that he sees himself not only as the Republican standard-bearer but as a leader of a modern grievance movement animated by civic strife and marked by calls for “white power.”
The Debrief

For Trump, the threat now isn’t immigrants or other nations. It’s other Americans.

He made clear that his reelection message will do little to try to heal or unify the country but rather aims to drive a deeper wedge into the nation’s racial and cultural divides.
Marine One, with President Trump aboard, flies past Mount Rushmore Friday near Keystone, S.D. (AP)
Marine One, with President Trump aboard, flies past Mount Rushmore Friday near Keystone, S.D. (AP)
Perspective

Mount Rushmore is colossal kitsch, perfect for a populist spectacle

President Trump's speech before the giant faces was an effort to scale up particular grievances into broad national rifts, to claim that protesters who seek equal treatment and dignity for African Americans are not protesting against police violence, but rather seeking to dismantle America, and western culture.

‘White power’ video was a glimpse into political discourse in ‘America’s friendliest’ retirement community

Political arguments in the Villages have led at times to physical confrontations, prompting some septuagenarians to pack pepper spray and stun guns.

U.S. logs 26th straight day of record average case totals

The virus continued to spiral out of control, particularly in the South, as several states experienced record numbers of confirmed infections and hospitalizations. Florida logged another daily high of new cases, while Arizona set a record for hospitalizations.
To contain the spread of coronavirus, contract tracing is key. But doing it effectively will take an army of people. (Video: Lee Powell; photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Post)

Contact tracing is a race. But few U.S. states say how fast they’re running.

Coronavirus case spikes will hamper contact-tracing efforts, but even states seeing declines are finding it hard to measure their success.
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‘The Cursed Platoon,’ Part 2

1st Lt. Clint Lorance had been in charge of his Army platoon for three days when he ordered them to kill three Afghans on a dirt road. After a second-degree murder conviction, Lorance was pardoned by President Trump, hailed as a hero. His troops suffered a different fate.
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Historians question Trump’s choice of ‘heroes’ for national garden monument

Among the statues to be erected in the garden — spelled out in an executive order — are evangelical leader Billy Graham, frontiersman Davy Crockett, first lady Dolley Madison and Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.

We asked veterans to respond to The Post’s reporting on Clint Lorance and his platoon. Here’s what they said.

Many said they were moved to tears reading about the experiences of 1st Platoon. Others questioned how the soldiers could blindly follow orders to shoot at civilians.
The dedication of the Washington Monument on Feb. 21, 1885. The 555-foot-high monument was then the highest structure in the world. (AP)
The dedication of the Washington Monument on Feb. 21, 1885. The 555-foot-high monument was then the highest structure in the world. (AP)
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The Past, Rediscovered

On Fourth of July, Americans cheered a new landmark: the Washington Monument

On Independence Day in 1848, the long-awaited start of the obelisk's construction was cause for celebration. This Fourth of July, President Trump plans to make it a focal point of fireworks, despite the pandemic.
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Trump silent on Putin amid uproar over alleged Russian bounties

The possibility that Russia paid militants to target U.S. forces — and that the president received reports about the activity but did little about it — has revived allegations, particularly among Democrats, that President Trump is loath to confront Russia.

Joint effort by two Democratic super PACs raised $107 million so far in election cycle, groups say

American Bridge and Unite the Country are pooling resources to attack President Trump in key states and project positive messages around former vice president Joe Biden.
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Passengers walk through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Fourth of July holiday travel weekend. (Erik S Lesser/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
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Analysis

Hard-hit industries clamor for regulations during pandemic

Business interests see a short-term battle against two hard-to-influence forces: individuals acting irresponsibly and a Trump administration reluctant to lay down guidelines that would mandate individual behavior during the pandemic.
Tourists pose for pictures at the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana last year. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists pose for pictures at the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana last year. (AFP/Getty Images)

Ghana to black Americans: Come home. We’ll help you build a life here.

The West African country is offering discounted land to those who want to escape racism.

Before the coronavirus, CDC made similar errors with Zika tests

The CDC sidelined an effective Zika test in favor of a more complex one that failed about one-third of the time.
Medical personnel wait for a driver to pull up at a drive-through covid-19 testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in March. (AP)
Medical personnel wait for a driver to pull up at a drive-through covid-19 testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in March. (AP)

Covid-19 outbreak reported in 15 fraternity houses at University of Washington

Concerns rise as colleges and universities make plans for students to return in the fall.
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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, left, and then-president Bruce Allen in 2019. (John McDonnell/The Post)
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, left, and then-president Bruce Allen in 2019. (John McDonnell/The Post)

As the Redskins consider a name change, Daniel Snyder’s inner circle is smaller than ever

As Snyder's team faces the greatest crisis of his tenure, business-side leadership has been an issue.

District marks Fourth of July with fireworks, flyovers and protests

The year’s festivities include flyovers by the Air Force’s Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels. Metro is running more trains and staying open longer to accommodate crowds.

People are driving less and skipping toll roads, leaving less money for local projects

The industry’s losses, which by estimates will exceed $9 billion nationwide, are prompting toll operators to tap their reserves, delay capital projects and cut jobs.

A Confederate statue is toppled in rural Maryland, then quietly stored away

Amid nationwide protests of racism and inequity, a family removes Confederate symbols from its ferry business and wants nothing more to do with the attention they brought.
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A file photo depicts the National Cathedral and its environs at sunset. (Salwan Georges/The Post)
Capital Weather Gang

Washington’s sunsets lately have been stunning. Here are a few reasons why.

The sublime displays are attributable to atmospheric processes that feed off a perfectly-sculpted landscape stretching from the Blue Ridge to the Chesapeake Bay.
Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck walk their dogs in April in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)
Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck walk their dogs in April in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are the pandemic’s only tabloid celebrities

Affleck and de Armas manage to be riveting during the coronavirus era in a way that other celebrities simply are not.
The entrance to the parking lot of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida is closed. (AP)
The entrance to the parking lot of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida is closed. (AP)

How Disney could be facing a lot more than a lost summer

“Hamilton” is all the rage on its streaming service, but the company must climb a mountain of existential challenges.
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(Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)

Chill out this summer with pina coladas, frozen Irish coffees and other blended cocktails

Dust off your blender, because it's about to get a workout.
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