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At least five U.S. states set single-day case records on Friday as the country’s daily infection report topped 50,000 again. Trump’s Mt. Rushmore crowd “won’t be social distancing,” South Dakota governor says. Go to article - Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Hits 50,000 New Cases Again
The president’s insistence on celebratory gatherings — and his focus on the culture wars — is jarring as health officials stress the dangers of a raging pandemic. Go to article - Trump’s Mount Rushmore Trip Highlights Disconnect With Virus’s Surge
A former state official called what has happened in Arizona “a story of missed opportunities.” Hospital beds in the state are filling up. Go to article - Virus Surges in Arizona, but the Rodeo Goes On
After plastic explosives and Nazi memorabilia were found at an elite soldier’s home, Germany worries about a problem of far-right infiltration at the heart of its democracy. Go to article - As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’
With the virus raging in many parts of the country, new restrictions have left many wondering about the safety of a backyard barbecue or picnic. Go to article - How Safe Are Outdoor Gatherings?
Depending on where you live and your comfort level, you might be able to gather together. Here’s how to do it safely. Go to article - How to Host a Socially Distanced Barbecue
As many as 80 percent of the holiday fireworks displays in large cities and small towns have been canceled because of the pandemic. Go to article - Fourth of July Fireworks Canceled Across U.S. as Coronavirus Surges
After George Floyd’s death, pent-up frustrations, provocateurs and inexperienced leadership led to mayhem for three nights. Go to article - ‘They Have Lost Control’: Why Minneapolis Burned
The move toward changing a mascot name after decades of complaints underscores how America’s most popular sport has scrambled to keep up with shifts in public opinion. Go to article - The Washington Redskins Might Get a Name Change. Why Now?
As they learn more about it, voters have shown some receptiveness to the phrase, polling suggests. But they largely want to reinvest resources, not eliminate departments. Go to article - Have Americans Warmed to Calls to ‘Defund the Police’?
Criticized for its inaction, the Trump administration commissioned a new look at a months-old intelligence assessment. It emphasizes gaps. Go to article - New Administration Memo Seeks to Foster Doubts About Suspected Russian Bounties
Russia’s grievances against what it sees as American bullying and expansion into its own zones of influence have been stacking up for decades. Go to article - Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming
Durek Verrett, friend of Gwyneth Paltrow and consort of the Princess of Norway, wants to bring spiritual healing to the masses. Go to article - The Shaman of Instagram
Despite a history of success in public health crises, the country has one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks. Go to article - What Went Wrong in Brazil
Jamelle Bouie joins the podcast to talk revolution, and how America remembers. Go to article - Whose Statue Must Fall?
Internet companies should treat people with big followings differently. Go to article - Bogus Ideas Have Superspreaders, Too
July 4 and America’s crisis of the spirit. Go to article - The Coronavirus and America's Humiliation
Reviving subway and bus services helped bring back cities before. It can do so again. Go to article - The Coronavirus Could Destroy Mass Transit. Federal Aid Can Help.
Caroline Randall Williams discusses her essay that puts Black Southerners like her squarely at the heart of the debate. Go to article - ‘My Body Is a Confederate Monument’: Slavery, Rape and Reframing the Past
It still refuses to ordain me because of my sexuality. So why do I stay? Go to article - A Supreme Court Win for Gay Rights, but Not in My Church
As we celebrate freedom, speaking freely is in danger. Go to article - Reading Orwell for the Fourth of July
The virus has feasted on a compromised body. Go to article - A Difficult Independence Day
With easy-to-use tests, everyone can check themselves every day. Go to article - Coronavirus Testing the Cheap, Simple Way
Republicans in D.C. just pretend not to see it. Go to article - Trump’s Re-election Message Is White Grievance
Racism is deeply rooted in America’s social system, putting Afro-Latinos at a constant disadvantage. Go to article - A Hard Conversation for the Latino Community
Why is the market doing so well when the economy is doing so poorly? Go to article - The Mystery of High Stock Prices
Coronavirus is just a distant memory while zipping around in a several-hundred-thousand-dollar custom van on the open road. Go to article - The #Vanlife Business Is Booming
The original plan was a drive through the Rust Belt. It turns out that New York City without tourists is a lot like Indianapolis or Toledo. Maybe even better. Go to article - The Perfect Ending to Our Pandemic Honeymoon Road Trip
Disney+ is streaming a live-capture film of “Hamilton.” It’s just the latest chapter in a deepening relationship between the company and the musical’s creator. Go to article - Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and Disney +: A Timeline
The legislation would impose sanctions on officials responsible for instituting and enforcing China’s new security law targeting Hong Kong’s autonomy. Go to article - Senate Sends Trump a Bill to Punish Chinese Officials Over Hong Kong
In a complaint, prosecutors said that another soldier killed Private Guillen, and that he and his girlfriend tried to dispose of her remains near the Leon River in Texas. Go to article - Prosecutors File Charge in Case of Vanessa Guillen, Missing Fort Hood Soldier
Human rights groups say the new law will give the police and military forces more powers to stifle dissent. Go to article - Duterte Signs Antiterrorism Bill in Philippines Despite Widespread Criticism
President Emmanuel Macron is reshaping his cabinet, starting with the removal of his popular prime minister, in a bid to give his government a fresh start in the last stretch of his term. Go to article - Macron Replaces France’s Prime Minister in Bid to Reinvigorate His Government
He believed pot was dangerous until his research convinced him otherwise. He then became a leading proponent of legalization. Go to article - Lester Grinspoon, Influential Marijuana Scholar, Dies at 92
The state’s lobster industry, already struggling before the virus, could be crippled as tourism dries up, leaving boatloads of crustaceans and no one to eat them. Go to article - For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season
Members of Congress are angry that the rail agency is asking for more money while planning to lay off staff and reduce services. Smaller communities that rely on rail service could be badly hurt. Go to article - Critics Fear Amtrak Is Using Pandemic to Cut Service That Won’t Return
The public radio stalwart vowed to fix what its journalists said was a toxic work culture. But the latest changes have led to a newsroom revolt. Go to article - WNYC Employees Demanded Diversity. They Got Another White Boss.
Melati and Isabel Wijsen began campaigning to reduce plastic waste in Bali seven years ago. Now 19 and 17, they say the pandemic shows that stark measures to protect the planet are possible. Go to article - After Fighting Plastic in ‘Paradise Lost,’ Sisters Take On Climate Change
Perfectionism is common, heritable, and painful for many children. Go to article - How to Help Your Perfectionist Kid
You may not be able to congregate for parades or fireworks, but there are other options when it comes to having a festive Fourth. Go to article - Celebrate Fourth of July Safely
In a pandemic-induced recession, it’s more important than ever to take care of our smartphones and other gadgets. Go to article - How to Make Smartphones Last Longer
With “Amends,” the artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust have created a multipronged platform for self-scrutiny and, they hope, lasting change. Go to article - A Public Art Project Devoted to Dismantling Racism at Every Level
Listen to how artists have explored what it means — and could mean — to be American. Go to article - Lifting the Cone of Silence From Black Composers
Following his Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters,” the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda visits some of the glories of France. Go to article - ‘The Truth’ Review: Being Catherine Deneuve
Beginning in the industry as a child actress, Ms. Khan went on to choreograph some of the most memorable performances of the 1980s and ’90s. Go to article - Saroj Khan, Choreographer Who Made Bollywood Sparkle, Dies at 71
“She Kills Monsters” is hugely popular in high schools and colleges. Even in lockdown, performers have found novel ways to make the battles come alive. Go to article - Queer Kids, Nerds and Sword Fights: It’s the Hot School Play
As part of its next Mars mission, NASA is sending an experimental helicopter to fly through the red planet’s thin atmosphere. Go to article - NASA Mars Helicopter Will Be Red Planet's 'Wright Brothers Moment'
Over 20 years, scientists tracked the transformation of the traditional trill of a common bird from western Canada to Ontario. Go to article - Canada’s Sparrows Are Singing a New Song. You’ll Hear It Soon.
Growing evidence shows most infected people aren’t spreading the virus. But whether you become a superspreader probably depends more on circumstance than biology. Go to article - Most People With Coronavirus Won’t Spread It. Why Do a Few Infect Many?
Surface air temperatures at the bottom of the world have risen three times faster than the global average since the 1990s. Go to article - Even the South Pole Is Warming, and Quickly, Scientists Say
Brighten your weekend morning with Joanne Chang’s blueberry scones. Go to article - What to Cook This Weekend
Widely circulated videos showed a white woman pointing a gun at a Black woman as she filmed with her cellphone in a parking lot in Orion Township, Mich. Go to article - Couple Charged After Videos Show White Woman Pulling Gun on Black Woman
Solve the daily puzzle edited by Will Shortz, or try out other games like the Mini and Letter Boxed. Go to article - The Crossword, Tiles and More
Connect the dots to reveal the hidden picture. Go to article - Try Vertex
Puzzle throughout the day to see how many words you can find. Go to article - Try Spelling Bee