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In light of the global pandemic and the rapid pace of news developments, Washington Week is providing readers with an additional series of articles, beyond the five you need to know, to keep you well-informed. Here are more stories you need to know about the novel coronavirus and how the government is responding to the crisis. 

Washington

Inside the push to tear-gas protesters ahead of a Trump photo op by The Washington Post's Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Rebecca Tan

"The evening’s events were the product of a president who favors brute strength and fears looking weak, yet finds himself reeling from a duo of crises — a deadly pandemic that has left more than 100,000 Americans dead and racial unrest that has led to protests and riots across the nation." https://wapo.st/3dskDPL

Trump, Congress face huge economic decisions over aid as country is rocked by protests by The Washington Post's Erica Werner and Jeff Stein

"The escalating protests across the United States could intensify a political standoff between the White House and Congress over whether to continue emergency economic assistance for millions of Americans." https://wapo.st/2XMVyZe

President Trump’s Big Moment in Front of a Church Shows He Has Missed the Point of the Protests by TIME Magazine's Brian Bennett

"Protestors, calling for an end to police violence and systematic racial discrimination, could be heard chanting louder across Lafayette Square Park as the District of Columbia National Guard vehicles drove out of the White House’s north gate, and turned right along a fence line that, on another June evening, would have been dotted with tourists snapping selfies in front of the north portico’s iconic columns." https://bit.ly/2yWcWT4

As Trump rages, Republicans plead for calm by POLITICO's Burgess Everett, Marianne Levine and Andrew Desiderio

"President Donald Trump spent Monday further fanning the flames of confrontation between protesters and police. And some Republicans are urging the president to extinguish them." https://politi.co/2z15B4O

The Trump administration abandoned Obama-era police reform efforts. Now critics want them restored. by The Washington Post's Erica Werner, Matt Zapotosky and Mark Berman

"As America again finds itself riven by violent demonstrations over the killing of a black man, this time in Minneapolis, Attorney General William P. Barr is facing increasing calls to initiate a similar probe, known as a “pattern-or-practice” investigation, of that city’s police department. But the Trump administration has severely curtailed the practice — along with other efforts to force broad police reforms or quell civil unrest — as the Justice Department’s posture has shifted to one that is far more deferential to law enforcement." https://wapo.st/3eGD6sf

 

Beyond

As Trump attacks voting by mail, GOP builds 2020 strategy around limiting its expansion by The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, Amy Gardner and Shawn Boburg

"President Trump’s persistent attacks on mail-in voting have fueled an unprecedented effort by conservatives to limit expansion of the practice before the November election, with tens of millions of dollars planned for lawsuits and advertising aimed at restricting who receives ballots and who remains on the voter rolls." https://wapo.st/2AxAQom

Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders by The New York Times' David Leonhardt and Lauren Leatherby

"The four large countries where coronavirus cases have recently been increasing fastest are Brazil, the United States, Russia and Britain. And they have something in common. They are all run by populist male leaders who cast themselves as anti-elite and anti-establishment." https://nyti.ms/2U4zMPQ

What’s happening at protests in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Atlanta with The PBS NewsHour's Amna Nawaz

"Demonstrations that began in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd in police custody on Memorial Day have spread to dozens of cities across the U.S. over the weekend, and thousands of protesters have been arrested." https://to.pbs.org/3dtBTEm

Biden, in speech to the nation, denounces President Trump’s actions against protesters and vows to heal racial wounds by The Washington Post's Annie Linskey, Matt Viser and Sean Sullivan

"Seeking to console a nation riven by nights of violence with a promise to heal its racial wounds, former vice president Joe Biden on Tuesday bluntly criticized the White House’s decision a night earlier toforcibly clear protesters from a Washington street so President Trump could pose with a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church." https://wapo.st/2XOvux2

Our cities may never look the same again after the pandemic by CNN's Oscar Holland

"With Covid-19 lockdowns vastly reducing the use of roads and public transit systems, city authorities -- from Liverpool to Lima -- are taking advantage by closing streets to cars, opening others to bicycles and widening sidewalks to help residents maintain the six-foot distancing recommended by global health authorities." https://cnn.it/301uiJu