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Trump plays down virus as he steps up pitch for second term

WASHINGTON – Gone are the days when President Donald Trump held forth daily at the White House podium flanked by members of his coronavirus task force. And the days when Vice President Mike Pence and other task force officials would head to Trump’s office to brief him immediately after their meetings.

Small firms less apocalyptic as 60% see survival past 6 months

America’s small businesses are slightly more bullish about their own survival than five months ago, with a majority now saying they expect to be operating beyond six months even if current conditions persist, according to a new survey.

Belarus poll workers describe fraud in Aug. 9 election

MINSK, Belarus — Even before the Aug. 9 presidential election in Belarus ended, a poll worker in Minsk said she was asked to sign a document summing up its result, with the vote totals left blank.

FAA employees who oversee airplane makers report pressure

Federal employees overseeing Boeing and other aircraft makers say they face pressure from the companies and fear retribution from their own bosses if they raise too many safety concerns, according to a survey of the workers that was delivered to Congress on Friday.

Virus concerns nudge some teachers toward classroom exits

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As pressure mounts for teachers to return to their classrooms this fall, concerns about health risks from the coronavirus are pushing many toward alternatives, including career changes, as others mobilize to delay school reopenings in hard-hit areas.

Tom Toles

Cartoon for June 8.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: First Amendment has no meaning … unless

An ominous and far-reaching withdrawal from our social covenant has come in response to the unrest over the death of George Floyd: There have been 138 police attacks, most of them deliberate, as of Wednesday against reporters reporting on the uprising.