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Friday’s Headlines: A divided America gathers as Trump puts stamp on Fourth

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A divided America gathers as Trump puts stamp on Fourth
Crowds were pulled in opposite directions on a polarized Mall, with “Make America Great Again” caps bedecking the throngs near the Lincoln Memorial and protest Baby Trump balloons amid the masses near the Capitol. But the ties that unify the nation were also on display.
A nonpartisan performance by Trump at an event clouded in controversy
The president’s supporters, including many with VIP tickets to the event, say Trump is simply celebrating America. Democrats accuse the White House of turning a taxpayer-funded, nonpolitical event into a reelection rally.
Analysis: How much each flyover cost during Trump’s event
Largely staying away from politics, President Trump’s hourlong “Salute to America” was perhaps most noteworthy for the seven flyovers during the event.
Russian state media takes event as chance to ‘troll’ U.S.
Russian television hosts mocked the military equipment that will appear at the “Salute for America” on Thursday, saying that the tanks and other armored vehicles had “paint peeling off” and required “adhesive tape.”
Trump’s Fourth of July history speech: Turns out there weren’t airports back then
Historians ⁠— at least the ones fact-checking the president on Twitter ⁠— were not impressed with the prersident’s performance.
Scenes from the Mall
Washington Post photographers captured the sights as people gathered for the Fourth of July celebration.
With connections and luck, some score tickets to VIP section of Trump’s event
Many, wearing ponchos to ward off the steady rain, had managed to score tickets because a dad worked for the Secret Service, because a relative was an employee of a company that contracted with the Republican National Committee, or because they had a bit of luck.
Perspective: Where Trump should have gone on July 4
There were no tanks or fighter jets. Just 51 joyful immigrants becoming U.S. citizens at Mount Vernon on Independence Day. And it was perfect.
Administration scrambles to save citizenship question on census
Facing a Friday deadline, Trump administration officials and lawyers spent the holiday seeking new rationales for the question as the printing of census forms continued.
‘Doesn’t look like the best economy ever’: 40% of Americans say they still struggle to pay bills
Despite the longest U.S. economic expansion on record, many sit on the edge of financial disaster.
6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Southern California
The quake hit about 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Closer to the epicenter, near Ridgecrest, residents reported minor injuries, power outages and damaged infrastructure.
Trump made his critics look small during his ‘Salute to America’
Trump tried to make Independence Day all about him. He ended up looking small.
Trump is pushing the census question again. Good luck with that.
Dear Democrats: I’ll vote for any of you. But please nominate someone who’ll win.
The Supreme Court’s gerrymandering decision is dire. But we can fix it.
The world knows about Uighurs. There should be a rallying cry to save them.
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