A Motorcycle Rally in a Pandemic? ‘We Kind of Knew What Was Going to Happen.’

Infectious-disease experts warned about the risk of cramming revelers into the Black Hills of South Dakota. But it was the annual Sturgis rally, and bikers were coming no matter what.

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Trump Tells Coronavirus, ‘I Surrender’

The president plays the climate-denial playbook on a pandemic.

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How Many Americans Will Ayn Rand Kill?

Liberty doesn’t mean freedom to infect other people.

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Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota’s Attorney General, on Crash: ‘I Discovered the Body’

Jason Ravnsborg, the attorney general, elaborated on what happened after his car struck something on a dark highway, saying he returned in the morning to find the dead man, Joe Boever, 55, nearby.

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Republican Convention: Best and Worst Moments From Mike Pence Night

Our columnists and contributors give their rankings.

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With Wisconsin Unrest as Backdrop, Republicans Intensify Law-and-Order Message

On the third day of the convention, Vice President Mike Pence and other Republicans portrayed Democrats as tolerant of violence and riots. And they continued to try to soften President Trump’s image.

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Republicans Insist Only Trump Can Stop This Chaos. But He’s in Charge Now.

The convention seems engineered to prove that the president is in control of the good and not responsible for the bad, worthy of praise for the nation’s successes and exoneration for its struggles.

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How Kristi Noem, Mt. Rushmore and Trump Fueled Speculation About Pence’s Job

After Ms. Noem, the South Dakota governor, flew to Washington on Air Force One, rumors about her ambitions ensued. She made a second trip to smooth things over with Mike Pence.

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Trump Delivers Divisive Culture War Message at Mount Rushmore

Down in the polls and failing to control a raging pandemic, the president cast himself as waging battle against a “new far-left fascism” that imperils American values and seeks to erase history.

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Tribe in South Dakota Seeks Court Ruling Over Standoff on Blocking Virus

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe set up checkpoints to limit the spread of the coronavirus. After the state objected, the White House got involved. Now the tribe has asked a federal judge to intervene.

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Mutineers, Raise Your Hands

Almost every movie reminds Trump of … something it’s not.

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The Food Chain’s Weakest Link: Slaughterhouses

A relatively small number of plants process much of the beef and pork in the United States, and some of them have closed because workers are getting sick.

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