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Protesters gathered in Black Lives Matter plaza and people attending Trump's acceptance speech in Washington D.C. on Aug. 27. Photos: Left, Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images; right, Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump will officially accept the Republican nomination for president before a crowd of more than 1,000 people on the White House South Lawn Thursday night. Meanwhile, demonstrators gathered outside in Lafayette Park to protest his administration.

Why it matters: The president's re-election campaign and the Republican National Convention have essentially transformed the South Lawn of the White House into a political stage.

Between the lines, via Axios' Margaret Talev: By packing in an audience of more than 1,000 guests, inches not feet apart, most without masks, the president is portraying an image of the U.S. with the pandemic under control and moving past it — when that’s not what the statistics show or public health officials are advising at all.

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Guests gathered on the South Lawn of the White House for Trump's speech. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Protestors rallying in Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
People waving "Black Lives Matter" flags at Black Lives Matter plaza. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

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In photos: Egypt uncovers 100 ancient coffins buried 2,500 years ago

Newly rediscovered ancient sarcophagi are displayed in Saqqara, Egypt. Photo: Fadel Dawood/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

Archaeologists in Egypt unveiled Saturday some 40 gilded statues and at least 100 ancient coffins dating back over 2,500 years — and some contain mummies.

The big picture: The find in a vast pharaonic necropolis at Saqqara, south of Cairo, follows 59 intact sarcophagi uncovered at the site in September and October. Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany told a briefing, "Saqqara has yet to reveal all of its contents," per Al Jazeera. "Excavations are still under way."

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