Democracy Dies in Darkness
The 45th President
A Washington Post review found that the president has largely failed to fulfill the pledges he made in 2016 to curtail the influence of lobbyists and special interests in Washington.
Short has traveled extensively with the vice president and has been in close contact with him. Pence tested negative for the coronavirus Saturday.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a drive-in campaign event at Bucks County Community College in Bristol, Pa., on Saturday. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Events have pushed the election in the former vice president’s direction and away from a president who fuels fears and speaks of carnage. But can he win?
Mary Jo Copeland at Sharing & Caring Hands, the food kitchen and charity organization that she founded and runs in Minneapolis. (Jenn Ackerman for The Post)
Voices from the Pandemic
Mary Jo Copeland talks about choosing decency over anxiety and fear: "If you see something that needs to be changed, try changing it. If you see somebody who needs help, help them. People act like that’s saintly, but shouldn’t it be basic? Why isn’t it basic?" 
Cases in the country are spiking sharply. One reason may be a long-held suspicion of doctors, partly a hangover from Soviet times when hospitals were free but forbidding places.
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Tampa Bay came back from several deficits against Los Angeles, winning on Brett Phillips’s single in the bottom of the ninth — a sequence that involved two Dodgers misplays and scored two Rays runs.
Lee Kun-hee1942-2020
Under Lee’s three decades of leadership, Samsung Electronics transformed from a small television maker into the world’s biggest producer of smartphones, electronic displays and memory chips. 
“Saturday Night Live” had plenty to say about Trump and Biden in the final presidential debate, as well as Rudy Giuliani's cameo in the new “Borat” movie.
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The LilyPerspective
Actresses, activists, artists, authors and academics share the stories behind the first time they voted.

National polling average

Biden is leading (+9) the national polling average.

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Biden

52%

Trump

43%

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Average of national polls since Oct. 12 that meet Washington Post standards for transparency and quality. Includes polls by Economist-YouGov, NBC-WSJ, PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist, SurveyMonkey-Tableau and Quinnipiac University.

López slipped across the border into Colombia on Saturday, political allies said, after more than a year inside the Spanish Embassy in Caracas.
The message of the surge is clear and coldblooded. Even as Taliban delegates continue to nominally participate in peace talks with Afghan leaders, the insurgents have shown no intention of reducing violence.
(Reuters)
Colorado's second-largest wildfire on record is expanding Saturday before an expected snowstorm.
RetropolisThe Past, Rediscovered
Elected to the Georgia state Senate in 1868, Tunis G. Campbell spent his life championing the rights of Black people, meeting with fierce resistance at every step.
A Washington Post review of data on more than 2,600 people detained in 15 cities finds a mostly young, diverse group of people who demonstrated close to home and were charged largely with nonviolent misdemeanors.
Northern California faces what could be its biggest offshore wind event of the season.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison warned that a plan by Atlas Aegis to send former military personnel to polling sites in the state would amount to voter intimidation.
Two-year-old Ezechiel Nguemezi died after falling out of a window at his family’s Takoma Park apartment on Oct. 11. (Montgomery County Renters Alliance)
Perspective
In the days since Ezechiel Nguemezi died, a series of events has left strangers knowing his name and forced them to see one of the most unfair aspects of the pandemic: Many financially struggling families are experiencing layers of loss.
A dreary, damp and cool Sunday is a dramatic shift from recent days. More rain possible by Wednesday night and Thursday.
Humans pay close attention to books and one another. (Illustration by Craig Cutler for The Post)
Although the virus may be able to survive in a lab for 28 days, scientists are not concerned about everyday transmission via contaminated surfaces.
Date Lab
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The stands at Camp Randall Stadium are empty during the first half of the Wisconsin-Illinois game on Oct. 23. (AP)
As the resuscitated Big Ten season arrived, a stadium that usually holds 80,321 held zero in a college town filled with emptiness.
Washington's performance against its arch-rival Sunday could also impact the team's outlook heading into the NFL trade deadline.
The fifth-year defensive back can play on the boundary, in the nickel or at safety. But for the former Good Counsel and Virginia Tech star, corner is where the picks are.
Analysis
Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan and Rutgers (yes, Rutgers) are among the winners on Saturday.
The Terps suffered a 43-3 defeat against the Wildcats to open the season, and they returned to College Park with more problems to solve. 
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Critic’s Notebook
Jerry Jeff Walker1942-2020
Walker wrote his classic song about a man he met in jail, then helped define the “Texas outlaw” style of music.
On HBO’s “The Undoing,” the actors had to trust each other implicitly — as their characters in the show struggled to do the same.
She formed the Coquettes “all-girl” big band and championed women in the almost completely male preserve of 1930s and ’40s popular music.
Review
Painting styles run the gamut from abstract to representational with spontaneity and verve.