Democracy Dies in Darkness
After largely failing to limit access to mail-in voting, Republicans now look to contest votes already cast.
The presidential race barreled into a region that gave Trump his win in 2016 and that Biden seeks to deny him next week.
The massive shift to voting by mail this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic has increased the possibility that problems with mail ballots could be a factor in races across the country.
Maddie Graham, 18, a climate activist, voted in her first election. (Katherine Frey/The Post)
Young climate voters made a difference in several Democratic primaries this cycle. Nov. 3 will show if they’ve developed real political muscle.
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Early voting wrapped up in many states across the country on Friday. 
An initial investigation of the Guard’s deployment in D.C. in June found fault with the deployment of helicopters.
The total number of infections reported nationwide since February is virtually guaranteed to reach 9 million on Friday, just 15 days after the tally hit 8 million. At least 228,000 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus.
South Dakota is among states setting records for coronavirus cases. For rural facilities such as Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, the pandemic presents challenges. (Reuters)
Health agency scientists are resisting the administration’s agenda in ways small and large.
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Attorney General William P. Barr’s assertion might otherwise be unsurprising, if not for the pressure the president has put on him to deliver results from an investigation Barr specially commissioned to review the FBI’s 2016 probe of possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s campaign.
A man walks past a closed London ticket booth. (Tori Ferenc for The Post)
Only a handful of venues have announced reopenings — with limited runs, limited casts and socially distanced audiences.
The administration has accelerated its push to deregulate in the weeks before the election and has 40 more rollbacks underway.
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We now know about the $3 for water, and other charges taxpayers picked up at President Trump's properties, but it took going around the State Department to report that.
Jeremy Carl, who has called Black Lives Matter a racist organization, cited an opinion by a leading alt-right figure who said Black people destroy any civilization they control.
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Criminal groups in Mexico are expanding their territorial control, infiltrating local governments and preying on ordinary citizens.
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Why does this matter? Because there’s a link between a candidate’s advantage in favorability and the results of the presidential contest.
Voters in Houston cast their ballots for the general election on Friday. The location was one of Harris County's 24-hour locations. (Elizabeth Conley/AP)
With four days left until Election Day, more than 9 million people have cast ballots already in Texas. Early voting in nearly a dozen other states topped 80 percent of turnout from the last presidential election.
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Biden is leading (+9) the national polling average.

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52%

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43%

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Supporters of the presidential candidate Kouadio Konan Bertin ride past a billboard of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan on Thursday. (Leo Correa/AP)
Dozens have died in street clashes ahead of Ivory Coast’s vote Saturday.
Cities in Britain, the Czech Republic and Germany have announced that they will cancel traditional Christmas markets because of the pandemic.
In an article for a magazine published for U.S. diplomats, the former secretary of state says it will take years to reverse the distrust that the past four years have engendered.
The magnitude 7 quake sent a surge of seawater in areas near the Turkish city Izmir.
The protests came a day after three people were killed in a knife attack in a church in France.
The delays loom large over 28 states that require ballots to reach election officials by Election Day to be counted.
Tensions have boiled over in a southwestern Washington city near Portland, Ore., following a vigil for a Black man killed by law enforcement.
The retail giant said it originally instructed managers to move firearms and ammunition from in-store displays to a secure location in the back “in an abundance of caution.” (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
The move comes one day after the nation’s largest retailer announced it would remove firearms displays over fears of “civil unrest.”
Christian Zionist activist Mike Evans sued Georgia megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin over fundraising to benefit Holocaust survivors in Israel. 
Republican Jackie Johnson faces an independent, Keith Higgins, who made the ballot late this year in part because of people seeking “Justice for Ahmaud.”
Caseloads have risen since the start of October as part of a national surge that has lifted several states to record highs.
The 5th District race between Bob Good (R) and Cameron Webb (D) has emerged as the most competitive in Virginia.
The government sought a delay after Fairfax County indicted the officers who killed Ghaisar. Family attorneys argued that the officers will never testify.
Ronald Nerio, with BFC Contracting Services, uses plywood to cover the glass windows that front a building on 17th Street in downtown Washington, D.C. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
D.C. police have canceled leave for officers starting this weekend to ensure adequate staffing, and the District spent $100,000 on less-than-lethal munitions and chemical irritants for riot control to replenish a stockpile depleted by clashes over the summer.
Lauded by supporters as community benefactors, the militia movement stokes racial tension.
In an election year like no other, bars and restaurants and planning candidate-themed food and drink specials to get you through election night.
Shibuya Eatery, from veteran chef Darren Norris, serves expert noodles, skewers and more
From a dog-friendly cemetery to nearby hiking trails, Mass Ave has a little bit of everything.
Just days before one of the most consequential elections in American history, the stakes are elevated. (Tara Hardy for The Post)
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When receivers get open, they didn’t do it by themselves. (The Post)
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Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland sophomore quarterback, shines as the Terps rally from 17 down to beat the Golden Gophers in overtime, 45-44.
The Giants and Chargers had no new positive test results after enduring coronavirus-related disruptions Thursday.
Jim Carrey as Joe Biden during a debate sketch Oct. 24. (Will Heath/NBC)
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