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.
The president offered the pessimistic assessment at a fundraiser Thursday in Nashville, according to an attendee who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the event was a closed-door gathering. Trump said there were some GOP senators he didn’t want to help in their reelection bids.
The TakeAnalysis
The trio of Midwest states remain key to Joe Biden’s hopes, unless he busts open the electoral map.
Hunter Tomlinson slides his ballot into a drop box at the Washington Terrace City Hall in Utah's Weber County. (Kim Raff for The Post)
In Utah, which has voted by mail for years, officials were busy responding to outlandish claims traceable to right-wing punditry and the president’s Twitter feed.
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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The Samsung Electronics chairman transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics. 
Colorado's second-largest wildfire on record is expanding Saturday before an expected snowstorm.
Undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov capped one of the preeminent careers in the sport with a submission victory in one of the most anticipated matches in UFC history.
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The LilyPerspective
Actresses, activists, artists, authors and academics share the stories behind the first time they voted.
Many states’ plans for mail-in ballots overlooked people in isolated areas of reservations with limited transportation, Native American rights advocates say. 
@PKCapitolAnalysis
In the 13 most contested races, Democratic candidates are spending $200 million in the final five weeks of the campaign. Republicans are spending just $106 million.

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.
There’s a growing disaffection inside the Royal Thai Police with the institutions that have long dominated politics in the kingdom. Over the past week, several police officers have been photographed raising the three-finger salute, a symbol of resistance and solidarity that the young demonstrators borrowed from the Hunger Games series.
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Northern California faces what could be its biggest offshore wind event of the season, prompting power cuts to nearly 1 million.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are refusing to tell members of Congress what gives them the legal right to use cellphone location data to track people inside the country without a warrant.
Analysis
It's a tricky question to answer. But it's likely fewer than Joe Biden is saying.
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.
Gusty winds overnight usher in some much cooler (and wetter) weather on Sunday.
Humans pay close attention to books and one another. (Illustration by Craig Cutler for The Post)
English departments are increasingly under pressure to justify their existence. But have the eternal lessons of great books ever mattered more?
Review
At Peter Chang’s NiHao in Baltimore, chef Pichet Ong shows his facility with savory dishes, too.
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Critic’s Notebook
After 20 albums, there continues to be nobody better at evangelizing his own lore than the Boss.
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.