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The Senate majority leader’s remarks show the raw political calculations both parties are making two weeks before the election.
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Democrats are picking up momentum toward winning the Senate majority: Challengers are out-raising Republican incumbents, and they are leading in polls. But anything could happen.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate would vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee Monday, potentially giving her a week to participate in election-related cases before the final tally.
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David and Jessica Figari with daughter Liliana at their home outside of Tampa. (Eve Edelheit for The Post)
David and Jessica Figari are navigating racial and political divides in their country — and in their family — that they never anticipated when they fell in love.
The women’s faces remain clearly visible, and no labels are appended to mark the images as fake — triggering fears they could be used for harassment or blackmail. Some of the original images show girls younger than 18.
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The Senate seats in danger of flipping parties this election. Facebook and Twitter struggle to tackle disinformation ahead of the election. And a Black man speaks out after his image was used for fake pro-Trump Twitter accounts.
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Battlegrounds that may decide the presidential race have some of the nation’s most erratic mail service, which has particular implications for states with firm ballot deadlines.
Some liberal groups called for the ouster of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) from the Senate Judiciary Committee over her handling of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett last week.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is seen on a monitor as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) speaks at her confirmation hearing Wednesday. (Reuters)
The CritiquePerspective
Sen. Cory Booker brought his colleagues a simple sermon: “The only thing that heals this body is what I call a revival of civic grace.”

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Biden is leading (+11) the national polling average.

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Biden

54%

Trump

43%

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Average of national polls since Oct. 4 that meet Washington Post standards for transparency and quality. Includes polls by CNN, Economist-YouGov, Fox, PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist, Pew, Post-ABC, NBC-WSJ and SurveyMonkey-Tableau.

Moscow agreed to a freeze on the number of nuclear warheads on each side and to extend the accord known as New START for one year. 
Khashoggi's fiancee and a human rights organization the journalist founded alleged Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and dismembered “pursuant to a directive” of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Anti-government protests turned violent Sunday in Santiago, Chile. (The Post)
Following clashes Sunday, concerns are mounting that Chile may be set for more violence after a tumultuous year.
The measure, pushed by Europe’s meat industry, has drawn an outcry from environmentalists.
Peter Madsen was found guilty in the 2017 murder of Kim Wall, 30, who disappeared following an interview aboard his submarine.
Firefighters create a fire break Friday on a hillside in South San Francisco. (Bloomberg News)
The high-profile initiative to improve soldier fitness has created a stark gender gap and concerns it could compound diversity problems.
A federal judge blasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for denying 94 percent of the debt relief claims since reaching the agreement in April.
RetropolisThe Past, Rediscovered
A state archaeologist said the bones discovered Tuesday in Oaklawn Cemetery will be examined for trauma.
A Marine told Stars and Stripes that Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Neary heard the n-word in a rap song during physical training and repeated it in front of junior Marines, asking how they would feel if he said it. 
In a letter to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, the president of the state-supported military college’s Board of Visitors dismissed a Washington Post report that detailed racist incidents. State leaders have authorized an independent investigation of the school’s culture. 
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R). (Reuters)
High-risk health-care workers, first responders and older adults in congregate settings will be a priority, according to a new state plan.
Investigators discovered that sometime between an initial examination and their arrival a day later, someone had “manipulated” key evidence, according to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission.
“A hot piece of lead will cut through your skull,” was part of a message sent to U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, according to prosecutors.
Tomorrow is close to a repeat of today. Morning clouds give way to warm afternoon sun.
The Bidens could bring "positive energy" to the D.C. dining scene if they take the White House, says one restaurateur.
The Dupont Circle location is the pizzeria’s third, and its pies are as fine as ever.
Some cultural institutions, including a handful of Smithsonian museums, have reopened their doors to socially distanced visitors.
Analysis
New data indicates that 91 percent of the money disbursed through the Agriculture Department’s Market Facilitation Program went to places that supported Trump four years ago. Only 9 percent went to places that had voted for Hillary Clinton. 
After Microsoft seized the U.S. servers of a botnet it feared could snarl state and local computer systems to sow distrust of the presidential election, the software giant now claims the international operations of Trickbot have largely been shut down as well.
Final rules published Friday either strongly discourage or ban practices that many agencies have adopted, stressing management’s “sole and exclusive” authority to choose a penalty.
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Through indifference or design, three agencies have crucial vacant positions that affect employees.
Analysts are unlikely to be concerned with the subscriber slowdown, though.
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The NFL commentators' exchange was caught before Sunday's Packers-Buccaneers game. “That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work,” Joe Buck said. “That stuff ain’t happenin’ with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket," Troy Aikman responded.
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Miami is making the switch to its prized rookie during its earlier-than-planned bye week, even while on the fringes of the AFC playoff race at 3-3.
The Washington Football Team name could remain in place into next season, team president Jason Wright said Tuesday. The franchise is also exploring bringing fans back to FedEx Field later this year.
A former photographer for the Austin American-Statesman has filed a lawsuit against the owners and handlers of the University of Texas’s live mascot, after the massive Longhorn steer charged into him.
NFL Week 7Analysis
The Seahawks remain No. 1 after their bye week. The Chiefs stay at No. 2 with their win Monday evening. But the Steelers and Titans are closing in.
Most NFL teams started the season in empty stadiums. Here’s a rundown of where things stand now for each team.
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