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For now, the early numbers overwhelmingly favor Democrats, but the gap has narrowed in several battleground states in recent days.
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Polls have not shown this playing a particularly huge role in the battle for the Senate.
The Trump campaign intervened in a court fight and one judge nominated by the president ruled to uphold the drop-box limit.
Millions have registered to vote in Texas since 2016, and as with Arizona and Georgia, the shift seems to benefit Democrats.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock left, and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) prepare for a debate on Sept. 28 (Matthew Brown/AP)
The apparent collapse of a deal touted during President Trump’s 2017 visit to Beijing may affect the tight U.S. Senate race in Montana.
The judge said the department could not substitute the U.S. government in place of Trump as the defendant in the case.
As president, Joe Biden says, he would push for letting people who enter bankruptcy discharge their student debts and protect the equity they have built in cars and homes.
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Edwin M. Stanton was confirmed in 1869 without a single vote from a Democrat, kicking off a tangled story spanning three presidencies. 
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A record number of Americans are seeking to give up citizenship this year. But disruptions to consular services have made it nearly impossible.
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Multiple businesses were looted, a police vehicle was set ablaze, and at least 12 officers were injured, including one who was hospitalized with a broken leg after being struck by a truck.
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Armed members of the “boogaloo” movement hold a rally Oct. 17 at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. (Getty Images)
Many Americans will be able to show up at their polling locations with guns, something that has unnerved law enforcement officials and experts nationwide.
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Only one Senate Republican opposed the confirmation of President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee.
The FixAnalysis
Democrats need to win the White House and then, given the likely loss in Alabama, gain three more seats to take over the majority. They have a path to do it but not much margin for error.

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

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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.

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“In each other,” the French and Turkish leaders “have found the ideal enemy.” They may well find it more satisfying to confront each other than to reckon with the challenges at their doorsteps.
The unidentified American was kidnapped in the southern region known for Islamic State linked militants.
Students search for their belongings in a room near the site of a suicide bombing at the Kawsar-e-Danish education center in Kabul on Sunday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Debra Tice, whose son disappeared in Syria eight years ago, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was “undermining” President Trump’s efforts to jump-start negotiations between Damascus and Washington.
The country has instituted new restrictions four times this month. But infections are soaring.
The initiative has the support of at least three council members and several council candidates.
The report found that most of the injuries that required hospitalization were suffered by the riders themselves. 
Viola Hubbard puts on her “election official” apron. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post)
As in-person voting begins in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Viola Hubbard will be the site coordinator at Ballou High School.
A persistently cloudy period continues today and tomorrow with temperatures in the comfortable 60s.
The company said it the ads would be banned for at least a week following the election, anticipating that results may take longer to come in.
Twitter started pushing two new prompts Monday. One tells users: “You might encounter misleading information about voting by mail,” and directs them to a page to find out more about mail-in voting. The other reminds users that election results might be delayed because of the increase in voting by mail.
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