Democracy Dies in Darkness
The 45th President
Career employees have come under siege as a president and his political appointees have attacked bureaucrats they view as resistant.
Cynthia Brown visits Wilmington's Pine Forest Cemetery, where her great-grandmother hid during the 1898 massacre of Blacks during the country's only coup d'etat. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Post)
RetropolisThe Past, Rediscovered
For Cynthia Brown, the 2020 election wasn't just about the future. It was also about Wilmington's harrowing past.
Perspective
America is facing one of the deepest divides in our history — and, no matter who wins, a difficult path forward.
As state shutdown measures eased over the summer and businesses brought people back to work, the economy and consumer spending looked vastly different, and much healthier, than they did between April and June.
Elkhart County, Ind., with a manufacturing base that makes it the “RV Capital of the World,” is struggling with a coronavirus outbreak just days before the 2020 election. (Bloomberg News)
Health officials in communities like Elkhart County — where President Trump is popular — feel they are being left to struggle with surging case counts and the worrisome price of an uncontrolled outbreak.
A letter shows the White House and Democrats had remained far apart despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s repeated expressions of optimism about getting a deal.
Fact CheckerAnalysis
The United States is not “rounding the turn.” Virus cases are spiking across the country. But the president keeps arguing the opposite.
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Readying for war: Inside an armed right-wing group in Utah
The Utah Citizens' Alarm is a self-styled militia that formed in response to protests for racial justice this spring.
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Jennifer Lopez, Judd Apatow and George Lopez were among those who did not make the cut because of their political views, according to documents obtained from contractors.
Analysis
It's safe to assume that President Trump's unpopularity is a drag on his party broadly.
Analysis
Unlike 2016, Trump’s ability to win in many states this year depends not only on people making up their minds (undecided voters) but on people changing their minds.

National polling average

Biden is leading (+10) the national polling average.

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Biden

53%

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 CNN, Economist-YouGov, NBC-WSJ, PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist, SurveyMonkey-Tableau and Quinnipiac University.

One province began offering emergency vaccines to the public this month.
By custom, most world leaders do not weigh in on U.S. presidential elections, but President Trump has received vocal support from a handful of foreign leaders, most right-wing populists known for clear parallels to him in policy and rhetoric.
Diners at a restaurant look out toward St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP)
The rollback came after the city reported zero new coronavirus cases on Monday and Tuesday, a dramatic drop from the hundreds logged each day during the outbreak’s peak in late July and early August.
One of those who sought protection at the U.S. Consulate was an American citizen residing in Hong Kong.
Today's WorldViewAnalysis
For India, the Trump years have offered a mixture of spectacle and substance.
Assistant Attorney General John Demers said China’s Operation Foxhunt sometimes targeted individuals who might have violated financial laws and were legitimate targets of law enforcement investigations. But many other targets, he said, were political “rivals, dissidents, critics” of the government.
Garrison Courtney, a onetime Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman who pretended to be in the CIA as part of a years-long scam, was sentenced to seven years in prison.
A patrol wagon loaded with confiscated moonshine in Washington on Jan. 23, 1922. (AP)
Retropolis
The association, which represents more than 14,000 FBI agents, seems to be pushing back on President Trump, who has discussed firing Christopher A. Wray.
Haji Najibullah, 42, was in federal custody in New York awaiting his initial appearance before a judge.
A medical worker uses an Abbott Laboratories ID NOW rapid coronavirus test machine at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 15. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)
The aviation industry sees testing as a key strategy for restarting travel — particularly international travel, which has been hardest hit as countries have closed borders and imposed strict quarantines.
The Finance 202Analysis
Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are suffering more severe economic strain than the rest of the country.
A San Francisco judge said the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that Uber had punished drivers over a failure to support Prop 22, a ballot question that would codify them as independent contractors instead of employees with more rights.
The major indexes are down more than 5 percent this week amid a surge in new coronavirus cases and growing signs that economic relief negotiations have stalled.
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Jack Hoffman, 7, takes the field with the Nebraska football team in 2013. (Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald/AP)
Jack Hoffman’s battle with brain cancer drew national attention when Nebraska football players helped the 7-year-old score during the team’s 2013 spring game. Now Jack's father Andy, who recently published a book about his son, is facing brain cancer as well.
Perspective
The pandemic might have cheated the Dodgers out of their place as one of baseball's greatest teams.
D.C. pulled into a three-way tie for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth and within two points of the next-to-last slot.
Analysis
With a wealth of options in Europe, U.S. men’s soccer coach Gregg Berhalter doesn’t necessarily need the usual domestic players.
Helen Mirren, left, and Sarah Cooper lip-sync to Billy Bush and Donald Trump while reenacting the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape for Cooper's new Netflix special. (Lacey Terrell/Netflix)
In her new Netflix special, "Everything's Fine," comedian Sarah Cooper contends with our grotesque reality — to mixed results.
Review
For such an art form, the intrusion of the outside world — trains, planes and automobiles — feels especially cruel.
Book Review
Scott Eyman delivers an estimable and empathetic biography.
Kevin Eastman has revived "The Last Ronin," an idea he helped conceive in 1987, before TMNT took off.
Book Review
These tales of imaginary monsters, ghosts and goblins offer frightful delights.