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President Trump denied building horrible cages — and insisted the children were well taken care of.
The Trump administration is sanctioning Iran but no action has been taken against the Kremlin for its recent hacking operations.
The record for most early ballots cast was set with 12 days to go until Election Day. Tens of millions more votes are expected, a sign that highly enthusiastic voters are adapting to an election taking place during a pandemic.
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Amy Coney Barrett secured committee approval with only Republican votes, as Democratic senators boycotted the proceedings. The approval clears the way for Senate confirmation next week.
The court sided with a lower court judge’s ruling that orders Uber and Lyft to stop classifying drivers as independent contractors.
In Greensburg, Kan., municipal buildings must be LEED-certified. (Larry Schwarm for The Post)
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After a tornado nearly destroyed tiny Greensburg, Kan., the city rebuilt itself as an energy efficient wonder powered by 100 percent wind energy. 
Walmart is suing the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis.
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12 destructive hours of wildfire exposed Oregon's resource crisis
The Almeda Fire destroyed the southern Oregon towns of Talent and Phoenix. With limited resources and a powerful wind, there was little firefighters could do.
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Democratic politicians and left-leaning groups are trying to increase turnout among young voters.
The day after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, the number of people giving to Democrats in competitive races rose sevenfold, data shows.
A view from the International Space Station. (ESA/Getty Images Europe)
The opportunity to “vote while you float” begins before an astronaut’s flight and culminates in the submission of an encrypted electronic ballot from orbit. 

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.

Voters wait to cast early ballots in Philadelphia on Saturday. International observers will be looking for impediments to voting, including long lines and signs of voter intimidation. (Getty Images)
As fears rise about voter suppression, violence and a potentially contested outcome in the United States, the Europeans say they hope their efforts will help assure Americans the vote is legitimate.
A day after the comment surfaced, there was growing intrigue about when and to whom the pontiff made the statement, and whether the Vatican wanted it made public.
It  joined Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia and Uganda on Thursday to sign a nonbinding international declaration opposing abortion, in a rebuke of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
Luis Arce, Evo Morales’s former finance minister, will confront the coronavirus and its economic destruction amid deepening polarization.
The presence of Saeb Erekat in a Jerusalem hospital has sparked a debate.
Career federal employees whose work involves making policy would no longer be hired under competitive procedures, under an executive order issued Wednesday. “This is the most profound undermining of the civil service in our lifetimes,” the president of the American Federation of Government Employees said.
Smoke obscures the sun south of Lyons, Colo., on Oct. 21, with several wildfires burning in the state. (AP)
A dire wildfire crisis is unfolding in Colorado after a blaze exploded sixfold in size in just 24 hours. With the explosive growth of the East Troublesome Fire, three of the top five blazes on record in Colorado have occurred this year.
Legislation is helping homeowners who blanch at racist covenants still on the books.
The incident came as tensions have flared at other early-voting sites across the country.
Experts say wrongful fire convictions are disturbingly common, because investigators often lack up-to-date education and advanced training.
As federal stimulus talks drag on in Congress, Maryland's governor  announced that he would use roughly half of the budget savings from last year to expand existing state programs and fund new ones to help floundering small businesses. 
Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg sets up white flags representing each life lost to covid-19 in the United States. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)
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“Words no longer matter,” said the artist showing us — visually — the enormity of 220,000 dead.
You know the deal: Cool and clammy tonight into Friday morning. Then it's sunny and warm on Friday.
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The bank will attempt to retrieve $174 million in salaries and bonuses from executives for failing to supervise the transactions, the board of directors announced.
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What’s clear now is that roughly three-quarters of Senate Republicans oppose a big deal.
A group alleges the company violated workers’ rights with aggressive in-app messaging urging support for the company’s position on a November ballot measure.
Economists say they are concerned by the continued high level of new unemployment claims.
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The best wide receivers do more than just catch the football. They give their quarterbacks easy targets to find with throws. Find out why some receivers always seem to be open. It's more than just running fast to a spot.
The Washington coach was told by the legendary John Madden years ago that, when it came to tough calls, a coach has to rely on his gut. Rivera has kept that advice close.
One of the NFL’s most storied rivalries continues on during a pandemic, with a new name and as both teams seek to finish first in a terrible division.
From left, Hugh Grant, Nicole Kidman and Noah Jupe as the Fraser family in “The Undoing.” (HBO)
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At the CMT Music Awards, Noah Cyrus's outfit shocked social media, while Blake Shelton made a surprisingly candid comment in his acceptance speech.