Democracy Dies in Darkness
Aides to President-elect Joe Biden held at least 20 meetings with Trump administration officials and were in active discussions with every federal agency, as well as the White House, preparing for the daunting task of taking over a crumbling economy and overseeing the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.
Democrat Raphael Warnock speaks in Jonesboro, Ga., on Nov. 19. (Kevin D. Liles for The Post)
In the two contests that will decide control of the U.S. Senate, it is Warnock, a 51-year-old preacher, who is animating the diversifying Democratic base and is being seen as a ripe target for the GOP.
The Senate majority leader’s ongoing silence leaves a question mark over what could be the most important Washington relationship of the next two years.
Adriana Contreras with her four children: Delilah, 17; Diana, 8; Dominic, 5; and Damian, 3, with food distributed at a Houston stadium. (Scott Dalton for The Post)
With the holidays upon us and the pandemic worsening, 26 million now say they don’t have enough to eat, an increase several times greater than the most comparable pre-pandemic figure.
The money was meant for businesses critical to national security. It is mostly unspent, with some going to a hodgepodge of little-known companies with unclear importance to national defense.
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The president-elect has committed to the installation of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2030 and extending a tax credit for the purchase of the vehicles, but his team has stopped short of spelling out a goal for when sales of new gas vehicles would be phased out.
The Duchess described the “almost unbearable pain” that comes with losing a child, and urged people to “commit to asking others, ‘Are you OK?’”
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The McAllen Central Processing Center will reopen in 2022 after a major renovation, Customs and Border Protection officials said.
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Election workers scan absentee ballots in Lawrenceville, Ga., on Nov. 6. (Kevin D. Liles for The Post)
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) filed complaints against Giuliani and others working with the Trump campaign, calling for them to be stripped of their law licenses for filing “frivolous” lawsuits and allegedly engaging in “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.”
Republicans in the Senate have been about four times as likely as Americans overall to have tested positive for the virus.
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The selection of John F. Kerry as chief climate diplomat gives the new position gravitas at a time when U.S. credibility abroad on global warming and other issues has waned under President Trump. 
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Alejandro Mayorkas championed cybersecurity initiatives during the Obama years.
German police stand in front of a car that crashed into the main gate of the chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
The vehicle, carrying at least two political slogans, appeared to have caused only minor damage. Authorities did not comment on the driver’s motive.
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Analysts expect Joe Biden’s ascent to power to bolster liberal, internationalist forces across the Atlantic.
He was convicted of stealing papal documents in 2012, and served two months in a Vatican jail before being pardoned by Benedict.
Governments eager to relax the rules and people eager to enjoy themselves have given the virus a window. Now, winter is coming.
Daraa was the cradle of the revolution. Two years after its recapture by government forces, killings are on the rise.
The suspects are accused of negotiating a sales price for the phantom masks that was five times the asking price set by manufacturer 3M, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in the South District of Texas.
The call that Johnny Dwight Whited placed to the Decatur, Ala., police department has helped crack the cold case murder of Christopher Alvin Dailey, authorities say.
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Divided by politics and covid exhaustion, Americans debate how to celebrate.
Peter Newsham, who has come under criticism by more liberal members of the city council, will be chief in Prince William County. His surprise departure comes as law enforcement agencies around the country are facing pressure to make swift changes in their departments to answer calls for more just policing.
The Maryland governor said he has lost a total of 50 pounds. 
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Students at Howard University and the University of Maryland in College Park say they want flexible grading options.
The action against OANN, which President Trump’s allies have praised in recent weeks while raging against Fox News for supposed disloyalty following the election, was the latest sign that Silicon Valley remains prepared to enforce policies against false and misleading information.
If confirmed by the Senate, the former Federal Reserve chair would be the first woman to lead the Treasury Department since the institution was founded in 1789.
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Washington Football Coach Ron Rivera, who was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma this year, continued to work while receiving treatment. (John McDonnell/The Post)
After going through cancer treatment, the Washington Football Team coach was compelled to speak out on the issue of affordable health care.
The 18th-ranked Badgers, who suffered a damaging loss to No. 11 Northwestern last week, likely now have almost no shot at reaching the Big Ten championship game.
For its first rankings of 2020, the committee met in Texas in recent days staring at an inscrutable puzzle with 17 unbeaten teams.
Colter Zimmer, 13, puts up Christmas lights with his mom, Julie Zimmer, at their home in Crofton, Md., on Sunday. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post)
Families are digging into their storage containers earlier than ever to follow through on one part of the holidays they can control in a year turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic: turning on the Christmas lights.
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Job seeker puts on a suit, but interviewers are taking a much more casual approach.
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The beloved museum remains relevant, and not just because it was founded in the wake of a pandemic.
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The nine nominations from the Recording Academy for January’s ceremony puts Beyoncé at 79 for her career, the most of any female artist.
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