Democracy Dies in Darkness
The massive early turnout is roughly 65 percent of the 139 million votes cast in 2016, and it essentially guarantees that, for the first time in history, a majority of ballots will be cast before Election Day. 
In moves that have drawn rebukes from government ethics watchdogs, he has employed an all-hands-on-deck approach to maintaining office, dispatching aides to act as surrogates and using the government’s machinery to boost his campaign.
“There isn’t enough work for everybody,” said Kathleen Trabert, 31, of Moundsville, W.Va. (Jeff Swensen for The Post)
Under Trump, the once-forgotten Ohio Valley boomed — until this year.
Incidents of apparent — or explicit — bias from police officers have added to an already heightened climate of tension across the country.
The nation's leading infectious-disease expert said, “We’re in for a whole lot of hurt," and predicted a long and potentially deadly winter as infections and hospitalizations spike across the country.
All nonessential businesses were ordered closed for a month amid fears that cases could overwhelm British hospitals.
The woman’s death on a Spirit Airlines flight in July highlights gaps in the nation’s efforts to keep travelers safe.
The White House directed the distribution of 23 million hydroxychloroquine tablets, setting aside mandatory safety controls.
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In the small town of Milford, Pa., neighbors with opposing political views live side by side. Some feel threatened, others are calling for more understanding.
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Amid a wave of early voting and big spending, Democrats say they are poised to gain in the Midwest and Sun Belt.
If Joe Biden wins and Democrats claim the Senate majority, the New York Democrat will be the next majority leader and face intense pressure to advance an ambitious legislative agenda.
The Trump and Biden campaigns are focusing down the stretch on young Black men, a group that is traditionally less likely to vote — and more likely to vote Republican — than other African Americans.
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The family of the alleged Nice church assailant Brahim Aouissaoui — father Mohammad, right, sister Aida, left — at the family home near the Tunisian city of Sfax on Friday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Brahim Aouissaoui was described as part of a common story in Tunisia: Odd jobs, frustration and a migrant boat to Europe.
The earthquake, which injured more than 800 people, has led to a rare moment of comity between the leaders of Turkey and Greece.
Dozens have died in street clashes ahead of Ivory Coast’s vote Saturday.
In an article for a magazine published for U.S. diplomats, the former secretary of state says it will take years to reverse the distrust that the past four years have engendered.
The president’s first term has shattered the decades-long bipartisan view of immigrants as a pillar of the nation’s identity. His administration has issued scores of proclamations, regulatory changes, legal decisions and executive orders seeking to reshape immigration policy.
This is the first presidential election in which New York City is using early voting, and the city’s elections board has been plagued by problems.
The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in 2018, long before the pandemic forced productions to shut down. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)
The already tricky business of contract negotiations has been complicated by the uncertainty of when venues will reopen.
Caseloads have risen since the start of October as part of a national surge that has lifted several states to record highs.
The technology exists for people with visual disabilities to electronically vote from home, but the ability to do so differs from one state to the next. Virginia only started offering the option this year.
The men gave no explanation, but school officials and some alumni had resisted calls to take down the Confederate general’s memorial.
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City officials say the federal plan is too car-centric, lacks good pedestrian and bike connections, and fails to provide adequate circulation and access, which would lead to gridlock on city streets.
The government sought a delay after Fairfax County indicted the officers who killed Ghaisar. Family attorneys argued that the officers will never testify.
In an election year like no other, bars and restaurants and planning candidate-themed food and drink specials to get you through election night.
Shibuya Eatery, from veteran chef Darren Norris, serves expert noodles, skewers and more
From a dog-friendly cemetery to nearby hiking trails, Mass Ave has a little bit of everything.
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From discussions with the man who killed Osama bin Laden to Nixon’s White House counsel John Dean, a soul-searching exploration of the delicate path forward no matter who wins.
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Longtime D.C. radio host Chad Dukes was fired by 106.7 The Fan after the station’s parent company announced it learned of “racist and other inappropriate comments” he made in episodes of his personal podcast.
Before Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) became the first Black woman and Asian American to join a major party ticket, she was a trailblazer in California politics. (Melina Mara/The Post)
Men in power might sympathize with women’s issues, but Kamala Harris knows them by heart.
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Pre-pandemic get-togethers at a local bar a few nights a week have turned to daily visits.
The BSO is recorded for a performance in their online BSO Sessions series. (Courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
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