Democracy Dies in Darkness
The president’s refusal during the debate to clearly condemn the Proud Boys extremist group prompted condemnations from Democrats and a muted response from Republicans.
Conservative media outlets heavily used Facebook to connect with voters in 2016, helping propel Donald Trump to the presidency. Since then, the right’s command of the platform has only intensified.
The widely panned first presidential debate led the Commission on Presidential Debates to consider changes and forced a broader question about whether such events are still useful in the modern political era. 
The Fox News Channel program, usually a relentless booster of the president, criticized his showing in the first showdown with Joe Biden.
Joe Biden speaks to union workers at a campaign stop Wednesday in Pennsylvania. (Reuters)
Misleading information in TikTok videos and Trump ads on Facebook got more than 700,000 views and clicks the day after the first presidential debate.
Joe Biden distanced himself from his party’s left in Tuesday’s debate. But activists, desperate to defeat President Trump, are holding their criticism — for now.
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The two-year relationship between President Trump and Kim Jong Un bought a freeze in testing, but all along the North Korean leader was expanding his arsenal and digging new bunkers.
Civil rights leaders and Democratic lawyers said the president’s comments in Tuesday’s debate with Joe Biden could lead to illegal election interference.
Polar bears cross a ridge of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean in Alaska in April 2019. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
U.S. Geological Survey Director James Reilly has blocked the release of his own scientists’ findings for months.
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Years from now, we’ll rank this disruptive non-debate alongside terrorist attacks for TV that made us despair.
The coronavirus has unleashed a worldwide suffering with no respite in sight. As we pass a grim milestone, we try to get a sense for a few of the people we’ve lost.
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17 times Trump promised to enact a health care plan
Over the past three years, President Trump has repeatedly touted a forthcoming health care plan, only to blow past his own deadlines without enacting a plan.
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Moderator Chris Wallace addresses President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden during the first presidential debate on Tuesday. (Melina Mara/The Post)
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It was such a crazy night, with so many falsehoods, that we feel compelled to follow up on some of the candidates’ assertions.
The measure will keep the government funded through Dec. 11.
Representatives from the House say they believe political pressure explains why the report was softened with words like “whenever possible,” and “if feasible.”
A pro-democracy protester argues with police on Chinese National Day in Hong Kong on Thursday. (Reuters)
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After founding the Moscow Helsinki Group to publicize human rights violations, he was sentenced to hard labor and exile in Siberia.
Labour lawmakers called the suggestion “heartless” and “inhumane.”
Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gather in early August. (Ted Richardson for The Post)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that cases had risen nationally among people 18 to 22 years old.
The Trump administration had sought to block a ruling against earlier deadlines.
“Here is a friend for you, in case you get lonely," wrote Carver, 5, who donated the toy.
The change in policy follows an ACLU lawsuit on behalf of pregnant migrant teens.
The move came as investigators said Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration have yet to tackle critical safety problems within their organizations.
Montgomery County medical personnel check patients arriving for a coronavirus test in Silver Spring earlier this year. (AP)
Officials cautioned that there’s no guarantee the decline will continue as outdoor activities move indoors.
The change is the most significant expansion of federal benefits since the creation of unpaid parental leave more than 25 years ago.
They include the nation’s first statewide ban on foam food containers and a trio of laws passed earlier this year to address violence against people of color.
The D.C.-based musician releases his debut album, “Live Forever,” on Oct. 2.
The open-air 14th Street Graffiti Museum tells the story of street art in an urban courtyard.
Try the burgers at these unlikely locations: Espita Mezcaleria, Mélange and Appioo African Bar and Grill.
The big data and surveillance company, founded by billionaire technology investor Peter Thiel, began trading at $10 per share, a long-anticipated move that will bring public scrutiny to one of tech’s most secretive start-ups.
The Dow and S&P 500 ended a seesaw session in the plus column and posted their best back-to-back quarters since 2009.
Alison Detrick cleans a home in New Orleans. She has had to cut her prices to get clients back. (Emily Kask for The Post)
Black women, Black men and mothers to school-age children are taking the longest time to regain their employment.
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Its latest Pixel phones have added 5G but dropped a few features for a lower price, showing the company is aiming directly at buyers who aren’t ready to spend $1,000.
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At stores run by COOP DK’s five grocery chains, shoppers can use an app that gives them a personalized carbon footprint tracker that displays roughly how much CO2 it took to produce the tomatoes, yogurt or cold cuts in their baskets.
Experts have big hopes for these specialized drugs created by living cells. But they are expensive and hard to scale up, so even success will have limited impact on the virus.
The scene at Nationals Park after Juan Soto's game-winning hit during the 2019 National League wild-card game. (Katherine Frey/The Post)
Stadiums are cold and lonely without their fans. How sweet it will be when the throngs return.
The Lakers took a 1-0 series lead thanks to hot shooting from the three-point line and star performances from James and Anthony Davis.
Perspective
His Game 1 performance was just verification of the elite, historically significant player he has been for quite some time.
One day, eight playoff games and 16 teams: recapping a wild and wonderful day of postseason baseball.
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The Titans’ coronavirus outbreak is not unexpected, but it will force the NFL to do something anathema to its highly scheduled season: stay flexible.
Dudu Mesquita at the Cantina Garden restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. (Terrence McCoy/The Post)
A staircase stands at the Restaurant at Meadowood, which burned in the Glass Fire, in St. Helena, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Fires destroyed the Restaurant at Meadowood, one of a number of restaurants and wineries to sustain damage in the deadly fires.
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Tres leches cake starts with a simple base, but you can riff — or not — on the dairy, spices, flavorings, fillings and toppings.
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Spoon a butter-garlic sauce onto freshly shucked oysters and let a hot, hot grill turn them into bites of perfection.