Democracy Dies in Darkness
Career employees have come under siege as a president and his political appointees have attacked bureaucrats they view as resistant.
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Seven-day rolling average of new reported cases per 100,000 people. (Harry Stevens/The Post)
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania have all hit new weekly average highs in recent days, and in Florida and Georgia, case counts are growing again after having fallen from summer highs.
These Americans will have to navigate unfamiliar territory and overcome multiple hurdles.
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Which states would Biden or Trump need to win to get to 270 electoral votes?
All told, nursing homes that received a clean bill of health earlier this year saw about 290,000 coronavirus cases and 43,000 deaths among residents and staff, state and federal data shows.
Speaker cites litany of differences in letter to Treasury secretary days ahead of election.
Federal health officials are telling states to be ready to “pre-position” doses in key locations around the country once a coronavirus vaccine is approved.
The statue of Stonewall Jackson in front of the barracks on the Virginia Military Institute campus in Lexington will be removed. (AP)
After resisting calls to remove the Confederate general’s statue, Virginia Military Institute reversed course Thursday as pressure builds to change the climate on campus.
The family of Karon Hylton, 20, and the community demanded details of the police encounter that ended in Hylton’s death.
Tensions over race, violence and law enforcement pose political challenges for Biden and Trump in a key battleground.
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A Black woman running for mayor wants Portland to reckon with its racist past
Teressa Raiford, the founder of the non-profit "Don't Shoot PDX," is a write-in candidate for Portland's mayoral election on Nov. 3.
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Jennifer Lopez was excluded from consideration for a government advertising campaign because she criticized President Trump’s immigration policies during her Super Bowl performance. (AP)
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 by Democratic House lawmakers.
Christie was fooled into making a video for Cameo, a service that allows users to hire celebrities to create short personalized clips, by the campaign of Montana gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney (D).
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In this edition: The 2024 campaign kicks off, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) talks, and new swing-state polls show Democratic nominee Joe Biden entering the weekend ahead of President Trump.

National polling average

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

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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.

The report concluded that the party did not adequately address anti-Semitism within its ranks during Corbyn’s time at the helm.
The Trump administration announced its latest sanctions against Iran, likely to be the last before the U.S. elections, and moved for the forfeiture of Iranian weapons bound for Yemen.
Police work near the Notre Dame church in Nice, France, after Thursday's attack. (AP)
The attack comes less than two weeks after a gruesome beheading related to cartoons deemed sacrilegious to some Muslims.
After military clashes between the countries broke out last month, fast-food franchisees began to weigh in — on behalf of Azerbaijan.
The island never went into lockdown, which experts say was due to its swift response, widespread mask use and close tracking of cases.
Falwell, who resigned in August as president of the evangelical school founded by his father, alleges that the university accepted without verification what he called false statements made by a man who had an affair with Falwell’s wife and attempted to extort the couple.
Some police chiefs had pushed back against a ban on the cameras. But personnel from the FBI and other federal agencies still will not use body cameras at any time.
Jenifer Hitchcock, who teaches AP Government, has avoided this year’s partisan disputes in the presidential race and focused on process and responsibilities. (Matt McClain/The Post)
The world’s largest retailer said customers can continue to buy firearms on request.
Leanza Cornett1971-2020
At a time when AIDS was considered a terminal illness and HIV-positive people faced discrimination, Leanza Cornett made headlines for bringing her pro-condom message to schools.
The average is the highest in the region since Aug. 8 and mirrors a national increase.
It may be too late to return ballots by mail because of Postal Service delays, said officials in Maryland and D.C. and Virginia’s Fairfax County. 
Claudia Gordon is a disability rights advocate who recently left Gallaudet University's Board of Trustees over allegations of racism. (Marvin Joseph/The Post)
The recent departures of two officials and a summer of protests over racial justice has spurred the private school into action. Some question how long the commitment will last.
Zeta is moving out of the picture, but a little system on its heels keeps us unsettled into tomorrow.
From a dog-friendly cemetery to nearby hiking trails, Mass Ave has a little bit of everything.
Virtual film festivals, trivia nights, concerts and poetry slams offer an escape for everyone staying at home.
A trio of outdoor art installations confront the urgent social movements roiling the country.
The collective shrug from analysts highlights the depths of investor faith in the iPhone maker and its CEO, Tim Cook.
(Jovelle Tamayo for The Post)
Pandemic-fueled online shopping, coupled with the expected crush of holiday sales, has led Amazon to add 400,000 jobs this year.
Perspective
Everyone is struggling at work in the pandemic, child-free workers and parents, and it’s time to recognize that we are all stretched too thin.
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The cuts include advance scout Jim Cuthbert, minor league coaches Patrick Anderson and Billy Gardner, pro scout Colin Sabean and special front-office assistant Terry Wetzel.
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The Nationals' manager took the opportunity to make several changes to his coaching staff after signing a contract extension in September.
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
We've never had a sports whirlwind like the one we just completed. But something was missing.
NFL Week 8
The Giants, who face Brady and the Bucs on Monday night, are 0-4 against teams with a winning record this season and 0-3 against the spread at home.
Cornhuskers fans are seeing big red after the Nebraska-Wisconsin game was canceled. 
Brandy performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC/AP)
After an eight-year stretch between albums, R&B singer Brandy is a household name again.
Perspective
The master storyteller, who died Wednesday at 81, was one of the greatest saloon poets of the 20th century.
What might have been an earnest historical novel about the labor movement is transformed by Walter’s irresistible voice and characters.