Democracy Dies in Darkness
The court’s action carried outsize importance because of Pennsylvania’s pivotal role in the presidential election.
President Trump’s campaign has repeatedly opposed the idea of granting the moderator the power to shut off a candidate’s microphone — an idea that has been floated in the aftermath of the first debate, during which Trump repeatedly interrupted and jeered at Joe Biden.
The president argued that the American people were no longer interested in taking precautions to prevent the coronavirus’s spread, even as the number of confirmed cases has been rising in most states.
In Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and many other Florida communities, voters lined up before the polls opened Monday.
Drew Bowman stands in the pasture at Bowman and Landes Turkeys Inc., a third-generation turkey farm in New Carlisle, Ohio. (Maddie McGarvey for The Post)
Thanksgiving will entail more, smaller gatherings, and there’s not much turkey farmers can do to accommodate the shift.
Bartlett State Jail contributed to a third of a Texas city's budget. Inside, prisoners got little training or education to help them reintegrate into society.
Didi Elsyad, one of six Black students in her grade at Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia, found confidence and self-love in her fight for diversity. But would the adults listen?
The Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets marched in the parade for the 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)
Gov. Ralph Northam (D), a Virginia Military Institute graduate, said the “culture is unacceptable for any Virginia institution in the 21st century, especially one funded by taxpayers.”
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An unprecedented wave of candidates has yet to gain the financial support needed to launch and sustain campaigns from the time papers are filed to Election Day.
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The United States on Monday unsealed criminal charges in connection with some of the world’s most damaging cyber attacks, including disruption of Ukraine’s power grid and releasing a mock ransomware virus — NotPetya — that infected computers globally causing billions of dollars in damage.
Lisa Montgomery will be the first woman put to death by the federal government since 1953, when Bonnie Heady was executed for kidnapping and killing the 6-year-old son of a wealthy car dealer.
Students arrive for classes at MAST Academy in Miami. In Florida, the governor is requiring in-person instruction. (AP)
Rising coronavirus infection rates may change plans, but for now many systems are aiming to reopen.
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SNL vs. reality: Trump and Biden's dueling town hall events
Jim Carrey and Alec Baldwin returned as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump on "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 17.
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Two U.S. officials reportedly met with intelligence chief in rare high-level talks and discussed Austin Tice, abducted in Syria in 2012.
Saeb Erekat, the longtime public face of senior Palestinian leadership, tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. He is on a ventilator in an Israeli hospital.
A school bus drives past a sign welcoming visitors to Asbestos, Quebec. (Bloomberg News)
A Quebec community, named for its most infamous export, tries to rebrand.
In return, Sudan is expected to normalize relations with Israel and pay millions of dollars to the families of victims of terrorist attacks.
A lawsuit by writer E. Jean Carroll, who says President Trump sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, has led to a fight over whether the president’s barbed denials were made in his official capacity.
The Trump administration had asked the court to intervene after receiving adverse decisions in lower courts.
Los Angeles County firefighters keep watch on the Bobcat Fire as it burns through the night in Juniper Hills, Calif., on Sept. 20. (Reuters)
The drought is exacerbating wildfires and taxing water resources.
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After leading the Transportation Department during the Johnson administration, he oversaw Amtrak and chaired Airbus’s North American wing.
Multiple early-season snowfalls are blanketing the north-central United States weeks earlier than normal.
Rules published Friday either strongly discourage or ban practices that many agencies have adopted, stressing management’s “sole and exclusive” authority to choose a penalty.
In November, the family of Bijan Ghaisar commemorates the second anniversary of his death at the Lincoln Memorial. (Tom Jackman/The Post)
Officers Alejandro Amaya and Lucas Vinyard were arraigned on an indictment handed up last week, then released on bond.
A state is considered high-risk if its average number of new coronavirus cases is 10 or more per 100,000 people.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) said the government “simply cannot afford” the lost revenue during the pandemic.
There could be some late-night fog in spots. Temperatures head deeper into the 70s tomorrow.
The president of Daniels Manufacturing Corp. told employees in a letter placed in their pay stub envelopers that the company “could be forced to begin permanent layoffs” if Joe Biden wins.
Hundreds of billions of dollars from the Cares Act remains uncommitted and may go unspent despite a scramble by White House to produce more aid.
Child labor among agricultural households in cocoa-growing areas of Ivory Coast and Ghana, the two primary suppliers, increased significantly between 2008 and 2019, according to the survey.
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Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series. (AP)
The outfielder has Los Angeles in cheers, Tampa in fear and Boston in tears.
There are only so many ways to explain the October emergence of Randy Arozarena, the MVP of the AL Championship Series. Even his  teammates are running out of them.
Bellinger said Monday his shoulder is feeling “pretty good” ahead of the World Series.
NFL Week 6
The visiting Kansas City Chiefs moved to 5-1 with a 26-17 win over the Buffalo Bills in a rescheduled “Thursday Night Football” game.
Kyle Larson has "fulfilled the requirements set by NASCAR, and has taken several voluntary measures, to better educate himself so that he can use his platform to help bridge the divide in our country," NASCAR said.
The new high is still a number “well below” pre-covid volumes, which hit 2.6 million passengers the same day last year.
The pandemic’s long-term repercussions for tourism to key sites are still uncertain.
Buffalo, elk, a grand canyon, slot canyons and a sand cave all can be found in the southwest part of the state.
An hour outside Little Rock, taking the waters in a revitalized nineteenth-century spa town.