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The Take

Think the Democratic debates haven’t changed much? They have.

The top candidates are still at the top, and others still struggle, but perceptions of strengths and weaknesses have shifted.

What you missed from the marathon faceoff

Here's a minute-by-minute breakdown of the three hours and the wide-ranging exchange between the 12 candidates.

Trump gives early reprieve from policy battles

But fights quickly emerged once the debate shifted from the president to candidates’ visions for what they would do in office. 
The Fix

Winners and losers from last night

Elizabeth Warren reaffirmed her front-runner status, while Joe Biden didn’t do much to help his standing.
Fact Checker

Exaggerations, misstatements and the things they got right

Candidates discuss health care, jobs and opioids.

Nationals earn first trip to World Series

The Nationals celebrate after clinching a spot in the World Series. (Jonathan Newton/The Post)
The Nationals celebrate after clinching a spot in the World Series. (Jonathan Newton/The Post)
Washington’s joyous four-game sweep of St. Louis sends the franchise to D.C.’s first Fall Classic since 1933, healing the city’s baseball scars.

Nats complete sweep of Cardinals, 7-4

Washington erupted for 7 runs in the first inning, but made a boisterous Nationals Park crowd endure one more nail-biting wait.

These Nationals have proved everyone wrong

This unexpected joyride of a season could hold more promise yet.

How the team celebrated

They partied from the postgame podium to the clubhouse to a private room at The Salt Line.

White House directed ‘three amigos’ to run Ukraine policy, senior State Dept. official tells House investigators

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney organized a meeting this spring in which officials determined to take Ukraine policy out of the traditional channels, George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state responsible for Ukraine, told lawmakers Tuesday.

Giuliani pressed Trump to eject Muslim cleric from U.S., a top priority of Turkish president

Rudolph W. Giuliani repeatedly argued to President Trump in 2017 that the U.S. government should extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in exile in the United States, multiple former administration officials familiar with the discussions said.

Trump’s moves in Ukraine and Syria both help Russia

Russia fills the U.S. vacuum in Syria and Vladimir Putin is able to extend leverage over Ukraine as a result of President Trump’s treatment of the country’s popular new leader.

Some colleges are tracking students before they even apply

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Beijing accused U.S. lawmakers of harboring sinister intentions and said China would take strong measures to safeguard its interests.
Two Ohio counties face off against six drug companies in a landmark federal trial to assign responsibility for the worst drug crisis in U.S. history.
The two companies have been under increased scrutiny over their treatment of drivers and their efforts to keep passengers safe, prompting a House subcommittee to call for the committee meeting.
The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed to rehear the lawsuit in December over whether the president is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors.
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These players have developed fame and friendship through online gaming.
By The Way

Why microhotels, or hotels with tiny rooms, are becoming all the rage

Chains including Marriott and Hilton now have brands with rooms generally under 200 square feet but with buzzy lobby spaces where guests will want to mingle.

Magnificent desolation

The United States confronts race riots and the Vietnam War. Science fiction wrestles with its purpose now that space travel has become real. And NASA investigates its own failings. In the 11th chapter of “Moonrise,” we look inward.
In Case You Missed It

Third time was not the charm: Rudy Giuliani’s latest divorce is bitter, expensive and very public

The former mayor’s personal life is also making headlines as the Ukraine impeachment scandal plays out.
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