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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.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders

The endorsement from the New York congresswoman amounts to a political coup for Sen. Bernie Sanders, 78, who has been fading in the polls and has faced growing questions about his health.

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 the Democratic debate

Elizabeth Warren reaffirmed her front-runner status, while Joe Biden didn’t do much to help his standing — plus more debate takeaways and highlights.

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 completed a four-game sweep of St. Louis with a 7-4 win at joyous Nationals Park, sending the franchise to D.C.’s first Fall Classic since 1933 and healing the city’s baseball scars.

Nats complete sweep of Cardinals, 7-4

Playing in their first National League Championship Series, the Nationals swept St. Louis, winning Game 4 in front of a boisterous Nationals Park crowd that had to endure one more nail-biting wait.

These Nationals have proved everyone wrong

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

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.
Campaign 2020
The former vice president’s lackluster finances were revealed amid growing concerns among some allies that his campaign is not equipped for the onslaught of attacks by President Trump.
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 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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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.
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Third time was not the charm: Rudy Giuliani’s latest divorce is bitter, expensive and very public

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