Democracy Dies in Darkness
With Nov. 3 just nine days away and coronavirus cases surging in many states, the outbreak around the vice president, who chairs the White House’s coronavirus task force, undermines the argument Trump has been making to voters that the country is “rounding the turn,” as the president put it at a rally Sunday in New Hampshire.
The Senate is poised to vote on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett  on Monday night.
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk together at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, in June 2019. (Susan Walsh/AP)
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Over the past four years, the Russian president has succeeded in growing his nation’s influence at America’s expense.
Democrats agree that climate change must be addressed. But within the party there are big disagreements about what to do.
A waiter clears a table at a cafe in Rome before the start of curfew on Friday. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Europe appeared to beat back infection rates during the summer. But as economies have reopened and colder weather pushes people indoors, several countries are now reporting case numbers that are eclipsing records set in the spring.
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Her commitment underscores Democrats’ confidence that they will retain the House majority after Election Day.
Events have pushed the election in the former vice president’s direction and away from a president who fuels fears and speaks of carnage. But can he win?
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The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Nov. 30 on the Trump administration’s appeal to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census.
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Also in this edition: Suburban Republicans try a different message than Trump, and why the GOP is hopeful that a new Supreme Court would go their way on election rules.

National polling average

Biden is leading (+9) the national polling average.

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Biden

52%

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 Economist-YouGov, NBC-WSJ, PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist, SurveyMonkey-Tableau and Quinnipiac University.

The two countries have been engaged in heavy fighting after an initial truce brokered by Russia two weeks ago quickly fell apart.
Women’s rights activists are protesting after a court ruling amounted to a near ban.
Afghan security forces removes a damaged police vehicle at the site of a car-bomb attack in Laghman Province on Oct. 5. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)
Colorado's second-largest wildfire on record was expanding Saturday before an expected snowstorm.
Zeta is most likely to come ashore the Gulf Coast at tropical-storm strength, but there’s an outside chance it could cross the coast as a hurricane. The landfall zone includes areas in Louisiana hit hard by hurricanes Delta and Laura as well as parts of Alabama slammed by Sally.
Humans pay close attention to books and one another. (Illustration by Craig Cutler for The Post)
Although the virus may be able to survive in a lab for 28 days, scientists are not concerned about everyday transmission via contaminated surfaces.
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While Adam Nayman’s new book, “Masterworks: Paul Thomas Anderson,” analyzes Anderson’s movies, these five films raised the director’s game.
Critic’s Notebook
Renata Busettini and Max Ferrero’s photos reveal real people dealing with harsh economic conditions.
William Blinn1937–2020
Blinn wrote for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song” and “Roots,” as well as the Prince movie “Purple Rain.”
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