Democracy Dies in Darkness
The Senate majority leader’s remarks to the White House show the raw political calculations both parties are making two weeks before the election.
A person carries a flag in support of President Trump across the street from residents waiting at an early-voting polling location in Toledo on Oct. 6. (Bloomberg News)
Dozens of allegations of possible voter intimidation and improper campaigning have marked the early days of voting.
A poll worker in Memphis was fired last week after interfering with early voters who wore T-shirts and masks with slogans supporting Black Lives Matter, according to a Shelby County election official.
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The agency sent the letter in response to a demand from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe disputed the idea that Russia orchestrated the discovery of a computer that may have belonged to Joe Biden’s son.
Scorching heat, a thirsty atmosphere and relentless winds: How the North Complex Fire spread so far, so fast.
The grand jury did not agree with prosecutors that the officers who shot Taylor were justified or that wanton endangerment charges were the only charges that should be brought in the case, the juror said.
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Plus, records show President Trump paid more tax to the Chinese government than income tax in the U.S.
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Obama hits the campaign trail for Biden
Former president Barack Obama is campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Oct. 21 in swing state Pennsylvania.
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With just 13 days to go until Election Day, there's been a surge in early voting, especially in battleground states and among new voters. 
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Tom Bossert also fears Trump won’t level with Americans about such interference.

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Biden is leading (+11) the national polling average.

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Several people died and dozens were wounded after Nigerian security forces opened fire at a protest against police brutality Tuesday night in Lagos, witnesses and human rights groups said.
Police say they are investigating the attack that took place earlier this month.
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Bullying Khartoum into quickly normalizing ties with Israel could undermine the country's delicate transition toward democracy.
Thousands of people had crowded into a soccer stadium in Jalalabad to apply for visas to enter Pakistan, local officials said.
Firefighters create a fire break Friday on a hillside in South San Francisco. (Bloomberg News)
David and Jessica Figari are navigating racial and political divides in their country — and in their family — that they never anticipated when they fell in love.
Even with a spike in covid-19 cases, Montana is booming with buyers seeking to flee the coronavirus pandemic and racial justice protests — for good.
The high-profile initiative to improve soldier fitness has created a stark gender gap and concerns it could compound diversity problems.
RetropolisThe Past, Rediscovered
A state archaeologist said the bones discovered Tuesday in Oaklawn Cemetery will be examined for trauma.
In a letter to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, the president of the state-supported military college’s Board of Visitors dismissed a Washington Post report that detailed racist incidents. State leaders have authorized an independent investigation of the school’s culture. 
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R). (Reuters)
High-risk health-care workers, first responders and older adults in congregate settings will be a priority, according to a new state plan.
Playwright-performer Psalmayene 24 explores his relationship with his late father in his work in progress ‘Dear Mapel.’
The Bidens could bring "positive energy" to the D.C. dining scene if they take the White House, says one restaurateur.
The Dupont Circle location is the pizzeria’s third, and its pies are as fine as ever.
Hospital Puc de Campinas in Brazil will test a vaccine. (Leandro Ferreira/Fotoarena/Sipa USA)
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Clayton Kershaw's Dodgers hope to win their first World Series title since 1988. (Getty Images)
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Los Angeles’s victory featured a six-inning, narrative-destroying gem from left-hander Clayton Kershaw and a two-run homer from Cody Bellinger. But mostly what Game 1 featured was a lot of Mookie Betts. 
There is even more urgency for the team this upcoming season than in the one that recently concluded.
As the pandemic scrambled the sports schedule, the lead announcer for Fox Sports’s baseball and football coverage has seen his itinerary warped, too.
“That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work,” Buck said. “That stuff ain’t happenin’ with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket," Aikman said.
The tongue (radula) of a freshwater snail. (Igor Siwanowicz/courtesy of Nikon Small World)
In an emotional note posted on social media, the 70-year-old Bridges did not share any other details surrounding his cancer diagnosis but said that he was starting treatment.
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The actor’s memoir “Greenlights” is full of can-do thoughts about this thing he calls “livin.”