Democracy Dies in Darkness
The bipartisan measure is designed to provide immediate relief to some parts of the economy as the pandemic enters a dangerous and increasingly deadly phase.
Nurses Becca Rufial, of Texas, left, and Imee Villavicencio, of New York, work at nursing homes. (Allison V. Smith and Mark Abramson for The Post)
With staff shortages, cost cutting and relentlessly bad news, remaining nursing home staffers are worn out. But they say they are holding on as the coronavirus peaks again because their patients need them. And unlike ambulance drivers and hospital workers, many say they feel no love from the outside world.
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Alyssa Farah served for 3½ years in the Trump administration. Her departure comes as many of President Trump’s staffers are pondering their post-White House future.
Federal officials are rushing to add miles to President Trump’s wall, but they are facing fights down to the last minute.
Retired Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and his then-wife, Katherine, leave federal court in Honolulu on Oct. 20, 2017. (AP)
The couple leveraged their powerful roles in law enforcement and defrauded friends and family to fuel their lavish lifestyle.
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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday. (Reuters)
Tina Flournoy, a trailblazer with decades of Washington experience, has been tapped as chief of staff, while Harris’s longtime aide Rohini Kosoglu will serve as domestic policy advisor. Former ambassador to Bulgaria Nancy McEldowney will advise Harris on national security. 
Losing ControlHow Criminal Groups are Transforming Mexico
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For the first time, Mexico has committed to a serious effort to find its missing people. But a new wave of disappearances is more baffling, more complex than what happened during Latin America’s dirty wars of the 1970s and 1980s. It coincides with the drug war and the country’s troubled transition to democracy.
Maj. Naiem Asadi, commonly known as the most lethal aviator in Afghanistan, helped save a downed U.S. pilot in July.
The new rule, set to affect tens of millions of people, intensifies the conflict between Beijing and Washington.
Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) said she might subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over his department’s failure to release documents related to the 2020 Census, and call him and the Census Bureau’s director to appear next week to answer questions.
Bruce McDougal watches embers fly over his property in Orange County, Calif. (Video: The Post; photo: AP)
Howling winds and dry vegetation are leading to a volatile situation in Southern California as coronavirus cases surge and people are told to stay at home.
He called the former college football coach "one of the greatest coaches in American history" in a mostly mask-free White House  ceremony. Both men have previously tested positive for the coronvirus.
Surging demand and financial strain are leaving ambulance services exhausted and running out of funds.
Montgomery County, Maryland’s largest school system, saw failure rates in math and English soar as much as sixfold for some of the most vulnerable students as the pandemic’s toll becomes increasingly visible in schools across the country.
The intersection of Southern and Central avenues in Southeast Washington was the site where a toddler was shot and killed Wednesday. (Amanda Voisard for The Post)
The 15-month-old boy  was struck several times when at least two people opened fire on the car in which he was a passenger as it moved along Southern Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
Artificial-intelligence ethics researcher Timnit Gebru. (Kimberly White/Getty Images for TechCrunch)
Timnit Gebru, an acclaimed researcher who has criticized the company’s lack of diversity, emailed co-workers that she felt “constantly dehumanized." Her managers, she said, abruptly fired her shortly after.
The Justice Department sued Facebook over allegations that it discriminated against Americans in the way it hired temporary foreign workers for thousands of well-paid positions.
Waller could be President Trump’s last addition to the central bank. On Thursday, Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said another vote on Shelton’s nomination was “unlikely” at this point.
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Russell Westbrook is a nine-time all-star. (AP)
Le Batard, one of ESPN’s most prominent personalities, will be bought out of the remaining time of his contract. The decision was described as mutual in the announcement.
Analysis
The Steelers held off the Ravens to remain ahead of the Chiefs and Saints at the top of the list. The Titans, Packers, Seahawks, Bills, Browns and Dolphins moved up. 
The recently retired UFC star argues that mixed martial arts can draw interest on par with track and field.
Perspective
Can Washington give the Steelers their first loss? Who knows? But it can compete with Pittsburgh.
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The work is the first to emerge from Ava DuVernay’s Law Enforcement Accountability Project, which launched in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Emmy winner Ahmed evaluates projects such as “Sound of Metal” using two metrics: “Does it stretch me, and does it stretch culture?”
“It takes a huge toll to live the trauma of being a Black person in a white-supremacist country and then write it as well,” Oluo said.
Book Review
Discovered in his attic, the letters in “Love, Kurt” feel both very private and very important.
The project’s aftermath made overt what happened behind the scenes as the video game industry grew from small teams to major productions.