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Leading the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc, Ginsburg was a legal pioneer who backed affirmative action and defended abortion rights.
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The stakes are sky-high for Republicans, with a possible 6-to-3 conservative majority on the nation’s top court.
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Under President Obama, Mitch McConnell wouldn't fill a Supreme Court opening. He confirmed he will this time with Trump as president.
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The issues that surround the Supreme Court vacancy encompass the broader culture war that divides red and blue America.
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The ashes of Cleon Boyd are seen in Readsboro, Vt. Cleon, 64, and his twin brother, Leon, were two of the first covid-19 deaths in their county in April. Eleven members of their family ended up testing positive for the coronavirus. (Sarah Rice for The Post)
Rappahannock leans conservative. But transplants are changing the county’s politics, longtime residents say.
The former vice president is increasingly taking aim at working-class voters who swung in 2016 to President Trump, targeting his political arguments at more rural pockets in the industrial Midwest as he casts the incumbent as an out-of-touch billionaire.
The announcement marks a sharp reversal from the president’s past approach toward disaster aid for the U.S. territory, assistance that Trump and his administration had held up even as the island struggled to recover from hurricane Maria, which ravaged it in September 2017.
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The president’s efforts to disparage the agency complicated efforts to negotiate a new contract with the e-commerce giant, internal documents show.
The Chinese Commerce Ministry appeared to suggest that Apple and Google could be targeted if they complied with the U.S. government’s takedown order.
Giancarlo Granda says Becki and Jerry Falwell preyed on him sexually. The evangelical couple says their young business partner tried to extort money from them.
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Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, a 22-year-old student activist, has emerged as a leading figure in the pro-democracy movement, stepping forward to openly criticize the monarchy.
It’s the first such government-backed commission created to confront a jurisdiction’s brutal history of lynchings and increase the public’s understanding of the practice.
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray testified in Congress about Russian interference in the 2020 election and antifa protesters. He gave answers Trump didn’t like.
A failure by Congress to pass the stopgap spending bill by the end of the month would lead to a shutdown on Oct. 1, just weeks before the election.
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Voters lined up early at the Fairfax County Government Center and some waited for hours to cast their ballot as early voting began Friday in Virginia.
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A recent poll  found  that about half of Democrats plan to vote by mail or absentee, so those to-be-counted “millions of votes” will likely be heavily against President Trump.
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As an effort to woo Puerto Ricans, this seems like a shot in the dark. 
The Metro board unanimously endorsed several service cuts, including reduced Metrorail hours, which would take effect next year. (Bill O’Leary/The Post)
Lacking fare revenue, the transit agency has signaled it could cut rail hours and lay off hundreds of workers.
In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) eased restrictions on indoor dining to coincide with a new statewide restaurant week promotion that his administration created.
Nearly two dozen students in Denton Hall have contracted the coronavirus, triggering new rules for their neighbors.
An expert report concluded systems of discrimination and retaliation exist within the county’s police force, but portions of the material were redacted that public defenders say could impact their client’s cases.
Temperatures are as much as 10 to 15 degrees below normal, but it's still rather comfortable.
As countries grapple with how and when to restore students to classrooms, a growing number of schools have embraced outdoor learning — especially in the highly regarded Nordic education systems, where the model had already begun to gain momentum.
Qantas said its flight that departs and arrives at the same airport sold out within 10 minutes. The Australian carrier is following Asian airlines that have offered similar options. 
Double-digit rainfall totals are likely in some areas, with tropical storm or even hurricane conditions possible near where the slow-moving storm storm tracks. The threat of heavy rainfall also expands into Louisiana. 
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Academics who study how democracies die offered dire warnings about a second term for President Trump.
Doctors are urging people to get the annual flu vaccine to prevent a "twindemic" this fall and winter.
Groups helping adoptees seek reunions say they’re seeing a growth in activity.
“Sources of Air Pollution” and “Public Enemy” are two of six works featured in “Darkening Day: Air Pollution Films and Environmental Awareness, 1960-1972” curated by the National Library of Medicine. (National Institutes of Health)
“Darkening Day” features movies made to be watched in schools and libraries.
Wildfire smoke has blanketed the state, but its ill effects are not evenly distributed. Wealthier families can get away for a while, or at least hunker down in air-purified homes. Poorer residents are sweltering and coughing without proper defenses.
Dwayne Haskins is out to prove he deserves to be the Washington Football Team's franchise quarterback. (Jonathan Newton/The Post)
Before he coached Dwayne Haskins, Ron Rivera got some important advice from Urban Meyer: Challenge him.
The Nationals' Kyle Finnegan, 29, made the majors this summer after seven years in the minors. He wished his family could have seen it first-hand.
Fedde allowed one hit in six scoreless innings to lift Washington to a 5-0 victory, but Miami mauled Wil Crowe and the bullpen to take the second game, 14-3.
The series marks an unusual end to an unconventional season, which paused for months amid the pandemic and then shifted to Canada for the postseason.
Christian Siriano mounted one of the few live — with guests — runway shows of the spring 2021 season. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Christian Siriano)
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Designers began unveiling their spring 2021 collections this week — a slow, drip-drip process that will continue into October. Nothing is certain in the industry except the desire to distract customers from their woes.
A reader wonders how she could have stepped in when a customer berated a store clerk.
Bouncing back home makes it hard to shake off old habits.
Reader in her ‘50s says she has no time for their bravado. But how to let them know?
Arena Stage managing director Khady Kamara will become the executive director for Second Stage Theater in New York. (Matt McClain/The Post)
A spate of recent hires suggests that an industry roiled by Black Lives Matter may at last be responding.
Actress Sarah Paulson embraces the fear that comes with inhabiting the iconic “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” villain in the latest Netflix series from Ryan Murphy.
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In an era when the genre was focused on girl-chasing and lewd jokes, this high school romp starring Emma Stone redefined coming-of-age confidence.
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A selection of Van Gogh’s correspondence gives us a fuller picture of the man behind the mercurial reputation.
Scuba divers explore the Dixie Arrow wreck. (Ann Sommers)
As a Black immigrant woman, I often find that national parks can be lonely places. It’s time for that to change.
Veterans offer newly fledged digital nomads tips for life on the road when the temperature drops.
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There are apps for that — and strategies that don’t require membership in loyalty programs.
In the market for an abandoned cruise ship? The company has announced plans to sell off older ships in the coming months.