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The battle to confirm Amy Coney Barrett has plunged a Senate already bruised by years of tit-for-tat skirmishes in the judicial wars into deeper partisan acrimony. 
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The president’s first-term judicial legacy culminates with the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
In Milwaukee, a field hospital has been set up at the state fairgrounds. (Wisconsin Department of Administration/Reuters)
41 states and Puerto Rico now have more hospitalizations than at the end of September.
Records show that firms like Hertz and J.C. Penney issued six- and seven-figure payouts before asking courts to shield them from creditors during restructuring — often before erasing thousands of jobs.
Readers rushed to the aid of the iconic bookseller after its owner called on them to #savethestrand.
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In his letter of resignation from the Federal Salary Council, Ronald Sanders called the order “a smoke screen for what is clearly an attempt to require the political loyalty of those who advise the President.”
Winds gusting above 100 miles per hour with humidity in the single digits are raising fears of a firestorm.
Rebels say Russian warplanes attacked a training site in northwest Syria, escalating tensions between Turkey and Russia.
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Many Americans will be able to show up at their polling locations with guns, something that has unnerved law enforcement officials and experts nationwide.
Pastor Ken Peters prays with attendees at a Sunday morning service at a Patriot Church in Lenoir City, Tenn. (Stacy Kranitz for The Post)
In just four years, the president has helped reshape the landscape of American Christianity by elevating Christians once considered fringe, including Messianic Jews, preachers of the prosperity gospel and self-styled prophets.

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

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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.

After the nation’s years of relying on coal, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a major shift in climate policy. He said innovation was key to achieving the goal and promised investment in research and development.
Debra Tice, whose son disappeared in Syria eight years ago, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was “undermining” President Trump’s efforts to jump-start negotiations between Damascus and Washington.
Jason Lamrock, an Indigenous fisher, places a lobster inside a crate in Saulnierville. (John Morris/Reuters)
Special forces descended from helicopters to the ship, as the crew sheltered in the “citadel.”
Authorities conducted the Oct. 2 search of passengers from a Sydney-bound Qatar Airways flight following the discovery of an abandoned newborn in a terminal bathroom.
They are backing Black prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office who have called for implicit bias training and a new focus on alternatives to incarceration.
Biden-Harris signs in the yard of Victoria Frankhauser of McLean, Va., and Trump-Pence signs in the yard of her neighbor Pegge Caccavari. (Robb Hill for The Post)
As the nation’s capital, Washington serves as a symbolic player in the drama, as well as a stage for the pageantry and demonstrations that could follow the election — no matter the outcome.
Temperatures clawed their way to near and past 60 this afternoon. Similar weather continues through tomorrow.
U.S. markets swooned as investors grappled with uncertainty about stimulus negotiations and soaring coronavirus cases.
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Max Muncy, left, celebrates a home run with Joc Pederson and Justin Turner. (Tannen Maury/EPA)
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On an eventful Sunday, the Patriots had one of their worst performances of Bill Belichick's tenure, Tom Brady threw four touchdowns, and the Steelers knocked off the Titans.
The league is considering the hit as part of its standard discipline process, so a hefty fine remains possible.
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William Blinn1937–2020
Blinn wrote for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song” and “Roots,” as well as the Prince movie “Purple Rain.”