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Amy Coney Barrett secured committee approval with only Republican votes, as Democratic senators boycotted the proceedings. The approval clears the way for Senate confirmation next week.
Kristen Welker — seen here with Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" in January — will moderate the final 2020 presidential debate on Thursday. (William B. Plowman/NBC)
Welker, a rising star at NBC News and the youngest of the 2020 debate moderators, has her work cut out for her in the last Trump-Biden faceoff. The NBC White House correspondent has the herculean challenge of refereeing the last significant media moment for the candidates before Election Day.
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Expect President Trump to try to pile accusations onto Joe Biden and hope that he frays or stumbles when he responds. Biden might just stick to the coronavirus, health care and the economy.
The final presidential debate on Thursday will have a mute button. The Post’s coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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The U.S. military has been using drone strikes to aid the group’s efforts against the Islamic State in one area.
A group alleges the company violated workers’ rights with aggressive in-app messaging urging support for the company’s position on a November ballot measure.
With the explosive growth of the East Troublesome Fire, three of the top five blazes on record in Colorado have occurred this year.
The bank will attempt to retrieve $174 million in salaries and bonuses from executives for failing to supervise the transactions, the board of directors announced.
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12 destructive hours of wildfire exposed Oregon's resource crisis
The Almeda Fire destroyed the southern Oregon towns of Talent and Phoenix. With limited resources and a powerful wind, there was little firefighters could do.
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The president knows the political value of planting a seed in people’s minds.
The European observers say they hope their efforts will help assure Americans the vote is legitimate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) departs the Capitol on Wednesday. (Getty Images)
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A protester holds the Lebanese flag and shouts slogans denouncing the naming of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri as candidate for prime minister in Beirut on Wednesday. (AP)
After a year of economic collapse, the coronavirus and calls for change, Lebanon brings back its old prime minister.
It  joined Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia and Uganda on Thursday to sign a nonbinding international declaration opposing abortion, in a rebuke of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
The presence of Saeb Erekat in a Jerusalem hospital has sparked a debate.
Luis Arce, Evo Morales’s former finance minister, will confront the coronavirus and its economic destruction amid deepening polarization.
In the two weeks since Nigerians began flooding the streets to rally against a police unit widely viewed as abusive, overseas megastars like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Cardi B and Drake have thrown their fame behind the cause.
As federal stimulus talks drag on in Congress, Maryland's governor  announced that he would use roughly half of the budget savings from last year to expand existing state programs and fund new ones to help floundering small businesses. 
Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg sets up white flags representing each life lost to covid-19 in the United States. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)
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“Words no longer matter,” said the artist showing us — visually — the enormity of 220,000 dead.
You know the deal: Cool and clammy tonight into Friday morning. Then it's sunny and warm on Friday.
General Motors unveiled the 2022 GMC Hummer EV this week. (AP)
The brand’s return marks the first major offering in GM’s $20 billion pivot to electric vehicles.
The big-box retailer is rolling out new safety measures, including expanded pick-up and delivery options.
The move ramps up the war between Republicans in Washington and tech giants in Silicon Valley less than two weeks before the election.
A pair of lawsuits aim to stop a HUD rule set to go into effect next week that will weaken a key fair housing tool.
Economists say they are concerned by the continued high level of new unemployment claims.
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This World Series, remarkable for happening at all during a pandemic, will probably be defined by the stressful season that preceded it.
The commissioner runs the sport like someone who doesn’t recognize what makes it special.
From left, Hugh Grant, Nicole Kidman and Noah Jupe as the Fraser family in “The Undoing.” (HBO)
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“The Harry Smith B-Sides,” a companion piece to the curator’s 1952 collection, shows a darker side than the original.
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A bristly contrarian in his profession, he insisted that magic is based solely on earthly sleight of hand and visual trickery.