Democracy Dies in Darkness
The massive early turnout is roughly 65 percent of the 139 million votes cast in 2016, and it essentially guarantees that, for the first time in history, a majority of ballots will be cast before Election Day. The turnout has upended the presidential campaigns’ expectations of which states would be pivotal to their path to victory.
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Strategists agree that, were it not for what happened in 2016, it would be easier to predict the outcome with confidence.
The president holds narrow leads over Joe Biden in states he won handily in 2016, forcing the GOP to spend money to save Senate seats.
“There isn’t enough work for everybody,” said Kathleen Trabert, 31, of Moundsville, W.Va. (Jeff Swensen for The Post)
Under Trump, the once-forgotten Ohio Valley boomed — until this year.
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The White House directed the distribution of 23 million hydroxychloroquine tablets, setting aside mandatory safety controls.
The western edge of the Brooks Range is the backdrop for Esieh Lake in northwest Alaska. Lockdowns, quarantines and self-isolation are difficult in rural Alaska. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
For months, Alaska’s remote, mostly Indigenous rural communities protected themselves from the coronavirus through restrictions on travel and local health measures. Once the virus arrived, though, conditions enabled it to spread like wildfire. 
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“Suburban women, will you please like me?” he has asked. “We’re getting your husbands back to work,” he said at a recent rally.
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For the first time, Albany County in New York is allowing voters to use any of six early-voting centers. Those who head for the hills are opting to drive farther in hope of risking less exposure to the coronavirus.
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Biden is leading (+9) the national polling average.

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The family of the alleged Nice church assailant Brahim Aouissaoui — father Mohammad, right, sister Aida, left — at the family home near the Tunisian city of Sfax on Friday. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)
Brahim Aouissaoui was described as part of a common story in Tunisia: Odd jobs, frustration and a migrant boat to Europe.
The earthquake, which injured more than 800 people, has led to a rare moment of comity between the leaders of Turkey and Greece.
Dozens have died in street clashes ahead of Ivory Coast’s vote Saturday.
In an article for a magazine published for U.S. diplomats, the former secretary of state says it will take years to reverse the distrust that the past four years have engendered.
Largely White, such groups have stirred violence around the country during this summer’s protests against racial inequity, and in some places have been blamed for intimidating voters during early balloting in the presidential race.
The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in 2018, long before the pandemic forced productions to shut down. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)
The already tricky business of contract negotiations has been complicated by the uncertainty of when venues will reopen.
Caseloads have risen since the start of October as part of a national surge that has lifted several states to record highs.
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The technology exists for people with visual disabilities to electronically vote from home, but the ability to do so differs from one state to the next. Virginia only started offering the option this year.
The government sought a delay after Fairfax County indicted the officers who killed Ghaisar. Family attorneys argued that the officers will never testify.
Nadine Seiler, 55, the unofficial curator of the memorial between the White House and Black Lives Matter Plaza, takes a photo with a floral arrangement encouraging people to vote. (Nadine Seiler)
The fence around Lafayette Square has become a symbol of America’s racial reckoning. But, since conservative activists tore down its signs in the hours following Amy Comey Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation, it also has become emblematic of the tensions leading up to the Nov. 3 presidential election. 
The men gave no explanation, but school officials and some alumni had resisted calls to take down the Confederate general’s memorial.
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While most of the D.C. roster is from abroad, the team said the nine eligible players have registered. Amid the late-season push for a playoff berth, all have voted or are planning to do so.
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“Like any politician, Biden certainly has particular traits that can be caricatured, but he’s absolutely not the maniacal figure that Carrey is portraying,” says one Obama White House aide.
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