Democracy Dies in Darkness
A tumor geneticist, who turned his lab into a coronavirus sequencing facility, helped expose a coronavirus outbreak in an Iowa meatpacking plant. (Luis Velarde/The Washington Post)
When workers at an Agri Star meatpacking plant in Iowa were diagnosed with covid-19 in March, the company said it had taken steps to contain the virus. Then dozens of people in the town were diagnosed. The state wouldn’t say where the outbreak was coming from. Genetic science helped expose it.
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Newly obtained records appear to be in conflict with months of Postal Service assertions that blamed lower-level managers for strategies tied to delivery delays.
Mary L. Trump, a vocal critic of her uncle, recently published a book alleging Trump family dysfunction.
Joe Biden has “the character, principles, wisdom and leadership necessary to address a world on fire,” they say in a letter backing the Democratic nominee.
The Ring Always Home Cam from Amazon is a drone that flies around your house. (Amazon)
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Why police are rarely charged for shooting people — and whether police tactics will change. The movement to abolish Greek life on campuses. And, the question of court-packing.
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Michael Pack, head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media who has directed purges of Radio Free Europe and its sister operations, was a no-show at a hearing.
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Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Chenjerai Kumanyika explain how American policing grew out of efforts to control the labor of poor and enslaved people.
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Christopher A. Wray’s answers last week on election interference and antifa drew a rebuke from the president.
Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton seeks the dismissal of the case or approval to investigate whether classification review was politicized.
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Internal GOP polling suggests that a push to confirm a justice to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before the election could hurt the president more than help him.
A storefront with store closing and sale signs in Dedham, Mass. (AP)
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Voters see the economy as being in trouble but don't blame President Trump.
People sit outside a pub in London on Thursday. (Reuters)
The new arrest and prosecution add to charges Joshua Wong already faces for his political activism.
“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity,” the Duke of Sussex said.
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Harold Evans, the husband of journalist Tina Brown, edited the Sunday Times in Britain before moving to the United States, founding Condé Nast Traveler and leading Random House.
The once powerful sector has suffered years of mismanagement, corruption, falling prices and, now, a U.S. embargo.
The view from a Chinook helicopter on Sept. 5. during the rescue of people trapped by the Creek Fire. (California National Guard/AP)
The aerial rescue of 214 people captured national attention, but it also highlighted the expanding involvement of the U.S. military in responding to wildfire season as climate change leaves forests more susceptible to blazes and for longer periods of time each year.
Capital Weather Gang
The chilly weather is expected to last through at least the first week of October, arriving first in the Upper Midwest early next week.
RetropolisThe Past, Rediscovered
More than eight decades later, some Democrats are once again urging an expansion of the Supreme Court in the wake of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. They should know: it didn't go well for Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) is in quarantine, causing him to postpone campaign events and reschedule the gubernatorial debate.
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Facing increased pressure to combat climate change amid a record-breaking wildfire season, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Wednesday he wants to accelerate the shift away from combustion engines on its roads.
The ballots that tens of thousands of voters have obtained online cannot be scanned directly by the state’s machines.
The plan resembles similar programs being pursued in nearby Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
A woman pays her respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)
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It’s something America is missing, a proper grieving. The ongoing and sprawling outpouring for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — this massive, public, American funeral — is so important to our country right now. 
Apple's Tim Cook, seen via YouTube, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on July 29. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Post)
The group, called the Coalition for App Fairness, submitted ten principles for the App Store that it says would allow for more competition, fairness and innovation in the mobile app industry.
The accounts seemed to be focused on Europe and Asia, but the takedown shows Russia is still active in posting disinformation.
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A medical worker walks past a row of ambulances outside of Houston Methodist Hospital on June 22. (Callaghan O'Hare/Reuters)
The largest U.S. genetic study of the virus, conducted in Houston, shows one viral strain outdistancing all of its competitors, and many potentially important mutations.
The FixAnalysis
Anthony S. Fauci has clashed repeatedly with his chief Senate critic. But on Wednesday, he wasn't so diplomatic about it.
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Both the Apple Watch Series 6 and Fitbit Sense have new blood-oxygen apps. They’re mostly useless.
The world’s fifth-largest economy will stop selling new gasoline-powered automobiles within 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Wednesday.
Climate Solutions
“The whole purpose of offsets,” said a University of California at Berkeley climate policy researcher, “is to create a way for an individual or a company or a university to pay someone else to reduce emissions to cover emissions that they can’t reduce themselves.”
The World Series champs won't make the playoffs, but just about everyone else will. (Katherine Frey/The Post)
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The sport has always demanded excellence. These expanded playoffs will reward mediocrity, with potentially dire side effects.
Perspective
After police officers are cleared of criminal charges in the death of Breonna Taylor, another native son longs for the unity felt during Muhammad Ali's funeral.
Play continued Wednesday without talk of a shutdown, but the outrage from the players and coaches on both teams was palpable.
Perspective
The sport has always demanded excellence. These expanded playoffs will reward mediocrity, with potentially dire side effects.
Analysis
No division has more wins, more points scored or a higher point differential than this year’s NFC West.
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Children this age are on their way to maturity, but they are still often hijacked by big emotions, the need to move their bodies and the need to play. 
The viral videos of people using nail files on their teeth have prompted alarm from experts warning of permanent damage.
If money is tight but you’re still craving change, start by swapping out pillows, throws, art, lighting or vases.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is admired for her legal achievements in gender equality, and her 56-year marriage to Marty put that theory into practice.
A pediatrician should be able to help you discover the reason for this behavior.
New couple can’t keep their hands off each other while in the company of friends.
Friend’s dog peeing on reader’s shoes wasn’t okay, but what response would be better?
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” began its 18th season this week. (Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)
Perspective
In no time at all, Ellen DeGeneres’s contrition shifted to the usual vacuousness of daytime TV.
“It takes an ice pick to this huge glacier of structural white supremacy,” says the artistic director of Ballet Hispánico, one of the grant recipients.
Perspective
The latest Holmes flick stars Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin as siblings Enola, Sherlock and Mycroft.
Book Review
With so many contemporary memoirs devoted to the sins of the author’s mother, a focus on a loving dad seems a welcome change.
Movie Review
Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger and Evan Rachel Wood play a family of con artists in this funny and unexpectedly poignant tale.
A worker shops in a Singapore grocery store. (Wei Leng Tay/Bloomberg)
A worker shops in a Singapore grocery store. (Wei Leng Tay/Bloomberg)
The makers of Rice Krispies, Hellmann's mayonnaise, Spam and more have signed on to a global initiative to slash their food waste by 2030.
French dip-inspired lean steak plus umami-rich mushrooms beef up a sandwich, without weighing it down.
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The rice brand will simply be known as “Ben's Original.”
Servers are being taught how to keep calm — and how to de-escalate confrontations.
Depending on whom you ask, it's not as easy or as hard as people say.