Democracy Dies in Darkness
President Trump and his senior aides have been disappointed that FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Attorney General William P. Barr have not done what Trump had hoped — indicate that Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden or other Biden associates are under investigation.
Barbara Bollier, the Democratic Senate candidate in Kansas and a former Republican, speaks in Topeka on Oct. 11. (Christopher Smith for The Post)
Former Republican Barbara Bollier is locked in a close race with Rep. Roger Marshall for a Senate seat that the GOP has held since the 1930s.
Trump sees his crowds as a source of momentum, and Biden sees safe practices as appealing to voters.
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The Justice Department said in a news release that its resolution of the case “includes the largest penalties ever levied against a pharmaceutical manufacturer.”
Senate GOP leaders largely oppose a giant new spending bill that the administration has been negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
An organizer speaks with a group of protesters gathering in the street during a march to the Breonna Taylor memorial at Jefferson Square Park on Oct. 10 in Louisville, Ky. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
Breonna Taylor would be alive today if police had given her and her boyfriend less time to respond before breaking down their door in a raid, a Louisville police officer said.
The proposal has prompted sharp opposition from career officials who say it would be a gift to authoritarian governments that have long sought to delegitimize human rights groups.
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The latest on vaccine trials, and who would get a vaccine first. Why personal protective equipment such as the N95 mask is still so scarce. And introducing the mute button to the presidential debate.
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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 22-member Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on President Trump’s nominee, who was expected to win approval on a party-line vote.
More than 40 million ballots have already been cast in the United States, according to the United States Elections Project.

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Supporters of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, an alliance of opposition parties, attend an anti-government protest in Karachi on Sunday. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)
Protesters and opposition leaders are calling for the army to withdraw from politics.
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.
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Lockdowns are crude, but they are the best weapon some nations have.
The pontiff’s remarks came in a new documentary and were quoted by the Catholic News Agency. They represent his clearest stance to date on a contentious issue inside the Catholic Church.
Oxford, AstraZeneca and Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency said the vaccine trial should continue.
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Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum called the discovery a significant moment, but more work must be done to determine whether the remains are connected to the century-old massacre.
Minneapolis saw its earliest heavy snowstorm on record, with 7.9 inches — and more en route in the next week.
The incident, which is being investigated by the Providence Police Department and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, has rocked the state this week.
Marcella Mares was flooded with responses from women who have faced similar situations.
Athletics are exempt from the order, so the University of Michigan's football team will keep preparing to host rival Michigan State on Oct. 31 for the team’s first home game.
The video alleges that an election worker improperly altered a ballot. Election officials say he was doing his job by darkening a too-light oval.
The seven-day average in new cases recently has exceeded 10 new infections per 100,000 residents.
Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Post)
Adrienne A. Jones, the first Black person and first woman to serve as Maryland House of Delegates speaker, wants to repeal the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.
Analysts say Huawei’s smartphone chip supply is dwindling, limiting its sales despite surging patriotic demand at home.
Even iPhones now have lidar sensors, but not the cars Tesla hopes to one day make autonomous.
The news marks a stunning turnaround for the mobile-oriented company, which had raised more than $1.5 billion of cash and much more in Hollywood’s alternative currency of hype.
The central bank’s efforts to keep the economy afloat are undermining the long-term future of the U.S. pension system.
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Tampa Bay's Brandon Lowe rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The Rays jumped out to an early lead Wednesday night and hung on largely because second baseman Brandon Lowe, a University of Maryland product who has struggled this postseason, homered twice. 
This World Series, remarkable for being contested at all during a pandemic, will probably be defined by the stressful and downright weird season that preceded it.
The commissioner runs the sport like someone who doesn’t recognize what makes it special.
Even after one of the worst outings of his career, Aaron Rodgers is still the NFL's most valuable passer this season, according to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating.
Kyle Allen has impressed his coaches since taking over as starting quarterback, but Washington’s issues on offense are a lot to overcome.
Harry Smith, curator of “The Anthology of American Folk Music,” one of the most influential collections of the 20th century. (John Cohen Archives)
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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.
In the lead-up to the election, country music artists including Maren Morris and the Chicks continue to push back on the genre’s stereotypes.
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Armie Hammer and Lily James star in a pretty but pointless tale of obsession and suspense.