Democracy Dies in Darkness
With Nov. 3 just eight days away and coronavirus cases surging in many states, the outbreak around the vice president, who chairs the White House’s coronavirus task force, undermines the argument President Trump has been making to voters that the country is “rounding the turn,” as he put it at a rally Sunday in New Hampshire.
The Senate is poised to vote on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett  on Monday night.
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk together at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, in June 2019. (AP)
The 45th President
Over the past four years, the Russian president has succeeded in growing his nation’s influence at America’s expense.
Democrats agree that climate change must be addressed. But within the party there are big disagreements about what to do.
A headstone from the Columbian Harmony Cemetery in D.C. lies in the Potomac River in Virginia. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
The headstones had been ripped up from Columbian Harmony Cemetery, which served thousands of Black families for a century.
Americans face agonizing decisions on gatherings as experts warn of risks from indoor events.
Europe appeared to beat back infection rates during the summer. But as economies have reopened and colder weather pushes people indoors, several countries are now reporting case numbers that are eclipsing records set in the spring.
Today’s WorldViewAnalysis
Infections and hospitalizations are spiking as an autumnal surge hits both sides of the Atlantic.
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gives his policy speech Monday during an extraordinary session at the lower house of parliament in Tokyo. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)
The killing of history teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb has set off a national reckoning in France and aggravated tensions with Turkey.
World SeriesGame 5
Los Angeles bounced back from Saturday night’s stunning loss in Game 4, lifted Sunday to a 4-2 win by home runs from Joc Pederson and Max Muncy.
The state is bone dry and faces howling winds that will add up to "extremely critical" fire danger.
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Trump leaked video of an interview he cut off. CBS aired it anyway.
President Trump released video of his CBS News interview with Lesley Stahl days before it was scheduled to air. Here’s how the network handled it.
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Her commitment underscores Democrats’ confidence that they will retain the House majority after Election Day.
Fact CheckerAnalysis
Joe Biden has consistently said he would raise taxes on people making more than $400,000, so this ad clips out the number over and over.
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The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Nov. 30 on the Trump administration’s appeal to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census.
The TrailerAnalysis
Also in this edition: Suburban Republicans try a different message than Trump, and why the GOP is hopeful that a new Supreme Court would go their way on election rules.

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

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The two countries have been engaged in heavy fighting after an initial truce brokered by Russia two weeks ago quickly fell apart.
Women’s rights activists are protesting after a court ruling amounted to a near ban.
Kashgar’s old city in China’s western Xinjiang province, where all residents are now being tested for the coronavirus. (Lorenz Huber for The Post)
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A Georgia mother battles for her 11-year-old son, Ahav — already vulnerable to some of the worst disparities in the U.S. health-care system even before the coronavirus pandemic made things worse. 
Zeta is most likely to come ashore the Gulf Coast at tropical-storm strength, but there’s an outside chance it could cross the coast as a hurricane.
This part of a 227-acre parcel in Georgia was protected under a conservation easement, resulting in a multimillion dollar tax write-off. (Elijah Nouvelage for The Post)
Syndicated conservation easements — tax breaks granted to protect undeveloped land — have become more common over the last decade, but they are attracting increasing scrutiny from lawmakers and the IRS as a means for the wealthy to avoid paying their appropriate share of taxes.
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Zane Gonzalez kicks the game-winning field goal in overtime for the Cardinals. (Getty Images)
Arizona got a 48-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez with 15 seconds remaining in overtime to beat Seattle, 37-34.
World SeriesPerspective
Power bats and power arms define baseball now, but the Dodgers-Rays World Series has had much more.
Jim Harbaugh has a keeper in new quarterback Joe Milton, and this Michigan team could be one, too.
While Adam Nayman’s new book, “Masterworks: Paul Thomas Anderson,” analyzes Anderson’s movies, these five films raised the director’s game.
Critic’s Notebook
Renata Busettini and Max Ferrero’s photos reveal real people dealing with harsh economic conditions.
William Blinn1937–2020
Blinn wrote for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song” and “Roots,” as well as the Prince movie “Purple Rain.”
Painting styles run the gamut from abstract to representational with spontaneity and verve.