Democracy Dies in Darkness
Polls show that Latinos could be a decisive constituency in battleground states across the country — not only where they are recognized as a burgeoning political force, but also in places like Michigan and North Carolina, where they are a growing part of the electorate.
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Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania have all hit new weekly average highs in recent days, and in Florida and Georgia, case counts are growing again after having fallen from summer highs.
A 24/7 war room will operate from Election Day until local officials are confident in the results. It shows just how far DHS’s cybersecurity agency has come since 2016.
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Which states would Biden or Trump need to win to get to 270 electoral votes?
Jeremy Carl, who has called Black Lives Matter a racist organization, cited an opinion by a leading alt-right figure who said Black people destroy any civilization they control.
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The legacy of slavery — and the centuries of theft it entails — does not dwell in the long-forgotten past for Black people. It’s our now.
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How the election is deepening divisions in a small Pennsylvania town
In the small town of Milford, Pa., neighbors with opposing political views live side by side. Some feel threatened, others are calling for more understanding.
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Allegheny County workers process mail ballots Thursday at the Election Division's warehouse in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Local election officials are bracing for possible legal filings challenging the tabulation of mail-in and absentee ballots, which have arrived in record-shattering numbers ahead of Election Day. 
The House speaker cited a litany of differences in a letter to the treasury secretary days ahead of election.

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Biden is leading (+10) the national polling average.

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Biden

53%

Trump

43%

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Average of national polls since Oct. 12 that meet Washington Post standards for transparency and quality. Includes polls by CNN, Economist-YouGov, NBC-WSJ, PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist, SurveyMonkey-Tableau and Quinnipiac University.

The report concluded that the party did not adequately address anti-Semitism within its ranks during Corbyn’s time at the helm.
The attack came less than two weeks after a gruesome beheading related to cartoons deemed sacrilegious to some Muslims.
President Tsai Ing-wen waves after addressing supporters following her reelection on Jan. 11, 2020 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Carl Court/Getty Images)
Others play down fears of a less supportive stance toward Taipei, pointing to a fundamental shift in U.S.-China relations.
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The battles between Armenia and Azerbaijan have claimed thousands of lives and may escalate further.
Two referendum questions were put to voters alongside Oct. 17 elections in which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term.
The storm affected 17 early-voting centers on the second-to-last day of early voting in Georgia, where polls show tight presidential and congressional races.
The world’s largest retailer said Thursday that customers can continue to purchase guns and ammunition by request. Walmart currently sells firearms at about half of its 4,700 U.S. stores.
Teressa Raiford, the founder of the non-profit "Don't Shoot PDX," is a write-in candidate for Portland's mayoral election on Nov. 3. (Video: Monica Rodman/Photo: K. Kendall/The Post)
RetropolisThe Past, Rediscovered
Teressa Raiford was 11 when her grandparents found dead possums outside Burger Barn, one of the city's only Black-owned restaurants. The officers responsible called it a prank, not a racist attack.
Falwell, who resigned in August as president of the evangelical school, alleges that the university accepted without verification what he called false statements made by a man who had an affair with Falwell’s wife.
Christian Zionist activist Mike Evans sued Georgia megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin over fundraising to benefit Holocaust survivors in Israel. 
The average is the highest in the region since Aug. 8 and mirrors a national increase.
The large and conspicuous banner, visible to hundreds of thousands of motorists, was taken down by its backers to make way for a state project to ease traffic snarls.
Zoey Schneider, 9, affixes spiders to webs as she decorates her front porch with parents Drew and Heather. (Bill O’Leary/The Post)
With socially distant parades, scavenger hunts and candy chutes, the pandemic has shifted celebrations away from traditional trick-or-treating.
It’s chilly today and into Halloween. Frost and freeze are possible tonight in western parts of the area.
Shibuya Eatery, from veteran chef Darren Norris, serves expert noodles, skewers and more
From a dog-friendly cemetery to nearby hiking trails, Mass Ave has a little bit of everything.
Virtual film festivals, trivia nights, concerts and poetry slams offer an escape for everyone staying at home.
The collective shrug from analysts highlights the depths of investor faith in the iPhone maker and its CEO, Tim Cook.
“There is a risk of civil unrest across the country,” Zuckerberg said on his company’s third-quarter earnings call. “Given this, companies like ours need to go well beyond what we’ve done before.”
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Pandemic-fueled online shopping, coupled with the expected crush of holiday sales, has led Amazon to add 400,000 jobs this year.
YouTube now has 30 million paid subscribers, up from 20 million at the beginning of the year.
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Quarterback Trevor Lawrence waves to fans after a home game against Syracuse. (AP)
Lawrence is a leading candidate to go No. 1 overall in next year's NFL draft.
Cornhuskers fans are seeing big red after the Nebraska-Wisconsin game was canceled. 
The cuts include advance scout Jim Cuthbert, minor league coaches Patrick Anderson and Billy Gardner, pro scout Colin Sabean and special front-office assistant Terry Wetzel.
Atlanta beat Carolina, 25-17, as Teddy Bridgewater throws a final-minute interception for the Panthers after reentering the game following a third-quarter exit on a play on which two Atlanta defenders were called for illegal hits.
The former heavyweight champions will headline a four-bout card on Nov. 28 at Staples Center.
Brandy performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC/AP)
After an eight-year stretch between albums, R&B singer Brandy is a household name again.
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The master storyteller, who died Wednesday at 81, was one of the greatest saloon poets of the 20th century.
What might have been an earnest historical novel about the labor movement is transformed by Walter’s irresistible voice and characters.
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The novel may be obsessed with death, but it’s never dour.
Fans were thrilled for "Big Brother: All Stars" — only to be disappointed in this season, which Cody Calafiore won on Wednesday night.