Democracy Dies in Darkness
President Trump cast Joe Biden as a ­scandal-plagued politician who failed over decades in office. Biden portrayed Trump as a demagogue who criminally abused immigrants and mishandled the pandemic.
(Video: Monica Akhtar/The Post; photo: Jabin Botsford/The Post)
The TakeAnalysis
The debate was different in tone, but whether it shakes up the race, as Trump hopes, is questionable.
The CritiquePerspective
Having to muzzle the president to salvage a debate is nothing to brag about. But at least it worked.
A memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis is lit with candles on Oct. 14, which would have been his 47th birthday. (Joshua Lott/The Post)
Floyd moved to a new city to heal a broken body and wilted dreams. But his race and criminal record made it hard to get beyond his past.
Coronavirus cases have peaked — for now — in the world’s second-most-populous country. Each day this week, India has reported fewer new cases than the United States.
Some Republicans said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is making unacceptable compromises in stimulus talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Analysis
Real-time pandemic data paints a vivid picture of the relationship between mask-wearing and the prevalence of covid-19 symptoms.
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Amy Coney Barrett secured committee approval with only Republican votes, as Democratic senators boycotted the proceedings. The approval clears the way for Senate confirmation next week.
The court sided with a lower court judge’s ruling that orders Uber and Lyft to stop classifying drivers as independent contractors.
In Greensburg, Kan., municipal buildings must be LEED-certified. (Larry Schwarm for The Post)
Climate Solutions
After a tornado nearly destroyed tiny Greensburg, Kan., the city rebuilt itself as an energy efficient wonder powered by 100 percent wind energy. 
Walmart is suing the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis.
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NBC’s Kristen Welker maintains order for final presidential debate
NBC’s Kristen Welker moderated the final presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Oct. 22.
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Biden cash advantage had grown insurmountable for Trump as of mid-October, in the final weeks of the campaign.
The day after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, the number of people giving to Democrats in competitive races rose sevenfold, data shows.
A view from the International Space Station. (ESA/Getty Images Europe)
The opportunity to “vote while you float” begins before an astronaut’s flight and culminates in the submission of an encrypted electronic ballot from orbit. 

National polling average

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

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Biden

52%

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 Economist-YouGov, NBC-WSJ, PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist, SurveyMonkey-Tableau and Quinnipiac University.

Chinese soldiers march after a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of China's entry into the Korean War at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 23. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
With U.S.-China tensions at the highest point in years, a barrage of state media coverage and a blistering speech by Chinese leader Xi Jinping hammered home the message.
The Trump administration is sanctioning Iran but no action has been taken against the Kremlin for its recent hacking operations.
Today's WorldViewAnalysis
Over the course of Trump’s tenure in office, few people have cut more contrasting a figure than the pontiff.
As fears rise about voter suppression, violence and a potentially contested outcome in the United States, the Europeans say they hope their efforts will help assure Americans the vote is legitimate.
It joined Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia and Uganda on Thursday to sign a nonbinding international declaration opposing abortion, in a rebuke of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
Career federal employees whose work involves making policy would no longer be hired under competitive procedures, under an executive order issued Wednesday. “This is the most profound undermining of the civil service in our lifetimes,” the president of the American Federation of Government Employees said.
Smoke obscures the sun south of Lyons, Colo., on Oct. 21, with several wildfires burning in the state. (AP)
A dire wildfire crisis is unfolding in Colorado after a blaze exploded sixfold in size in just 24 hours. With the explosive growth of the East Troublesome Fire, three of the top five blazes on record in Colorado have occurred this year.
Legislation is helping homeowners who blanch at racist covenants still on the books.
The incident came as tensions have flared at other early-voting sites across the country.
Experts say wrongful fire convictions are disturbingly common, because investigators often lack up-to-date education and advanced training.
As federal stimulus talks drag on in Congress, Maryland's governor  announced that he would use roughly half of the budget savings from last year to expand existing state programs and fund new ones to help floundering small businesses. 
Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg sets up white flags representing each life lost to covid-19 in the United States. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)
Perspective
“Words no longer matter,” said the artist showing us — visually — the enormity of 220,000 dead.
Morning fog is around the next two mornings before humid air exits the region for a bit.
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The bank will attempt to retrieve $174 million in salaries and bonuses from executives for failing to supervise the transactions, the board of directors announced.
More than 400 companies are seeking to join the anti-Apple coalition, a remarkable outpouring against Apple. For years, developers were reluctant to say anything negative about the tech giant, but that is changing.
A group alleges the company violated workers’ rights with aggressive in-app messaging urging support for the company’s position on a November ballot measure.
The investigation began last year after Facebook was fined $5 billion as part of a privacy probe.
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Justin Turner reacts after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game 2. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Two of baseball’s most potent forces — the Dodgers’ high-octane offense and the Rays’ rally-crushing bullpen — are clashing nightly during this World Series.
The Washington coach was told by the legendary John Madden years ago that, when it came to tough calls, a coach has to rely on his gut. Rivera has kept that advice close.
Analysis
Gase’s record as an NFL head coach is now 30-40, with 31 of those 40 losses by 10 points or more — the most double-digit losses of any head coach since 2016.
From left, Hugh Grant, Nicole Kidman and Noah Jupe as the Fraser family in “The Undoing.” (HBO)
TV Review
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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.
At the CMT Music Awards, Noah Cyrus's outfit shocked social media, while Blake Shelton made a surprisingly candid comment in his acceptance speech.