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Leading the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc, Ginsburg was a legal pioneer who backed affirmative action and defended abortion rights.
The Senate leader, who blocked former president Barack Obama’s nominee for much of 2016, is pressing ahead within weeks of the Nov. 3 election.
Top Republicans signaled a push to vote on a new justice nominated by Trump, while Joe Biden and other Democrats said the decision should be delayed until after Inauguration Day.
For now, the Supreme Court has only eight members to confront potentially history-shaping issues resulting from one of the nation’s most contentious presidential elections.
The crowds began arriving at the steps of the Court plaza minutes after the news of Ginsburg’s death hit social media. By 9:30 p.m., the crowd had swelled to at least 1,000 people.
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Election 2020
The former vice president is increasingly taking aim at working-class voters who swung in 2016 to President Trump, targeting his political arguments at more rural pockets in the industrial Midwest as he casts the incumbent as an out-of-touch billionaire.
Early voting for the November election kicked off Friday in four states as voters showed up in person to cast their ballots, driven by a sense of urgency about the divisive presidential election. Many voters said they were unlikely to change their minds before Election Day and were eager for their votes to count.
The announcement marks a sharp reversal from the president’s past approach toward disaster aid for the U.S. territory, assistance that Trump and his administration had held up even as the island struggled to recover from hurricane Maria, which ravaged it in September 2017.
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The president’s efforts to disparage the agency complicated efforts to negotiate a new contract with the e-commerce giant, internal documents show.
The Chinese government hasn’t named which companies would land on the “Unreliable Entities List,” but state media has previously mentioned Apple if relations with the U.S. continued to fray.
Giancarlo Granda says Becki and Jerry Falwell preyed on him sexually. The evangelical couple says their young business partner tried to extort money from them.
The bronze statue “Raise Up” is part of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., honoring thousands of people killed in lynchings. (AP)
It’s the first such government-backed commission created to confront a jurisdiction’s brutal history of lynchings and increase the public’s understanding of the practice.
Police departments have reported a spate of retirements and say recruitment is increasingly difficult. Officers were further shaken by the Sept. 12 ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies as they sat in a police car. 
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FBI Director Christopher A. Wray testified in Congress about Russian interference in the 2020 election and antifa protesters. He gave answers Trump didn’t like.
A failure by Congress to pass the stopgap spending bill by the end of the month would lead to a shutdown on Oct. 1, just weeks before the election.
A man gets his temperature checked at Newark Liberty International Airport. (Getty Images)
Under the legislation, the Transportation Security Administration would have 30 days to create a pilot program for travelers to have their temperatures scanned.
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Crowds gather at Supreme Court to mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
People gathered in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 18 to hold a vigil for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the steps of the Supreme Court.
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Trump and Biden supporters hold signs as Trump's motorcade arrives at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., in August. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Analysis
About 40 percent of each group knew no one at all who supported the other candidate. Post-polling of the 2016 presidential election showed a similar gulf.
In a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center said contributions made by relatives and employees of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as recently as 2018 merit scrutiny.
Analysis
With a month and a half to go before the 2020 election, the Trump administration apparently is over whatever hang-ups it had about Puerto Rico's corruption.
The Metro board unanimously endorsed several service cuts, including reduced Metrorail hours, which would take effect next year. (Bill O’Leary/The Post)
Lacking fare revenue, the transit agency has signaled it could cut rail hours and lay off hundreds of workers.
In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) eased restrictions on indoor dining to coincide with a new statewide restaurant week promotion that his administration created.
Nearly two dozen students in Denton Hall have contracted the coronavirus, triggering new rules for their neighbors.
An expert report concluded systems of discrimination and retaliation exist within the county’s police force, but portions of the material were redacted that public defenders say could impact their client’s cases.
As recently as Monday, it still felt like beach weather. But temperatures have hovered in the low 70s ever since, and they’ll turn even cooler this weekend.
Temperatures are as much as 10 to 15 degrees below normal, but it's still rather comfortable.
Pro-democracy protesters rally Saturday in Bangkok to call for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in the monarchy. (Jorge Silva/Reuters)
Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, a 22-year-old student activist, has emerged as a leading figure in the pro-democracy movement, stepping forward to openly criticize the monarchy.
Israel, Spain and France show that even with strong policies, it’s hard to keep the virus at bay.
Despite abductions and expulsions, activists — including many women — are holding their ground.
Smoke from wildfires fills the sky over Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo)
Wildfire smoke has blanketed the state, but its ill effects are not evenly distributed. Wealthier families can get away for a while, or at least hunker down in air-purified homes. Poorer residents are sweltering and coughing without proper defenses.
As many as 100 people were at a backyard party when the shooting started just before 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, interim Police Chief Mark Simmons told reporters. 
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck southern California late Friday night.
Analysis
Academics who study how democracies die offered dire warnings about a second term for President Trump.
Jerry Harris, a prominent figure in the Netflix docuseries “Cheer,” was sued Monday by twin boys in Texas who allege he solicited sex, sent over sexually explicit images and requested nude photos.
Dwayne Haskins is out to prove he deserves to be the Washington Football Team's franchise quarterback. (Jonathan Newton/The Post)
Before he coached Dwayne Haskins, Ron Rivera got some important advice from Urban Meyer: Challenge him.
The Nationals' Kyle Finnegan, 29, made the majors this summer after seven years in the minors. He wished his family could have seen it first-hand.
The SEC has yet to resume, and seven games were canceled or postponed over coronavirus concerns.
Fedde allowed one hit in six scoreless innings to lift Washington to a 5-0 victory, but Miami mauled Wil Crowe and the bullpen to take the second game, 14-3.
The series marks an unusual end to an unconventional season, which paused for months amid the pandemic and then shifted to Canada for the postseason.
Geoff Edgers and Jalen Rose on August 21, 2020 in Edgers’ twice weekly Instagram Live show “Stuck with Geoff.” (The Post)
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In an era when the genre was focused on girl-chasing and lewd jokes, this high school romp starring Emma Stone redefined coming-of-age confidence.
Book Review
A selection of Van Gogh’s correspondence gives us a fuller picture of the man behind the mercurial reputation.
Even with the local nightlife on hold, D.C.’s native funk music feels as resonant as ever.
Perspective
“Nomadland,” a modern-day road picture starring Frances McDormand, was one of several festival films that felt eerily of-the-moment.
Scuba divers explore the Dixie Arrow wreck. (Ann Sommers)
As a Black immigrant woman, I often find that national parks can be lonely places. It’s time for that to change.
Veterans offer newly fledged digital nomads tips for life on the road when the temperature drops.
Perspective
There are apps for that — and strategies that don’t require membership in loyalty programs.
In the market for an abandoned cruise ship? The company has announced plans to sell off older ships in the coming months.