Democracy Dies in Darkness
For now, the early numbers overwhelmingly favor Democrats, but the gap has narrowed in several battleground states in recent days.
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Among the charges: Mar-a-Lago billed the government $3 apiece for glasses of water for Trump and Japan's Shinzo Abe.
Oshkosh, Wis., is both a political hotspot and a hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic as Election Day approaches. (Darren Hauck for The Post)
Oshkosh, Wis., is a political hotspot, a city of 67,000 in one of the key counties that twice backed Barack Obama and then helped elect Donald Trump. The state is likely to again be crucial to the outcome of the race for president.
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In remarks Tuesday in Orlando, the former president went after President Trump in strikingly personal terms.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) acknowledged in an interview that liberal donors have expanded the map to give Democrats more paths to the majority.
A neighborhood in Cupertino, Calif. (Sam Hall/Bloomberg News)
Police said two officers fatally shot a Black man armed with a knife on Monday. The man's family said he was suffering a mental health crisis. In the hours after the shooting, about 300 protesters massed in the streets.
The judge halted the governor from removing the statue of the Confederate general right away, giving the group trying to save it time to appeal.
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Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)
Some observers wonder whether the 2000 decision could play a role in the litany of voting disputes reaching the high court this election cycle.
President Trump’s campaign revolves around large outdoor events, populated by fans who often ignore mandates to wear masks and invariably ignore social distancing concerns. 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is seeking reelection to a seventh six-year term, dismissed the issue as a media fixation, despite his own history of health issues related to his heart and a serious fall last year that left him out of the public eye for five weeks.

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

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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.

Officials in at least three Canadian provinces have linked Thanksgiving gatherings held in October to rising coronavirus case numbers.
A record number of Americans have been trying to give up citizenship this year. But their plans have been delayed because of cutbacks to consular services, leaving the would-be renouncers to consider the potential consequences: closed bank accounts, canceled loans and disrupted lives.
A tank is used as a monument at the entrance of the city of Chouchi, overlooking Stepanakert, in Nagorno-Karabakh. (Alexis Pazoumian)
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The government’s heavy-handed tactics threaten to undermine the legitimacy of the election.
Some women want prosecutors to open an investigation into who was behind the public burials.
As several voting-rights legal battles play out, Postal Service delays have forced the presidential campaigns to shake up their playbooks.
Red flag warnings blanketed the entire state for “critical” fire conditions because of dry weather and strong winds in some higher elevations. At one point, almost 1 million Californians were without power because of deliberate power cuts to reduce the risk of sparking a major blaze. 
D.C., Maryland and Virginia reported daily numbers above their recent averages, with each jurisdiction seeing a rise this month.
Police were attempting to stop moped driver Karon Hylton when he struck a car in Northwest.
Virginia Military Institute cadets march during the 2013 inauguration parade for President Obama in Washington, D.C. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
Students venting on Jodel, which is widely used at the Virginia Military Institute, offer an unfiltered glimpse of bigotry at the school.
Some political advertisers said their ads were blocked despite being submitted and approved before the Oct. 27 deadline.
The company said it the ads would be banned for at least a week following the election, anticipating that results may take longer to come in.
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The Houston Astros celebrate their World Series victory in 2017. (AP)
Ben Reiter’s reconsideration of the Astros comes as other writers — together with fans, executives and players — are also thinking about what the sign-stealing scandal meant to the sport.
Dallas could be facing big decisions this offseason, and New England is struggling without Tom Brady.
After seven games, the most important lesson is that this team doesn’t know who its franchise quarterback is, although cornerstone defenders have emerged.
Asked about his plans for 2021, the quarterback said, “We’ll just have to see how things unfold.”
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said the sprinter’s prosthetics provide an unnatural advantage.
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The story of a hair weave with a mind of its own satirizes racist beauty norms.
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Washington’s debut novel, following his acclaimed story collection ‘Lot,’ captures the complexities of love, race and what connects us
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A provocative exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston harnesses the creative energy of hip-hop and Afrofuturism.
"Folklore" is the ninth album from Swift to sell more than a million copies in the United States.