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            The battle to confirm Amy Coney Barrett plunged a Senate already bruised by years of tit-for-tat skirmishes in the judicial wars into deeper partisan acrimony.?
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            The new justice said judges declare independence not only from Congress and the president who appointed them, but also from their own private beliefs.
            The vote was 5 to 3, with conservative justices saying federal courts were interfering too much in election procedure choices that should be left to local officials.
            As an increasingly conservative Supreme Court again takes up the Affordable Care Act, athletes should be concerned.
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            Polls have not shown this playing a particularly huge role in the battle for the Senate.
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            Edwin M. Stanton was confirmed in 1869 without a single vote from a Democrat, kicking off a tangled story spanning three presidencies.?
            In Milwaukee, a field hospital has been set up at the state fairgrounds. (Reuters)
            41 states and Puerto Rico now have more hospitalizations than at the end of September.
            Records show that firms like Hertz and J.C. Penney issued six- and seven-figure payouts before asking courts to shield them from creditors during restructuring — often before erasing thousands of jobs.
            Readers rushed to the aid of the iconic bookseller after its owner called on them to #savethestrand.
            The group, “We Walk With Harriet,” finished in Kennett Square, Pa., and were met by nearly 200 supporters. (Courtesy of Historic Kennett)
            After George Floyd's killing, Linda Harris was inspired to retrace Tubman’s journey from Cambridge, Md., to Kennett Square, Pa. She found some kindred spirits.
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            The two countries signed a pact to share geospatial intelligence, paving the way for deeper military cooperation as they confront an increasingly assertive China.
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            Mitch McConnell’s Supreme Court victory. The future of the Affordable Care Act. And a shift in the White House’s thinking on how to tackle the coronavirus.
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            As Trump rails against voting by mail, this red state has embraced it
            The pandemic has pushed people to paper, with tens of millions voting by mail in the 2020 election. Here's how it works in Utah.
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            Many Americans will be able to show up at their polling locations with guns, something that has unnerved law enforcement officials and experts nationwide.
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            Democrats need to win the White House and then, given the likely loss in Alabama, gain three more seats to take over the majority. They have a path to do it but not much margin for error.
            Pastor Ken Peters prays with attendees at a Sunday morning service at a Patriot Church in Lenoir City, Tenn. (Stacy Kranitz for The Post)
            In just four years, the president has helped reshape the landscape of American Christianity by elevating Christians once considered fringe, including Messianic Jews, preachers of the prosperity gospel and self-styled prophets.
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            Only one Senate Republican opposed the confirmation of President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee.

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            “In each other,” the French and Turkish leaders “have found the ideal enemy.” They may well find it more satisfying to confront each other than to reckon with the challenges at their doorsteps.
            The unidentified American was kidnapped in the southern region known for Islamic State linked militants.
            Students search for their belongings in a room near the site of a suicide bombing at the Kawsar-e-Danish education center in Kabul on Sunday. (AFP/Getty Images)
            Debra Tice, whose son disappeared in Syria eight years ago, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was “undermining” President Trump’s efforts to jump-start negotiations between Damascus and Washington.
            The country has instituted new restrictions four times this month. But infections are soaring.
            Months after it raced in successive waves along the nation’s coasts and through the Sun Belt, the virus is reaching deep into its final frontier — the most sparsely populated states and counties.
            In his letter of resignation from the Federal Salary Council, Ronald Sanders called the order “a smoke screen for what is clearly an attempt to require the political loyalty of those who advise the President.”
            The initiative has the support of at least three council members and several council candidates.
            As in-person voting begins in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Viola Hubbard will be the site coordinator at Ballou High School.
            Biden-Harris signs in the yard of Victoria Frankhauser of McLean, Va., and Trump-Pence signs in the yard of her neighbor Pegge Caccavari. (Robb Hill for The Post)
            As the nation’s capital, Washington serves as a symbolic player in the drama, as well as a stage for the pageantry and demonstrations that could follow the election — no matter the outcome.
            A persistently cloudy period continues today and tomorrow with temperatures in the comfortable 60s.
            Twitter started pushing two new prompts Monday. One tells users: “You might encounter misleading information about voting by mail,” and directs them to a page to find out more about mail-in voting. The other reminds users that election results might be delayed because of the increase in voting by mail.
            U.S. markets swooned as investors grappled with uncertainty about stimulus negotiations and soaring coronavirus cases.
            The rising 401(k) balances so often cheered by President Trump are virtually meaningless to most Americans, data show.
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            President Trump’s angry walkout on Lesley Stahl during “60 Minutes” is the stuff SNL sketch writers dream of, but no longer have to.
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