National Politics

  Trump, Biden fight for Florida, appeal for Tuesday turnout

Both nominees are now focusing on encouraging voters to turn out on Election Day, next Tuesday.

  Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million

  Jobless claims fall to 751,000, but new infections a threat

  AP Explains: Trump pushes questions about Joe Biden’s son

Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US vote looms

  Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states

Supreme Court justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline

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  Pandemic politics: Biden shuns ‘false promises’ of fast fix

Former DHS official says he wrote ‘Anonymous’ Trump critique

  Social media CEOs get earful on bias, warning of new limits

  Media election planners prepare for a night of mystery

  Voting history of Detroit woman, 103, dates back to FDR

Trump vs. Biden: What college and student debt changes are likely

  Trump campaign website briefly defaced by cryptocurrency scam

The Trump campaign says it is working with law enforcement to investigate the source of the attack.

  Biden vows to unify and save country; Trump hits Midwest

While Biden worked to expand the electoral map in the South, Trump focused on the Democrats’ “blue wall” states that he flipped in 2016 — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Post office: Get your ballots in the mail now

For most states, the deadline to receive mail-in ballots is Election Day.

  Voters in some states unable to cast early ballots in person

That is raising concerns about heavy crowds on Nov. 3 amid a renewed spread of the coronavirus.

Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators

  Barrett sworn in at court as issues important to Trump await

Judge: US can’t replace Trump in accuser’s defamation suit

  After high court ruling, DOJ wants census challenges stopped

  Voting by mail isn’t so easy on Native American reservations

  1,000-plus faith leaders call for ‘free and fair election’

  Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath

Amy Coney Barrett is headed to the Supreme Court. The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee by a 52-48 vote, with Republicans overpowering Democratic opposition a week before Election Day.

  Trump eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel

Since 2017, the president and Republican National Committee have held several fundraisers at the president’s Washington hotel in the historic Old Post Office building, which the president’s company leases from the federal government.

  Man charged in burning of ballot drop box in Boston

Worldy Armand, a 39-year-old Boston resident, was taken into custody late Sunday after drug control unit officers on patrol saw a man who matched the description of the suspect authorities were looking for in the ballot box fire, police said.

  Stocks have their worst day in a month as virus cases surge

Stocks are slumping sharply in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday and deepening last week’s losses, as a troubling climb in coronavirus counts threatens the global economy.

  Record voter turnout ahead of Virginia 2020 Presidential election

Virginia Democrats and Republicans are making that final push, as voters turn out in droves to vote early.

  Stimulus standoff in Washington imperils jobless and small businesses

It’s possible, if unlikely, that a small economic-relief package will be approved in a post-election “lame duck” session of Congress. More likely, a broad rescue measure could be enacted early next year.

  Jews For Trump car parade stirs protests, fights in New York

Skirmishes broke out between supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump as a Jews For Trump convoy of hundreds of cars draped with American flags and Trump 2020 banners rolled slowly through Manhattan and Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon.

  Officer suspended for blaring ‘Trump 2020’ from NYPD vehicle

The NYPD prohibits officers from “endorsing political candidates or publicly expressing personal views and opinions” about candidates while on duty or in uniform.

  Californians see power shutoffs as winds, fire danger rise

Pacific Gas & Electric started cutting power Sunday to tens of thousands of California residents and planned outages for many more to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires due to extreme fire weather.

  Trump aide: ‘We’re not going to control the pandemic’

Close to 8.6 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and about 225,000 have died; both totals are the world’s highest.

  FBI investigating fire set in Boston ballot drop box

Massachusetts election officials say a fire was set in a Boston ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what appears to have been a “deliberate attack."

  Halloween goes on at the White House with a few twists

With a bit of rejiggering, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump played host Sunday to hundreds of super-heroes, unicorns, skeletons and even a miniature version of themselves as part of a Halloween celebration at the White House.

  Rep. Spanberger, Sen. Kaine campaign in Chesterfield

Representative Abigail Spanberger made a stop in Chesterfield on Saturday to speak with voters.

  Trump campaign stops in Chesterfield

Here in Central Virginia, the Trump campaign made a stop today in Chesterfield.

  Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems' advantage

The number of people casting an early ballot in the presidential election now surpasses those who voted early during all of 2016.

  Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Monday

Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election.

  Pence to keep up travel despite contact with infected aides

The vice president's office says Pence does not have to quarantine because he is considered an essential worker.

  Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

In addition to a spike in coronavirus cases in the U.S., the percentage of people who are testing positive for COVID-19 is up in many parts of the country.

  Hanover offers ‘drive-thru’ early voting options for residents

With just 10 days until the official election day, Hanover County’s Board of Elections is trying to make voting easier by offering drive-thru voting. The best part: voters won’t even have to leave their cars.

  Trump parade travels through Richmond

If you were in the City of Richmond today, you may have seen a caravan of cars parading in support of President Donald Trump.

Chesterfield offering shuttles to two early voting locations

In Chesterfield County, voters can now take shuttles to two of the county’s early voting sites.

  Murkowski’s nod gives Barrett extra boost for Supreme Court

The fast-track confirmation process is like none other in U.S. history so close to a presidential election.

  Voter advocates hoping to stave off intimidation at polls

While gun rights advocates say fears of violence at the polls are unfounded, the toxic political atmosphere and the prospect of armed poll monitors have some worried.

Work already underway for presidential inauguration

Visitors to the U.S. Capitol and the White House can see preparations already underway for the Jan. 20 ceremony to inaugurate the to-be-determined next president.

  Battleground postal delays persist with mail voting underway

The delays are a worrisome sign for voters who still have not returned their absentee ballots.

  Trump to vote in Fla., hold 3 rallies; Biden focuses on Pa.

The coronavirus was a central topic for both candidates on Friday as Trump headed to Florida and Biden prepared to address the topic in Delaware.

  Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats’ blockade

Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, is expected to be confirmed on Monday and quickly join the court.

  Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

The deal, which would deepen Sudan’s engagement with the West, follows Trump’s conditional agreement this week to remove the North African nation from the list of state sponsors of terrorism if it pays compensation to American victims of terror attacks.

  Trump campaign tapes voters at drop boxes, threatens lawsuit

The campaign acknowledged the taping in a letter from a lawyer that complained it had caught voters on video illegally depositing multiple ballots. City elections officials responded they could not confirm the activity was inappropriate under Pennsylvania law.

  Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle

Walmart filed a lawsuit saying that the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are blaming the company for the government’s own lack of regulatory and enforcement policies to stem the crisis.

Last day to request an absentee ballot in Virginia is Oct. 23

The last day for Virginia voters to request an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, Oct. 23, and other absentee voting deadlines are right around the corner.

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

The count determines the number of congressional seats each state gets, where roads and bridges are built, how schools and health care facilities are funded, and how $1.5 trillion in federal resources are allocated annually.

  Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden scrapped over how to tame the raging coronavirus in Thursday’s final 2020 debate.

  US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

The voter intimidation operation apparently used email addresses obtained from state voter registration lists, which include party affiliation and home addresses and can include email addresses and phone numbers.

Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP senators

With Democrats boycotting the hearing, the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted to authorize the legal orders if Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey did not agree to testify voluntarily.

  Trump posts ‘60 Minutes’ interview before it airs

The footage shows Trump growing increasingly prickly as anchor Lesley Stahl presses him on the coronavirus pandemic, his slipping support with suburban women and other issues.

  GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett as Democrats boycott

Democratic senators refused to show up in protest of the GOP’s rush to install President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  Decision 2020: One-on-one with Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas

Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas and U.S. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger are in a tight race to win over voters in the seventh district.

Time replaces logo on magazine cover with ‘Vote’

The double edition is filled with articles and editorials related to the election and its implications.

Edward Snowden gains permanent residency in Russia

Snowden is a former NSA contractor who fled the U.S. to avoid prosecution after allegedly publicly disclosing classified information in 2013.

  In pitch for Biden, Obama urges voters to cast Trump out

Obama's visit underscores the significance of Pennsylvania, the swing state Biden himself has visited the most this campaign.

  US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

The allegations underscored the U.S. government's concern about efforts by foreign countries to influence the election by spreading false information.

  Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden eyes Obama boost

As Trump was on the road, Biden was meeting at his lakeside home in Wilmington, Delaware, with senior adviser Ron Klain, who is in charge of debate preparation.

Democrats to boycott Barrett vote, Senate GOP pushes ahead

The Senate is planning a rare weekend session to push the nominee toward confirmation on Monday.

  Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill have taken a modest step forward, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump’s most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House not to move ahead right now.

  US officials: Russia and Iran have obtained voter info

It is against federal law to intimidate voters, and officials in the affected areas are working with FBI and Homeland Security to find out who is behind the emails.

  Man accused of threatening Biden, Harris in note to neighbor

A Maryland man was charged Wednesday with making death threats against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris in a letter left on the doorstep of a neighbor who had yard signs supporting the candidates.

Parents of 545 children separated at border can’t be found

The families were separated between July 2017 and June 2018 under a “zero-tolerance” policy to criminally prosecute every adult who entered the country illegally from Mexico.

  Officer to be disciplined for wearing pro-Trump mask at voting site in Fla.

As a uniformed officer, wearing a political mask supporting any candidate is "unacceptable" and a violation of police department policy, officials say.

  McConnell warns White House against COVID relief deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he’ll schedule a vote if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration are able to seal an agreement on a huge COVID-19 relief bill.

Justice Dept. files landmark antitrust case against Google

The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Google for antitrust violations, alleging that it abused its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and harm consumers.

  San Francisco set to pass legislation - called CAREN - about racist 911 calls

All 11 supervisors have signed on to the CAREN legislation, guaranteeing it will pass, despite some criticism that the name is sexist and divisive.

Cough keeps Melania Trump off campaign trail

Her chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, said Tuesday that Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recent recovery from COVID-19, but has a lingering cough.

  Poll worker fired for turning away voters with BLM shirts

Tennessee law does not allow voters to wear items with the name of a candidate or a political party on them in a polling place. But state law does not bar statements such as “Black Lives Matter.”

US, Russia appear set to extend last remaining nuclear pact

Russia said Tuesday it’s ready to accept a U.S. proposal to freeze the number of nuclear warheads and extend the two nations' last arms control pact for one year and Washington responded that it’s prepared to make a quick deal.

AP finds most arrested in protests aren’t leftist radicals

Attorney General William Barr has urged his prosecutors to aggressively go after protesters who cause violence and has suggested that rarely used sedition charges could apply. But defense attorneys question why the Department of Justice has taken on some cases they say belong in state court.

  Debate commission adopts new rules to mute mics

President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will have their microphones cut off in Thursday’s debate while their rival delivers their opening two-minute answer to each of the debate topics.

Trump says Sudan will be removed from terrorism list

The decision Monday was contingent on Sudan following through on its agreement to pay $335 million to U.S. terror victims and families.