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What Happens to the Unemployed When the Checks Run Out

Millions face a steep and immediate drop in spending power when federal jobless benefits end this month, with a sharp rise in the poverty rate.

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‘An Indelible Stain’: How the G.O.P. Tried to Topple a Pillar of Democracy

The Supreme Court repudiation of President Trump was also a blunt rebuke to Republican leaders who had put their interests ahead of the country’s.

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They're Among the World's Oldest Living Things. Climate Change Is Killing Them

California’s redwoods, sequoias and Joshua trees define the American West and nature’s resilience through the ages. Wildfires this year were their deadliest test.

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Maria Fernanda Madrigal Delgado

What Happens Next for DACA’s "Dreamers"

A judge ordered the Trump administration to reinstate protections for young immigrants brought to the country as children. But their status remains precarious.

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The Georgia runoffs, explained

To win two hotly contested Senate runoff races, Democrats in Georgia need a lot of things to go right.

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Inside the Fight to Win Latino Voters for the G.O.P.

For 10 years, Libre — an arm of the Koch family’s Americans for Prosperity — has been working to foster conservatism in Hispanic communities. They're going all-in on Georgia’s Senate runoffs.

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Even as Trump Claimed Fraud, These Republicans Didn’t Bend

In key states, Republican election officials and judges refuted conspiracy theories, certified results, dismissed lawsuits and repudiated a president of their own party.

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How To Prevent Up To 40 Million Americans From Being Evicted

Millions of Americans face eviction in a “completely predictable and entirely preventable” crisis as the CDC’s moratorium is set to expire on New Year’s Eve.

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Trump Using Last Days to Lock In Policies and Make Biden’s Task More Difficult

At a wide range of departments and agencies, Mr. Trump’s political appointees are going to extraordinary lengths to try to prevent Mr. Biden from rolling back the president’s legacy.

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How fake news aimed at Latino voters on social media

Democrats are paying attention after a surprising number of Latino voters in swing states supported Trump.

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Threats and Tensions Rise as Trump and Allies Attack Elections Process

Confrontations have escalated in swing states, with elections officials in both parties facing threats of violence, as the president and other Republicans try to subvert the country’s voting system.

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How A Record Number Of Republican Women Will — And Won’t — Change Congress

At least 142 women will take their seats in the next Congress, according to ABC News1 election projections, and that number could continue to grow.

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Want a Preview of President Biden? Look to the Campaign Trail

He is returning to a Washington he knows well. And the path he took to get back offers a road map for how he’ll govern.

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Republicans Rewrite an Old Playbook on Disenfranchising Black Americans

As they try to somehow reverse Joe Biden’s victory, President Trump and his allies have targeted heavily Black cities, painting them as corrupt and trying to throw out huge numbers of votes.

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Frank LaRose, a Republican who serves as Ohio’s secretary of state

Election Officials Say No Evidence of Voter Fraud

The president and his allies have baselessly claimed that rampant voter fraud stole victory from him. Officials contacted by The Times said that there were no irregularities that affected the outcome.

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When the Virus Came for the American Dream

Buford Highway, in suburban Atlanta, has long been a place where immigrant entrepreneurs could build businesses and get ahead. Not this year.

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Can Trump Change the Election Outcome?

Republicans’ election-related lawsuits don’t amount to much. But as this video explains, the future of election law under the new US Supreme Court is a different story.

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Where Does Joe Biden Stand on Major Policies?

Here’s an overview on President-elect Biden’s positions on coronavirus, health care, the economy, taxes and climate change.

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The Disinformation Is Coming From Inside the White House

The president and his allies have united right-wing media and internet trolls with false messaging that legitimate vote counting should stop.

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Red And Blue Shifts Happen. That’s Not Evidence Of Fraud.

As the hours pass, some battleground states have swung back and forth between Joe Biden leads and Donald Trump leads. As this FiveThirtyEight video explains, that’s not a sign of corruption or fraud.

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With His Path to Re-election Narrowing, Trump Turns to the Courts

The president pursued lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Michigan, and his campaign said it would demand a recount in Wisconsin.

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Exhausted and Anxious, Voters Find the Country More Divided Than Ever

“The great wedge in America just got bigger last night,” said Dan Hensley, a longtime Republican who voted for Joe Biden.

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What we’ve learned from the vote count of the presidential race

The key swing states remaining in the presidential contest still haven’t been called. But as the count has continued, there have been some indications of who might win overall.

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We Have Never Had Final Results on Election Day

President Trump has been trying to pre-emptively delegitimize ballots counted after Nov. 3. But states have always counted past election night.

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