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Google Up Against Laws That Thwarted Microsoft (and Others Since 1890)
The Justice Department’s antitrust case points to restrictive contracts, a focus that a professor said “is as old as the Sherman Act.”

The DOJ's Google Antitrust Lawsuit: What To Know
The suit is the first antitrust action against the company to result from investigations by American regulators.

McConnell Advises White House Not to Strike Stimulus Deal With Pelosi
Senator Mitch McConnell advised the White House not to strike pre-election stimulus deal with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Follow the latest here.

A Third Coronavirus Surge Has Taken Root in the U.S.
After weeks of spread and warnings in certain areas, the latest wave threatens to be the worst of the pandemic yet. Follow updates here.

No, New York Isn’t Putting New Jersey on the Quarantine List
The governor said he would not restrict travelers from New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania, despite virus spikes in those states.

Florida Breaks an Early Voting Record; Crowds Gather in Wisconsin
More than 339,152 Floridians went to the polls on Monday. Voters waited for more than two hours to cast their ballots in Wisconsin. Here’s the latest.

An N.Y.C. Enclave Where Trump Flags Fly
Breezy Point, a private enclave in Queens, is a bastion of Trump supporters in liberal New York City.

Will Florida, the Recount State, Be Ready for the Election?
Elections supervisors say the hard-earned lessons of the 2000 presidential recount and other messes have taught them well. But the challenges are already apparent.

With College Campuses Quiet, Some Democrats Fear Losing Students’ Votes
Representative Elissa Slotkin, who narrowly won her Michigan district in 2018, is worried about missing out on thousands of reliably Democratic votes from Michigan State University.

Democrats Gain in Georgia Senate Races as Presidential Race Remains Tied
Our latest survey shows a shift toward Biden among college-educated white voters, but surprising Trump gains among nonwhite voters.

How the ‘Spygate’ Attacks Fizzled
The baseless espionage narrative, which fueled right-wing conspiracy theories for years, has quietly faded from view.

After Doping Scandal, Russia Hacked the Olympics, U.S. and Britain Say
After suffering embarrassment over its doping scheme, Russia tried cyberattacks against the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and was targeting the postponed Tokyo Olympics too, American and British officials said.

Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me
Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. As an ex-convict — and also the son of a crime victim — I can tell you it’s not that simple.

Google, Early Voting, World Series: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

The Ottoman Empire’s Influence on the Present Day
Alan Mikhail talks about “God’s Shadow,” and Benjamin Lorr discusses “The Secret Life of Groceries.”

Kara Swisher speaks to Trevor Potter, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and expert on American elections
Inside the intricate legal battle to make sure every vote counts in 2020.

Modern Love Podcast Season Premiere
Listen to “Driveway Elegies” — stories of heartache and home.

Trump Is Giving Up
Against both the coronavirus and Joe Biden, the president’s strategy increasingly accepts defeat.

A Priest Who Left the Church for Love
They wanted to marry. But he’d taken a vow of celibacy.

The Justice Dept.’s Lawsuit Against Google: Too Little, Too Late
The time to do anything substantive about the overwhelming power of the giant tech companies passed very long ago.

I’m Drowning in Campaign Lit and Freaking Out About My Mail-In Ballot
Greetings from swing state Pennsylvania.

The Dystopian Police State the Trump Administration Wants
Law enforcement’s problems could get even worse.

What Fans of ‘Herd Immunity’ Don’t Tell You
A proposal to let people with low risk of infection live without constraint could lead to a million or more preventable deaths.

How Should an Atheist Think About Death?
The philosopher Todd May is an atheist who rejects the supernatural, but not the people who believe in it.

Why Biden Will Need to Spend Big
The economic case for deficit spending is overwhelming.

The Real Divide in America Is Between Political Junkies and Everyone Else
Most Americans view politics as two camps bickering endlessly and fruitlessly over unimportant issues.

I Am Watching My Planet, My Home, Die
Our world cannot survive four more years of the Trump administration’s environmental policy.

I Was Reagan’s Solicitor General. Here’s What Biden Should Do With the Court.
Joe Biden should be open to enlarging the number of justices. But first, he should see if the conservative majority overplays its hand.

Despite Everything, People Still Have Weddings at ‘Plantation’ Sites
Weddings help pay for education at American labor camp sites and connect us with history. Is that good enough?

How Women in Major League Baseball Found Support in a Group Text
In 2019, Jen Wolf felt a lack of support for women like her trying to find work in professional baseball. The group chat she started has become a rare place for mentoring and understanding.

Martin Amis Offers the ‘Inside Story’ of His Relationships With Three Famous Writers
Amis’s new book is a “novelized autobiography” in which he writes warmly and familiarly about Philip Larkin, Saul Bellow and Christopher Hitchens.

U.S. and Russia Appear to Edge Toward Extension of Nuclear Treaty
Russia proposed that the two countries make a “political obligation” to freeze their existing arsenals of warheads for one year.

Elliott Broidy Pleads Guilty in Foreign Lobbying Case
A former fund-raiser for President Trump admitted to a role in a covert campaign to influence the administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.

Spencer Davis, Whose Band Helped Power the Sound of the ’60s, Dies at 81
Hits like “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man” made the Spencer Davis Group, based in Britain, famous worldwide and launched the career of its lead singer, Steve Winwood.

San Francisco's CAREN Bill Opposes 911 Racial Profiling
The legislation has an eye-catching acronym, CAREN, and would allow lawsuits against people who are motivated by bias when calling the police.

Rush Limbaugh Says His Lung Cancer Is ‘Going in the Wrong Direction’
The radio host, who announced in February that he had lung cancer, told his listeners that there was “some progression” of cancer despite treatment.

Breonna Taylor Grand Juror Says Homicide Charges Were Not Presented
A judge gave grand jurors in the case permission to speak publicly, a rare move that immediately led one juror to speak out.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REX Mission Completes Quick Touch of Bennu Asteroid
The spacecraft attempted to suck up rocks and dirt from the asteroid, which could aid humanity’s ability to divert one that might slam into Earth.

Mi’kmaq Lobstermen in Nova Scotia Face Attacks by Fishermen
A battle over the lucrative lobster industry in Nova Scotia has become the latest flash point in a series of abuses of Indigenous people in Canada.

How to Get Your Friends to Stop Treating You Like a Therapist
Maintaining our own emotional equilibrium is essential if we’re to be fully present for our companions.

How to Grow (and Eat) a Pawpaw
When to plant and when to harvest this native North American fruit.

The Science Behind Your Child’s Tantrums
And how to nip them in the bud before they start.

The Promise of Pawpaw
Issues like climate change, economic inequity and access to food have brought more attention to this creamy fruit and its resilient tree.

The Unintended Racial Horror of ‘Lovecraft Country’
The HBO series, which just wrapped up its first season, aimed to upend stereotypes and create a heroic Black story set in Jim Crow America. But it delivered a muddled narrative with sloppy execution.

As Far as Luc Tuymans Is Concerned, Nothing Is Original
In advance of a new exhibition, the acclaimed Belgian artist discusses his process and how the pandemic has shifted his perspective.

I Used a Sperm Donor. Should I Introduce My Daughter to Her Half Siblings?
The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether to make your donor’s numerous offspring part of your child’s family — and more.

Tiny Love Stories: ‘Our Refuge From Reality’
Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.

Doctors May Have Found Secretive New Organs in the Center of Your Head
They appear to be a fourth pair of large salivary glands, tucked into the space where the nasal cavity meets the throat.

Drug May Extend A.L.S. Patients' Lives by Several Months, Study Finds
The two-drug combination invented by college students is one of many potential therapies being tested for this paralyzing fatal condition.

Coronavirus Vaccine: Pfizer Says It Won't Seek Authorization Before Mid-November
Friday’s announcement represents a shift in tone for the company and its leader, who has repeatedly emphasized the month of October in interviews and public appearances.

Remdesivir Fails to Prevent Covid-19 Deaths in Huge Trial
Critics said the study, sponsored by the W.H.O., was too poorly conducted to be definitive.

Fiancée Sues Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi Killing
The fiancée of the slain Washington Post journalist sued Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an attempt to learn more about the 2018 killing.

Should a Neutral-Site World Series Become Baseball’s New Normal?
Scott Boras, the most sport’s most powerful agent, thinks M.L.B.’s marquee event deserves more pageantry, which isn’t easy to produce quickly in a two-city Series.

Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today
Researchers are planning to intentionally infect volunteers with the coronavirus.

Spelling Bee
Puzzle throughout the day to see how many words you can find.

The Crossword, the Mini and More
Solve the daily puzzle edited by Will Shortz, or try out other games like the Mini and Letter Boxed.

Our soothing matching game may help you de-stress.

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