Here’s what to know about the race:
- The Bidens paid nearly $300,000 in federal income taxes on earnings of more than $985,000 in 2019, according to returns released Tuesday, following a report that Trump has paid far less in recent years.
- Want to know where Trump and Biden are on the issues? Get a rundown of their stances.
- We have a guide on how to vote in each state. A Post analysis of mail-in ballot data found a minuscule rate of potentially fraudulent ballots.
- Biden leads Trump by eight percentage points nationally, 51 percent to 43 percent, according to a Post average of polls. Biden’s margin is the same in Pennsylvania and smaller in other key states: seven points in Wisconsin and Michigan, five in Arizona, and one in Florida
Biden campaign says he plans to show up for future debates with Trump
Trump continues his misleading attacks on mail-in voting
Trump refuses to promise not to declare preemptive victory, while Biden urges calm
Trump says he is counting on the Supreme Court to settle disputes over mail-in ballots
Trump doesn’t condemn white supremacists when asked to
Trump: ‘We might not know for months’ who won election
Trump says he believes climate evidence ‘to an extent’
Trump uses Biden’s comments on his son Beau to attack Hunter
Fact Checker: Trump didn’t save Big Ten football
Biden: Country ‘weaker, sicker’ under Trump
Fact Checker: Biden misfires on violent-crime statistic
Jose Del Real: Trump’s accusation that Biden is beholden to Black Lives Matter protesters who want to “abolish the police” combined several misleading claims. Not only has Biden rejected calls to defund police departments — to the frustration of activists on the left — but polling shows the majority of Black Americans do not want decreased police presence in their communities. Sixty-one percent of Black adults in the United States said they would like police presence to stay the same, according to a Gallup poll released in August, while 20 percent said they would actually like to see police spend more time in their communities. Just 19 percent said they would like to see police spend less time in their neighborhoods.Jose Del Real, Reporter, National Political Enterprise7:21 p.m.
Matt Viser: At a time when Republicans have suggested that Democrats criticizing Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett are doing so because of her Catholic faith, religion came up only once during the first 70 minutes of the debate. It was Biden who raised it, looking toward Trump and saying, “This guy and his friends look down their nose at Irish Catholics like me who grew up in Scranton.”Matt Viser, National political reporter
Wallace urges Trump not to interrupt so much, saying ‘I’m appealing to you, sir’
Biden: ‘I’m totally opposed to defunding the police’
Biden calls Trump a ‘racist’ in exchange about race
Ashley Parker: Trump has repeatedly proved that he cannot bring himself to fully condemn white supremacists. Most memorably, this is what got him in trouble after Charlottesville. And tonight, asked to condemn the Proud Boys — a far-right neo-fascist group — Trump only said, “Stand back and stand by.” Stand by sounds more like a call to action than a condemnation.
Fact Checker: Trump’s false claim on ‘greatest economy’
Paul Sonne: Trump’s allegation that Hunter Biden received $3.5 million from the Russian tycoon Yelena Baturina, who was married to the late Moscow mayor, comes from a report that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) released earlier this month. The report alleged that in 2014, Baturina wired $3.5 million to the Delaware-registered firm Rosemont Seneca Thornton and claimed the firm was co-founded by Hunter Biden. In a statement, George Mesires, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, called the allegation false. Mesires said Hunter Biden neither co-founded nor had any interest in the firm. The implication was that the transaction was a deal done by Hunter Biden’s onetime business partner, Devon Archer, who is listed as the manager who founded the firm on corporate filings.
Eugene Scott: Trump said there was widespread division during the Obama administration. But most Americans say that Trump is a divisive figure because of his rhetoric and how he portrays those outside of his base. More than half of those surveyed by Yahoo News/YouGov in June said the president is divisive because he believes it will cause him to win the election.
Fact Checker: Trump’s false bravado on Seattle and Minnepolis
Candidates trade garbled jabs over the economy
Fact Checker: Trump’s claim that drug prices will go down up to 90 percent
Matt Viser: The split screen of the two candidates showcases the vast difference between Trump’s and Biden’s public personas. Trump is often scowling, his lips pursed as he glances with a side-eye toward Biden. The former vice president is frequently smiling and laughing, even when Trump is insulting his crowd sizes or his intelligence, and at times has a baffled and befuddled look on his face. While Trump is often looking directly at Biden, several times Biden has looked directly at the camera to address viewers rather than Trump.
Fact Checker: Trump’s claim on Hunter Biden and the Moscow mayor
Trump denies NYT report that he paid $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017
Sparks fly over economy and pandemic
Biden attacks Trump on virus deaths; Trump goes after Biden’s intelligence
Fact Checker: Trump’s falsehood on Delaware State
On masks, Biden cites Trump’s own health officials as Trump sows doubt
Eugene Scott: Early in the debate, Trump attacked Biden’s intelligence, criticizing him for his poor performance in college. But according to his niece, Trump was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania after paying someone to take the SAT for him. The Post previously reported that Trump was admitted to the Wharton School of Business after connecting with a longtime friend of Trump’s older brother who was an admissions officer at the school at the time.
Amy Goldstein: Two key members of Trump’s administration have said that much of the public may not have access to a coronavirus vaccine until next summer. When asked if he agreed, Trump clung to his insistence that they are wrong. He said he has spoken directly with pharmaceutical executives, and he characterized as political the forecasts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the head of Operation Warp Speed, the administration’s program to deliver an effective vaccine to curb the pandemic.
Robert Barnes: We didn’t learn very much about either candidate’s plan for the Supreme Court. But Biden again refused to be drawn into debate about increasing the size of the court, something liberals will push hard if Barrett is confirmed and Biden is elected.
Biden: Trump ‘panicked’ on the coronavirus
Biden dodges question on court-packing, tells Trump to ‘shut up’
Fact Checker: Trump’s claims about the China ‘ban’
Matt Viser: Biden has served with more U.S. senators than almost anyone in history, engaging in Senate floor debates, two vice-presidential debates and a scrum of Democratic presidential debates over three presidential primaries. But Biden has never faced anyone like Trump, who is interrupting again and again, putting Biden at the point of exasperation.
Trump and Biden spar over health care, talk over each other
Amy Goldstein: Asked why he hasn’t produced a full-fledged plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, Trump sidestepped the question, referring to recent executive orders he has signed on drug prices — one pegging the price of drugs for people on Medicare to that in certain other countries. These are more intentions than policies that have gone into effect.
Fact Checker: Trump is wrong on preexisting conditions
Robert Barnes: Trump is reluctant to say that Judge Amy Coney Barrett would overturn Roe v. Wade, arguing that no one knows how she would vote. But offering nominees who would overturn Roe is the pledge he made regarding Supreme Court nominations in 2016.
Trump and Biden quickly clash over Supreme Court
Hillary Clinton’s advice to Biden: ‘Don’t take the bait’
Trump keeps casting doubt on election’s integrity, a planned debate topic
Who voters say they trust on equal treatment of racial groups, crime and safety
Democratic events platform sees surge in activity related to debate, Ginsburg’s passing
Trump says he built ‘the greatest economy.’ He and Biden are set to debate that.