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It has the largest circulation in the Washington metropolitan area. Its slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" began appearing on its masthead in The newspaper has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes. This includes six separate Pulitzers awarded in , second only to The New York Times ' s seven awards in for the highest number ever awarded to a single newspaper in one year. In the early s, in the best-known episode in the newspaper's history, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the American press's investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal.
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