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Joe Biden Democrats, welcome John Kasich and other Never Trumpers to national convention

Joe Biden Democrats, welcome John Kasich and other Never Trumpers to national convention

The Editorial BoardUSA TODAYYou’re reading , which is one of two perspectives in Today’s Debate.For the Opposing View, read “.”These days, there's no shortage of who’ve had it with President Donald Trump. They include columnist , editor  and , a one-time GOP congressman who now lights into Trump from his perch at MSNBC.There is also Steve Schmidt, the director of John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and George Conway, a lawyer who once dug up dirt on President Bill Clinton and who is married to Trump aide Kellyanne Conway. The two have joined other Republicans to form The Lincoln...

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone confronts umpires about Phillies fans using air horns outside stadium

Yankees manager Aaron Boone confronts umpires about Phillies fans using air horns outside stadium

USA TODAYNew York Yankees manager and making sure they are protected. He proved that again Thursday, and not because of anything the Philadelphia Phillies' did, but what their fans outside Citizens Bank Park were doing. According to the NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcast, a group of Phillies fans — dubbed the "Fandemic Crew" — have congregated beyond center field to cheer from afar since the opening weekend series against the Miami Marlins. And during the third inning of the Yankees-Phillies series finale, the "Fandemic Crew" . That led to Boone leaving his perch in the Yankees' dugout to...

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Trump campaign requests presidential debate in early September to address early voting

Trump campaign requests presidential debate in early September to address early voting

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – s campaign on Wednesday submitted a formal request to move the last presidential debate to the first week in September in an effort to address an expected increase in early voting amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney who is leading the campaign's debate negotiations with the commission, submitted the request in a letter dated Wednesday. Giuliani proposed moving up Trump's first match-up with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden if the campaign's request to add a fourth debate...

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New York attorney general files lawsuit to shut down the NRA

New York attorney general files lawsuit to shut down the NRA

New York State TeamALBANY – New York state's top legal officer is trying to force the National Rifle Association to shut down, accusing leaders of the powerful gun lobby of wasting millions of dollars on tropical trips, lavish meals and private jets.Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday in state court against the NRA, longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre and three other organizational leaders, laying out a wide array of alleged wrongdoing she says is enough to force the nonprofit to shut down.The NRA has been chartered in New York since the late 19th century, which grants James...

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Good boy! UK police dog helps find missing woman, 1-year-old baby on first day after searching 'vast area'

Good boy! UK police dog helps find missing woman, 1-year-old baby on first day after searching 'vast area'

USA TODAYA police dog working his first shift in the United Kingdom successfully located a missing woman and her child over the weekend, according to police in Wales. The dog, a 2-year-old German Shepherd mix named Max, helped locate the woman and her 1-year-old child on the edge of a ravine after a search of a "vast area" covering a "significant distance," . The woman had not been seen or spoken to for two days before authorities began their search, according to police. Police had a starting point when the woman's car was found on a mountain road, Inspector Jonathan Rees-Jones said. 'She...

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Did you use Google+? You may be owed some money from class-action privacy settlement

Did you use Google+? You may be owed some money from class-action privacy settlement

USA TODAYIf you used Google+, the now-defunct social network started by Google to take on Facebook, you may be eligible for a small piece of a court-mandated $7.5 million privacy settlement.However, before you get excited, know that all it's worth to you is anywhere from $5 to $12. You'll have to file for your piece, and in return, get a free, cheap lunch, or maybe a cup of coffee.To start the process, go to and then fill out a form, which should take up to five minutes. You enter your name, address, e-mail associated with the G+ account, and your choice of how you want to be paid. You can...

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Sen. Lindsey Graham holds one-point lead in tight SC race for reelection, poll finds

Sen. Lindsey Graham holds one-point lead in tight SC race for reelection, poll finds

USA TODAYSen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump's closest allies on Capitol Hill, is locked in a virtual tie with his Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison, according to a released Tuesday. The poll found the incumbent senator from South Carolina with a one-percentage-point lead in his quest for a fourth term, which is within the survey's 4-point margin of error.Graham campaign spokesman T.W. Arrighi downplayed the results of the poll, which was conducted from July 24 to Aug. 2 from among 741 likely voters. Arrighi that the poll "excludes the opinions of numerous voters" and...

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260 employees in Georgia's largest school district test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed

260 employees in Georgia's largest school district test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed

USA TODAYHundreds of employees in Georgia's largest school district have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, officials said.Gwinnett County Public School teachers at 141 facilities across the county, the reported. The next day about 260 employees were "excluded from work" because of the  coronavirus.The district, which is scheduled to reopen Aug. 12, has a reporting and tracing process in addition to the protocol for excluding employees who test positive or come into contact with a confirmed case, Sloan Roach, a spokeswoman for the district, told "As of...

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NFL owners, NFLPA reach agreement on Thursday for COVID-19 opt-out deadline

NFL owners, NFLPA reach agreement on Thursday for COVID-19 opt-out deadline

USA TODAYNFL players must make their decisions on whether to opt out of the 2020 season because of concerns over the by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The NFL owners and the NFL Players Association agreed to the terms Monday night, and the player body was notified of the arrangement shortly after, two people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the league and union had yet to announce the pact. The agreement letter was finalized Monday night. Originally, the NFLPA and owners had agreed to set the opt out deadline for seven days after...

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Maryland governor overturns order that would keep Barron Trump's school closed as president pushes reopening

Maryland governor overturns order that would keep Barron Trump's school closed as president pushes reopening

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump in the fall amid the coronavirus, a battle over school reopenings in Maryland affects when his youngest son can attend school in person.Barron Trump's private school, where he is scheduled to begin high school Sept. 8, is located in the Maryland county where nonpublic schools were mandated to remain closed to in-person instruction through at least Oct. 1 in an order issued Friday.But on Monday, Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, , allowing private schools to decide for themselves whether they will reopen, as long as they adhere to state and...

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NASA astronauts splash down near Florida in a SpaceX Crew Dragon

NASA astronauts splash down near Florida in a SpaceX Crew Dragon

A capsule carrying two NASA astronauts parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico to complete a test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.Associated Press, WochitA SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule in orbit retracted its claw from an attached trunk Sunday, releasing the support structure and exposing a massive heat shield designed to protect NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley from the treacherous process of Earth entry.The spacecraft that departed the International Space Station only 19 hours earlier performed a critical deorbit burn, placing the duo on an irreversible trajectory toward the Gulf...

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'Insulin or groceries': How reduced unemployment affects struggling Americans from California to Mississippi

'Insulin or groceries': How reduced unemployment affects struggling Americans from California to Mississippi

USA TODAYChristopher Bolei is worried about how he’ll make ends meet now that the $600 federal unemployment benefit is cut off. In March, Bolei, 63, who lives in San Rafael, California, was laid off from his job as a maintenance supervisor at a startup that manages real estate properties. After falling behind on rent, he fears he’ll get evicted as rent moratoriums expire. For the past three months, he’s missed his nearly $3,000 monthly rent payment due to growing medical costs for his partner. She has lupus, an autoimmune disease, and faces $30,000 in medication costs this year to treat a...

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Yoenis Cespedes, a no-show for Mets game, decides to opt out of season

Yoenis Cespedes, a no-show for Mets game, decides to opt out of season

USA TODAYNew York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes did not report to the ballpark Sunday as his teammates began an afternoon game at Truist Park in Atlanta, leading the team to issue a statement that created panic that the slugger may be in danger.After several hours of speculation, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen confirmed that Cespedes has decided to opt out of playing this season, citing reasons related to COVID-19. "We will support him in that decision," Van Wagenen told reporters after the game. "It was surprising, without question."Van Wagenen said the didn't find out about...

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GOP: Trump renomination vote to be held in private

GOP: Trump renomination vote to be held in private

Associated PressWASHINGTON – The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention, citing the coronavirus.While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24 to formally vote to make Trump the GOP standard-bearer once more.Nominating conventions are traditionally meant to be media bonanzas, as...

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Democrats and Republicans have 'most productive' stimulus talk to date, but deal still 'not imminent'

Democrats and Republicans have 'most productive' stimulus talk to date, but deal still 'not imminent'

USA TODAYBoth Republicans and Democrats agreed progress was made Saturday during deliberations over , a bright spot in what was an otherwise fraught week of negotiations. "We're not close yet, but it was a productive discussion and now each side knows where they're at," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said after a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. The group has spent days trying to reconcile priorities for what would be a fifth round of stimulus funding. Negotiations grew testy Friday when...

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Germany is banning single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers

Germany is banning single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers

Associated PressBERLIN — Germany is banning the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers, bringing it in line with a European Union directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic garbage that pollutes the environment.The Cabinet agreed Wednesday to end the sale of plastics including single-use cutlery, plates, stirring sticks and balloon holders, as well as polystyrene cups and boxes by July 3, 2021.Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said the move was part of an effort to move away from “throw-away culture.” Up to 20% of garbage collected in parks and other...

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back home after hospitalization

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back home after hospitalization

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital Friday, a few days to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Center in New York City for a routine procedure. Ginsburg, a four-time cancer survivor and the high court's oldest justice at 87, underwent "a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure" Wednesday to revise a bile duct stent inserted nearly a year ago, the court said earlier this week. The procedure was performed using endoscopy and medical imaging guidance to minimize the risk of future infection, and her doctors said such stent...

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Riots. Radicalism. Corruption. Trump and Biden supporters turn to apocalyptic themes in campaign ad wars.

Riots. Radicalism. Corruption. Trump and Biden supporters turn to apocalyptic themes in campaign ad wars.

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Cities on fire. Rioters clashing with baton-wielding cops. Bodies stacking up in makeshift graves.A trailer for the latest apocalyptic blockbuster? No, just some of the latest volleys on social media and television as the ad wars boil over between President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden and their often deep-pocketed allies.Attack ads were traditionally reserved for the final weeks of a campaign, when the vast majority of voters had settled on a candidate and there was less to lose by attacking rivals.But the middle of summer has seen a barrage of...

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ popularity plummets amid widely panned coronavirus response

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ popularity plummets amid widely panned coronavirus response

Tallahassee DemocratIn the span of a few months, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has gone from one of the most admired state leaders in America to one of the most disparaged, with as coronavirus cases surged.A pair of recent polls indicate more Floridians now disapprove of the job DeSantis is doing than approve. The latest was released Friday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy. It shows that 49% of Florida voters disapprove of the governor’s job performance, compared with 45% who approve.That’s a 17 percentage point drop from the 62% of Florida voters who approved of DeSantis in a Mason-Dixon poll...

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Trump administration overspent on ventilators by as much as $500 million, Democrats' report says

Trump administration overspent on ventilators by as much as $500 million, Democrats' report says

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — An investigation released Friday by House Democrats says President Donald Trump's administration overpaid by up to $500 million on  as the  first struck the United States. In a a review of thousands of pages of internal administration documents, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee said Phillips North America was contracted to deliver 43,000 ventilators to the federal government for a significantly higher price than it did under previous contracts for functionally identical ventilator models delivered under contracts dating to President Barack Obama's...

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What is Eid al-Adha and how will the Islamic festival of sacrifice be impacted by COVID-19?

What is Eid al-Adha and how will the Islamic festival of sacrifice be impacted by COVID-19?

USA TODAYMuslims around the globe this week will celebrate Eid al-Adha in the age of social distancing. Eid al-Adha is Arabic for “festival of sacrifice” and is the second of two major Muslim holidays (the other being Eid al-Fitr). It is the holiday that marks the end of the hajj season, or pilgrimage season, said Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies at Duke University.   Eid al-Adha is – under usual circumstances – a joyous holiday and an opportunity for Muslim families and communities to gather for prayers and feasts.Eid is a three-day celebration in Muslim-majority countries. In the...

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The Backstory: What our reporters saw, heard and learned at the Portland protests

The Backstory: What our reporters saw, heard and learned at the Portland protests

USA TODAYI'm USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week. If you'd like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, I wanted to hear from both of them. I had questions.What don't we see? What don't we hear enough about? "The thing to bear in mind is that, especially for this most immediate period of time, the protest is only immediately surrounding the federal courthouse," Hughes said. "And so it wasn't like people were wandering the streets setting buildings on fire. This was very, very limited to a couple of blocks...

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'I am sorry': Ellen DeGeneres apologizes to talk show staff after complaints of mistreatment

'I am sorry': Ellen DeGeneres apologizes to talk show staff after complaints of mistreatment

USA TODAY will make staffing changes in response to an internal workplace review following complaints of employee mistreatment. of the popular, long-running daytime talk show, which has aired in syndication since 2003, apologized in a letter to staffers as an internal review of worker complaints conducted by parent company WarnerMedia comes to a close. first reported on DeGeneres' letter Thursday.The review, which followed a July 16  story in which mostly former employees anonymously alleged racism, intimidation and a toxic work culture, found "deficiencies" that will result in staffing...

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Who's going to derail the U.S. presidential election? The culprit may be close to home

Who's going to derail the U.S. presidential election? The culprit may be close to home

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Fearing nightmare scenarios such as attacks on voter registration databases and state websites tallying results, U.S. officials are leading simulated training exercises to get ready for Nov. 3.The "tabletop exercises," to be held virtually because of coronavirus, will include thousands of state and local election officials in addition to intelligence and cybersecurity officials in Washington amid concerns about threats from Russia, China and other countries."We try to make it a pretty bad day," said Matthew Masterson, an adviser with the Cybersecurity and...

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'The virus beat us': Colleges are increasingly going online for fall 2020 semester as COVID-19 cases rise

'The virus beat us': Colleges are increasingly going online for fall 2020 semester as COVID-19 cases rise

USA TODAYCall it coronavirus déjà vu. After planning , colleges are increasingly changing their minds, dramatically increasing online offerings or canceling in-person classes outright.  This sudden shift will be familiar to students whose spring plans were interrupted by the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Now, in much of the country are much higher than in the spring, and rising in many places. In many cases, the colleges had released plans for socially distant in-person classes only a few weeks ago, hoping to beat the coronavirus.“Instead,” said Robert Kelchen, a professor of higher...

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