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Gloria Steinem revealed she teamed up with Meghan Markle to cold-call voters
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined forced with political activist Gloria Steinem in efforts to get people to vote in November's presidential election.
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China's Xi, Russia's Putin push back at Trump during annual UNGA
China's Xi Jinping responded to President Trump's comments about the coronavirus and warned that China will not "engage in zero sum game."
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Florida man sues dating site over refund after doctor ordered him to stay home
An 86-year-old Florida man who paid a dating service nearly $5,000 couldn’t get a refund despite letters from doctors ordering him to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, a lawsuit claims. Widower Alexander Walker Sheen, of South Pasadena, sued Sun Coast Introductions LLC earlier this month for more than $8,000 in damages after signing a...
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UFC on ESPN+ 36 medical suspensions: Tyron Woodley, Sarah Alpar, two others face 180-day terms
Three main card fighters and one prelim fighter are facing lengthy suspensions.        Related StoriesUFC on ESPN+ 36 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: 'Cowboy' Cerrone gets highest payoutNiko Price wants to run things back with Donald Cerrone in a main eventFormer UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson pivots for Leon Edwards callout 
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A’s vs. Dodgers prediction: Pitching matchup is recipe to go Over
The Oakland Athletics have been superb with their pitching in 2020 but have seen Frankie Montas become a weak link. Montas will try to recapture his prime form on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chavez Ravine. Since having a start pushed back nearly a month ago due to a back injury, Montas has...
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Staying Apart, Together: Happy first day of fall, such as it is
Fall will still be fun. We can enjoy it safely, I promise.       
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At the UN, China’s Xi showed he understands the system better than Trump
Spencer Platt/Getty Images The US is ceding leverage, which is giving China the influence it craves. President Donald Trump spent most of his United Nations speech blasting China — for its handling of the coronavirus, for its contributions to pollution, for its trade policy. China’s President Xi Jinping, who spoke shortly afterward, did not mention the United States directly. Instead, he talked about Beijing’s commitment to global cooperation and the humanitarian response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Both speeches misrepresented the realities of their countries, and the world, right now. But 75 years after the United Nations was founded, China, not the United States, has shown it knows how to work the multilateral system to its advantage. Trump’s dismissiveness of international cooperation has been a theme of his presidency, culminating in his fourth (and maybe final) United Nations speech, where he once again revisited the greatest hits of “America First.” Or as Trump put it in his short, prerecorded address: “But only when you take care of your own citizens will you find a true basis for cooperation. As president, I have rejected the failed approaches of the past, and I am proudly putting America first, just as you should be putting your countries first.” Even if expected, Trump’s tone was at odds with the UN’s 75th anniversary, which is all about member states renewing their commitment to multilateralism. His attacks on China were in sharp contrast to the warnings from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who warned earlier Tuesday morning against the start of a “new Cold War” and a world where “the two largest economies split the globe in a great fracture.” “We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China,” Trump said, referring to the coronavirus. “In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China — and infect the world.” He accused the World Health Organization, which the Trump administration announced it was withdrawing from this summer, of being too greatly influenced by China. He demanded the “United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.” A representative for China, speaking to introduce his leader Xi, rejected the US’s characterizations, but in contrast to Trump’s adversarial tone, China tried to paint a picture where actually, they were the good guys, and just trying to defeat the pandemic responsibly. “We should follow the guidance of science, give full play to the leading role of the World Health Organization, and launch a joint international response to beat this pandemic,” Xi said in his address, through an interpreter. “Any attempt of politicizing the issue of stigmatization must be rejected.” Of course, China silenced whistleblowers who spoke out in the early days of the pandemic, it delayed reporting the outbreak, and there are still questions about China’s level of cooperation with the WHO investigation into the origins of the virus. China has also deployed propaganda to try to blame the US for the coronavirus, too. “We will never seek hegemonic expansion or sphere of influence,” Xi said in his speech, clearly a nod to Trump’s accusations. “We have no intention to fight either a cold war or a hot one with any country. We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation.” Xi is framing China as a sort of responsible global partner and humble participant in the global order; he didn’t try to go tit-for-tat with the US. Instead, the leader of a country that is interning 1 million of its Uighur Muslim minority population, and has stifled democracy in Hong Kong, talked about the need “to join hands to uphold the values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy, and freedom shared by all of us.” The Trump administration isn’t wrong to call out China its misdeeds. (Trump did not mention Hong Kong or the Uighurs directly, though he warned against “religious persecution, and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities.”) But the US also failed to offer an alternative vision of global leadership other than everyone looking out for themselves. In rejecting global institutions, Trump then wants these global institutions to change — a proposition that seems doomed to fail. At least for the United States. China’s influence in multilateral institutions is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy The UN and its agencies like the WHO are really the sum of their parts, which is a collective of member states. That makeup is also reflective of the geopolitical realities of the world: The richest and most powerful states tend to have the most leverage. That is, still, the United States, even as it doesn’t always claim to have that role. The United States, for example, is far and away the largest donor to the UN. While China’s contributions are increasing, in fiscal year 2019, the US’s commitments to the UN’s regular budget were nearly double China’s. (China is the biggest donor to UN peacekeeping missions.) As for the World Health Organization, in 2018 and 2019, the US’s contributions dwarfed China’s, in both assessed and voluntary contributions. There’s no doubt China’s influence is growing, but it is slightly overblown. But when the United States walks away from cooperative bodies — from the Paris climate accord to the WHO — it leaves behind a vacuum. China has hastened to fill it, and that, more than anything, is bolstering Beijing’s rise and influence. It gives China a chance to be a good guy — say, pledging $30 million to the WHO when the US threatened to withdraw, a fraction of the money the US provides annually. The Trump administration, in abandoning institutions for being too China-centric, is allowing them to become just that. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Again, this is not to say the US doesn’t have legitimate criticisms of the WHO, or China. But by refusing to work within the system, it is actively ceding leverage and losing credibility. Last week, in a discussion with reporters about the implications of the US leaving the WHO, Elizabeth Cousens, the president and CEO of the UN Foundation, said that even as the US is trying to push the WHO to reform, it’s “losing influence in that conversation because they’ve stepped off the field.” The US can’t officially withdraw from the WHO until July 2021 because it must fulfill certain financial commitments through then. But that undermines trust in the United States as a reliable partner. China is happy to try to fill that gap. And Trump’s anger at some of these multilateral institutions is somewhat misplaced. For all his “America is the best” rhetoric, he’s suggesting the United Nation bodies have powers that it just doesn’t have, in part because powerful member states don’t want it to. It’s not exactly like the US likes supranational bodies getting involved in its affairs. The UN system is far from perfect. But as Stewart Patrick, an expert on global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations, told me before Trump’s speech, past presidents used to criticize the United Nations “more in sorrow than in anger” — in other words, this body is imperfect and needs to be reformed. But Trump’s wholesale rejection doesn’t achieve those ends. If America wants UN bodies to work for its interests, then it has to work within them, rally support, defend, and make the case for them. That’s what China tried to do on Tuesday. China might not succeed in this because global cooperation is as much a means to an end, in this case to build up China as a great power. Take the quest for an effective and safe Covid-19 vaccine. In Trump’s speech, he said: “We will distribute a vaccine. We will defeat the virus. We will end the pandemic. And we will enter a new era of unprecedented prosperity, cooperation, and peace.” What he notably didn’t mention were any specific commitments to the rest of the world. Alternatively, Xi claimed China had a “safe and effective vaccine,” then added that “there is a particular need in terms of leadership for the leaders of this movement to cooperate and collaborate with the most vulnerable countries.” He also pledged $50 million to help the UN’s Covid-19 humanitarian response. But here’s the thing: Neither the United States nor China is among the 156 countries participating in a WHO-linked initiative to invest in Covid-19 treatments and vaccines and distribute them equitably around the world. You might understand that from Trump’s speech, but not necessarily China’s. And that’s the point: Actions matter. If the US wanted to make the case that China isn’t a good global partner, putting its weight behind a vaccine project would show China isn’t the responsible actor it claims to be. It would also be using multilateral institutions in the US’s interests. But the Trump administration has not done so — and it’s not stopping China from doing it, either. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. If you haven’t, please consider helping everyone make sense of an increasingly chaotic world: Contribute today from as little as $3.
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Notre Dame’s coronavirus outbreak halts promising season
Notre Dame is joining the postponement parade. Its game against Wake Forest was postponed on Tuesday after seven players tested positive for COVID-19. First, practice on Tuesday was canceled. Later, the Wake Forest game was pushed back. The players were put in isolation and their close contacts were identified. “With student-athlete health and safety our...
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Betsy DeVos says there is no 'perfect option' to safely return students to classrooms in COVID-19 era
There is no "perfect option" to guarantee the safe return of K-12 children to their classrooms in a COVID-19 era, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday.
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Fire alarm forces Brooklyn teachers to abandon their remote classes
Now that’s alarming. The troubled start of the COVID-19-wracked school year got even wilder for teachers at a Sunset Park school, when they had to temporarily abandon their remote classes Tuesday because of a fire alarm. Teacher Annie Tan said the unwelcome racket only added to ongoing staff bewilderment. She posted video of the din...
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Supreme Court heads into election season amid uncertainty
The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has tilted the Supreme Court further rightward at a time when voting access cases or even a contested presidential election could head to the high court.
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VA cancels 'race cafe' event that allegedly violated Trump's executive order
The Department of Veterans Affairs told Fox News that it has cancelled an event on race and microaggressions after appearing to defend it as complying with the president's recent executive order on critical race theory.
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National Weather Service radar picks up huge bat colony in skies over Phoenix
The official start of fall may be Tuesday, but forecasters in Arizona recently spotted a sight in the sky more fit for Halloween. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office in Phoenix last Sunday spotted something strange over the city. “What might be causing all the radar returns around Phoenix between 6-7 PM this evening?”...
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Joe Biden blasts Bernie in pitch to Wisconsin voters: 'I beat the socialist'
Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to slight his former opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Monday in an attempt to assuage voters' concerns that he would pursue a socialist agenda.
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Why we should listen to what Olivia Troye says about Donald Trump
Miles Taylor writes that Olivia Troye put herself at great risk reputationally, personally, and professionally by turning herself into the nation's body cam and bringing transparency to a White House that thrives on misdirection and deceit. She deserves to be listened to.
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Celtics’ locker-room blowup ‘needed to happen:’ Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart says the Boston Celtics’ blowup in the locker room earlier in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals has made the team mature and come together. He also admits it “needed to happen.” Smart and Jaylen Brown reportedly got into a heated argument following Boston’s second straight collapse in two losses to the Miami Heat...
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‘Dynamite’ week: BTS sets ‘Tonight Show’ residency, ‘Tiny Desk’ record
The weeklong visit with Jimmy Fallon kicks off Monday, Sept. 28.
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Cuckoo battle over birdhouses allegedly prompts ‘serial-killer notes’
“Cluck you!” “No, cluck you!” It’s all-out war on the Upper East Side over some birdhouses that residents painted and hung on city trees to decorate their street amid COVID-19, only to have their artwork ripped down and trashed by a woman in the middle of the night. Someone has now posted handwritten, “bizarre, serial-killer...
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Matt Gaetz: 'Congress Not Going to Rein in Big Tech, Congress Owned by Big Tech'
Congress cannot be trusted to take on Big Tech censorship because Silicon Valley has purchased politicians' compliance, warned Matt Gaetz.
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What Former 'Ellen' Employees Really Thought of Her Apology
"Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her," one former employee at Degeneres' talk show said.
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Sorry, other celebrities. Kerry Washington just won Voter Registration Day
See how Leonardo DiCaprio, Ava DuVernay, Camila Cabello, Kerry Washington and the Obamas are observing National Voter Registration Day.
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New app creates jobs in a burgeoning field: Evictions
Civvl offers to help people find work evicting others, saying "there is plenty of work due to the dismal economy."
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Tamron Hall Denies She “Went Rogue” During Stassi Schroeder Interview: “She Knew What I Was Going to Ask Her”
Schroeder reportedly felt "unprepared" during the "awkward" interview last week.
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Is Amazon Restricting Rivals from Advertising on Its Site?
A "Wall Street Journal" investigation finds credible evidence that Amazon limits rival device makers from advertising on its site.
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‘Profiles in cowardice’: WH attacks ‘fired’ pandemic aide Olivia Troye
The White House on Tuesday unloaded on former coronavirus task force staffer Olivia Troye, saying the recently declared opponent of President Trump was “fired” after “complaining” about her workload. Speaking from the briefing room podium, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, trashed...
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China denies it had a spy inside the NYPD
Federal charges against an NYPD officer accused of spying on behalf of China are “pure fabrication,” the communist nation claimed on Tuesday. “The relevant accusations made by the U.S. side are pure fabrication,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters at a daily briefing Tuesday, according to Fox. “The U.S. plot to discredit the...
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'Roses' singer-rapper Saint Jhn has some thoughts on 'off-world vehicles' and silk pants
"Roses" singer-rapper Saint Jhn on UFOs, edibles and why he's sexier than he thought he was.
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‘Hanging chads,’ meet ‘naked ballots’
Why 'naked ballots' could be a major x-factor in the Trump-Biden race.
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'Defund the Police' Activist Alyssa Milano Calls 911 on Boy Shooting Squirrels
At least Seven Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy vehicles, a police helicopter, and other law enforcement members, responded after defund the police activist and actress Alyssa Milano called 911 over what turned out to be a boy shooting squirrels Sunday morning.
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Climate, Covid and a coming 'change election'
Former Senate leader Harry Reid and youth climate activist Alexandria Villaseñor see a wave of change building in the U.S. and around the world.
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Maine's Supreme Court clears the way for ranked-choice voting
Maine's Supreme Court has sided with the state's Democratic secretary of state and rejected a Republican challenge to ranked-choice voting in the upcoming election.
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Chuck Schumer Gets Heckled: 'You Ain't Doing Sh*t, Stop Lying to the People!'
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was heckled during a Tuesday speech addressing a plan by Senate Republican to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. 
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New 'Friends' cookbook offers an actually edible meat trifle. Here's what it's like to make it.
I made the infamous English trifle Rachel made for Thanksgiving on "Friends." It was actually good, thanks to "Friends: The Official Cookbook."        
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'Friends: The Official Cookbook': Watch us make Rachel's infamous meat trifle
"Friends: The Official Cookbook" by Amanda Yee helps fans of the hit sitcom recreate their favorite recipes, including Rachel's infamous meat trifle.        
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Democrats Target Political Interference in COVID Response With New Bill
"We simply cannot trust this administration to protect the American people, which is why Congress must step in," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, adding that the STOP Act will make way for an "essential oversight of the coronavirus response."
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Et tu, Mitt? Romney makes the wrong call on Supreme Court confirmation
This time, Mitt Romney failed to strike a profile in courage.
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Beta's rains causing flooding in Houston
Beta has weakened to a tropical depression as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in Houston and areas further inland. (Sept. 22)      
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Mayor Jenny Durkan: Trump Administration's 'Obsession' with Seattle Is 'Irrational'
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) soured after the Department of Justice (DOJ) included the Emerald City on a list of jurisdictions known for allowing anarchy, unrest, and violence to fester, stating that the Trump administration's "obsession" with her city is "irrational."
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Topics for first presidential debate announced by moderator Chris Wallace
Fox News’ Chris Wallace, the moderator for the first debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, announced the topics for next week’s event in Cleveland, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. They are in no particular order: the Trump and Biden records, the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, race and violence in...
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NFL's $5 billion SoFi Stadium to host voting center for presidential election
The voting center will be located next to the stadium for a five-day period ahead of the election.
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Spotted lanternflies threatening apple orchards in Pennsylvania
An invasive bug is spreading in the Northeast and sparking serious problems for apple orchards, with some orchard owners saying they are dealing with thousands of spotted lanternflies a day.
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Knowns and unknowns of confirmation politics
There’s no real precedent in our time for this scenario.
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First debate topics include coronavirus, Supreme Court
The first presidential debate is on September 29, the week after the U.S. passed 200,000 coronavirus deaths.
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Obama says ousting Trump is about ‘whether or not our democracy endures’
Former President Obama urged Americans on Tuesday to vote for his former veep, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, because democracy was “at stake.” In a video posted to the former commander-in-chief’s Twitter to highlight National Voter Registration Day, Obama warned that “What’s at stake in this election is much bigger than Joe or the man...
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Anthropologie takes an extra 50 percent off clearance items
Anthropologie is back with more fashion deals just in time for fall. Known for its chic and trendy apparel, it is featuring some markdowns that you don’t want to miss. For a limited time, you can enjoy 50% off all clearance items. And whether you’re looking for sweaters, handbags or sleek loafers, you’re sure to...
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Playbook: A Coach’s Rules for Life’ on Netflix, a Documentary Series Profiling a Diverse Array of Sports Figures
The first episode focuses on Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
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Former UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson pivots for Leon Edwards callout
Former UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson issues a callout and targets a bout with fellow contender Leon Edwards.        Related StoriesFormer UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson pivots for Leon Edwards callout - EnclosureMichael Chandler: Justin Gaethje a threat, but betting against Khabib at UFC 254 is crazySpinning Back Clique: Colby Covington, Donald Cerrone, UFC 253 and more 
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Restaurant chain Sizzler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing impact of COVID-19 pandemic
Sizzler, the famous steakhouse, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the latest business to suffer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.       
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