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Carolyn Hax: Setting ground rules for babysitting without seeming anti-Auntie

She has repeatedly done things with the baby that she was explicitly asked not to do.
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Murder Hornets Could Spread 'Rapidly' Throughout Western North America If Not Contained
The hornets represent a significant threat to Western honeybees, which have no innate defence against them.
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Chuck Schumer Says Mitch McConnell Has 'Defiled' Senate With Push to Replace RBG
The Senate minority leader said McConnell would "hurt his party" by trying to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant Supreme Court seat.
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40 days to Nov. 3
And what else you need to know today.
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Dismay over Breonna Taylor spills into America's streets
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'PUBG' Update 1.52 Adds Jammer Pack & Ferries on PS4 & Xbox - Patch Notes
"PUBG" update 8.3 has made its way to console as version 1.52, and it's got some interesting additions. Learn about the Jammer Pack and more in the patch notes.
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CBSN Originals presents "Speaking Frankly | Symbolic Justice"
With renewed calls for racial justice in America come fresh demands to take down Confederate monuments, rid sports teams of Native American mascots, and rebrand products that use racist caricatures. But some say the focus on imagery distracts from the fight for systemic change. This CBSN Originals documentary explores the impact of dismantling these symbols of the past – and the push for a more equitable future.
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Italian couple ‘Romeo and Juliet’ met from their balconies during lockdown. Now they’re engaged.
He first spotted her in March when she walked out on her balcony. She saw him that night on his terrace, and said it was love at first sight.
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'Unprecedented and dangerous': Bernie Sanders to give speech warning Trump might not accept election results
The speech is expected to begin a new 6-week campaign for Sanders to warn the public of a 'nightmare scenario' – Trump not accepting an election loss.        
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Supreme Court Could Take Intellectual Property Protections Back 50 Years | Opinion
A ruling in Google's favor would have significant negative implications for not only the software industry, but also for musicians, news publishers, health care professionals and the U.S. economy writ large.
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The Blob Meets the Heartland
For most of my three and a half decades as an American diplomat, the foreign-policy establishment (known unaffectionately in some quarters as the blob) took for granted that expansive U.S. leadership abroad would deliver peace and prosperity at home. That assumption was lazy, and often flawed.Riding the highs of globalization and American geopolitical dominance, we overreached. We deluded ourselves with magical thinking about our capacity to remake other societies, while neglecting the urgent need to remake our own. Unsurprisingly, the disconnect widened between the Washington policy establishment and the citizens it is meant to serve.Globalization and the deregulated flow of goods, services, and capital didn’t lift all boats. Instead, much of the American middle class—the engine of our country’s historic rise—wound up shipwrecked by income stagnation, automation and outsourcing, economic inequality, educational debt, and crippling health and housing costs. The coronavirus pandemic has only deepened these dislocations, making a reset of U.S. foreign policy’s relationship with the middle class even more urgent.By the time I left government several years ago, well before the pandemic broke, it was already well past time to reconnect foreign policy to domestic renewal. Now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, I share my colleagues’ interest in playing a part in this effort. The result is a new report, “Making U.S. Foreign Policy Work Better for the Middle Class,” the culmination of a systematic, two-year survey of three heartland states—Ohio, Colorado, and Nebraska.[William J. Burns: The United States needs a new foreign policy]Led by a bipartisan task force of seasoned policy makers and experts, our team sought to determine what changes to U.S. foreign policy are needed to advance the well-being of America’s middle class. The group’s starting point was something of an unnatural act for Washington’s foreign-policy elite: listening—rather than preaching—to middle-class citizens.The Carnegie Endowment is a venerable institution, but it is better known in foreign capitals and the Acela corridor than in most parts of America. Mindful of the old Ronald Reagan adage that the most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help,” we partnered with researchers at public universities to conduct hundreds of interviews across all three states. The team talked with state officials and labor leaders, with small-business owners and mayors. We analyzed the economy and different trend lines. We were well aware that the middle class in each of those states is hardly monolithic, and that economic realities, social structures, and political attitudes vary widely across all of them.The conversations we had showed more nuance, pragmatism, and common sense in the heartland than the hyperpolarized and partisan policy debates display in Washington. People appreciated being asked their views about how foreign policy could serve them better, but many also expressed frustration that reaching out had taken so long. As one straightforward Nebraskan put it, “We didn’t really expect anyone from Washington to pay attention, especially after you folks have screwed things up so badly.”Many of the ranchers and soybean farmers our team interviewed in Nebraska applauded efforts to push back against the predatory trade and investment practices of China, but worried about the damaging impact of tariffs and the loss of overseas markets. Manufacturing workers in Ohio didn’t necessarily see how foreign aid affected them in the abstract but appreciated the importance of U.S. support for Japan after the 2011 tsunami, which badly disrupted the supply chain on which Honda—the biggest manufacturing employer in the state—depended. Many of the Coloradans and Ohioans our researchers spoke with accepted the need for greater restraint in military spending, but people in Colorado Springs (the home of three military bases and the U.S. Air Force Academy) and Dayton (near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio’s largest single-site employer) saw cuts to the defense budget as existential threats to their local economy.Most of those we interviewed saw the value of America’s allies and our country’s active global leadership, but they expected other countries to invest more in their own military and contribute a greater share of the costs of securing peace. They were also skeptical of Washington’s foreign-policy extremes—its episodic crusading impulses as well as its bouts of isolationism.At a time when nearly 60 percent of Americans expect their children to be worse off financially than they are, the middle-class citizens we spoke with sought practical solutions. They saw the opportunities created by expanded trade and foreign investment, and felt the inevitable effects of technology and automation on traditional manufacturing. What they sought was a level playing field to help them compete. As one woman in Marion, Ohio, put it, “We will do what we can to reinvent ourselves and look to the future, but just let us have a fighting chance.”[Jim Tankersley: We killed the middle class. Here’s how we can revive it.]The Carnegie task-force report offers an array of detailed recommendations to help ensure that U.S. foreign policy delivers for the middle class. Three broad priorities stand out.First, foreign-economic policy needs to aim less at simply opening markets abroad, and much more directly at inclusive economic growth at home. For decades, the economic benefits of globalization and U.S. leadership abroad have skewed toward big multinational corporations and top earners. This needs to change.The U.S. government has to help ensure that the advantages of globalization are distributed more equitably, by supporting industries and communities disadvantaged by market openings. A crucial step is to create a National Competitiveness Strategy to guarantee that government—at all levels—plays a more active role in helping our people and our businesses thrive in the 21st-century global economy. Rather than focus simply on reducing the costs of doing business in the United States, we ought to emphasize enhancing the productivity of our workforce, investing in education, and reinvigorating research and development in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and other key pillars of our economy in the decades ahead.Another important dimension of this new approach is to think beyond the manufacturing sector—as important as it is—and also address the concerns of the majority of middle-class households whose members work in other sectors, including services. We need to modernize trade enforcement tools to ensure that we can take earlier, faster, and more effective action against unfair trade practices, and put the onus on government—not small and medium-size businesses—to initiate enforcement measures. The objective should be a far more resilient middle class, served by a foreign policy that helps it compete better, and cushions it against the impact of economic shocks overseas. U.S. foreign policy should also look beyond trade and prioritize other issues whose economic and social impacts are acutely felt at home. Diplomacy and international partnerships ought to be the first line of defense against the looming threats of climate change, cyberattacks, and future pandemics. A crucial component of immigration reform is active diplomacy that aims to help ensure border security, create safe gateways for the workers and immigrants who add dynamism to our economy and society, and anchor people in Central America and Mexico to a sense of security and economic possibility.[Read: Immigrants give America a foreign-policy advantage]Second, this is not a time for restorationist fantasies or grand bumper-sticker ambitions in foreign policy. The people interviewed in the Carnegie study had little appetite for a new, all-consuming cold war with China, or a cosmic struggle pitting democracies against authoritarian states. Those impulses would be the best way to widen, not narrow, the disconnect between Washington’s foreign-policy establishment and Americans beyond the Beltway.What the Americans we talked with seem to be looking for is a humbler foreign policy, more restrained about using military force and more disciplined about employing diplomacy first. Values and human rights matter, from their perspective, and America ought to invest in rebuilding the power of its example. But the U.S. should adopt a temperate agenda, forthright in standing up against repression, while honest about the limits of its capacity to transform other societies.Finally, accomplishing this agenda will require breaking down the silos in which domestic and foreign policy have long operated. That will demand organizational and cultural shifts. It will take time and effort to build a generation of practitioners with the fluency in both domestic- and foreign-policy making to manage their interaction effectively. And while efforts to integrate the security and economic dimensions of foreign policy have made some progress, they need to be accelerated and better fused with domestic-policy making.For individual agencies, such as the State Department, opportunities exist to deepen partnerships with state and local governments on global economic issues, as well as on problems of climate change and public health. A State Department urgently committed to diversity and reflecting the society it represents will deepen its domestic roots. And it can further strengthen its connections to its constituents through assignments in the offices of mayors and governors, and in businesses across America.Many years ago, when I was a young diplomat, Secretary of State George Shultz used to invite outbound U.S. ambassadors for a brief, predeparture chat. He would gesture to the large globe in his office and ask the new ambassador to “point to your country.” Inevitably, their mind on their new assignment, the ambassadors would put their fingers on the country to which they were headed. Shultz would gently steer their fingers back across the globe to the United States. He’d remind them never to forget where they came from, or whose interests they served. Not a bad reminder then, and even more important now.
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Introducing five incoming college basketball freshmen who could be the next NBA stars
Who might be following in the college-to-NBA footsteps of Zion Williamson and Anthony Edwards? Here's a look at this year's top incoming freshman.        
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Power Up: Democrats hope Ginsburg’s passing will galvanize youth vote on reproductive rights
But some warn too much focus on abortion could splinter Biden's broad coalition.
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Protests Flare Nationwide Over Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Decision; Two Officers Shot in Louisville
Scenes of protest in cities around the country Wednesday night.
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UFC boss Dana White on Colby Covington backlash: 'We don't muzzle anybody here'
UFC president Dana White is standing firm in his stance that he's not here to censor his fighters.        Related StoriesIsrael Adesanya calls media out for hypocrisy when addressing Colby Covington's commentsReport: Rebook issues statement against Colby Covington's Black Lives Matter commentsUFC 253 faceoff video: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa, Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz 
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She wore a BLM mask to work at Whataburger. After a customer complained, she was fired.
Ma'Kiya Congious, 19, is the latest in a long series of employees who have been fired or disciplined for using their face masks to express support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Rays beat Mets 8-5, clinch 1st AL East title in 10 years
Confetti instead of champagne. Silly string instead of beer.
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Denver police detain driver after vehicle plows into Breonna Taylor protesters
A driver was detained in Denver on Wednesday night after allegedly plowing his vehicle through a crowd of Breonna Taylor protesters, according to reports.
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Biden pleads for 'no violence' as protests continue after Breonna Taylor decision
Two Louisville police officers were shot after Joe Biden delivered his message on the Breonna Taylor decision.        
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He's a Herro: Heat top Celtics, move a game from NBA Finals
Tyler Herro should still be in college. He's not, but is still a student.
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AP Top Stories September 24
Here's the latest for Thursday September 24th: Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power; Protests after Breonna Taylor decision; Longs lines of people pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg; California to ban sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035.       
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The US plans to execute a man for a crime he committed at 19. Scientists say the research on brain development makes that wrong
Given the research on adolescent brain development, the Justice Department's decision raises a key question: Should a person be given the ultimate punishment for a crime they committed in their youth?
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Bieber lowers ERA to 1.63, Indians top White Sox 3-2
Shane Bieber lowered his ERA to 1.63 in his final regular-season start, the lowest in the American League since Luis Tiant’s 1.60 for Cleveland in 1968, and Jordan Luplow hit a game-ending home run that gave the Indians a 3-2 win over Chicago on Wednesday night.
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How to remember the 'Notorious RBG'
Peniel Joseph reflects on the complex, intertwined legacies of Brooklyn-born icons Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Christopher Wallace -- aka Notorious RBG and Notorious BIG -- and what their unlikely intersection in pop culture reveals about race in America.
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Give $1,000 Stimulus Check Every Two Weeks to Help Families, Economy: Cuban
Entrepreneur Mark Cuban has suggested such action could help families while also boosting spending which would support businesses.
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Colorado business owners adapt to COVID realities, prepare for future
"Anything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong this year, and I think we've still come out the other side feeling confident about this winter," said The Aspen Company's Caleb Sample.
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Clevinger suddenly pulled after 1 inning, Pads fall to Halos
The euphoria of clinching their first playoff berth in 14 seasons three days earlier was tempered for the San Diego Padres when right-hander Mike Clevinger was suddenly pulled after only one inning of his start Wednesday.
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Bernie Sanders plans news conference on Trump's 'threats' to democracy
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced Wednesday he plans to hold a news conference Thursday regarding what he described as President Trump's “threats” to democracy in the presidential election.
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One of the last privately-owned Botticelli portraits could sell for over $80M
A 15th-century painting by early Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli is expected to sell for over $80 million when it goes under the hammer in New York next year.
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One of the last privately-owned Botticelli portraits could sell for over $80M
A 15th-century painting by Sandro Botticelli, one of his last known portraits still in private hands, is expected to sell for over $80 million when it goes under the hammer in New York.
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'America's Got Talent': Who Won 'AGT' – and What Do They Win?
"America's Got Talent" 2020 has now aired its finale, when the NBC show revealed who out of the 10 finalists was this year's AGT winner.
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5 things to know for September 24: Breonna Taylor, Covid-19, election, N Korea, Minsk
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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Pandemic travel collapse exposes booking industry's business secrets
The coronavirus has exposed a secret underbelly of the travel business. Many travel agencies operate Ponzi-style deposit schemes.      
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Why Gulf nations are normalizing ties with Israel
Bahrain is the latest Arab nation to recognize Israel.
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Houston, FAU still waiting after virus disrupts 3 more games
The Houston Cougars are again without an opponent and still waiting to play their season opener as COVID-19 issues wiped out three more major college football games Wednesday.
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Letters to the Editor: 200,000 coronavirus deaths are a sad reflection of America's character
During World War II, Americans sacrificed their food, their travel and much more. Today, many of us cannot even be bothered to wear a mask.
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Ben Shapiro: 2020 now a referendum on vengeful Democrats, not controversial Trump
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last week immediately initiated a political firestorm in Washington, D.C.
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Op-Ed: Trump's flaws alone won't bring skeptical Black voters out to vote for Biden
If Joe Biden wants to win back 2016's sidelined Black voters, he needs to go into poor, underserved communities with something tangible in hand.
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Editorial: The University of California admissions disgrace
The regent who abused his or her position to help get a friend's kid admitted to UC Berkeley should come forward.
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Letters to the Editor: Fish farms foul ocean water and ruin ecosystems. Don't allow them off our shores
Offshore, open-water fish farms may seem like a good solution to our increased appetite for protein, but they have devastating consequences.
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Letters to the Editor: Democrats can always make a deal on the Supreme Court, then break it
The Republians are not obeying their own rule on confirming justices close to an election. Why should the Democrats keep any of their promises?
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Letters to the Editor: Don't expect better forest management to save us from extreme wildfires
The Bobcat fire is raging on Angeles National Forest land burned in 2002 and 2009. The lesson: If there's heat and fuel, the forest will burn.
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Endorsement: Yes on Proposition 18: Some 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote
Proposition 18 would let 17-year-olds vote in primaries and special elections if they will be 18 by a November general election. We urge a yes vote.
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School Attendance In The COVID Era: What Counts As 'Present'?
With millions of students logging in from home, the pandemic has disrupted the traditional school function of making sure students are "in school."
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Litman: If Amy Coney Barrett is nominated and confirmed, it will be a shame for the Supreme Court
President Trump and the GOP are fashioning a court that for decades will be viewed by most Americans with anxiety and derision rather than as a bulwark against government oppression.
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For years, NFL teams have coveted the prototypical quarterback. Now there isn’t one.
The NFL has its most diverse group of quarterbacks ever, and it may turn the traditional pocket passer into an endangered species.
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Op-Ed: One water district is trying to make sure agriculture cleans up its own mess
In the Salinas and Santa Maria valleys, farmers may finally be fined if they don't restrict the nitrate seeping into the region's groundwater.
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With 40 Days until the Election, Donald Trump is Doing Worse in Swing State Polls Than This Time in 2016
Democratic nominee Joe Biden's polling average is considerably stronger than Clinton's four years ago.
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Democrats Are 'Defending Democracy' With Threats to Burn Down the System
The Democratic position seems to be that any development that might constrain their power must be stopped by any means necessary, even if means overturning honored precedents and trashing any institution that doesn't bend to their will.
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