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One nation looks back on a brutal and chaotic first presidential debate

The night that voters across the United States were waiting for finally arrived Tuesday night: Republican President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate, confronted each other in their first presidential debate. Unfortunately, the nominees spent most of their time during the 90-minute event trying to get their points between frequent interjections, back-and-forth swaps, and moderator Chris Wallace struggling to hold them both back, especially Trump. The analysis and fact-checking of applicants’ claims are expected to continue on Wednesday. But a key moment could end up being examined in more depth. Towards the end of the debate, Wallace asked Trump if he was willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups. Trump evaded the question, focusing more on “antifa and left”. His response excited the Proud Boys, a well-known extremist group, said one expert.

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Whoever won the presidential debate is in the eye of the beholder as Trump and Biden claim, giving little substance to the voters and both claiming victory.

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Breonna Taylor grand jury records will be released

In a very unusual move, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday is expected to release tapes of secret grand jury deliberations relating to the Breonna Taylor case. Cameron’s office said in a statement Monday that it would reluctantly comply with a judge’s order to make the recordings public. “The grand jury should be a secret body,” he said. In a controversial decision, the grand jury made no charges against the Louisville officers who shot Taylor to death. An officer was charged with spontaneous danger after some of his bullets entered an occupied apartment near Taylor’s.

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Former FBI Director James Comey to testify on Russia investigation

James Comey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday as Republicans continue to try to argue that he and the agency conspired against President Donald Trump in 2016. Comey, who Trump fired as FBI director in May 2017, will be a prominent witness in Senator Lindsey Graham’s investigation into the origins of the Department of Justice’s Russia investigation. That investigation, conducted by special attorney Robert Mueller, found multiple contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, but claimed there was not enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy. Trump and other Republicans say the department was conspiring against the president before and after the 2016 election.

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In an interview with USA TODAY, former FBI director James Comey said it is not likely that President Trump has been compromised by Russia, but says he is not sure.

The NBA Finals between Lakers and Heat are destined to give their best

The NBA Finals kick off Wednesday night (9:00 PM ET, ABC) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, with the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Miami Heat. The Lakers, led by All-NBA first-team selections LeBron James and Anthony Davis, defeated the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals to secure them a place in the Finals for a record 32nd time, but for the first time in 10 years. The Heat, led by 2020 All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, made it to the finals for the first time since 2014 after defeating the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Heat team president Pat Riley, who coached the Heat to a championship in 2006, also won four championships with the Lakers in the 1980s.

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SportsPulse: At the start of the season, not many predicted that the Heat and Lakers would meet in the NBA Finals, but here we are. Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports explains why.

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Yabba Dabba Doo! ‘The Flintstones’ turns 60

“The Flintstones” had a prehistoric design when it was first presented on September 30, 1960. Sixty years later, the first animated primetime TV series looks even older in some ways, surprisingly contemporary in others, and still receives references in today’s popular culture. The six-season classic was a take off of Jackie Gleason’s “The Honeymooners”. Our Bill Keveney thinks back to six fun facts about the television jewel, centering on Fred and Wilma Flintstone, a suburban bedrock couple with mid-20th-century sensibilities living in 10,000 B.C.

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An upscale California suburb filed a lawsuit against a homeowner who created a homage to the 1960s cartoon family, the Flintstones. (April 4)

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