Editors, USA TODAY
Published 3:58 a.m. ET Sept. 30, 2020 | Updated 6:01 a.m. ET Sept. 30, 2020
A nation looks back at a brutal and chaotic first presidential debate
The night voters across the U.S. were waiting for finally arrived Tuesday night: Republican President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate, went head to head in their first presidential debate. Unfortunately, the candidates spent most of their time during the 90-minute event trying to get their points across amid frequent interjections, back-and-forth exchanges and moderator Chris Wallace struggling to rein them both in, particularly Trump. Analysis and fact checking of candidates’ claims is expected to continue Wednesday. But one key moment could end up being scrutinized more heavily. Near the end of the debate, Wallace asked Trump whether he was willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups. Trump sidestepped the question, focusing more on “antifa and the left.” His response energized the Proud Boys, a known extremist group, one expert said.
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- ‘I guess I’m debating you’:Trump and moderator Chris Wallace clash in raucous debate
- ‘A dark event’:Hillary Clinton, CNN’s Dana Bash and media pundits weigh in on the debate
Who won the presidential debate is in the eye of the beholder as Trump and Biden argue, giving little of substance to voters and both claiming victory.
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Breonna Taylor grand jury records to be released
In a highly unusual move, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday is expected to release recordings of secret grand jury deliberations related to the Breonna Taylor case. Cameron’s office said in a statement Monday it would reluctantly comply with a judge’s order to make the recordings public. “The grand jury is meant to be a secretive body,” he said. In a controversial decision, the grand jury issued no charges against the Louisville officers who fatally shot Taylor. One officer was charged with wanton endangerment after some of his bullets went into an occupied apartment next to Taylor’s.
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- ‘Are there any guns visible?’: Leaked evidence appears to show charged officer in Taylor’s apartment
- ‘Man, those gunshots were for almost five minutes’:Breonna Taylor neighbor wants to know why cop wasn’t charged for shooting into his unit
- Fact-checking 8 myths in Breonna Taylor case: Was she asleep when police shot her? Is there body-cam footage?
Former FBI Director James Comey to testify on Russia probe
James Comey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday as Republicans continue to try to make the case that he and the agency conspired against President Donald Trump in 2016. Comey, whom Trump fired as FBI director in May 2017, will be a featured witness in Sen. Lindsey Graham’s investigation into the origins of the Justice Department’s Russia probe. That investigation, conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, found multiple contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia but said there was not enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy. Trump and fellow Republicans contend the department was conspiring against the president before and after the 2016 election.
- ‘I stand by those decisions’: Former Russia special counsel Robert Mueller counters criticism by a top aide
- Republican-led Senate panel findings: Paul Manafort was ‘a grave counterintelligence threat’
- ‘The Comey Rule’:Jeff Daniels plays the former FBI Director James Comey in a new Showtime miniseries
In an interview with USA TODAY, former FBI director James Comey said it’s not likely President Trump has been compromised by Russia, but says he can’t be sure.
NBA Finals between the Lakers and Heat is set to tip off
The NBA Finals will begin Wednesday night (9 p.m. ET, ABC) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, with the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Miami Heat. The Lakers, led by First Team All-NBA selections LeBron James and Anthony Davis, defeated the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference finals securing them a spot 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, advanced to the Finals for the first time since 2014 after taking down 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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- ‘He’s been unbelievable’:LeBron James credits coach Frank Vogel for Lakers being ‘great’ this season
SportsPulse: At the beginning of the season, not many predicted the Heat and Lakers to meet in the NBA Finals, but here we are. USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt tells us why.
Yabba Dabba Doo! ‘The Flintstones’ turns 60
“The Flintstones” was prehistoric by design when it premiered Sept. 30, 1960. Sixty years later, primetime TV’s first animated series seems even older in some ways, surprisingly contemporary in others and still gets callbacks in today’s popular culture. The six-season classic was a takeoff of Jackie Gleason’s “The Honeymooners.” Our Bill Keveney looks back with six fun facts on the TV gem, which was centered on Fred and Wilma Flintstone, a suburban Bedrock couple with mid-20th Century sensibilities living in 10,000 B.C.
- Take our quiz:How well do you know ‘The Flintstones’?
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An upscale California suburb is filing suit against a homeowner who created an homage to the 1960’s cartoon family, the Flintstones. (April 4)
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