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Speaking at the Upfront Summit in Los Angeles last week, conservative political commentator Glenn Beck tried to find some common ground with the mostly liberal audience and pondered his role in the election of President Trump.

  1. "Unless you're Donald Trump, you have to have some sense of self-reflection," said Beck of the aftermath of his career on CNN and Fox as a political pundit. "I did these things, this helped lead us down the road. So now, 'what are you gonna do?'" he said he had to ask himself of his role in conservative media and its role in Trump's election.
  2. "I believe he's an extraordinarily dangerous man," he said of Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who's currently on a promotional tour for his upcoming book and whose appearance at UC Berkeley on Wednesday night was canceled at the last minute due to violent demonstrations.
  3. "We have basic principles in common," he said of Republicans and Democrats after the entire audience raised their hands when Beck asked who was worried about American civil rights.

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How "naked ballots" could upend mail-in voting in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered state officials last week to throw out mail-in ballots submitted without a required inner "secrecy" envelope in November's election, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision to extend the time that mail-in ballots could be counted, but Philadelphia's top elections official warned state legislators this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election.

Commission releases topics for first presidential debate

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has selected what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week.

What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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