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Former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Penn.) said on Wednesday that he will be voting for Joe Biden over President Trump in November, telling CNN: "At the end of the day, this really isn't about right or left. It's not about ideology. ... For me, it's about right or wrong."

Why it matters: Dent, who represented the key swing state of Pennsylvania in Congress before retiring in 2018, is one of a number of former Republican officials who have come out against Trump during the week of the Democratic National Convention.

  • Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the late Sen. John McCain's wife Cindy are among those who have spoken at the DNC in support of Biden this week.
  • Dent said that he doesn't know if these GOP endorsements will have an impact on voters, but that there are "many Republicans" who agree with him that "we have to talk about broader principles here rather than just an immediate policy victory."

What he's saying: "For me, it's about right or wrong. Stability vs. instability, security vs. insecurity, normal vs. abnormal. That's why I'm doing this because I feel that we need to return some sense of normalcy to the function of government. We simply don't have that now. And that's why I'm going to be voting for Joe Biden for president."

  • "There are greater principles involved like the rule of law. We have to defend democratic values. And I say democratic with a small "D." A free press, an independent judiciary. These are things that are very important."
  • "And the president has been trying to undermine those things. And I think that, again, we have to talk about broader principles here rather than just an immediate policy victory."

What to watch: Dent said he thinks it's "improbable" that Trump wins Pennsylvania again because the "suburban erosion for Republicans has been dramatic since the president was elected."

Go deeper: The top Republicans who aren't voting for Trump in 2020

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Pennsylvania certifies Biden's victory

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Pennsylvania officials on Tuesday certified the state's presidential election results, making President-elect Joe Biden's win in the key battleground official.

Why it matters: The move deals another blow to President Trump's failed efforts to block certification in key swing states that he lost to Biden. It also comes one day after officials voted to certify Biden's victory in Michigan.

Instagram's boss faces Congress' questions on harm to teens

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The head of Instagram will find himself in Congress' crosshairs for the first time Wednesday in the one area lawmakers have shown they are willing to pass tech regulations — protecting youngsters online.

Why it matters: Republicans and Democrats have found common ground in grilling tech companies on how their products harm children, especially after revelations in The Wall Street Journal about Instagram's potential harm to the mental health of teen girls.

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Experts fear a bad flu season on top of COVID

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Public health officials are warning that the U.S. may be on the verge of a dangerous double whammy: COVID and flu, spreading simultaneously.

The big picture: The Delta variant is still circulating across the U.S., and the Omicron variant isn't far behind. On top of that, experts see potential warning signs of a bad flu season, which could leave millions of Americans vulnerable and strain health care resources.