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Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins has joined CNN as a contributor focusing on racial and social justice.

Why it matters: It's the first time the network has hired a current athlete to its slate of contributors, according to Variety.

  • Jenkins, along with many other high-profile athletes, has been vocal about protests against racism and police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
  • The news comes after the NFL admitted it was "wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier" on issues of racism and the systematic oppression of black Americans.
  • Jenkins said last week that unless the NFL specifically apologizes to Colin Kaepernick, he doesn't think the league will end up "on the right side of history."

What he's saying: “Now more than ever, the public needs to be educated on the roles of elected positions of power, such as the District Attorney, Police Chief or City Council and how to hold those individuals accountable, especially through their voice and their vote. In an important election year, I’m eager to join the CNN family and share my perspective as a regular contributor,” Jenkins said in a statement.

  • ”I also want to thank CNN for their thoughtful leadership in viewing professional athletes beyond their sport as another educated voice who brings a varied perspective and value to the network’s programming and shows.”

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First presidential debate moved from Notre Dame to Cleveland

The stage at the ninth Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas. Photo: Bridget Bennett/AFP via Getty Images

The first presidential debate on Sept. 29 will be moved from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana to a Cleveland site co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic due to coronavirus concerns, organizers announced Monday.

Why it matters: This is another reminder that the coronavirus has changed the presidential election as we know it.

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Italy on Saturday announced it was tightening restrictions in five of the country's 20 regions in an effort curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Driving the news: The announcement comes as health experts and scientists warn of the more transmissible coronavirus variants, per Reuters.