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Lakeland City Commissioner Scott Franklin won the Republican House primary race for Florida's 15th Congressional District against freshman Rep. Ross Spano on Tuesday evening, after the incumbent faced months of ethics investigations over possible campaign finance violations, per AP.

Catch up quick: The House Ethics Committee originally undertook the investigation into Spano, but it deferred to the Justice Department last November to review allegations that he may have received improper loans in excess of federal campaign contribution limits. Spano has denied wrongdoing in the matter, claiming the errors were "completely inadvertent and unintentional."

  • Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) urged voters to pick Franklin, per the Tampa Bay Times.
  • "[Spano's] a drag. He’s a drain. He won’t help the president get re-elected," Gaetz said in a tele-town hall.

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Aug 23, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump campaign releases list of Republican convention speakers

Stage under construction at South Lawn of the White House. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Trump campaign on Sunday released the lineup of speakers slated to appear at the Republican National Convention this week.

The big picture: The reworked RNC will be a four-night spectacle including still-under-wraps venues, a 10pm "nightly surprise," and guests and themes playing to "the forgotten men and women of America," campaign officials tell Axios. Trump plans to speak every night and will deliver his acceptance speech from the South Lawn of the White House.

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  3. World: Australian city Melbourne to exit one of world's longest lockdowns — In photos: Coronavirus restrictions grow across Europe
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In photos: Coronavirus restrictions grow across Europe

A skeleton is placed at a restaurant table in Rome to protest Italy's restrictions that'll see gyms, movie theaters and pools close and bars and restaurants required to shut by 6 p.m. until at least Nov. 24. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

Restrictions are returning across much of Europe as the continent faces a second coronavirus wave.

The big picture: Spain and France each surpassed 1 million cases last week, and both countries have implemented further restrictions on citizens. Italian officials announced strict new measures, effective Monday, to combat another cases spike. From Denmark to Romania, take a look at what steps countries have been taking, in photos.

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