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Alex Brandon / AP

Sean Spicer, who returned to the podium for the first time since June 26, kicked off today's off-camera briefing by touting the administration's "Made in America Week." Yet when asked if this week's White House theme means that the Trump Organization and Ivanka Trump brands will commit to making products in the U.S., Spicer said he felt it was "inappropriate" to comment on their businesses, and added that in certain cases, "the supply chains and scalability" are not always available in the U.S.

Highlights from the off-camera briefing:

  • Trump Jr. meeting: "There was nothing as far as we know that would lead anyone to believe that there was anything except for discussion about adoption".
  • DNC collusion: Spicer claimed that the Trump campaign didn't collude with Russia, but Democrats did collude with the Ukrainian government, for taking a meeting at the Ukrainian embassy.
  • GOP health bill: "We have every confidence in the Majority Leader's ability to get this done."
  • Does Trump still have confidence in lawyer Marc Kasowitz, who recently apologized for his emails threatening a stranger? He does.
  • Iran deal: Sec. of State Tillerson will make an announcement on the Iran deal re-certification today. Spicer added that the administration believes Iran is meeting its obligations under the nuclear deal.

One fun thing: Upon arriving, Spicer apologized for being roughly 30 minutes late. One reporter said, "We've missed you, Sean." And Spicer replied, "I missed you too."

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  3. States: Federal court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for health workers in 10 states — NYC urges masks indoors "at all times" regardless of vaccination status — New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
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Former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly walks in front of his players. Photo: David Madison/Getty Images

In the span of two days, the head coaches of two of the biggest college football programs in America have jumped ship, wooed by even greater challenges — and the almighty dollar.

Driving the news: Lincoln Riley is ditching Oklahoma for USC in a deal reportedly worth $110 million. LSU poached Brian Kelly from Notre Dame with a reported 10-year, $100 million contract.

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Digital media companies considering going public are watching BuzzFeed's expected stock market debut next week to see how investors will respond.

Why it matters: A slowdown in SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies) earlier this year pushed some digital media companies that were considering going public via SPAC IPOs away from the idea, such as Vice.