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Steph Curry and Callaway Golf announced a multi-year partnership last week that includes a commitment from both parties to partner on initiatives aimed at making golf "more accessible to underserved and underrepresented youth."

Why it matters: This comes on the heels of Curry's pledge last month to help Howard University launch a Division I golf program and fund it for six years.

  • Callaway will be the official equipment provider for Howard, while also donating additional funds — an example of the kind of philanthropic work Curry and Callaway hope to do together.

Between the lines: This is both a sign of the times and a potential blueprint for the future.

  • Sign of the times: Sports is at the center of almost every major American issue these days, so athletes have bigger voices than ever. NBA players, in particular, are increasingly willing to speak out on social issues, making them ideal partners for brands wanting to take a public position on something or just generally score points with socially-conscious consumers.
  • Blueprint for the future: A recent study found that two-thirds of Gen Z consumers experience an increase in positive feelings about a brand because of an association with a social cause. As their buying power grows, athletes would be wise to follow Curry's lead and push for similar commitments from brand partners.

Go deeper: Stephen Curry looks to revive Howard University's golf scene

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Kudlow says he regrets claiming Trump couldn't use executive order for unemployment

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he regrets suggesting this week that unemployment benefits can only be extended by Congress.

Why it matters: President Trump's decision to bypass Congress to sign four executive actions, including one that provides $400 per week in extra unemployment benefits, has prompted outcry from Democrats and even some Republicans who believe he is overstepping his constitutional authority.

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Anti-government protesters in Beirut. Photo: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Lebanon’s information minister resigned on Sunday in the wake of mass protests over the deadly blast in Beirut's port last week, which has killed at least 160 people and injured nearly 6,000, AP reports.

Why it matters: In her resignation letter, Manal Abdel-Samad called change "elusive" and apologized for not delivering more to the country, which had been devastated by a financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic even before the blast destroyed much of the capital city.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 19,655,445 — Total deaths: 727,353 — Total recoveries — 11,950,845Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 4,998,802 — Total deaths: 162,425 — Total recoveries: 1,643,118 — Total tests: 61,080,587Map.
  3. Politics: Trump signs 4 executive actions on coronavirus aid — Democrats, and some Republicans, criticize the move.
  4. Public health: Fauci says chances are "not great" that COVID-19 vaccine will be 98% effective — 1 in 3 Americans would decline COVID-19 vaccine.
  5. Science: Indoor air is the next coronavirus frontline.
  6. Schools: How back-to-school is playing out in the South as coronavirus rages on — Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Howard to hold fall classes online.