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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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Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation on Oct. 26

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Capitol on Oct. 20. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Senate will vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next Monday, Oct. 26, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday.

The big picture: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote this Thursday to advance Barrett's nomination to the full Senate floor. Democrats have acknowledged that there's nothing procedurally they can do to stop Barrett's confirmation, which will take place just one week out from Election Day.

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  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting.
  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 1 million infections.

Meadows confirms Trump's tweets "declassifying" Russia documents were false

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed in court on Tuesday that President Trump's tweets authorizing the disclosure of documents related to the Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton's emails "were not self-executing declassification orders," after a federal judge demanded that Trump be asked about his intentions.

Why it matters: BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold cited the tweets in an emergency motion seeking to gain access to special counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted report as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. This is the first time Trump himself has indicated, according to Meadows, that his tweets are not official directives.