Vince McMahon announcing the original XFL's launch in 2000. Photo: Tom Hauck / Allsport

World Wrestling Entertainment head Vince McMahon will embark on a second attempt to launch a pro football league with a reboot of 2001's XFL, per PWInsider. McMahon will announce the news at a press conference this afternoon, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell, with an expected start date in 2020, giving the league — independent of the WWE via Alpha Entertainment, a new company formed by McMahon — enough time to build out its infrastructure.

Why it matters: With the NFL stung by this year's national anthem controversy and shrinking television ratings, McMahon clearly believes the time is ripe for an alternate product.

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How new tech raises the risk of nuclear war

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75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, some experts believe the risk of the use of a nuclear weapon is as high now as it has been since the Cuban missile crisis.

The big picture: Nuclear war remains the single greatest present threat to humanity — and one that is poised to grow as emerging technologies, like much faster missiles, cyber warfare and artificial intelligence, upset an already precarious nuclear balance.

White House, Democrats remain "trillions of dollars apart" on stimulus talks

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The Trump administration and Democrats have not agreed to any "top-line numbers" and remain "trillions of dollars apart" on coronavirus stimulus negotiations, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday.

The state of play: Meadows told reporters, "At this point we’re either going to get serious about negotiating and get an agreement in principle or — I’ve become extremely doubtful that we’ll be able to make a deal if it goes well beyond Friday.”

23 million Americans face eviction

Natasha Blunt of New Orleans, who is at risk of eviction. Photo: Dorthy Ray/AP

The coronavirus pandemic threatens America with a new wave of homelessness due to a cratering economy, expiring unemployment stimulus payments and vanishing renter protections.

What they're saying: "I've never seen this many people poised to lose their housing in such a short period of time," said Bill Faith of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio to AP.