There can be extra space between Pence and Harris at debate that originally deliberate as a consequence of coronavirus


It’s greater than had initially been deliberate because of the unfold of the coronavirus inside Donald Trump’s White Home. Harris and Pence are scheduled to debate subsequent Wednesday in Salt Lake Metropolis for the primary and solely contest between the 2 vice presidential candidates.

Trump on Thursday examined constructive for coronavirus, which has thrown the way forward for common election debates into query and raised fears about how the virus could have unknowingly been current on the Tuesday evening’s debate between Trump and Biden in Cleveland.

Pence and Harris each examined detrimental for Covid-19 on Friday morning.

Trump taken to Walter Reed medical center and will be hospitalized 'for the next few days'

Negotiations and conversations between the Fee on Presidential Debates, led by former Republican Nationwide Committee chairman Frank Fahrenkopf, and representatives for the 2 presidential campaigns have been ongoing all day, as information continued to interrupt concerning the President’s well being.

Requested on Friday morning after Trump has examined constructive, Fahrenkopf declined to remark when requested whether or not future debates are nonetheless scheduled.

Amid negotiations with the fee concerning the phrases of the Harris-Pence face-off, the Biden marketing campaign expressed opposition to Harris and Pence being seven toes aside in the course of the debate stage and requested that they be round 12 toes aside, as a substitute, one supply mentioned. The Biden marketing campaign noticed the spacing concern as a “very severe concern,” this supply added.

Tim Murtaugh, a high Trump spokesman, mentioned Friday evening that have been open to placing extra space between the candidates.

“We’re open to extra space between the candidates, which we can be joyful to debate,” mentioned Murtaugh. “It is a seated debate, so it is only a matter of transferring farther aside on the desk.”

Trump and Biden’s podiums have been 12 toes and eight inches aside in the course of the first presidential debate, a supply acquainted with the talk instructed CNN on Friday.

Pence remains to be planning on touring to Salt Lake Metropolis Monday forward of his scheduled debate, an administration official instructed CNN on Friday. In a memo launched Friday, his doctor says he doesn’t have to quarantine as a result of he was not thought-about a detailed contact with Trump.

The truth that the presidential debate was mere days in the past despatched many within the viewers to get examined for the virus on Friday, together with high Biden surrogates like Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, Rep. Conor Lamb and others. Rochester and Lamb examined detrimental.

The Cleveland Clinic, a sponsor of the talk, had requested the small variety of individuals within the viewers on the Trump-Biden debate to put on masks in the course of the contest. However many members of Trump’s crew — together with his relations — declined to put on them.

“People coming into the talk corridor have been masked and, in some circumstances, eliminated their masks as soon as seated,” mentioned a press release from the clinic. “A Cleveland Clinic doctor did supply viewers members masks, however some didn’t adhere to the requirement.”

The Cleveland Clinic didn’t immediately tackle Trump’s friends ignoring masks guidelines, however mentioned in a press release Friday, “People touring with each candidates, together with the candidates themselves, had been examined and examined detrimental by their respective campaigns.”

“Based mostly on what we all know concerning the virus and the security measures we had in place, we consider there may be low threat of publicity to our friends,” the Cleveland Clinic mentioned within the assertion.

CNN’s Kaitlin Collins and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.


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Kamala Harris examined adverse for Covid-19 Thursday as a part of routine testing


This is a timeline of President Trump’s days earlier than he examined optimistic for Covid-19.

Monday, September 28: On the White Home

3:40 p.m. ET: Trump seems within the Rose Backyard to hail a brand new testing technique for coronavirus. “I say it on a regular basis, we’re rounding the nook,” Trump stated in the course of the occasion. Many officers have been on the occasion, socially distanced from the President, together with Vice President Mike Pence, well being adviser Scott Atlas, Schooling Secretary Betsy DeVos and HHS official Admiral Brett Giroir.

Later within the day, Trump participated in debate prep periods, in keeping with individuals acquainted with the matter. Those that have been current within the room in the course of the periods included former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, presidential adviser Hope Hicks, and former presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Tuesday, September 29: Presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio

2:30 p.m. ET: The President boards Air Power One alongside the primary girl headed for Cleveland. Aboard Air Power One have been members of his household and advisers.

4:22 p.m. ET: Trump did a walkthrough of the controversy stage with out sporting a masks.

9 p.m. ET: Trump’s household arrives within the debate corridor with out sporting masks, although some photographed themselves sporting masks backstage and posted them to social media.

Wednesday, September 30: Go to to Minnesota

3:05 p.m. ET: Trump departs for Minnesota. Aboard Air Power One have been US Reps. Tom Emmer, Pete Stauber and Jim Hagedorn; Hicks, Stephen Miller, Kushner, Dan Scavino and Mark Meadows.

10:20 p.m. ET: Trump departs Duluth on Air Power One. On the way in which residence, officers stated Hicks started displaying signs and remoted in a separate cabin. She is seen deplaning from the rear steps.

Thursday, October 1: Fundraisers and testing

Time unknown: Hope Hicks exams optimistic for coronavirus. Some White Home staffers who have been in shut proximity have been notified of the optimistic check end result, one official stated.

2:33 p.m. ET: Trump arrived at his golf membership in Bedminster, New Jersey, for a fundraiser. It isn’t recognized who attended.

8:15 p.m. ET: In remarks recorded earlier within the day, Trump addresses the annual Al Smith dinner, which was convened just about this yr due to coronavirus. “I simply wish to say that the top of the pandemic is in sight, and subsequent yr might be one of many best years within the historical past of our nation,” Trump stated.

8:40 p.m. ET: CNN reviews Hicks examined optimistic for coronavirus.

12:54 a.m. ET: Trump tweets, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I examined optimistic for COVID-19. We’ll start our quarantine and restoration course of instantly. We’ll get via this TOGETHER!”

1:05 a.m. ET: The White Home releases a memo from the presidential doctor, Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, saying Trump and the primary girl examined optimistic.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris do not wish to speak about modifications to the Supreme Courtroom


Requested immediately on the first presidential debate if he supported “packing the courtroom” in response to President Donald Trump presumably confirming a 3rd Supreme Courtroom justice earlier than the election, Biden overtly acknowledged he was dodging the query, saying “No matter place I tackle that, that’ll turn out to be the problem.”

Trump seized on the remark, asking Biden repeatedly if he was “going to pack the courtroom,” main Biden to say, “I am not going to reply the query.”

Biden’s working mate, Harris, additionally dodged the question in an interview after the talk.

“We’re 35 days away from an election … in all probability a very powerful election of our lifetime and our kids’s lifetime, and there’s nothing about these subsequent 35 days that Joe or I’ll take with no consideration,” Harris instructed CNN’s Jake Tapper. “The main target proper now’s on reminding folks that we’ve this election that may be very a lot in play … we’re within the midst of an election.”

Harris added that she and Biden would “take care of that later.”

'Everything is on the table': GOP's Supreme Court push escalates Democratic debate over packing court

The exchanges highlighted the distinction between the Democratic ticket and a few on the left of the social gathering who’ve been invigorated by requires sweeping change within the face of one other Supreme Courtroom choose by Trump. Most on the left did not anticipate Biden to be the chief of their trigger, however Tuesday’s trade highlighted the extent to which they wished to keep away from making it a subject of debate earlier than the election and as an alternative give attention to what the Supreme Courtroom struggle might imply for the way forward for the Reasonably priced Care Act.

Prime Democratic operatives to highly effective elected officers have responded to the dying of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump’s resolution to appoint Amy Coney Barrett to switch her by pledging that “all the pieces is on the desk” as a method to change the Supreme Courtroom and Senate. Motivated by the truth that Democrats imagine they are going to have had two Supreme Courts seats stolen from them after Republicans thwarted President Barack Obama from nominating a justice within the closing yr of his second time period, the proposals embody including seats to the Supreme Courtroom, instituting time period limits for justices on the very best courtroom within the nation and pushing statehood for locations like Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, so as to add Democratic US senators.

Biden and Harris’ response, nevertheless, makes it clear that the politics of the problem are way more sophisticated.

In a debate that had little for Republicans to rejoice, Biden’s refusal to speak about modifications to the Supreme Courtroom and Harris’ continuation of that technique was one thing Trump supporters noticed as a win.

“Joe Biden continues to dodge, weave, and refuse to commit that he is not going to pack the Supreme Courtroom,” wrote Carrie Severino, the president of the conservative Judicial Disaster Community. “Reply the query, Mr. Biden. Are you going to say ‘no’ to courtroom packing and destroying the establishment of the Supreme Courtroom?”

However Biden’s reply was additionally vital in what he did not do: disavow the thought. Biden, ever the Senate traditionalist with a nostalgia for the way in which debate within the legislative physique happened, disavowed a number of liberal coverage concepts throughout the debate, just like the Inexperienced New Deal and abolishing personal insurance coverage, however on modifications to the Supreme Courtroom and Senate, he merely punted, not taking a facet both manner.

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The first drive behind the push to alter the Supreme Courtroom has come from Demand Justice, a Democratic group that was created within the wake of Trump’s election to struggle his judicial appointments.

Fallon didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark following the talk however instructed CNN earlier than the competition that he did not anticipate Biden to be a champion on this trigger.

“Some persons are going to start out speaking about it,” mentioned Fallon. “I do not anticipate it to incorporate Biden, I do not anticipate it to incorporate the Speaker, I do not anticipate it to incorporate Chuck Schumer.”

Fallon added: “I do not suppose the technique is for Joe Biden to steer the decision on this. This must be one thing that teams, the general public embrace and let Biden name out the actual world impacts of this.”

Biden has lengthy opposed any proposal to change the stability of the Supreme Courtroom. Throughout the major, when different Democratic candidates pushed reforms that targeted on the Supreme Courtroom, Biden steered it was a flawed argument that may simply worsen points in Washington.

And when he was requested about including seats to the courtroom within the wake of Ginsburg’s dying, he mentioned, “It is a authentic query however let me let you know why I am not going reply. As a result of it can shift the main focus.”

He continued, “That is what (Trump) needs, he by no means needs to speak concerning the difficulty at hand and he all the time tries to alter the topic.”


Biden and Harris launch tax returns earlier than debate


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The tax returns have been filed simply hours forward of the primary presidential debate

US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has launched his tax returns simply hours forward of the primary debate with President Donald Trump.

Mr Biden and his spouse Jill paid practically $288,000 (£224,000) in earnings tax final 12 months, in keeping with the filings.

He has known as on the president to launch his returns.

The transfer follows a report by the New York Occasions that Mr Trump paid simply $750 in earnings tax in 2016. Mr Trump mentioned the claims have been “faux information”.

For years Mr Trump has been criticised by Democrats for not making his tax returns public as his predecessors did.

He says his tax returns are presently being audited, and that he won’t launch them whereas an inspection is continuous. There isn’t a authorized purpose why the president can not launch his returns whereas an audit is happening.

Mr Biden’s tax returns confirmed he paid $346,000 in federal taxes and different funds final 12 months on an earnings of practically $985,000 earlier than in search of a refund of practically $47,000 they mentioned that they had overpaid.

Mr Biden’s deputy marketing campaign supervisor Kate Bedingfield described the discharge of the returns as a “historic stage of transparency”, saying: “Mr President, launch your tax returns or shut up”.

Mr Biden’s working mate Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff reported $3,018,127 in taxable earnings, most of this was from Mr Emhoff’s partnership at a legislation agency. The pair paid $1,185,628 in taxes.

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The New York Occasions claimed Mr Trump paid no federal earnings taxes in 11 of 18 years of tax data that have been examined.

After the success of The Apprentice TV present, he did initially pay vital taxes – $95m over 18 years. However he later acquired most of that again by way of a $72.9 million federal tax fund. The refund stays below evaluation.

The newspaper additionally alleges Mr Trump claimed tax deductions on bills together with $70,000 of hair styling for tv.


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson endorses Joe Biden and Kamala Harris


WWE legend, actor and businessman, Dwayne Johnson, formally made his first public endorsement for a presidential candidate as he announcement his help for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Sunday.
“… as a registered Unbiased for years now with centrist ideologies, I do really feel that Vice President Biden and Senator Harris are the only option to steer our nation, and I’m endorsing them to change into President, and Vice President, of our United States,” Johnson mentioned in a video posted on Twitter.

He added that he has voted for each events up to now and that that is “arguably probably the most crucial election our nation has seen in a long time.”

The seven and a half minute announcement video included a short interview Johnson had with Biden and Harris the place he asks them how they’ll earn the respect from the American folks when they’re in The White Home.

Biden says he’ll inform the reality, be open about failures and take accountability. Harris echoes the necessity for belief and reality but in addition says as a rustic we’d like therapeutic proper now as so many individuals have confronted losses this yr.

“Progress takes braveness, humanity, empathy, power, KINDNESS & RESPECT. We should ALL VOTE,” Johnson tweeted, together with a hyperlink to an internet site the place folks can register to vote and discover out data on candidates.

In simply three hours, the video has been seen greater than 2 million instances on Twitter.

In June, Johnson made a robust plea for change in management when he referred to as out President Donald Trump within the wake of George Floyd’s demise. The actor acknowledged in a video submit on his social media channels that the US is “crippled” and “on its knees begging to be heard and pleading for change.”


‘Birtherism’ Lies About Kamala Harris Exceed These About Obama


Poisonous misinformation has continued reaching new heights in 2020. One signal of that? “Birtherism” misinformation about Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, now exceeds that about President Barack Obama at its peak in 2017, in response to a brand new evaluation.

Lies that Ms. Harris was not born American (she was) and is subsequently not eligible for the vice presidency spiked final month within the week after Joseph R. Biden Jr. introduced her as his operating mate, in response to Zignal Labs, a media insights firm. Mentions of the falsehood soared to 103,400 that week throughout social media and TV broadcasts.

That was greater than the quantity of birtherism misinformation about Mr. Obama within the week after President Trump renewed questions on his predecessor’s birthplace in 2017, Zignal Labs stated. These mentions rose to 98,100 that week.

Ms. Harris, a daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, was born in 1964 in Oakland, Calif. A spokeswoman for the senator didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Birtherism misinformation about Ms. Harris has turn into the fifth-highest election misinformation subject by quantity since January, in response to Zignal Labs. The matters which have surpassed it had been falsehoods about voting by mail; Invoice and Hillary Clinton; George Soros, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor; and vaccines.


Open letter to Biden and Harris: The right way to undo harm DeVos did to public schooling


In some little bit of irony, Trump and DeVos pushed the general public colleges that they’ve disparaged to open for the 2020-2021 faculty 12 months, and at one level threatened to withhold federal funding from people who didn’t. (They didn’t have the ability to withhold funding already permitted by Congress.)

Biden, vp beneath President Barack Obama and now the Democratic presidential nominee, and his working mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), have each savaged the Trump-DeVos schooling agenda. And so they have mentioned they’d attempt to make the schooling system extra equitable for underserved college students.

This submit is an open letter to Biden and DeVos from Chris Reykdal, the Washington state superintendent of public instruction, providing 10 steps that Reykdal mentioned would assist set a basis for a extra equitable faculty system.

An Open Letter to the Biden-Harris Ticket:

Mr. Vice President and Senator Harris, there’s a lot at stake with this 12 months’s presidential election, together with the very basis of our nation’s democracy — the way forward for our public schooling system. Led by Betsy DeVos and fueled by years of schooling privateers, the U.S. Division of Schooling has been an utter failure in advancing pupil studying, racial fairness and gender fairness during the last 4 years. Below DeVos, the Schooling Division has jeopardized the monetary way forward for too many younger adults and actively labored in opposition to civil rights protections for our most susceptible college students.

​As Washington state’s elected superintendent of public instruction, I’ve labored with leaders throughout the state to construct bipartisan coalitions to enhance pupil achievement, however this identical bipartisanship and student-centric strategy has been elusive beneath the DeVos regime. It can take federal management working alongside state schooling coverage leaders to maneuver us previous an inefficient and deficit-based system.

​What follows are 10 crucial steps obligatory for a Biden/Harris administration to construct the inspiration for a very equitable and excellent American schooling system.

  1. ​Grant a nationwide waiver of all federally mandated exams required beneath the Each Scholar Succeeds Act till Congress has a possibility to amend the regulation. This can save billions of {dollars} and permit us to refocus assets on assessments that illuminate pupil development and studying, are delivered domestically, and are aligned to necessities which might be correctly located on the state or native degree, not the federal authorities. The Schooling Division ought to evaluate and approve every state’s schooling evaluation framework, however it’s time to put the analysis of studying again within the classroom with significant requirements, educated professionals and culturally responsive tutorial practices.
  2. ​Ship laws to Congress to scale up the Nationwide Evaluation of Instructional Progress (NAEP) — a much more cost-effective methodology of truly figuring out the general schooling progress of states with an actual alternative to lastly perceive efficiency variations between the states.This evaluation is already funded and supported by the Schooling Division. It’s inefficient and dear to have a federally funded evaluation of pupil progress and have 50 states and territories sustaining their very own expensive assessments. This proposal would save billions from the present system, and with strong pattern sizes, can determine crucial helps wanted to shut alternative gaps for college kids furthest from instructional justice.
  3. ​Put money into the instructing occupation by diversifying the workforce, together with establishing high-quality residencies for instructor candidates and early-career lecturers, and offering funds for ongoing significant educator coaching. Moreover, constructing educator capability ought to deal with integration of social-emotional studying into instruction, anti-racist and student-centered instructing practices, and genuine household engagement. It’s previous time to shift away from harmful federal insurance policies that power colleges and educators to dwell on pupil deficits, as outlined by federally mandated exams, as an alternative of lifting up the distinctive contribution of each learner and each educator.
  4. Instantly ship a price range request to Congress that triples the federal price range for the People with Disabilities Schooling Act from $13 billion to $40 billion. Congress and the Schooling Division have by no means fulfilled their obligation to this important civil rights coverage. One in 7 college students has a qualifying incapacity, and these college students deserve each lodging obligatory to totally interact in inclusive and least-restrictive studying environments.
  5. By govt order, instantly droop any federal {dollars} used to assist faculty voucher applications. Require the Schooling Division to undertake a nationwide examination of voucher methods, and require every state that makes use of vouchers to conduct a third-party analysis, with an Schooling Division evaluate, that examines the results of college voucher methods on faculty segregation, particularly the segregation of scholars of coloration and college students with disabilities.
  6. Affirm that each one federal funds are eligible to assist college students within the Deferred Motion for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and all migrant college students. Clarify via govt order and Schooling Division rule that primary schooling rights for ALL college students is a perform of their residency, not their citizenship standing. U.S. colleges ought to deal with instructing and studying for ALL college students, and the administration ought to guarantee authorities overseeing immigration coverage and citizenship standing are upholding assist of DACA and migrant college students’ rights.
  7. ​Instantly reverse the Schooling Division’s current rule change associated to Title IX. This rule, promoted by Betsy DeVos, weakens protections for victims of sexual assault and retraumatizes them with pressured cross-examinations by their perpetrators.
  8. Create a 10-year on-ramp with federal monetary assist to permit each faculty district in america to develop, implement and consider dual-language applications for every of their college students. The USA is linguistically numerous — that is an asset that needs to be celebrated, slightly than considered as a deficit! Each greenback spent on assessments for English language proficiency needs to be invested in high-quality dual-language applications. We’re shedding a world battle for expertise, and our college students don’t compete successfully in a world labor market as a result of they lack bilingualism. Each pupil in america ought to study two or extra languages — as a lot of the world does — and this begins most successfully in early-learning applications and early elementary faculty.
  9. Ship an preliminary price range request to Congress of $100 billion to shut the digital divide and put money into tribal lands by constructing out broadband connectivity in rural and distant communities. Make Okay-12 colleges, Indigenous communities and reservation lands the best priorities for “final mile” infrastructure. Our tribal communities are sovereign nations trapped by our failed nationwide infrastructure. Tribal youth expertise one of many largest alternative gaps within the nation, and broadband can play a large position on this highly effective alternative for fairness.
  10. Present each U.S. highschool graduate two years of equal tuition to a public group or technical school via an schooling financial savings account. College students can use these funds for full affiliate levels or industry-recognized credentials, or use the funds as a common baseline of economic help as they attend four-year schools and universities.

​Strengthening America’s schooling system needs to be the highest precedence for a Biden/Harris administration. It doesn’t imply increasing the management or scope of the Schooling Division, however slightly placing the right price range and coverage levers in place that empower states and native faculty districts to shut alternative gaps, develop numerous pathways to commencement and as soon as once more acknowledge the wants of particular person college students, employers and the bigger financial system.

America’s future rests on its dedication to each learner in a high-quality accessible public schooling system that sees race, language, and particular person pupil pursuits as strengths and belongings upon which we develop the best and most progressive nation the world has ever identified.

Chris Reykdal, Washington state superintendent of public instruction


Cheer star Jerry Harris charged with producing baby intercourse photographs


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Prosecutors say Jerry Harris may resist 30 years in jail

Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris, one of many stars of the Netflix documentary sequence Cheer, has been arrested and charged with producing baby intercourse photographs.

Mr Harris, 21, allegedly enticed an underage boy to supply sexually express movies and photographs of himself, the US lawyer’s workplace stated.

In keeping with court docket data, Mr Harris admitted to soliciting and receiving express photographs from the minor.

However a spokesperson for the star has denied the allegations.

Mr Harris was arrested on Thursday morning and later appeared in court docket in Chicago.

He didn’t enter a plea. A choose stated a listening to could be held on Monday to find out if he’ll keep in custody or be launched on bail, in response to US media reviews.

Mr Harris featured prominently within the well-liked sequence Cheer, which adopted a cheerleading crew from Navarro Faculty in Texas as they sought a nationwide title.

Mr Harris is accused of soliciting photographs from the minor from December 2018 to March 2020.

The sufferer knowledgeable Mr Harris throughout their preliminary on-line encounter that he was 13 years outdated, a legal criticism says.

If convicted on the federal baby pornography cost, Mr Harris faces as much as 30 years in jail.

The cost comes after a lawsuit was filed earlier this week, by which Mr Harris was accused of kid sexual exploitation and abuse of two alleged male victims.

A spokesperson instructed CNN on the time that “we categorically dispute the claims” and “are assured that when the investigation is accomplished the true information can be revealed”.

However court docket paperwork say Mr Harris admitted throughout an interview with regulation enforcement officers to soliciting and receiving express photographs from one of many minors and “no less than between 10 to 15 different people he knew had been minors”.

Officers say investigations are ongoing and have referred to as for anybody with extra info to return ahead.

Cheer was an prompt success when it was launched on streaming service Netflix in January, and lately gained two Emmy Awards.

Mr Harris gained reputation for his enthusiastic “mat speak” – when cheerleaders on the sidelines shout encouragement to teammates throughout troublesome stunts.

Earlier this 12 months, he interviewed celebrities on the Oscars crimson carpet for The Ellen DeGeneres Present.


Jerry Harris arrested on cost of manufacturing of kid pornography


Harris is scheduled to seem in federal courtroom in Chicago this afternoon, Fitzpatrick advised CNN.

A consultant for Harris didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

Earlier this week, Harris, 21, was accused of kid sexual exploitation and abuse in lawsuit filed by an legal professional representing two alleged victims.

A spokesperson for Harris advised CNN on the time, “We categorically dispute the claims made towards Jerry Harris, that are alleged to have occurred when he was a youngster. We’re assured that when the investigation is accomplished the true information shall be revealed.”

“Cheer” just lately gained two Emmy Awards and is nominated for excellent unstructured actuality program, which shall be introduced over the past evening of the digital Inventive Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday.

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