Explainer: Two nights, 20 Democrats – What you should know about the first 2020 debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When 20 Democrats take the stage next week for the first of 12 prime-time presidential primary debates, they will assemble according to months-in-the-making plans by the Democratic National Committee to accommodate its largest-ever field. FILE PHOTO: Twenty 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who will participate in the party’s first debate in Miami later this month in a combination file photos (L-R top row): U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bennet, and Elizabeth Warren. (L-R middle row): Former U.S. Vice President Joe…

The Deciders: Meet the voters defining America’s politics

(Reuters) – A retiree worried about his granddaughter’s future in Pinellas County, Florida. A factory worker in Racine County, Wisconsin, who doubts politicians will improve her life as a single mother. A Boy Scout leader willing to cross party lines to revive his blue-collar town in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. A gay, Latino college student in Maricopa County, Arizona, preparing to cast his first presidential ballot. These voters live in some of the most competitive counties in America’s presidential battleground states, places set to play an outsized role in the 2020…

Trump administration replaces Obama-era power plant rule, in boost to coal

(Reuters) – The Trump administration finalized a new carbon emissions rule for U.S. power plants on Wednesday that it said could cut pollution without damaging the coal industry, replacing a much tougher Obama-era version to fight climate change. The move was a boost to coal companies facing tough competition from natural gas, solar and wind energy suppliers, but infuriated environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers who said the regulation was too weak to significantly reduce emissions and would put public health at risk. The so-called Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule gives states…

New York lawmakers pass aggressive law to fight climate change

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York state lawmakers passed early Thursday one of the nation’s most ambitious plans to slow climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks before signing the Red Flag bill, also known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order bill, in New York, U.S., February 25, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton If signed into law, it would make New York the second U.S. state to aim for a carbon-neutral economy, following an executive order signed by then California…

Draft trades to watch: Why the fun could start as high as No. 4

8:04 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN NEW YORK — With a lack of consensus after the first three picks, Thursday’s NBA draft (7 p.m. ET on ESPN) comes with major questions surrounding potential trades throughout the first round. Last weekend’s Anthony Davis trade agreement between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers only added to those questions, with the Pelicans acquiring No. 4 overall and having significant interest in trade talks with teams about the pick, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Then on Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies…

NBA comps for five elements of Zion’s extraordinary game

6:58 AM ET The NBA comparison game is tricky in any draft. No two players are identical, and it’s easy to talk yourself into or out of a prospect just because he reminds you of someone else. But for a player as unique as Duke’s Zion Williamson, comps are even more challenging. Williamson is this year’s consensus No. 1 pick, likely headed to the New Orleans Pelicans at the start of the 2019 NBA draft on Thursday (7 p.m. ET on ESPN). There’s also a strong case that he’s the…

Tough festive period awaits for Leeds as 2019-20 fixtures are revealed

Date published: Thursday 20th June 2019 9:17 Leeds United will open the 2019-20 season with the long trip to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City in the first weekend of August. Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who missed out on a top two finish last season and lost to Derby in the play-offs, will be hoping to go one better this time around. Following their opening match, the Whites will then face a home match against Nottingham Forest before tackling Wigan at the DW Stadium. Leeds face rivals Huddersfield away on December…

Agent of Maurizio Sarri favourite fuels Chelsea exit talk

Date published: Thursday 20th June 2019 9:19 Jorginho’s agent has refused to rule out a transfer back to Italy for his client. The Chelsea midfielder has only been at Stamford Bridge for 11 months but the 27-year-old, who chose the Blues over Man City, last summer is open to following Maurizio Sarri to Juventus – just as he did last summer when he left Naples for London. Sarri will be officially presented as Juventus’ new coach this morning and already the Italian has been linked with making moves for Chelsea…

Juventus ready to offer pacey winger to seal £160m deal with Man Utd

Date published: Thursday 20th June 2019 9:45 Juventus are willing to offer winger Douglas Costa as part of a swap deal for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, a report claims. Pogba recently dropped his biggest hint yet that a summer exit is firmly on the cards by admitting he is looking for a ‘new challenge’. The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this window, with Serie A giants Juventus reportedly keen on the idea of bringing Pogba back to Turin. Then, reports emerged saying that despite speculation…

Serie A: Jorginho agent not ruling out Juventus move

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