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“The devil is in the detail.”

General Motors worker Sean Crawford on a tentative deal reached between the United Automobiles Worker union and GM. The UAW represents 46,000 GM workers who went on strike more than a month ago while trying to agree to new employment terms. This is the first nationwide strike for the UAW in more than a decade. The tentative agreement will be reviewed Thursday. The deal matters as it may set a template for other major car companies.
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“We will not cheat our children out of instructional time.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is closing public schools Thursday in the nation's third largest school district ahead of an expected strike by 25,000 teachers. Lightfoot says the city made a good offer, including a 16% pay raise, but the union wants to cut morning class time by 30 minutes a day. The Chicago's Teachers Union says they want more aggressive caps on class size and calls the mayor's characterization of generosity is "absolutely ridiculous."
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“Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!”

Pres. Trump wrote this in a letter to Turkey’s President Erdogan on the day Turkey launched its offensive into Syria. The offensive started after President Trump said America would withdraw from its positions in Northern Syria. Pres. Trump has since told Turkey to stop the offensive or he will "destroy" their economy. Vice President Mike Pence & Sec. of State Mike Pompeo will be in Turkey on Thursday to meet with Turkey's president.
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“Did I make a mistake? Well, maybe in the grand scheme of things, yeah…But did I make a mistake based upon some ethical lapse? Absolutely not.”

Hunter Biden, son of former VP Joe Biden, on joining a board of a controversial Ukrainian company while his father was Vice President. This was Biden’s first on-camera interview since the impeachment inquiry into Pres. Trump. Biden denied ever discussing issues in Ukraine and China w/his father while Joe Biden was VP.
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“We should neither want help from anyone nor lend an ear to any temptation.”

North Korean Leader Kim Jon Un delivering a message on horseback at the country's highest peak - a symbolically significant location. Kim delivered a message of self-reliance & referenced sanctions imposed by the U.S (and others) in efforts to force the country to denuclearize. Talks to restart negotiations between the U.S. & North Korea broke down in early October.
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“We’ve made a deal for peace.”

Ecuador's Pres. Lenín Moreno on an agreement that appears to have stopped nearly two wks of violent, deadly protests. While details are TBD, here’s the backstory: the Ecuadorian gov't artificially lowered fuel prices for decades but recently halted fuel subsidies as part of terms for a $4B loan to help the overall economy. Fuel prices instantly increased, igniting protests. Now, Moreno announced fuel subsidies are back. Future of the loan is also TBD.
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“Ordinary people want to see animals protected, not abused.”

Cassie King of Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights group, on news that California is the first state in the nation to ban the sale (and manufacturing) of fur products to residents. The law goes into effect Jan 1, 2023. Advocates want the law to become a nationwide trend; critics say the law is overly strict and will create a black market for fur goods.
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“It’s an honor I’ve gotten to compete so many times for the country.”

Gymnast Simone Biles who is now the most-decorated world champion gymnast, man or woman, in history. Biles added to her medal count at the world championship competition this weekend where the United States took home gold in the team event, and Biles earned gold for individual all-around gymnast. Including her event awards, Biles has earned a total of 25 medals.
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“The tragedy here and the crime here is that the American people don’t get to see what’s going on in these sessions.”

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), the highest-ranking Republican on the House oversight committee. He, and other Republicans, accuse his Democrat colleagues of selectively leaking information to the press from testimony related to the impeachment inquiry into Pres. Trump. The testimony, including that of a former White House advisor on Monday, was behind closed doors.
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“We want to make sure that we meet the needs of the investigation and not give the president or his legal minions the opportunity to tailor their testimony and in some cases fabricate testimony to suit their interests.”

Chair of the House Intel Cmte Adam Schiff (D-CA) on why testimony related to the impeachment inquiry is being heard in private. Schiff says the whistleblower, at the center of the inquiry, may not testify.
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“We identify this as the most significant contribution to peace in the past year.”

Chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee on the Nobel Peace Prize recipient: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Abiy is credited with ending a 20-year war with neighboring Eritrea. The youngest head of state in Africa beat out more than 300 other candidates for the 100th year award of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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“I’m not here to suggest we’re going to have a grand slam in the U.S.-China relationship this week, but we’re going to make progress.”

U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Myron Brilliant who, along with other business leaders, met with China's Vice Premier. Talks between the world's two largest economies continue Friday at the White House, as the trade war continues.
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“They are the worst of the worst!”

President Trump describing two ISIS terrorists reportedly responsible for beheading American journalists. The U.S. gov't reportedly took these two ISIS detainees and dozens of others out of Syria to Iraq in recent days. The ISIS detainees were being held with thousands of others by the Kurds, a group now under threat by Turkey, raising questions about whether or not these prisoners will indeed stay...in prison.
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“Our findings suggest that having a dog is associated with longer life.”

Dr. Caroline Kramer, who examined the impact of dog ownership in newly published research. Dog owners had a lower rate of mortality overall, as well as lower rates of death related to heart & cardiovascular issues, compared to non-dog owners. Dr. Kramer says the next step is to examine a patient's health before & after having a dog to measure the potential physical benefits.
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“…numbers no immigration system in the world is designed to handle, including ours.”

Customs & Border Patrol Acting Commish Mark Morgan on the nearly 1M law enforcement actions at the SW border from Oct 2018 - Sept 2019, incl. 800,000+ apprehensions -- more than twice the number of apprehensions last year. September apprehensions decreased for a 4th straight month but remain historically high.
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“This test is a beast.”

Tutor Leisha Baker on the ACT college admissions exam. For the first time in the test's 60 year history, students in September 2020 will have the opportunity to select sections of the test they want to re-take rather than having to complete the whole exam. The nonprofit test-taking organization says the student's highest scores became more predictive of how they will perform in college. Critics suggest this will only favor wealthy students who can afford it.
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“A thing like this has never happened to any President before.”

Pres. Trump reacting to a federal judge's dismissal of his lawsuit to block a subpoena by the NYC District Attorney seeking 8 yrs of his tax returns. The DA is investigating whether his business falsified records. Pres. Trump doesn't have to turn over his records *yet* while appealing the ruling. Presidential candidates have disclosed their tax returns (in some form) since 1980.
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“We take this red flag warning extremely seriously.”

Mayor Libby Schaaff of Oakland, CA, one of the areas impacted by a planned power outage by power company PG&E due to windy and dry conditions. PG&E is proactively cutting power to an estimated 800,000 people. Downed PG&E power lines, in windy, dry conditions, ignited one of the most destructive & deadly wildfires in CA history. The planned outage may last a week and become a new normal in America's most populated state.
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“What I saw that day was complete and total malevolence, bad overcome by good.”

Pfc. Brendan Bialy, one of the students credited with disarming a shooter at a Denver high school earlier this year. Bialy, who lost a friend in the shooting, is now a Marine. His father said of his son, "You love your child more than anything else in this world, but the same time, you understand what he has, you have to share."
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“It’s a dark turn.”

Professor Ho-Fung Hung from Johns Hopkins University reacting to news police shot an anti-government protester in Hong Kong; the 18-year-old man survived (as of Wednesday) after emergency surgery. Protesters have taken to the streets since June against what they see as a crackdown by China on Hong Kong's unique civil liberties. The protests - violent at times - happened on the 70th anniversary of communist party rule in China, challenging the party's stronghold.
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“Ultimately, this is a fundamental matter of fairness and equity that is well past due.”

CA Gov. Gavin Newsom signing a bill allowing the state's college student athletes to sign endorsement deals to profit from their name and likeness by 2023. The National Collegiate Athletic Association policy prohibits college athletes from profiting financially from their student athlete status. This law forces the issue to the forefront, daring the NCAA to suspend CA teams from play or change its rules.
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“I’m concerned with aspects of the Committee’s request that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, & treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State…”

Sec. of State Mike Pompeo challenging the tone, logistics and substance of the House Foreign Affairs Cmte. request to hear from State Dept officials as part of the House's impeachment inquiry into Pres. Trump. Despite Sec. Pompeo's letter, several officials will appear before the cmte. this week.
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“North Korea’s message is clear: Our capacity to cause trouble is increasing by the day.”

Senior dir. of Korean studies at think tank National Interest, Harry Kazianis, on news North Korea fired at least one missile shortly after announcing it will resume nuclear non-proliferation talks with America. Negotiations between Pres. Trump & the North Korean leader ended without an agreement in February. A future meeting is TBD.
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“I didn’t feel like I was compromising anything by saying yes.”

Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato, who is now the first female pro scout in the history of the National Hockey League. She joined the league's newest team in Seattle, officially entering the league during the 2021-2022 season. The Team U.S.A. women's hockey gold medalist said she previously had other opportunities but didn't feel she could take them with a husband who traveled for work & two young children.
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“Mondays.”

LinkedIn Editor-In-Chief Dan Roth on what he believes is the best day of the week to apply for a job. LinkedIn says October has the highest number of job postings on its site. A new U.S. jobs report will be released on Friday. The unemployment rate is expected to stay steady at 3.7%.
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“It’s a February storm in September.”

Superintendent of Glacier National Park Jeff Mow speaking about a record-breaking wintry blast this weekend in Montana. More than 3 feet of snow fell in some places, breaking 100-year-old records and causing problems for ranchers and farmers in the area who had yet to harvest crops. America's Northwest experienced the winter weather that's expected through the start of the week.
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“…barely exceed amounts you might expect to find in common foods.”

FDA's Dr. Janet Woodcock describing the amount of an ingredient found in popular heartburn medication Zantac and some generics that in *large* amounts can cause cancer. CVS on Sunday joined other drug store chains like Walgreens that have pulled the product from shelves as part of a voluntary recall. The FDA advised Americans to look for an alternative while it continues its research.
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“The use of e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products is exploding and we are seeing reports of serious lung illnesses, particularly in our young people.”

MA Gov. Charlie Baker announcing a public health emergency and four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state. On Thursday, the CDC announced 805 illnesses & 12 deaths connected to e-cigs and vaping.
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“We’re hopeful Creatable World will encourage people to think more broadly about how all kids can benefit from doll play.”

Kim Culmone, Senior VP of Mattel Fashion Doll Design, on the toy manufacturer's new gender inclusive doll line. Culmone said the $30 customizable doll available in a variety of skin tones was created in response to research showing "kids don't want their toys dictated by gender norms."
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“He was a warrior — an accomplished, respected and loved Special Forces Soldier that will never be forgotten.”

Col. Owen G. Ray, 1st SFG (A) commander on a Green Beret killed in action in Afghanistan – the 17th death this year. Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin died in combat on Monday. This year has been the deadliest since 2014 for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
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“… unless you are a zillionaire that’s not going to make a big difference.”

David Wessel, a senior fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings, on the Federal Reserve's decision to cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point. It's the second rate cut this year. The Federal Reserve sets the rate that determines how expensive or cheap it is to borrow money for various types of loans.
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“This is a big deal, but with this caveat that this is not an easy, simple cure and the therapy isn’t going to be for everyone.”

Pediatric allergist, Dr. BJ Lanser, at National Jewish Health - the hospital that helped run a clinical trial on a treatment for peanut allergy sufferers - the first of its kind approved by an FDA Advisory Panel.
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“This program is an absolute game-changer for New Mexico.”

New Mexico governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, announcing plans to offer New Mexico residents free tuition at public colleges and universities. The plan would cost upwards of $35M but offer free education to 55,000 students. Critics say the money should go to those in need and help cover living expenses. The state legislature needs to approve the measure to enact it.
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“To get to zero is tremendously encouraging.”

Jason Schwartz, a Yale University expert on vaccination policy, on the dwindling number of *new* measles cases across the U.S. Monday was the first time in 8 months the CDC reported no new measles cases. More than 1,200 measles cases have been reported so far this year - the most since 1992.
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“I was born without representation, but I will not die without representation.”

Mayor of the District of Columbia Muriel Bowser at a march Monday to make Washington the 51st state in the union. Congress will hold the first hearing on D.C. statehood in 26 years on Thursday. Supporters argue D.C. residents deserve congressional representation; right now they are only able to elect non-voting members to Congress.
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“We’ve exhausted the dialogue format.”

Juan Guaidó, opposition challenger to Nicolás Maduro who remains in power in Venezuela. Guaidó said although more than 50 nations, including the United States, recognize him as an interim leader in Venezuela, he offered to step aside if Maduro also left office, in favor of democratic elections. Questions remain about the economic and political future of Venezuela, a country with the largest known oil reserves in the world.
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“I’m sad to see the strike. Hopefully it’s going to be a quick one.”

Pres. Trump on the strike of nearly 50,000 United Auto Workers at more than 50 factories nationwide after contract negotiations fell through with General Motors, one of the top three automakers in the U.S. It's UAW's first national strike since 2007. Pres. Trump has also indicated that federal mediation is a possibility.
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“Both parties need to convince the public we’re not completely crazy up here [and] we can do our job.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on the upcoming congressional task (or fight) of agreeing how to fund the U.S government - or face a shutdown - before the end of September.
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“The continued drop in enforcement actions is encouraging, but make no mistake, we’re still in a crisis and more must be done.”

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan on a decline of apprehensions at the U.S. southern border in August - the third month in a row. Just over 50,000 people were apprehended at the U.S. southern border - well below the peak of nearly 132,000 in May.
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“The lives of thousands of families are at stake.”

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Lee Gelernt on the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Trump administration's new policy requiring that individuals who travel to the southern border to apply for asylum in America to first have applied for, and been denied, asylum in another country.
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“It’s very easy actually to work with me. You know why it’s easy? Because I make all the decisions.”

Pres. Trump on the prospect of naming a new National Security Advisor after ousting John Bolton, the third NSA of his administration. Pres. Trump said he will likely name a new advisor next week.
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“We’ll almost double our fleet to 2,000 stores in North America, predominantly in under-served small markets.”

Old Navy CEO Sonia Syngal announcing the company will open 800 new stores. This news comes as questions swirl about the strength of the U.S. economy and with research suggesting more retail stores are closing this year compared to last year.
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“People think you’re a little bit nuts.”

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Lt. Lindsey Norman, one of three women aboard NOAA's first all-female Hurricane Hunter flight crew currently monitoring Hurricane Dorian, flying into the eye of the deadly storm. Dorian pummeled the Bahamas and is currently traveling off the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas, bringing the risk of dangerous winds, flooding and storm surge.
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“YouTube cannot bury its head in the sand.”

FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Andrew Smith announcing a historic $170M settlement with YouTube owner, Google, over claims YouTube violated a federal law that prohibits tracking and collecting data on content geared towards children without parental permission.
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“The status quo is unacceptable.”

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announcing the retailer will stop selling certain ammunition and ask customers to not openly carry firearms in states where the practice is allowed. This is in reaction, in part, to a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso where 22 people were killed. The National Rifle Association says the decision victimizes law abiding gun owners and will not make Americans any safer.
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“This has been a technical matter and a technical error. Our experts unanimously say so.”

An Iranian spokesman acknowledging a failed rocket launch last week amid suspicions surrounding Iran's space program. Pres. Trump denied U.S. involvement in the failed launch, while sharing what appeared to be a reconnaissance image of the launch site.
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“I think I have a voice that should be heard.”

Former Navy SEAL James Hatch on why he is returning to the classroom as a 52-year-old college freshman at Yale University in a program for non-traditional students. Hatch's 26-year Navy career ended in 2009 after he was injured.
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“You should always push yourself.”

Gymnast Simon Biles made history this weekend at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships as the first woman to land a double-double dismount on balance beam and a triple-double on floor routine. On Friday, Biles said she felt like "scratching" the meet because of a disappointing performance. She didn't and on Sunday, she won a sixth all-around title - the first woman to do so in nearly 70 yrs.
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“The room lights up when everyone knows we’ve got new items that are coming.”

Dir. of Child Nutrition Scott Clements who works for Mississippi's Education Dept., one of many school districts receiving free food from the U.S. gov't this year because of the trade war with China. The Dept. of Agriculture is buying $1.2B in extra crops & food products from farmers hurting from the trade dispute, and giving the "extras" to school districts as well as food banks.
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“Our job is to enforce the law.”

Acting Dir. of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Matt Albence to the Washington Post on a recent flight returning deportees to Guatemala - one of nine weekly flights currently organized by the U.S. gov't. This comes after ICE organized the largest workplace "sting" in more than a decade Wednesday at seven Mississippi food processing plants. The operation resulted in 680 arrests.
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“There is nothing for me here. The only choice I have is to go back.”

28-yr-old Luis de Leon who was deported on an ICE flight to Guatemala after being arrested in a Kentucky traffic stop. He has lived in America for seven years & has two U.S.-born children. Last month, more than 82,000+ people were apprehended for illegally crossing the U.S. southern border - a 20,000 drop since June, but double the number compared to last year at the same time.
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“The urgency of this is not lost on any of us.”

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on the Senate's focus on gun laws upon returning from summer recess in Sept. after the two mass shootings in El Paso, TX & Dayton, OH. Sen. McConnell says aides from both parties are working to find common ground for legislation that could get bipartisan support. The Senate's highest ranking democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appealed to Sen. McConnell to call lawmakers back to D.C. early.
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“It really does taste like beef.”

Burger King North America President Chris Finazzo on the company's plant-based Impossible Whopper, available at more than 7,000 U.S. locations this week as it follows competitors like Carl's Jr. that already added plant-based burgers to their menu. This year, sales of plant-based burgers at fast-food chains have increased 10% nationwide.
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“It will take the kind of leadership that currently doesn’t exist in Washington to fix.”

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, on the budget deal signed into law Friday, which allocates $1.3B in gov't spending & suspends the debt ceiling until July 2021, pushing off any major budget debates until after the 2020 election. Critics like MacGuineas say it fails to address our $22 trillion+ debt. 
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“It’s not the beginning of a long series of rate cuts… You would do that if you saw real economic weakness.”

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the first cut (a quarter of a % point) to the federal funds rate since the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed is an independent gov't agency that sets the rate that determines borrowing costs for many loans. The Fed noted recent "solid" job gains and "soft" business growth.
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“We look forward to continuing our positive dialogue with China on a comprehensive Trade Deal, and feel that the future between our two countries will be a very bright one!”

Pres. Trump threatening a new 10% tariff on $300B of Chinese-made goods on Sept. 1 amid ongoing trade talks. In 2018, the administration set a 25% tariff on $250B in Chinese imports.
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“Target has forever changed the retail landscape by doing what once was considered impossible – offering great design at an incredible price.”

Target executive vice president Mark Tritton on a limited-edition collection of nearly 300 products featuring 20 of its previous designer collaborations with names like Lilly Pulitzer and Isaac Mizrahi to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its designer partnerships on Sept. 14.
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