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Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones waves ‘bye-bye’ to Dallas defense and $10G: It’s a ‘dope picture’

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones waved a cheeky “bye-bye” to the Dallas Cowboys’ defense Sunday as he went on to score a franchise record-tying touchdown but NFL officials weren’t as amused with the playful taunt that went with it.

Jones confirmed Friday that he was fined $10,527 by the league for “taunting/ unsportsmanlike conduct” after he gestured at cornerback Byron Jones as he finessed his way past him and into the end zone to score his fourth touchdown of the game in the third quarter, ESPN reported.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS’ QUARTERBACK GARDNER MINSHEW IS STILL AVAILABLE IN HIS OWN FANTASY LEAGUE: REPORT 

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Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) scores a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Jones said while it wasn’t worth the fine, he’s pleased with the photo op.

“I can’t say it was worth it, but the picture is a dope picture,” he said. “I can’t argue with that. I’m going to have that blown up one day in my house. I definitely got a nice picture out of it, but it hurts my pocket a little bit. I want that money.”

The 24-year-old Texas native was drafted by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2017 draft.

He had a career-high 182 scrimmage yards — 107 rushing and 75 receiving — and opened the scoring with an 18-yard run after being held to 19 and 21 yards rushing the previous two weeks.

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Jones plans to appeal the ruling, claiming he wasn’t waving at anyone in particular.

He was “just in the zone.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Turkish forces capture center of key Syrian border town

Turkish forces captured a key Syrian border town after heavy bombardment and fierce fighting Saturday on the fourth day of an offensive that has drawn international condemnation.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry and a war-monitoring group said Turkish troops took Ras al-Ayn, marking a significant gain since the offensive began Wednesday, according to reports.

“Ras al-Ayn’s residential center has been taken under control through the successful operations in the east of Euphrates (River),” the ministry said on Twitter, according to the Associated Press.

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A Turkish police armored vehicle patrols the town of Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. The towns along Turkey’s border with northeastern Syria have been on high alert after dozens of mortars fired from Kurdish-held Syria landed, killing several civilians. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Turkey’s push into Syria comes days after President Trump cleared the way for Turkey’s air and ground offensive, pulling back U.S. forces from the area and saying he wanted to stop getting involved with “endless wars.” Trump’s decision drew swift bipartisan criticism.

TURKISH ARTILLERY ROUNDS LAND NEAR US FORCES IN SYRIA, NO INJURIES

On Saturday, Turkey denied targeting U.S. forces after the Pentagon said troops further west had come under fire, the BBC reported.

The Pentagon said Friday U.S. troops came under Turkish artillery fire near the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Turkey said it took all precautions to prevent any harm to the U.S. base while it was responding to Kurdish fire from a nearby area, Reuters reported.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, the town of Tel Abyad can be seen inside Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

TURKEY’S SYRIA INVASION: MEMBER OF US SPECIAL FORCES SAYS, ‘I AM ASHAMED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY CAREER’

“U.S. and coalition soldiers were definitely not hit. Indeed the necessary coordination is being carried out by our headquarters and the Americans,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Saturday, according to Reuters.

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The war-monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 74 Kurdish fighters have been killed since Wednesday as well as 49 Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters and 21 civilians.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rep. Lee Zeldin: Democrats in impeachment probe are cherry-picking what to leak

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House Democrats leading the Trump impeachment inquiry are “cherry-picking what to leak,” House Foreign Affairs committee member Congressman Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., claimed Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Ed Henry, Zeldin said Democrats aren’t being upfront with the American public.

“They’re withholding key facts. They’re lying about other claims and the American public gets completely deceived as a result of it,” he said.

JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO: HOUSE DEMOCRATS’ IMPEACHMENT PUSH ‘REEKS OF POLITICS’

At a fiery rally in Louisiana on Friday, the president hit back at Democrats’ “witch hunt.”

“The story of the greatest mass delusion in American political history. That’s what it is. This is one of the great con jobs ever. We must never let it happen to another president. This should never be allowed to happen again,” he told his crowd of supporters.

In a closed-door hearing yesterday, former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch told lawmakers that she was recalled earlier this year after “unfounded and false claims” against her — as well as continued pressure from President Trump on the State Department to remove her — as she denied being “disloyal” to the president.

Yovanovitch is not the only diplomat who will face lawmakers in the coming days. On Friday, E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland announced that he would comply with a subpoena and testify next week, despite objections from the State Department.

TOP DEMOCRATS TO TESTIFY DESPITE OPPOSITION FROM STATE DEPARTMENT, WHITE HOUSE

“If you’re going to have these secret hearings…then provide the American public with a copy of the transcript afterward,” Zeldin said Saturday. “Kurt Volker’s transcript still hasn’t been released and it’s been over a week!”

“The transcript needs to be completely released. The American public should have been able to watch live,” he told Henry.

“The Intel committee doesn’t have the jurisdiction to do any of this,” Zeldin concluded.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Mike Emanuel, Ronn Blitzer, and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Senior China adviser: Trump to blame for delays in securing final trade deal, says China has been ‘accommodating’

RHODES, Greece – A senior adviser to China’s government told USA TODAY on Saturday that multiple delays by the United States and China to reach a final, substantive trade deal are largely because of President Donald Trump’s concerns about the 2020 election.

“Look, Christmas is coming. He wants to be president again. American consumers are not going to accept higher prices on all these goods. He can claim victory any time he wants but that doesn’t mean he’s won or that a deal has actually been reached,” said Huiyao Wang, who spoke to USA TODAY on the sidelines of a geopolitical conference here.

Wang, who is not directly involved in the negotiations, was replying to questions about an emerging trade deal between the United States and China that Trump outlined Friday. Wang was appointed to China’s state council in 2015 by China’s Vice Premier Liu He, the country’s second-in-command who was in Washington Friday for trade negotiations.

Trump has previously said he would insist on a full-blown trade agreement – not a piecemeal deal – that would settle long-running disputes over tariffs, currency rates, technology sharing and intellectual property laws. While a partial agreement could be campaign fodder, there is no indication he has tried to time the negotiations for political benefit. 

China:Donald Trump delays next round of China tariffs amid talks on limited trade deal

Trump said the U.S. and China have “agreed in principle” on a preliminary trade agreement. Trump acknowledged that differences remain on major issues on which the two countries are divided, but the White House still decided not to push ahead with a planned increased to tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods next week.

The move would have raised those tariffs to 30% from 25%.

“There’s too many factors at play for him to just issue threats to governments, China’s or anybody else’s, to just follow along with what he says,” said Wang, referring to the U.S. president’s previous threats to slap additional penalties on Chinese goods.

Wang avoided a question about whether China’s authorities had any concerns about signing a lasting agreement with Trump given other policy reversals and withdrawals the U.S. president has initiated. These include leaving the climate accord, pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran and, as Trump’s political critics and allies have both described it, “betraying” Kurds in Syria who have been battling the remnants of the Islamic State group alongside U.S. forces. Trump announced this week he would bring U.S. forces from the region home.

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Wang said Trump’s style of negotiation might work in the business world – “person to person” or “business to business” – but it’s less effective for “state to state” relations.

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Trump said Friday that negotiators were working on “phase one” of a deal that would ease the trade war between the two countries. “Phase two” would be a broader agreement involving tougher issues, including the forced technology transfers that China imposes on U.S. businesses.

Trump met with China’s top trade negotiator Friday after aides discussed the prospects of a temporary deal designed to freeze the ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

“All would like to see something significant happen!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The two sides have attacked each other for months for the various delays.

Trump has frequently blamed China for past impasses, claiming they want to maintain what he calls unfair trade practices.

“My team is negotiating with them now, but they always change the deal in the end to their benefit,” he wrote in a July tweet.

Senior Chinese officials rarely speak openly to media. Wang is a member of China’s state council, a lawmaking branch of its central government. He is also the founder of the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing-based foreign affairs think tank. His appearance at the conference in Greece was in connection with his role at the policy unit.

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Wang insisted that China has been “accommodating” of many of the Trump administration’s central demands related to any final trade agreement, such as what to do about its government’s subsidies for large state companies and industrial trade policies that require foreign firms to share their technology in return for access to China’s enormous markets. Washington considers this policy to be a form of American intellectual property theft.

“Tesla owns 100% of its factory in China,” Wang said, as evidence for China’s flexibility in the trade talks, referring to the Palo Alto, Calif.-based electric-car company. Beijing announced earlier this year that it would scrap its 50% ownership cap on foreign carmakers.

Contributing: David Jackson, USA TODAY

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Shooting at Brooklyn club leaves at least 4 dead and 3 injured, police say

Four people are dead and three more were seriously injured after shooting erupted at an after-hours nightclub in New York City early Saturday morning, police said.

NYPD responded to a social club on Utica Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 7 a.m. over reports of shots fired.

MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY OF FIVE FOUND DEAD INSIDE THEIR HOME FROM APPARENT ‘GUNSHOT WOUNDS,’ OFFICIALS SAY 

Once on the scene, police located four dead males and two more men and a woman who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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Police say a shooting took place at 74 Utica Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 7 a.m. Four people were killed and three more were injured. (Google)

Police listed an address of the crime scene, which corresponded to a private social club, but they did not immediately describe the type of building in which the shooting took place.

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While no arrests have been made, a report from the New York Post cites sources who say two people were brought in for questioning in connection with Saturday’s shooting.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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‘El Camino’ Wasn’t Meth-ing Around With These ‘Breaking Bad’ Reunions

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Spoilers ahead for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” on Netflix.

All “The Bachelor” tell-all episodes combined don’t have anything on “El Camino,” which is essentially a two-hour-long “Breaking Bad” reunion special.

Long-dead characters are brought back to life in flashbacks, storylines are finally given closure and, yes, the coup de grâce includes the return of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) for some surprisingly meaningful moments as we learn the next chapter in Jesse Pinkman’s (Aaron Paul) life.

Here are the “Breaking Bad” cameos you can expect to see in “El Camino”:

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4 dead, 3 more injured after shooting at NYC club, police say

Four people are dead and three more were seriously injured after shooting erupted at an after-hours nightclub in New York City early Saturday morning, police said.

NYPD responded to a social club on Utica Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 7 a.m. over reports of shots fired.

MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY OF FIVE FOUND DEAD INSIDE THEIR HOME FROM APPARENT ‘GUNSHOT WOUNDS,’ OFFICIALS SAY 

Once on the scene, police located four dead males and two more men and a woman who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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Police say a shooting took place at 74 Utica Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 7 a.m. Four people were killed and three more were injured. (Google)

Police listed an address of the crime scene, which corresponded to a private social club, but they did not immediately describe the type of building in which the shooting took place.

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While no arrests have been made, a report from the New York Post cites sources who say two people were brought in for questioning in connection with Saturday’s shooting.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Richard Fowler: Churches should be more focused on God than the IRS

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Churches and other religious institutions should be more focused on God than the IRS, Fox News contributor and Democratic strategist Richard Fowler said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend,” Fowler told host Jedediah Bila that he doesn’t agree with 2020 Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who took aim at churches and other religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage.

“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us,” O’Rourke said at a CNN town hall Thursday.

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“So as president, we’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon.

In O’Rourke’s “Plan to Pursue Equality for LGBTQ+ People and Ensure They Can Live Openly Without Fear of Discrimination or Violence,” he lists reversing the Trump administration’s “attempt to expand religious exemptions in order to enable discrimination or harm others.”

President Trump has championed religious liberty, largely winning the evangelical vote in 2016, and earlier this year, his administration launched a global effort to decriminalize homosexuality.

“I really don’t think it’s a question for these churches or these institutions about…should they be worried about the IRS?” Fowler said. “I think they should be having a bigger conversation with their maker.”

“I grew up in church my entire life and one thing that God taught — what I was taught from day one — is that Jesus is love and his love is limitless,” he told Bila. “And so, if you are going to limit Jesus, I think you’re doing more harm to your faith than good by excluding a certain group of people.”

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Fowler said he doesn’t agree with O’Rourke’s methodology.

“I don’t think a lot of voters do and the polls reflect that,” he said. Adding: “I think this issue around whether or not churches should have tax-exempt status — everybody could take a different position on it.”

“My position as a Democrat is sure you could keep your tax-exempt status because I think the problem’s with your maker,” Fowler concluded.

Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge becomes first person to shatter 2-hour marathon barrier

Superstar runner Eliud Kipchoge broke the elusive 2-hour marathon barrier Saturday—an achievement once considered beyond a human’s reach.

The Olympic champion and world record holder from Kenya clocked 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna.

“Today we went to the Moon and came back to earth!” Kipchoge said on Twitter. “I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world.”

He pounded his chest in triumph at the end of the race set up for the attempt.

SUPERSTAR MARATHONER SECONDS FROM 2-HOUR RECORD TO TRY AGAIN

“That was the best moment of my life,” he told reporters before adding that he trained four-and-a-half months for his extraordinary race against the clock. “The pressure was very big on my shoulders. I got a phone call from the President of Kenya. I am the happiest man today.”

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Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya celebrates under the clock after crossing the finish line of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge after 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. He is the first human ever to run a marathon under two hours. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Kipchoge pointed out his mission went beyond athletics.

“We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world,” he said. “The positivity of sport. I want to make it a clean sport and an interesting sport.”

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Kipchoge’s barrier-breaking run won’t count as an official world record because it was not run under open marathon conditions, according to reports.

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Eliud Kipchoge runs on his way to break the historic two hour barrier for a marathon in Vienna, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Eliud Kipchoge has become the first athlete to run a marathon in less than two hours, although it will not count as a world record. The Olympic champion and world record holder from Kenya clocked 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds Saturday at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, an event set up for the attempt. (Jed Leicester/The INEOS 1:59 Challenge via AP)

Kipchoge was helped along by three dozen pacemakers in alternating groups.

The 26.22-mile race also featured a pace car with a laser beam, projecting the ideal position on the road. Cyclists supplied drinks so runners wouldn’t have to slow down.

Running at an average pace of 4:33.5 minutes per mile, Kipchoge was 11 seconds ahead of schedule halfway through his run. He then maintained his tempo until the pacemakers left him for the final 500 meters, where he sped up.

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In this photo made available by The INEOS 1:59 Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, Eliud Kipchoge celebrates as he crosses finish line and makes history to become the first human being to run a marathon in under 2 hours. (Bob Martin/The INEOS 1:59 Challenge via AP)

“I was really calm, I was just trying to maintain the pace,” said Kipchoge, adding he was never in doubt about breaking the barrier. “For me it was not 50-50, it was 90 percent.”

Hundreds of joyous Kenyans brought traffic to a standstill in the middle of the capital, Nairobi, as they gathered to watch the end of the run on a large screen.

In May Kipchoge came close to running a marathon in under 2-hours in the U.K.

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He holds the official world record of 2:01:39 set in Berlin 13 months ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump Impeachment Crisis Tees Democratic Candidates Up For Chaotic Fall

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic presidential race that had been largely static through the summer has tumbled into a chaotic fall, shaped by unpredictable events and the deepening impeachment crisis surrounding President Donald Trump.

Less than four months before voting begins, front-running candidates are facing urgent questions about their ability to challenge Trump, prompted by a health scare for Sen. Bernie Sanders, an uneven response by Joe Biden to the president’s efforts to tie him to the impeachment inquiry and nagging questions about liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s electability. Lower-tier candidates are struggling just to be heard.

The uncertainty is heightening anxieties among Democrats desperate to defeat Trump in 2020. Although impeachment could imperil Trump’s presidency, the process has also highlighted Trump’s skill at discrediting his opponents, sometimes with baseless conspiracy theories. And Democrats appear no closer to sorting out what tactics, what ideology and what person is best-suited to overcome that.

Progressive candidates like Sanders and Warren are surging in fundraising and drawing support from a wide swath of voters, according to polls, but face opposition from moderates who question whether now is the time to start the kind of sweeping — and divisive — economic and societal reforms they are pushing. It’s a concern some moderates say has only increased against the backdrop of impeachment.

“The divisions we have in the country threaten the health and stability of our democracy. President Trump has fractured so many norms,” former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said in an interview. “Like a patient getting over an illness or injury, we have to first heal the nation’s divisions and reestablish our norms before we have the needed strength to successfully embrace and implement an array of big ideas.”

Vilsack, a longtime friend of Biden’s, has not endorsed anyone in the 2020 race. He’s been courted by, and consulted with, numerous candidates, and has spoken regularly with Warren.

The Massachusetts senator has energized voters with a menu of detailed policy proposals, a folksy, relatable way of explaining them and a swell of small-dollar donations that brought in more than $24.6 million in the most recent quarter. That’s increasingly turning her into a target for candidates who see her calls for overhauling health care and rebalancing wealth in America as outside the mainstream.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is trying to break into the upper rung, has focused in particular on Warren’s health care plan, the Sanders’-authored “Medicare for All” single-payer system that Buttigieg describes as a “my-way-or-the-highway approach.”

But it’s more than the policy Buttigieg is arguing against.

“We have to be able not only to thrill a debate audience or a Twitter following but actually make something happen, which tells us that having the smartest policy is only half the battle when it comes to what will actually make a difference,” Buttigieg said in an interview.

For now, Warren advisers are happy to have Sanders still in the race to help absorb those blows rather than becoming the sole target of the attacks.

“Politically, it’s good for Warren and Sanders to have each other in the race,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “They bolster each other’s ideas.”

The confidence Sanders’ campaign felt last week after announcing a $25.3 million haul in the third quarter — the highest in the race — was lessened after the 78-year-old senator suffered a heart attack. He told reporters this week that he planned to scale back his campaign, then said he had misspoken. He’ll return to the campaign on Tuesday for a debate in Ohio.

His advisers privately acknowledge that the timing of the heart attack — which came just as the impeachment inquiry was escalating — may have helped limit the political fallout because attention was focused elsewhere. But they also understand that he will have to more directly address lingering health concerns.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ chief strategist, dismissed any long-term concerns, noting that the 2020 contest includes several older candidates, including the 73-year-old Trump.

“There are a number of older candidates in the race, including the sitting president of the United States, and I can tell you with confidence, there’s only one we can say with assurance whose arteries are completely open,” Weaver said, referencing the stent procedure designed to clear Sanders’ clogged arteries.

Biden, 76, stands as the strongest obstacle to Warren and Sanders, fundamentally opposed on policy and pitching a more conciliatory approach to governing.

The former vice president was already facing questions about whether he was out of step with the party’s activist liberal base and up for the challenge of taking on Trump before he got pulled into the impeachment inquiry, which centers on Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate the former vice president and his son.

Although Trump’s allegations against Biden are so far without foundation, the president and his allies have aggressively pressed the charges. Biden responded forcefully this week, but only after days of hand-wringing among supporters and advisers who worried he appeared ill-prepared for combatting the kind of asymmetrical political warfare at which Trump excels.

Still, Biden backers contend that the mere fact that Trump has appeared focused on trying to take down Biden allows the former vice president to strengthen his electability argument by previewing what a one-on-one race with the president would look like.

“He’s able to go out there every day and make this Biden vs. Trump argument,” said John Anzalone, a pollster for Biden.

That’s the fear for some lower-tier candidates — that the head-to-head fight between Trump and Biden, and the grassroots support of Warren and Sanders, block out their opportunities for a late surge.

Everyone is at risk, including those who have had flashes of success in recent months but are now languishing in the single digits in many polls, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

Buttigieg said there is no secret strategy for those candidates seeking to break out during this intense fall stride toward the first votes other than engaging in a “respectful and robust” debate of ideas.

“Where there’s an important difference, people need to understand that,” he said.

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