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Federal Pay Freeze: President Trump is asking Congress to scrap a planned pay raise for federal workers next year. He says the country's budget can't handle it. Critics say his tax cuts caused the problem and now workers are paying the price. We'll see if Congress approves.
(Read more: WSJ, CNN, MarketWatch)
Trade Talks Continue: Today is President Trump's deadline for Canada to make a new trade deal. The U.S. and Mexico made a preliminary deal earlier in the week. Some say this deadline is more of a negotiating tactic. Stay tuned.
(Read more: The Washington Post, CNBC, Reuters)
Harvard Lawsuit : The Justice Department has now publicly supported the lawsuit against Harvard University. A court filing showed the department's support for the group of students suing. They say the school discriminates against Asian-Americans. Harvard saysnot true. The case goes to federal court this fall.
(Read more: NYT, PBS)
Two Farewells: Today the late Sen. John McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol and become only the 31st person to get that honor. It means his coffin will be displayed there for a public viewing. Today is also Aretha Franklin's funeral. Other celebrity singers will perform. It's a private ceremony in-person, but you can feel like you're there because it'll be live-streamed online and on TV.
(Read more: John McCain CNN, TIME // Aretha Franklin USA Today)
Williams vs. Williams : Today it's all eyes on sisters Serena and Venus Williams at the U.S. Open. They face off in the third round -- the earliest they've competed against each other in a major tournament in 20 years.
(Read more: CBS Sports, AP, USA Today)
City Scooter Wars: Each U.S. city seems to be deciding for itself which electric scooter companies are allowed. San Francisco just made the call and chose only two e-scooter companies: Skip and Scoot (sorry Bird, Lime and Jump).
(Read more: CNET, Curbed LA)
YouTube Fundraising: YouTube is testing out a new feature to help video creators raise money for nonprofits. The new features include a 'Donate" button right on the YouTube platform. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and a dozen gaming YouTubers are teaming up to kick things off with a campaign together.
(Read more: Adweek, TechCrunch, St. Jude Campaign/YouTube)
Apple AR + Event: Apple just bought a startup that makes lenses for augmented reality glasses, which means we might see Apple AR glasses in the future. For now, Apple's next event to announce gadgets like the new iPhones is officially set for September 12th.
(Read more: Reuters, TechCrunch, TIME)
Harry Potter Anniversary: It's been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book hit store shelves on September 1st, 1998. Since then, it's inspired a film franchise, touring exhibits, concerts and amusement parks.
(Read more: Variety, Bustle)
Labor Day: Monday is Labor Day (always the first Monday in September). The federal holiday pays tribute to American workers and their achievements. It's also known as the unofficial end of summer. Expect parades, barbecues, store discounts and other local events this weekend.
(Read more: U.S. Department of Labor, History.com // Job satisfaction: WSJ)
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