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Washington (AFP) – The U.S. economy grew 2.8 percent in the third quarter, much stronger than expected, the government reported Thursday.

Analysts had expected the Commerce Department’s first read on gross domestic product for the quarter would show growth at an annual rate of 1.9 percent from the second quarter.

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Former Navy Secretary Sean O'Keefe

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Almost 500 national security experts — including 22 four-star military officers — slammed Donald Trump in a public letter released Thursday, calling him unfit for his role as commander in chief and endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The letter, simply addressed "To Our Fellow Citizens," is a bipartisan effort signed by prominent Republicans and Democrats alike who say they "fear" for their country under Trump. Signatories include former Navy Secretary and NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who served in both Bush administrations, and former Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta, and Ash Carter.

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