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Trump's tax returns released, NY Times reports

  • A New York Times report has claimed that President Trump has paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2017 and no income tax in 11 of the previous 18 years
  • Alan Garter, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, stated that “most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate”
  • The Times stated that Trump initially paid $95 million in taxes over 18 years, but received $72.9 million in a federal tax refund in addition to $21.2 million in state and local refunds
Multiple perspectives:
Fox News: Trump calls New York Times report that he avoid paying taxes 'totally made up'
CNN: Tax bombshell reveals Trump's image is a sham


Final UK-EU trade talks begin as officials try to seal Brexit deal

  • The EU and UK are about to begin the final round of Brexit trade negotiations before a self-imposed deadline of Oct. 15
  • Talks have stalled for a few months over disagreements regarding competition rules and fishing quotas
  • In order to receive parliamentary approval before the deadline, the deal will have to be sealed before October


Judge blocks Trump admin’s ban on new TikTok downloads

  • A judge has temporarily blocked an order from the Trump administration to ban TikTok from being available for download in US app stores
  • Following a hearing on Sunday, Judge Carl Nichols granted an injunction against the order
  • The deal to create a US-based TikTok Global still has not been finalized with ByteDance as Oracle and Walmart need to determine the ownership structure of the new entity


Uber granted 18-month London license

  • Uber has won its legal fight to be able to operate in London after a judge overturned a ban by the city’s transport regulator
  • Transport for London (TfL) removed Uber’s license citing a “pattern of failures” that put passengers at risk
  • The transport regulator claimed a glitch in Uber’s system allowed unauthorized drivers to upload their photos to other drive accounts and pick up passengers in at least 14,000 journeys

US 🦅

Amy Coney Barrett confirmation team assembled

  • The White House is employing an offensive communications strategy prior to Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing
  • A team has been formed to manage what’s to come in the impending weeks as the Senate Republicans push to get Trump’s nominee confirmed prior to Election Day
  • The team will split into two parts with one part focused on communications and the other focused on guiding Barrett through the process on Capitol Hill


Coronavirus still 'a force to be reckoned with,' governor says

  • NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has warned that Covid-19 is still a danger after cases have spiked in NYC
  • Experts have warned that the US could see a rise in coronavirus cases in the fall and winter as people are less cautious and spend more time indoors
  • NYC was once the epicenter and eventually had a test positivity rate of less than 1% - this rate passed 1% on Saturday


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