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POLITICS 🏛️

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

WORLD 🌎

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

BUSINESS 💰

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

TECH 📱

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 😷

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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