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In a tour de force of hard won reporting, the New York Times has put numerical clothing on what we’ve known about President Trump for years: He’s a haphazard businessman, human billboard and serial bankruptcy artist

The revelations that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for office and paid no income taxes at all in many others threaten to undercut a pillar of his appeal among blue-collar voters.

I don’t understand the “this will not matter” talk among the chattering classes. Nobody has a crystal ball. Who knows? But one way of ensuring nothing matters is giving up having values to defend. Cynicism isn’t a sign of depth or savvy, it’s resignation masquerading as politics.

When comparing Trump’s tax payments to an American household earning about $75,000 in 2016, the difference is even more stark: Those folks paid about $14,000 in federal income taxes — a lot more than $750

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Russia has the world’s fourth-highest number of Covid-19 infections

"He shouldn't be able to continue in his job, but he has a protector - he's got Bill Barr protecting him...you're not going to be held accountable until you're out of office." - @glennkirschner2  on whether there's legal repercussions of Trump's tax returns @MSNBC 

Joe Biden and Donald Trump will bring very different histories and styles to their presidential debate.

Anyone buying Trump’s tripe about looking out for the little guy while he occupies the White House should bear this in mind: POTUS is in it only for himself, and he’s laughing all the way to the bank. And he’s laughing at you, too

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Mike Pompeo to protest against Vatican's deal with China during visit

"He's in the exact sectors of the economy that are getting creamed by the pandemic: real estate, travel, leisure. He's getting squeezed on his ability to make $, he's gorged on debt...He has never sold anything in his life even when it was hemorrhaging cash." @TimOBrien  @MSNBC 

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Scoops of the Day

reminder that Trump’s personal loan officer at Deutsche Bank was SCOTUS Justice Kennedy’s son

As it’s revealed Donald Trump went 10 years without paying income tax, experts say it would be hugely embarrassing if this tweet were to resurface:

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It is impossible to read this exceptional @nytimes  story on Trump's taxes & not conclude he is a crook, his kids are crooks, his companies are badly mismanaged & his financial future is precarious. His creditors own him. We need to know who they are.

Trump has paid no federal income taxes whatsoever in 10 of the past 15 years beginning in 2000, a New York Times report says

Embarrassing @realDonaldTrump  about not being as rich as he claims to be will not change anything. Using this reporting to prove he: - lied to the IRS/cheated on his taxes - hid his financing sources & put his personal biz interests over our national security WILL

Among many other things, federal income taxes pay soldiers’ salaries.

Some people I’m seeing comment on this are vastly overestimating how “normal for a rich guy” these taxes are. Mitt Romney’s taxes were “normal for a super rich guy.” These are not.

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Scoops of the Week

Here is Judge Amy Coney Barrett explaining why it’s wrong to fill a SCOTUS vacancy during a presidential election year.

BREAKING: No officers charged directly in Breonna Taylor's death; 1 faces 3 counts over shooting into neighboring apartments.

This is obvious, but still worth saying: declining to commit to a “peaceful transfer of power” is itself a threat of violence.

Pres Trump: I am signing the first-ever executive order to affirm that it is the "official policy of the United States Government to protect patients with pre-existing conditions." Fact: The Affordable Care Act signed by Pres Obama made covering pre-existing conditions U.S. law.

Senate report links Hunter Biden to 'prostitution or human trafficking ring'

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I’m thinking that the USA must be a pretty decent place when those who obviously hate this country keep threatening to leave, but never do. US

In a heated exchange, Dr. Fauci challenges Sen. Rand Paul's assertion that New York's current low positivity rate is attributable to "community immunity": "If you believe 22% is herd immunity, I believe you're alone in that"

From that story. Pennsylvania Republicans wanted those ballots thrown out.

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Gov. Newsom’s executive order banned sales of new gas-powered vehicles in California starting in 2035. Here are some answers to questions you may have about the order:

There’s also a sense around the globe that Americans are getting a glimpse of the troubles people living in fragile democracies endure.

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