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US Elections 2020 LIVE Updates: Stage set for Trump-Biden debate while Harris asks voters not to give up amidst SC pick rush

US Presidential Election 2020 LIVE Updates: The president paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years, largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 30, 2020 12:05:02 am
Joe Biden's campaign seized on a fresh line of attack on the eve of the Democratic presidential nominee's first debate with President Donald Trump, accusing the Republican incumbent of gaming the system to avoid paying his fair share of taxes.

US Presidential Elections 2020 LIVE Updates: Ahead of Tuesday’s presidential debate between US President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris is urging voters not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election. The Democratic vice presidential nominee says people cannot let “the infection” that Trump has brought to his office and Congress spread to the court.

Joe Biden’s campaign seized on a fresh line of attack on the eve of the Democratic presidential nominee’s first debate with President Donald Trump, accusing the Republican incumbent of gaming the system to avoid paying his fair share of taxes. President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal taxes the year he won presidency, according to a New York Times report. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750. The president paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years, largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

Most of Trump’s core enterprises — from his constellation of golf courses to his conservative-magnet hotel in Washington — report losing millions, if not tens of millions, of dollars year after year.

At a White House press briefing on Sunday, Trump dismissed the report as “totally fake news”, PTI reported. “It’s fake news. It’s totally fake news. Made up. Fake. We went through the same stories. You could have asked me the same questions four years ago. I had to litigate this and talk about it,” the president said. “I paid tax…you’ll see that as soon as my tax returns — it’s under audit. They’ve been under audit for a long time,” Trump said

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23:55 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Topics shortlisted for Trump-Biden debate

The Fox News journalist was in charge of selecting the six topics, and they were announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates last week.

They are:

The records of President Trump and former vice-president Joe Biden
The Supreme Court
Covid-19
Economy
Race and violence
The integrity of the election

23:51 (IST)29 Sep 2020
All you need to know about Trump-Biden showdown in Cleveland

The election season in the United States of America is set to intensify as the Presidential candidates — Democrat leader Joe Biden and the incumbent Republican President Donald Trump will engage in their maiden customary face-to-face debate Tuesday night. The debate, held in the state of Ohio, is the first of the three debates ahead of the presidential vote on November 3.

The Tuesday night debate will offer a powerful stage for Trump and Biden to outline their different visions for a country facing multiple crises, including Black Live Matter protests and the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Americans and cost millions of jobs. The debate will last for an estimated 90 minutes.

While Trump’s campaign has recently praised Biden’s debating skills, the President himself has often called for the incompetence of his opponent. READ MORE

18:26 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Sikhs in US safe under Trump, says community leader

Asserting that Sikhs in the US have never been as safe as under the Trump administration, a prominent Sikh-American leader has claimed that the Biden campaign is trying to "demoralise and demotivate" the community.

Jasdip Singh, co-chair of the Sikhs for Trump, said on Monday that it was because of President Donald Trump that so many Sikh youths were serving in the US military today with their turbans and beard intact.

This is because of the steps that he has taken with regard to religious freedom and liberty. Prominent Sikh American attorney Harmeet Dhillon is co-chair of Lawyers for Trump, he said.

"Sikhs in the United States have never been as safe as under President Donald Trump. We are a martial community, no one can bully us. By saying so, the Biden campaign is trying to demoralise and demotivate us," Singh said.

His remarks came a day after the Biden campaign launched the 'Sikh Americans for Biden', an initiative to reach out to the Sikh community in the US. The Biden campaign vowed to address the unique challenges, including xenophobia, being faced by the Sikh community in the US. (PTI)

17:42 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Kamala Harris to voters: Don't give up as Trump rushes court pick

Kamala Harris is urging voters not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election. The Democratic vice presidential nominee says people cannot let “the infection” that President Donald Trump has brought to his office and Congress spread to the court.

She delivered her Monday remarks at Shaw University, a historically black university in swing-state North Carolina.

They were her most expansive remarks yet on the fight to fill the court seat opened by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. (AP)

16:12 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Voter purge case before Wisconsin Supreme Court

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could result in the purging of about 130,000 people from voter rolls in the hotly contested battleground state. However, it wasn't clear if the court would rule in time to affect the Nov. 3 election that was just five weeks away.

The arguments come in one of several closely watched lawsuits in Wisconsin. On Sunday, a federal appeals court temporarily put on hold a ruling that would expand the time that absentee ballots can be counted.

A conservative law firm was asking the Supreme Court to overturn a state appeals court's ruling earlier in February that stopped the purging of the voters who had been identified as potentially having moved. A circuit court judge had ruled that the voters must be removed immediately, but the appeals court overturned that.

Because voters who moved were concentrated in more Democratic areas of the state, liberals argued that the lawsuit was meant to lower turnout on their side. (AP)

14:12 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Trump wants to discredit the election. This nerd could stop him

The Fox Corp. these days reminds me a bit of America: The elites have lost control, and partisan noise drowns out almost everything. But there are pockets where traditionalists cling to fading norms.

One of those pockets is a new office on the third floor of Fox’s headquarters on the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, known by employees as the “nerdquarium.” That’s where a prickly, bespectacled 65-year-old named Arnon Mishkin and his staff of data-crunching wonks will come to work on Election Day. And this Nov. 3, Mishkin may be the last bulwark against the most frightening prophecies of electoral insanity. Read More

13:01 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Georgia voters choose short-term successor to John Lewis

Seven candidates are facing off in Tuesday's special election to become the short-term successor to the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis in Georgia. The winner will fill those big shoes for only a little while. November's general election will decide the full two-year congressional term, which begins in January.

None of the candidates in the special election are on the ballot for November, but all say the vote is still important, citing the symbolism of having someone occupying the 5th Congressional District seat as well as practical concerns about making sure the district has a voice in any action Congress might take on COVID-19 relief and other issues.

Five Democrats are running in the Atlanta area district, including former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin, retiring state Rep. ``Able'' Mable Thomas, former state Rep. Keisha Waites, former Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall and Barrington Martin II, a teacher who lost the Democratic primary to Lewis earlier this year.

11:43 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Sikhs in US safe under Trump: Community leaders

Asserting that Sikhs are safe under the Trump administration, a group of prominent Sikh-American leaders have alleged that the Biden campaign is trying to "demoralise and demotivate" the community. It is because of President Donald Trump's initiatives to ensure religious freedom and liberty that so many Sikh youths are serving in the US military today with their turbans and beard intact, said Harmeet Dhillon, a Sikh-American attorney and co-chair of Lawyers for Trump.

According to Jasdip Singh, co-chair of the Sikhs for Trump, the community members in the US have never been as safe as is under President Trump. "We are a martial community, no one can bully us. By saying so (that the Sikh community is not safe in US), the Biden campaign is trying to demoralise and demotivate us,? he said. The Biden campaign, which launched the 'Sikh Americans for Biden', in a press release on Sunday said that Sikh-Americans experience bullying at rates twice the national average and have reported a spike in these encounters since 2017.

11:04 (IST)29 Sep 2020
New adviser giving Trump bad information on virus, top U.S. officials say

Two senior U.S. public health experts have raised concerns that White House adviser Scott Atlas is providing misleading or incorrect information on the coronavirus pandemic to President Donald Trump, according to media reports on Monday.

The top U.S. infectious diseases expert, Anthony Fauci, told CNN on Monday he was concerned that information given by Atlas -a late addition to the White House coronavirus task force - was "really taken either out of context or actually incorrect.

"The comments from Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, came hours after a news report quoted Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sharing similar concerns."Everything he says is false," Redfield was quoted as saying during a Friday telephone call while on a plane from Atlanta to Washington, NBC reported.

10:37 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Trump and Biden get evites as Al Smith Dinner goes virtual

President Donald Trump is expected to be in virtual attendance Thursday as New York City's annual Al Smith Dinner moves mostly online because of the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said. Trump has accepted an invitation to return to the dinner for the first time in four years. Organisers said they anticipate his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, will attend as well.

But Biden's campaign hasn't confirmed he will attend the event. The white-tie Al Smith Dinner, which raises funds for Catholic Charities, is usually held at a Manhattan hotel on the third Thursday in October. A scaled down, in-person event for 50 people at a public garden in the Bronx was scrapped after state officials raised virus safety concerns.

This year's virtual dinner will originate from multiple locations, with Cardinal Timothy Dolan presiding from the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in Manhattan and opera singer Nadine Sierra performing the National Anthem from St. Patrick's Cathedral.

09:46 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Harris to voters: Don't give up as Trump rushes court pick

Kamala Harris urged voters on Monday not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election, charging it's the GOP's goal to make people feel like their votes don't matter. "We will not give up, and we will not give in," the Democratic vice presidential nominee said.

"We will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralysed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court." Her remarks, delivered in swing-state North Carolina, marked Harris' most expansive yet on the vacant court seat that was held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until her death earlier this month. Beyond serving on the Democratic ticket, Harris will play a direct role in the confirmation battle as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee tasked with vetting the nominee, a spot in which she's shined during past nomination fights.

09:20 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Biden campaign tees up Trump tax issue on eve of first debate

Joe Biden's campaign seized on a fresh line of attack on the eve of the Democratic presidential nominee's first debate with President Donald Trump, accusing the Republican incumbent of gaming the system to avoid paying his fair share of taxes.

Trump, a self-proclaimed billionaire who is seeking reelection in the Nov. 3 vote, paid only $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his businesses to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax-return data.The Times also reported that Trump paid no federal income tax in 10 of the previous 15 years through 2017, despite receiving $427.4 million through 2018 from his reality television program and other endorsement and licensing deals.Jared Bernstein, one of Biden's top economic advisers, said the report highlighted the need to simplify the tax code and make people like Trump pay their fair share.

05:35 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Cindy McCain joins Biden's transition advisory board

Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican Sen. John McCain, will advise Democrat Joe Biden's presidential transition team as it prepares for him to take office if he wins in November, the team announced Monday. McCain is the second Republican on the 16-member transition advisory board, joining Bob McDonald, the former Procter & Gamble Co. chief executive who headed the Department of Veterans Affairs under President Barack Obama.

23:04 (IST)28 Sep 2020
WATCH: Biden debate mistake 'could cost him the election'

21:17 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Trump's tax revelation could tarnish image that fuelled rise

The bombshell revelations that President Donald Trump paid just USD 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 and provide a new opening for his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, on the eve of the first presidential debate.

Trump has worked for decades to build an image of himself as a hugely successful businessman even choosing ?mogul? as his Secret Service code name. But The New York Times on Sunday revealed that he paid just USD 750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he won the presidency, and in 2017, his first year in office.

He paid no income taxes whatsoever in 10 of the previous 15 years, largely because he reported losing more money than he made, according to the Times, which obtained years' worth of tax return data that the president had long fought to keep private.

The development comes at a particularly precarious moment for Trump, whose Republican campaign is struggling to overcome criticism of the president's handling of the pandemic. It hands Biden an easy attack line heading into Tuesday's debate. And with early voting already happening in some states and Election Day just over a month away, Trump may be running out of time to turn his campaign around.

14:43 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Joe Biden launches initiative to woo Sikhs in US

The Biden campaign has launched an initiative to reach out to the Sikh community in the US and vowed to address the unique challenges, including xenophobia, being faced by the minority religious group in the country, PTI reported.

The Biden campaign, which launched the 'Sikh American for Biden', said it has plans for protecting Sikh-American youths in schools.

"The Biden campaign plans to highlight the specific plans and policies that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has outlined in his platform to address the unique challenges that the Sikh American community faces with regards to racism, xenophobia and discrimination," it said.

13:30 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Trump and Biden to face off in first 2020 presidential debate on Sep 29

Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are all set to share the stage for the first time on Tuesday night when they will be going head-to-head in the first of the three presidential debates.

Dubbed as the “Super Bowl of American Democracy”, Trump, 74, and Biden, 77, would respond to questions on their track record, the Supreme Court, economy, race and violence in cities and integrity of the elections at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio — a key battleground state.

Popular Fox news anchor Chris Wallace would moderate the first debate, which would start at 9 pm EST (6:30 am IST).

11:29 (IST)28 Sep 2020
US elections 2020: How astronauts cast their votes from space

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, who will be aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on the day of the US presidential elections, will cast her vote from space, the Associated Press reported. The ISS is located over 200 miles away and orbits the Earth at 17,000 miles an hour. Aboard the ISS, missions can last for over six months, and American astronauts have been able to cast their vote via a special absentee ballot system.

In 1997, a bill passed by the Texas legislatures established the technical voting process for astronauts, all of whom live in Texas and gave them the ability to vote remotely from space. In the 2016 presidential elections, astronauts Edward Michael Fincke and Greg Chamitoff, who were living and working onboard the ISS, cast their vote by accessing a secure secret ballot. Read more 

22:47 (IST)27 Sep 2020
US Election 2020 calendar: What to expect before and after polling day

With less than 40 days to go before the US Presidential election, President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden have aggressively ramped up efforts to reach out to as many voters as they can before polling day.

President Trump and former Vice President Biden are set to go head-to-head in a total of three debates over the next few weeks, the first of which is on Tuesday. The three televised events are likely to be the only times the two candidates will share a stage before election day on November 3.

The two Vice Presidential candidates — current Vice President Mike Pence and Biden’s running mate Senator Kamala Harris — will also face off in a debate slated early next month. Read more 

22:01 (IST)27 Sep 2020
How it happened: From law professor to high court in 4 years

Four years ago, Amy Coney Barrett was a little-known law professor in Indiana. Within weeks, she is likely to be the newest associate justice on the US Supreme Court.

Barrett's fast-track rise, set to drive the nation's highest court to the right for a generation or longer, is the fulfillment of a decadeslong effort by conservatives to remake the federal bench that kicked into high gear after President Donald Trump was elected. For Trump, whose 2016 victory was bolstered by white evangelicals' reluctant support of his candidacy tied to his promise to fill the seat vacated by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with a conservative, the latest nomination brings his first term full circle.

Even before Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, Trump was campaigning for reelection in 2020 on his record of confirming more than 200 federal judges during his first term, fulfilling a generational aim of conservative legal activists.

"Today's nomination is the capstone of a more than four-year process where the president seized upon the issue, stayed focused, and called attention to a small bench of very talented people who he could put on the Supreme Court," said Leonard Leo, of the conservative Federalist Society.

US Elections 2020 Live Updates: Trump paid just $750 in taxes in 2016, 2017; fake news says President Followers of Franklin Graham march from the Lincoln Memorial to Capitol Hill, during the Prayer March at the National Mall, in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo)

A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the video sharing app Tik Tok from US smartphone app stores around midnight, the Associated Press reported.

A more comprehensive ban remains scheduled for November, about a week after presidential election. The judge, Carl Nichols of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, did not agree to postpone the later ban.

The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for Tik Tok argued that the administration's app store ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump declared that Tik Tok was a threat to national security and that it must either sell its US operations to American companies or be barred from the country.

Meanwhile, thousands of people packed in Washington on Saturday to show their support for President Donald Trump. Few in crowd wore masks or observed social distancing. The march, stretched from Lincoln Memorial to the US Capitol, was organised by Franklin Graham, a prominent conservative evangelical and Trump supporter. The march happened hours before Trump announced he was nominating a conservative judge for Supreme Court.

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