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- The U.S. reported 35,289 new cases and 307 additional deaths. 14,130 are receiving critical care.
- Covid-19 cases are growing “at an alarming rate” in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
- New York state on Saturday reported more than 1,000 new cases for the first time since early June.
- New Jersey reported 760 new cases Saturday — the highest daily case count since early June.
- A 42-year-old Maryland man is set to serve a year in prison after hosting two large parties at his home in violation of the state’s coronavirus restrictions on gatherings.
Protests/Racial & Social Issues
- The ballistics report from the Kentucky State Police does not match Republican Kentucky Attorney General David Cameron’s claims that Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot a Louisville police officer the night Taylor was killed. The report throws into question the narrative of the evening, which until now has been that police opened fire that killed Breonna Taylor because Walker shot at police.
- President Trump’s efforts to appeal to his conservative base by banning certain diversity training is sparking a clash with his own Pentagon leaders as they try to build a more diverse and inclusive military.
- Racism has cost the U.S. $16 trillion. A new study calculated the economic gains the country would have experienced if it had closed racial gaps in wages, education, access to housing credit and lending to entrepreneurs.
- Newly unveiled tax information about President Trump shows he avoided paying income taxes for 10 out of 15 years leading up to the 2016 presidential election, and paid just $750 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017. According to the documents unveiled by the NYT, Trump is also hundreds of millions in debt.
- President Trump has just dismissed a New York Times investigation that found he paid $750 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017 as “fake news” and railed against a bombshell report finding he avoided paying income taxes for 10 years. He said if his tax returns would prove the story was fake, but claimed he could not reveal his documents because he is under audit by the IRS.
- President Trump said he thinks his conservative Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett could tip the court toward a decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, potentially by allowing states to decide whether to ban abortion.
- Republican senators say they believe President Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week will be confirmed by November, despite widespread opposition from Senate Democrats.
- A federal judge temporarily blocked President Trump’s TikTok ban just hours before it was set to go into effect.
- Trump repeated unfounded allegations that Biden took performance-enhancing drugs to improve his performance during the Democratic debates.
“I am not joking. I am willing to take a drug test, and he should too,” Trump said of Biden, again calling for drug tests before the presidential debate. “People say he was on performance-enhancing drugs. A lot of people say that.”
He then encouraged reporters to “check out the internet” to prove his claims were true, without ever offering other evidence.
- Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said it is “disconcerting” to hear President Trump and his chief of staff Mark Meadows cast doubt on the integrity of the election.
“In fact, mail-in voting is almost as old as the nation. There are states now where the predominant way to vote is by mail,” Johnson said.
- Tom Ridge, the former Republican governor of Pennsylvania and the first U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, has announced he will be backing former Vice President Joe Biden in the presidential race, saying in an op-ed that President Trump “lacks the empathy, integrity, intellect and maturity to lead.”
“It’s a vote for decency. A vote for the rule of law. And a vote for honest and earnest leadership. It’s time to put country over party,” he wrote.
- Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale has reportedly been hospitalized after a tense exchange with police in which he was armed, barricaded himself in his Florida home and threatened to harm himself.
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