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    1. Trump Says Proud Boys Should 'Stand Down' After Receiving Backlash

      Trump Says Proud Boys Should 'Stand Down' After Receiving Backlash

      Trump on Wednesday faced blowback from a number of Republicans who said he should have forcefully denounced white supremacy when he was given the chance.

      "I don't know who the Proud Boys are," Trump told reporters when departing for a campaign trip to Minnesota. "I can only say they have to stand down. Let law enforcement do their work."

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    2. Biden Used Muslim Phrase 'Inshallah' During Debate, Lighting Up Twitter

      Biden Used Muslim Phrase 'Inshallah' During Debate, Lighting Up Twitter

      (CNN)During one of the more charged moments of the chaotic US presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden dropped a phrase from everyday Muslim and Arab vocabulary and lit up the internet.

      Pressing President Donald Trump on when the American public would get to see his long-anticipated tax returns, Biden questioned: "When? Inshallah?"
      In certain vernacular, "inshallah" serves as a non-committal response to a question.
      Taken literally, the term "inshallah," consists of three Arabic words (In sha' Allah) which translate into "if God wills it." Spiritually it represents a submission to God's will. It can perhaps be seen as the Muslim counterpart to the Yiddish adage, "Man plans, and God laughs."
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    3. Next Debate Microphones Cut Off if Biden, Trump Breaks Rules

      Next Debate Microphones Cut Off if Biden, Trump Breaks Rules

      Washington — The commission that oversees the general election presidential debates said Wednesday it will be making changes to the format of the remaining two debates. One key change it plans to implement: Cutting off the microphones of President Trump and Joe Biden if they break the rules, according to a source familiar with the commission's deliberations. The plans have not been finalized and the commission is still considering how it would carry out the plan.

      The Commission on Presidential Debates is responding to Tuesday's face-off between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, which was marred by frequent interruptions by the president and mud-slinging.

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    4. Trump Refused to Denounce White Supremacists During the First Debate

      Trump Refused to Denounce White Supremacists During the First Debate

      President Donald Trump was given a chance during the first presidential debate to denounce white supremacists and militias that have been responsible for incidents of violence and death at rallies during the last few months.

      Instead, he deflected and told one of those groups to, "stand back and stand by."

      Moderator Chris Wallace brought up the militias and hate groups during the part of the debate focused on "law and order," and asked the president if he would call on those groups to end their violence. During an Aug. 25 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting of Jacob Blake, an Illinois teen who was allegedly part of a militia, shot three protesters, killing two, according to police.

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    5. Chris Wallace Gets Backlash for Letting First Debate Go Wild

      Chris Wallace Gets Backlash for Letting First Debate Go Wild

      Fox News anchor Chris Wallace was criticized Tuesday night for letting the first debate of the 2020 presidential cycle quickly go off the rails.

      Much of the debate was plagued with crosstalk as President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden and Wallace, the moderator, all talked over one another. And Wallace could not get Trump to stop interrupting, despite scolding him multiple times and reminding him that his campaign had agreed to the ground rules.

      CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy wrote that Wallace was responsible for “the circus that aired on national TV.”

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    6. Biden Releases His 2019 Tax Returns Hours Before First Debate

      Biden Releases His 2019 Tax Returns Hours Before First Debate

      Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), released their 2019 federal and state tax returns on Tuesday, hours before the former vice president meets face-to-face with President Trump in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race.

      The release comes days after a bombshell New York Times investigation showed that Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax in both 2016 and 2017 and paid no taxes in 10 of the 15 previous years. The newspaper detailed questionable tactics that the president reportedly used to lower his tax bill over multiple years.

      Biden and his wife reported an adjusted gross income of $985,233 and paid a total of $299,346 in taxes, for ...

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    7. First Presidential Debate is Happening Tonight, Here's What to Know

      First Presidential Debate is Happening Tonight, Here's What to Know

      President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will debate each other for the first time Tuesday evening, in the first of three presidential debates.

      Here are the details:

      When? Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET. (You can listen to the debate on NPR, and we'll have a livestream video online.)

      Where? Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. (The University of Notre Dame was originally supposed to host but cited the coronavirus pandemic in withdrawing.)

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      Mentions: Coronavirus
    8. Juror Filed Motion Releasing Taylor Transcript, Claiming "Truth May Prevail"

      Juror Filed Motion Releasing Taylor Transcript, Claiming "Truth May Prevail"

      The Kentucky attorney general will release a recording of the grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case, a spokesman said hours after one of the jurors filed a court motion seeking the action so “the truth may prevail,” according to reports.

      The unidentified grand juror — who assailed Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s statements last week – also asked a judge to allow the panel’s members to give up their confidential status if they choose to discuss the explosive Louisville case, the Courier-Journal reported.

      Former Detective Brett Hankison has been charged with wanton endangerment for shooting through the 26-year-old EMT’s window during a botched March 13 raid, with the bullets going into an occupied neighboring apartment.

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    9. Amy Barrett Pick Draws Attention to a Small Religious Group

      Amy Barrett Pick Draws Attention to a Small Religious Group

      (CNN)President Donald Trump's nomination of federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has drawn new attention to her association with a Christian group called People of Praise.

      Barrett has not spoken publicly about her relationship to the religious community, which was founded in 1971 and includes "Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians and other denominational and nondenominational Christians," according to its website.
      Interest in Barrett and her background has been intensified by the condensed timeframe Republicans have laid out for her potential confirmation. That she would be replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon and supporter of abortion rights, has only heightened the tensions surrounding the nomination process.
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    10. Trump Calls NYT's Report on his Taxes 'Totally Fake News'

      Trump Calls NYT's Report on his Taxes 'Totally Fake News'

      President Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed as “totally fake news” a New York Times report about how little he has paid in federal taxes.

      “It’s fake news,” Trump told reporters at a news conference in the White House briefing room. “It’s totally fake news. Made up. Fake.”

      The Times obtained more than two decades of Trump’s tax information and reported earlier on Sunday that the president paid only $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, the year he won the presidency and his first year in the White House.

      “He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he ...

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    11. Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron Faces African-American Fury Over Taylor Case

      Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron Faces African-American Fury Over Taylor Case

      Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron — the 34-year-old, up-and-coming Black Republican who snagged a prime-time speaking slot at Donald Trump’s convention last month — has been pegged as a potential successor to Mitch McConnell in the Senate someday.

      But after his handling of the Breonna Taylor case this week, Cameron will have to get there over the fierce opposition of many African Americans in his home state and across the country.

      For months, Cameron resisted intense pressure to charge the officers who shot and killed Taylor, 26, in her own home in March. Eventually the case went to a grand jury, which this week cleared two of the three officers involved in the shooting. During a lengthy news conference Wednesday, Cameron ...

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    12. Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Hospitalized After Threatening to Harm Himself

      Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Hospitalized After Threatening to Harm Himself

      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 home and threatened to harm himself, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

      Authorities told the Sun-Sentinel that Parscale's wife called police saying he was at their Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home with guns and threatening to harm himself. 

      Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen Dietrich told the Sun-Sentinel the encounter at Brad Parscale’s home was short and authorities were able to obtain help for Parscale. 

      He was taken to a hospital under the "Baker Act" which allows authorities to detain someone who may be a threat to themselves or others.

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      Mentions: Florida
    13. Trump Denies Committing to Peaceful Transition if Losing the Election

      Trump Denies Committing to Peaceful Transition if Losing the Election

      President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose this fall to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The president declined to do so.

      "Well, we're going to have to see what happens," Trump said. "You know that I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster."

      Pressed further, Trump said: "We'll want to have — get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very — we'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly. There'll be a continuation."
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    14. Judge Says 2020 Census Will Continue for Another Month

      Judge Says 2020 Census Will Continue for Another Month

      ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September and ordered the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident to continue for another month through the end of October, saying a shortened schedule likely would produce inaccurate results.

      U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California made her ruling late Thursday, two days after hearing arguments from attorneys for the Census Bureau, and attorneys for civil rights groups and local governments that had sued the Census Bureau in an effort to halt the 2020 census from stopping at the end of the month. Attorneys for the civil rights groups and local governments said the shortened schedule would undercount residents in ...

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      Mentions: Civil Rights
    15. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Helping Woman, Minorities Get STEM Jobs

      Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Helping Woman, Minorities Get STEM Jobs

      Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) introduced legislation Thursday that would help small and medium businesses hire and train mid-career professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

      The bill would provide $50 million in grants to those employers competing for STEM workers, prioritizing businesses looking to hire women, Black and Latino workers and individuals from rural areas.

      The measure would fund "returnships," or midcareer internships, for workers who have either left the STEM workforce, or who want to transition into the field. The grants would require such internships to last at least 10 weeks, with access to mentorship and training.

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    16. Chief Justice Remembers RBG as a 'Star'

      Chief Justice Remembers RBG as a 'Star'

      One of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s colleagues on the Supreme Court remembered the late justice Wednesday as a “star'' jurist and a fierce warrior whose personal experiences with discrimination fueled her fight for equality and improved life for all in her nearly three decades on the bench.

      In an emotional eulogy at the high court on Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts likened Ginsburg, who died on Friday of complications from cancer, to family, and called her a force on the court despite her small stature.

      “Her voice in court and in our conference room was soft but when she spoke, people listened,” Roberts told a small group of her family, friends and fellow Supreme Court justices. “She was not an ...

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    17. Trump Announces New Restrictions on Cuban Products

      Trump Announces New Restrictions on Cuban Products

      (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a new series of economic sanctions on Cuba that ban US citizens from buying Cuban cigars as well as rum and staying at Cuban government-owned hotels on the communist-run island.

      "Today, as part of our continuing fight against communist oppression, I am announcing that the Treasury Department will prohibit US travelers from staying at properties owned by the Cuban government," Trump said at a White House event honoring Bay of Pigs veterans. "We're also further restricting the importation of Cuban alcohol and Cuban tobacco."
      "These actions will ensure that US dollars do not fund the Cuban regime and go directly to the Cuban people," the President asserted.
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    18. Judge Orders Eric Trump to Follow NY AG's Subpoena

      Judge Orders Eric Trump to Follow NY AG's Subpoena

      A judge in New York on Wednesday ordered Eric Trump to comply with a subpoena from the state’s attorney general in the coming weeks, rejecting an effort from the president’s son to stall a deposition until after Election Day.

      New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron read his ruling from the bench after a lengthy virtual hearing, saying there was nothing to support Trump’s effort to delay.

      “This court finds that application unpersuasive,” Engoron said. ”Mr. Trump cites no authority in support of his request, and in any event, neither petitioner nor this court is bound by timelines of the national election.”

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    19. Louisville Under State of Emergency Waiting on Breonna Taylor Decision

      Louisville Under State of Emergency Waiting on Breonna Taylor Decision

      Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order Tuesday that places the city under a state of emergency as Louisville awaits a grand jury decision in the case of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician who died in a police raid at her apartment this year.

      Fischer's order would allow him to impose a curfew and a variety of other restrictions under his emergency powers "due to the potential for civil unrest," according to a release from his office. The order follows a memo from Louisville Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Schroeder on Monday telling officers the department would be employing emergency guidelines effective immediately.

      "In anticipation of Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement in the Breonna Taylor case ...

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    20. Bloomberg Raises $16M to Help Florida Felons Vote in November

      Bloomberg Raises $16M to Help Florida Felons Vote in November

      Former New York Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has raised $16 million to help pay the outstanding fines and fees of felons in Florida, allowing them to regain their voting rights ahead of Election Day.

      The initiative combines funds raised by Bloomberg in the past week from prominent individuals and foundations with $5 million raised by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to target 32,000 felons in Florida who are already registered to vote and owe less than $1,500 as part of their restitution.

      "The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined ...

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    21. Facebook Took Down Accounts China Allegedly Ran Posting About Election

      Facebook Took Down Accounts China Allegedly Ran Posting About Election

      New York (CNN Business)Facebook on Tuesday said it had shut down more than 150 fake accounts it determined were run from China, including accounts posting about November's US presidential election.

      Facebook said the scale of the operation was small, but it is the first time the company has made public details about an operation it found to be run from China that had been posting about the US election.
      The accounts "posted content both in support of and against presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden and Donald Trump," Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy, wrote in a post on the company's website.
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    22. Trump Expected to Announce Supreme Court Nominee Friday or Saturday

      Trump Expected to Announce Supreme Court Nominee Friday or Saturday

      “I think it'll be on Friday or Saturday,” Trump said when asked when he would announce his decision, adding that he wanted to “pay respect” to Ginsburg, who died Friday due to complications from pancreatic cancer, by waiting until after her funeral services. 

      Trump also said that he had narrowed his list down to five potential nominees. Trump has already committed to choosing a woman to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

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    23. NYC, Portland, and Seattle Could Have Federal Funding Slashed

      NYC, Portland, and Seattle Could Have Federal Funding Slashed

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department identified New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle as three cities that could have federal funding slashed under a memorandum by President Donald Trump that sought to identify localities that permit “anarchy, violence and destruction in American cities.”

      The designation, which could open the door for the federal government to cut off some funding to the cities, drew immediate criticism from local elected officials. It comes as Trump throughout the summer has cast American cities run by Democratic mayors as under siege by violence and lawlessness, despite the fact that most of the demonstrations against racial injustice have been largely peaceful.

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    24. Some Louisville Federal Buildings Closed Due to Breonna Taylor Announcement

      Some Louisville Federal Buildings Closed Due to Breonna Taylor Announcement

      (CNN)Some federal buildings in Louisville, Kentucky, will be closed this week and police will operate under a state of emergency as the city awaits an announcement by state Attorney General Daniel Cameron about his office's investigation into the killing of Breonna Taylor.

      The Gene Snyder United States Courthouse will be closed to the public through Friday, September 25, according to an order by Greg Stivers, the chief US District Court judge for Western Kentucky. All scheduled in-court appearances will be continued or converted to videoconference proceedings at the discretion of the presiding judge, the order says.
      The courthouse's windows were boarded up on Monday.
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