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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: NYT obtains Trump’s tax returns | Trump slams bombshell report as ‘fake news’ | 18 quick takeaways | Washington Post’s editorial board endorses Biden | GOP, Dems brace for election chaos | Trump suggested naming Ivanka as VP in 2016 | World nears 1M coronavirus deaths | 100 women who have helped shape America | 1,800+ South Park cutouts at Broncos game



Why you will repeatedly hear the number 750 from Democrats:



The New York Times’s Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig and Mike McIntire obtained President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE’s highly sought-after tax returns from the past two decades. https://nyti.ms/3cA498Q 

The gist of the revelations: “Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750. 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 made.”  

^Expect to repeatedly hear that $750 figure from Democrats on the campaign trail.

Read the full New York Times reporthttps://nyti.ms/3cA498Q

And The Times’s Dean Baquet published an editor’s note on why they published the investigation: https://nyti.ms/2S4LKrp


The New York Times published 18 revelations from President Trump’s tax returns. The listhttps://nyti.ms/342ZKrb


President Trump called it, let’s say it together, ‘fake news’: “It’s totally fake news,” Trump told reporters. “When they’re not [under audit], I’d be proud to show you. It’s fake news.” https://bit.ly/3iaOC0m

When asked how much he did pay in taxes: Trump said, “I paid a lot, and I paid a lot of state income taxes too. It’ll all be revealed. It’s all going to come out.” https://bit.ly/3iaOC0m 

From Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill Biden to host Sinema for meeting on infrastructure proposal MORE (D-N.Y.): “[Raise your hand] if you paid more in federal income tax than President Trump.” https://bit.ly/3mVL3i5 

Democrats blasted Trump: Here are more reactions from Dems: https://bit.ly/2G9RQUK

The New York Times’s Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden's next social safety net push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Pence sets the stage for 2024 Trump frustrated with pace of super PAC MORE weighed in: “The president often claims he was not aware of a story coming/that reporters didn't call. A Trump Org lawyer is quoted in the story” https://bit.ly/30eKVQZ 

Welp, this is too real: “I think I've spent more on wine in the pandemic than Trump has spent in federal taxes” (From GQ’s Laura Bassetthttps://bit.ly/2S83bXQ

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The Washington Post’s editorial board endorses:

The Washington Post’s editorial board announced its endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' US officials testify on domestic terrorism in wake of Capitol attack MOREhttps://wapo.st/2EKNKSA 

From the Post’s opinion board: “Democracy is at risk, at home and around the world. The nation desperately needs a president who will respect its public servants; stand up for the rule of law; acknowledge Congress’s constitutional role; and work for the public good, not his private benefit.” 

Read the board’s full reasoning for endorsing Bidenhttps://wapo.st/2EKNKSA

Every day would be ‘Take Your Daughter to Work Day!’:

According to a new book by President Trump’s former deputy campaign manager Rick GatesRick GatesTreasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Trump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts MORE, Trump considered naming his daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpMelinda Gates tapped divorce lawyers in 2019 after Epstein links to husband: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot MORE has his vice president in 2016. https://wapo.st/3ibdepF

From Trump in 2016, according to Gates: “I think it should be Ivanka. What about Ivanka as my VP? … She’s bright, she’s smart, she’s beautiful, and the people would love her!”


It’s chaos! Chaos, I tell you!:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senators in both parties are bracing for what they fear will be a ‘chaotic’ election, heightening the stakes of next month’s Supreme Court confirmation battle.”  

How so: “President Trump has said he wants a ninth Supreme Court justice to be confirmed so that the court is full before it potentially has to make any decisions on an election. If Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, is confirmed, it would cement a conservative majority on the court that would include three justices nominated by the president.” 

What to expect on Election Day: “Polls showing a close race against Democrat Joe Biden in several battleground states have lawmakers predicting the results won’t be known immediately after Election Day, particularly with millions expected to vote via mail-in ballots given the coronavirus pandemic.” 

The recipe for chaoshttps://bit.ly/36fxiVO


The first presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. 

What time: 9 ­– 10:30 p.m. EDT 

Where: Cleveland 

Details: https://cbsn.ws/2S5tTQZ

Photos of the debate setuphttps://bit.ly/3i7M2bn


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 7,117,830

U.S. death toll: 204,778 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y 

For context: A month ago today, 5,873,124 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 180,901 had died. https://bit.ly/3i8kwe0


The Washington Post created a graphic to show the magnitude: https://wapo.st/3cHA9I3


Via NBC’s Monica Alba, “Dr. Robert Redfield, who leads the CDC, suggested in a conversation with a colleague Friday that Dr. Scott Atlas is arming [President Trump] with misleading data about a range of issues, including questioning the efficacy of masks, whether young people are susceptible to the virus and the potential benefits of herd immunity.” https://nbcnews.to/3jgXx1O

Redfield said about Atlas during a phone call: "Everything he says is false."



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Who run the world? Girls:

The Hill published a special tribute this morning to 100 extraordinary women who have helped shape America. 

“The list includes bold-face names and the stories of more obscure contributors to modern American society — the first person to isolate the HIV virus, the woman who discovered why the ozone layer had a hole, one of the inventors of modern computer code. The Hill's list includes women who are activists, sports leaders, senior business officials, entertainment giants and government officials.” 

The list of women — note, the list is not rankedhttps://bit.ly/3438KMZ 

The introduction from The Hill’s editor-in-chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Key Democrat says traveler fees should fund infrastructure projects Trump legal switch hints at larger problems MOREhttps://bit.ly/2FYO5lj


The Hill is hosting a virtual event on the “Century of the Woman.”  

Featured speakers: Labor Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause Gingrich on Trump-McConnell feud: GOP 'better off' focusing on Democrats Trump rips McConnell in speech to Republicans MORE, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D), Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellAlabama museum unveils restored Greyhound bus for Freedom Rides' 60th anniversary Rep. Terri Sewell declines to run for Senate in Alabama Amazon union battle comes to Washington MORE (D-Ala.), Lilly Ledbetter, Ellevest's Sallie KrawcheckHilda Solis and Tina Tchen.  

Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/36fG4mG



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The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. 

Wednesday, September 30: The Hill is hosting a three-part virtual event, “Century of the Woman.” Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/36fG4mG


2:15 p.m. EDT: Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublican Sean Parnell jumps into Pennsylvania Senate race Biden sees Trump rematch as real possibility Ode to Mother's Day MORE (D-Calif.) gives remarks on the Supreme Court. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/339lUc1

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a news conference on the latest with COVID-19. Vice President Pence also attends. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3kVrQvm



Today is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day.

Oh great! Glad the town of South Park could make the game!:




Back story: More than 1,800 “South Park cut-outs spread across five sections at Broncos game.” The full story from ESPNhttps://bit.ly/3cBOwxA


And because you made it this far, here’s a goat and a rooster dancing: https://bit.ly/3jfuWty