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  • Trump avoids tax return questions as he brings yet another truck to the White House

    President Trump ignored every pressing topic Monday as he welcomed one of his favorite things to the White House.The New York Times dropped a bombshell report Sunday evening revealing Trump leveraged business losses to avoid paying taxes for years, as well as using other dubious financial strategies to lower his tax bills. Trump denied the report in a Sunday press conference, and on Monday, avoided questions about his tax returns altogether as he praised an electric pick-up truck.The White House unexpectedly called reporters to the South Lawn on Monday, where they found Trump inspecting a Lordstown Motors 2021 electric pick-up truck. "We've all done a good job," Trump said after praising the truck's manufacturers, and then, out of nowhere, said "it's hotter now than it was before, and that's something really different." But before he could get too close to acknowledging fossil fuels' role in warming the Earth, he pivoted to call the truck "an incredible piece of science" and implied electrification is sure to "happen with more and more trucks and cars." He then walked away to reporters shouting "can you say anything about the tax returns?" and "when are you going to release them?" MOMENTS AGO: President Trump leaves truck event, not answering as reporter yells: "Can you say anything about the TAX RETURNS, Mr. President? When are you going to RELEASE THEM?" — The Hill (@thehill) September 28, 2020It's far from the first time Trump has brought trucks to the White House, though they're usually a bit bigger than this one. And as The Washington Post has reported, it's something his advisers will do to cheer the president up when he's "inconsolable."More stories from 'Sully' Sullenberger savages Trump's 'lethal lies and incompetence' in new Lincoln Project ad Joe Biden releases 2019 tax returns in 'pre-debate move' amid Trump revelations Trump literally can't afford to lose the election

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  • School Staffer Gets Jail for Sexually Abusing Boy, Telling Him He 'Deserved Special Things'

    Courtney Roznowski was arrested in August after Child Protective Services received a tip

  • Peter Jackson, journalist and son of U.S. Sen. 'Scoop' Jackson, dies but his tweets live on

    As with late presidential candidate Herman Caine, death hasn't silenced Jackson's Twitter account

    LA Times
  • Jessica Simpson Shows Off Her Yoga Skills in a Peek-a-Boo Sports Bra & Wild Leggings

    Both athleisure pieces come from Simpson's own line of apparel;.

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  • These Thanksgiving Quotes from Movies and TV Will Make Everyone Smile (46 photos)

    Our favorite festive on-screen moments in honor of Turkey Day. From ELLE Decor

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  • Did your second coronavirus stimulus check just get closer?

    More cash is in a new Democratic aid plan. Negotiations are underway.

  • 'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot Sully Sullenberger said he'll only fly with airlines that block the middle seat during the pandemic

    The pilot who famously landed a damaged plane on the Hudson shared his thoughts on airline safety amid coronavirus.

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  • Bill Belichick exposed Derek Carr’s weakness with a hilarious defensive strategy

    Belichick takes away what an offense does best. With Carr, that made for a funny schematic wrinkle.

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  • Wyoming appeals for hunters to visit the state and shoot wild goats

    Wyoming is appealing for hunters in the United States to visit their state and shoot as many goats as possible, in what one official termed "every hunter's dream". The 100 mountain goats in the Grand Teton National Park are considered by state and federal officials an invasive animal, and a threat to the region's bighorn sheep. For years conservationists, land management experts, National Park officials and the state wrangled with the problem. In 2018 they agreed to a plan which would rely on aerial sharp shooters, controlling the population from helicopters. A helicopter was sent to kill the mountain goats in February, and the gunmen on board managed to shoot 38 goats - a third of the population - in one day. Shortly thereafter, however, the helicopters were indefinitely grounded owing to complaints from the governor, and the goat elimination programme suddenly paused.

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  • Rick Santorum is not impressed with the New York Times story on Trump’s taxes — how many voters feel the same way?

    That's Rick Santorum, a former U.S. Senator, onetime presidential hopeful and Republican commentator on CNN one day after the New York Times story saying President Donald Trump paid a $750 income tax bill in 2016 and in 2017, while paying no income tax in 10 of the 15 years before that. Trump's low tax bills were reportedly the result of business losses that, under tax code rules, can offset a taxpayer's income tax liability. Though Trump has declined to release his tax returns, the Times story said it obtained the data from sources with “legal access” to the information.

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  • Breonna Taylor case grand juror: We weren’t given the option of indicting the two cops who shot her

    Grand juror said AG Daniel Cameron misrepresented the deliberations. Cameron agreed to release grand jury recording

  • Teacher says he can no longer teach kindergarten after parent complained about tattoos

    Local educational authorities said students under six "could be frightened" by the appearance of a teacher with tattoos.

  • Kelly Ripa's Daughter Lola Consuelos Warns That Naked Birthday Pics Aren't Just For Moms

    The stars are going all out for their birthdays this year — but of course, that looks a little different in these Covid-19 times. When GOOP founder Gwyneth Paltrow decided to celebrate turning 48 with a tasteful nude posted to Instagram, she didn't just cause 16-year-old daughter Apple to momentarily evaporate from embarrassment. She also […]

  • Christina Aguilera Wows in Leather Thigh-High Boots With a Lace Corset & Fringe Blazer

    Thigh-high boots are a common theme in Xtina's style rotation.

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  • Job market will be 'catastrophic' with 41% of people laid and off likely not getting their jobs back: Author

    Michael Solomon, 10x Management Co-Founder and author of "Game Changer: How To Be 10x In The Talent Economy" joins the On the Move panel to discuss how to identify, and retain talent that will make a difference in the work world of tomorrow.

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  • Pro-Life Senator Joni Ernst Says There’s a ‘Very Minimal’ Chance Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v. Wade

    Pro-life Senator Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) said on Monday that she thinks the likelihood of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that made abortion legal, is “very minimal.”Ernst’s comments during an hour-long debate for the U.S. Senate race against her pro-abortion opponent, Democrat Theresa Greenfield. Moderator David Yepsen asked what each candidate would do if the Court overturned the ruling, which President Trump has suggested may happen now that he has nominated pro-life Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the high court. If confirmed, Barrett’s appointment would create a 6-3 conservative majority on the Court. Ernst explained that she is “proudly pro-life” and thinks “every life has value and is worthwhile" but expressed skepticism that the ruling would be overturned.“I think the likelihood of Roe v. Wade being overturned is very minimal. I don’t see that happening, truly I don’t see that happening," she said.The Iowa Republican went on to say that what pro-lifers can do, in lieu of a Court decision, is educate the public on how important life is.“I think that the views that are being taken by Theresa Greenfield and those that are backing her from the coasts, from California and New York, it's inappropriate and not acceptable to most Iowa voters,” she said. Ernst has supported overturning the ruling in the past, and in January joined 206 other members of Congress in petitioning the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade. Greenfield said she believes abortion rights are “settled law.”“I will always defend a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions with the guidance of her doctor,” she said. Barrett, when asked in 2016 about ways a future Supreme Court might allow states to pass more restrictions on abortion, said she didn't believe the core case behind Roe v. Wade would change."I think don't think the core case – Roe's core holding that, you know, women have a right to an abortion – I don't think that would change. But I think the question of whether people can get very late-term abortions, how many restrictions can be put on clinics – I think that would change," she said.Greenfield is currently polling 2.6 points ahead of Ernst, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polling totals. Editor's Note: A previous version of this article identified Theresa Greenfield as anti-abortion, when she is in fact pro-abortion.

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  • LeBron James on Erik Spoelstra: 'It's unfortunate that he hasn't gotten his respect'

    LeBron James played for Miami and coach Erik Spoelstra for four years, winning two titles. Now James is leading the Lakers against Spoelstra in the NBA Finals.

    LA Times
  • These 7 States Are Now Seeing the Worst COVID Spikes in the U.S.

    After the steady declines of late summer, COVID numbers are up across the country, offering a bleak reminder that the coronavirus pandemic is not over yet. The outbreaks may have shifted into new regions, but the signifiers of the next wave remain the same. One of the most effective ways to see which states are suffering the worst COVID spikes is to look at the states that are seeing more than 25 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.This is what the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) calls the "tipping point" for a COVID outbreak, and these states are colored red on the HGHI's map of COVID risk levels nationally. While Alabama, Missouri, Kansas, and Montana have almost crossed into the highest risk territory—each has more than 24 daily new cases per 100,000 people—the following seven states are firmly in the danger zone where Harvard researchers say stay-at-home orders may be necessary again. And for the state most in need of immediate intervention, This State Has By Far the Worst COVID Outbreak in the Country.Read the original article on Best Life. 7 ArkansasAccording to the HGHI map, Arkansas is now seeing 27.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people. The experts at COVID Exit Strategy put the state in the "uncontrolled spread" category, thanks in part to the 24 percent increase its positive test rate has seen over the last 14 days. Just over the past week, there have been 5,685 new COVID cases in Arkansas, per The New York Times, with nearly 82,050 cases in the state thus far. And for more of the states with the worst coronavirus numbers, These Are the States Where COVID Cases Are Skyrocketing. 6 OklahomaJust above Arkansas is Oklahoma, which is currently experiencing 27.3 daily new COVID cases per 100,000 people, according to the HGHI. COVID Exit Strategy notes that the 14-day test positivity trend has been less severe in Oklahoma but still significant at 16 percent. There have been more than 7,285 new coronavirus cases in Oklahoma over the past seven days, and almost 85,200 cases overall, The New York Times reports. 5 IowaIn Iowa, the daily new case rate is even higher: 28.2 cases per 100,000 people. And the state is also facing a high positive test rate of 16.4 percent, per COVID Act Now. The additional 6,250 coronavirus cases in Iowa in the last week contribute to the over 87,500 cases the state has seen since the pandemic began. And for more on the surges across the country, This Is Why Dr. Fauci Says the U.S. Is "Not in a Good Place" With COVID. 4 UtahState officials in Utah are trying to mitigate the spread of coronavirus with new restrictions, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The results of those efforts have yet to be seen, but as of Sept. 29, Utah is experiencing 30.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people, according to the HGHI map. Moreover, the state has a high infection rate (1.25) and a high positive test rate (12.9 percent), as reported by COVID Act Now. There have been almost 7,040 new COVID cases in Utah over the past seven days, resulting in nearly 71,450 cases total. 3 WisconsinThe coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin has been drawing attention for some time, and the numbers continue to paint a troubling picture. COVID Exit Strategy points to a nearly 70 percent increase in the 14-day test positivity trend; it's now at 18.5 percent, according to COVID Act Now. And per the HGHI map, the daily new case rate is soaring at 37.3 cases per 100,000 people. That reflects the more than 15,665 new cases over the last week, giving Wisconsin a total of 124,320 COVID cases thus far. And if you want to know more about your state, This Is What Wave of the COVID Pandemic Your State Is In. 2 South DakotaFew states have been higher on health experts' radars recently than the Dakotas, which are suffering the most extreme COVID spikes in the country. South Dakota is now seeing 46.0 new daily cases per 100,000 people, according to the HGHI map, an alarmingly high rate. The state's positive test rate of 25.5 percent is the second-highest in the country—behind only its neighbor to the north. South Dakota has now reached almost 22,000 coronavirus cases, per The New York Times, with nearly 2,870 of those just over the past seven days. 1 North DakotaAs high as South Dakota's numbers are, they're still not as high as North Dakota's, where the daily new case rate has now reached 51.9 cases per 100,000 people, the HGHI says, by far the highest nationwide. The infection rate of 1.12 is high, though not the highest in the country, but the positive test rate of 29.5 percent is currently the worst across the U.S. In the last week, there have been almost 2,740 new COVID cases in North Dakota. As of Sept. 29, the state has seen just over 21,400 cases overall. And for more up-to-date news, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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  • Trump literally can't afford to lose the election

    It isn't a new idea that President Trump is better at playing a billionaire on TV than earning enough money to be one in real life. But The New York Times got the goods to prove it — 18 years worth of tax documents, from 2000 to 2018 — and released the first bombshell Sunday night (while promising to "publish additional articles about our findings" in coming weeks). It's a doozy.One eye-catching takeaway from the deep look into Trump's strenuously shielded tax filings is that Trump loses a lot of money. Like, a lot. He loses millions at his prized foreign and U.S. golf properties, the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and many of the roughly 500 entities that make up the Trump Organization.The Times also details how Trump uses those deep-red losses to avoid paying federal income tax, at least in the U.S. There was a two-year period in which he made too much money to avoid paying taxes, thanks to his share in NBC's The Apprentice, but he then filed for a refund when the opportunity presented itself after the 2008 financial meltdown. That $72.9 million in refunded taxes plus interest is under audit and has been for years, the Times reports. Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax in both 2016 and 2017, the most recent years in the data the Times obtained.But "the picture that perhaps emerges most starkly from the mountain of figures and tax schedules prepared by Mr. Trump's accountants is of a businessman-president in a tightening financial vise," deep in debt with the bill coming due, the Times reports. That raises the troubling question of whether Trump can literally afford to lose power on Nov. 3 — and what he might do to prevent an electoral defeat and financial ruin.During the 2016 campaign, Trump proclaimed himself the "King of Debt," telling CBS's Norah O'Donnell that "nobody knows debt better than me. ... I've made a fortune by using debt, and if things don't work out I renegotiate the debt. I mean, that's a smart thing, not a stupid thing." Renegotiating means "you go back and you say, 'Hey, guess what, the economy crashed,'" he explained. "'I'm going to give you back half.'" That nearly destroyed him in the early 1990s, after almost all his bets failed in short order.The lessons Trump learned in the early 1990s "undoubtedly shaped his business approach and the conservative nature of how we conduct business today," Eric Trump, who currently runs the Trump Organization for his father, told The Washington Post in 2018. Trump started paying cash for properties in about 2006, when his Apprentice money started coming in.But the newly obtained "tax records show that Mr. Trump has once again done what he says he regrets, looking back on his early 1990s meltdown: personally guaranteed hundreds of millions of dollars in loans, a decision that led his lenders to threaten to force him into personal bankruptcy," the Times reported Sunday. "This time around, he is personally responsible for loans and other debts totaling $421 million, with most of it coming due within four years. Should he win re-election, his lenders could be placed in the unprecedented position of weighing whether to foreclose on a sitting president."Along with more than $300 million in loans coming due in the next four years for which he is personally responsible, Trump might have to pay back the federal government more than $100 million, including interest and penalties, if the Internal Revenue Service determines he improperly obtained the $72.9 million tax rebate. Trump has valuable assets he might be able to sell (but really doesn't want to) — but he also currently serves as the top executive of the same federal government that includes the IRS and America's federal prosecutors.If you think Trump wouldn't lean heavily on Attorney General William Barr or Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to protect his personal finances in a second term, or that Barr or Mnuchin are above tipping the scales even a bit, Trump might have a bridge to sell you. Or a condo. Mnuchin's refusal to hand Trump's tax returns over to congressional investigators, and the Justice Department's half-successful defense of that decision, are the reason we are learning what's in Trump's tax filings from The New York Times.Deutsche Bank, one of Trump's largest lenders, would likely "do the easy thing" and extend Trump a short-term loan extension until he's out of office, Mike Offit, one of Trump's bankers in the 1990s, told Mother Jones in August. "It's even more trouble if they try to foreclose on the president. Good luck with that. That's the way they're going to put themselves back in the news every day."Any other bank would decide that Trump "is toxic," U.C. Berkeley real estate finance professor Nancy Wallace told Mother Jones. "Exposing yourself to that kind of oversight under the current regulatory reality, for lenders who are large enough to provide capital to him, is just a nonstarter." That would leave Trump at the mercy of "opportunistic lenders" less hesitant to come after him for delinquency, even in the Oval Office, Offit said. Hedge funds "would lend to Ted Bundy. They don't care." Wallace agreed that some private equity fund could "be very tempted if he was willing to pay a very high coupon."The Times, working from Trump's self-reported tax information, could not determine his net worth or the identity of his lenders. Having a president deeply indebted to unknown lenders is a clear national security threat.Which brings us to our second question: If Trump can't afford to lose power, can America afford having him in power for another four years?The available data just scratch the surface of "the actual and potential conflicts of interest created by Mr. Trump's refusal to divest himself of his business interests while in the White House," the Times reports. "His properties have become bazaars for collecting money directly from lobbyists, foreign officials, and others seeking face time, access, or favor." Turkey's authoritarian government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has "not hesitated to leverage various Trump enterprises to their advantage," the Times says.On issue after issue, how can we know if Trump is acting in America's interest or his own?"It's highly disconcerting," Virginia Canter, chief ethics counsel at the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), told Mother Jones. "I'm sure in some ways the best thing that could happen is that he not win re-election."Want more essential commentary and analysis like this delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for The Week's "Today's best articles" newsletter here.More stories from Trump avoids tax return questions as he brings yet another truck to the White House The bigger truth revealed by Trump's taxes Trump has pinned himself politically on his tax returns

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  • The 10 Most Popular Recipes of September 2020 (10 photos)

    Brothy meatballs, potato-stuffed flatbreads, and more of our readers' favorite recipes this monthOriginally Appeared on Bon Appétit

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