Ginsburg’s death, Trump’s taxes top recent headlines

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 18. She was 87 years old and had served on court for 27 years.

After Ginsburg’s death, President Donald Trump and the Republican majority in the Senate rushed to nominate a replacement Supreme Court Justice. On September 26, Trump announced the new nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who was scheduled to be sworn in and confirmed on October 26.

After an investigation done by The New York Times (NYT) on Sept. 27, NYT reported President Donald Trump paid a total of $750 in income taxes in 2016, 2017. The report said 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.” The Times claimed that its report was based on access to many years of his tax-return data.

COVID-19 has infected 42.5 million people so far, with the death toll up to 1.15 million people. The United States still leads with 8.58 million cases, and 224 thousand deaths. Minnesota has the 23rd most cases in the country with 132K cases, and has the 25th most deaths with 2,381.

The NFL’s Tennessee Titans announced 8 positive COVID-19 cases among players and staff on Sept. 29, forcing the Titans and their week three opponent, the Minnesota Vikings to halt team activities. During the fourth week, the Minnesota Vikings played their game against the Texans, but the Ti- tans’ fourth week game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed.

The first of three planned presidential debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was held Sept. 29. The debate showcased sharp differences between current Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden. According to a poll done by FiveThirtyEight.com, 59.7% of people thought Biden’s performance was good, while only 32.9% of people thought President Trump’s performance was good.

President Donald Trump reported he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. He was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and left hospital on Oct. 5.

The first and only Vice President debate between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence was held in Salt Lake City on Oct. 7. According to FiveThirtyEight Ipsos poll, 69.3% of people thought Harris’s performance was good, well only 59.5% of people thought Pence’s performance was good.

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