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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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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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 an effective tax rate of about 30 percent.

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Harris Lowry Manton LLP Hosts 7th Annual First Responder Appreciation Event in Savannah, Ga., Serving 300+ Meals

SAVANNAH, Ga. (Sept. 29, 2020) –  Harris Lowry Manton LLP, an award-winning trial law firm with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, hosted the 7th Annual First Responder Appreciation Event at Daffin Park in Savannah, Ga. on Sept. 25, with attorneys and paralegals serving more than 300 hot meals, free of charge, to first responders from across the area. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event was drive-through only.

 

“We started this event seven years ago as a way to express our gratitude to local first responders, who work hard every day to keep our community safe,” said Harris Lowry Manton LLP partner Steve Lowry. “This has been a tough year for a lot of people and especially for our first responders, so we wanted to make sure we still carry on this annual tradition in a safe, responsible way, despite the pandemic. This event is a small way to honor the brave men and women who put their lives on the line in emergency situations, each and every day.”

 

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, Savannah Police Department Chief Roy Minter, Alderman Nick Palumbo and Alderman Kurtis Purtee attended the event and helped serve meals to local first responders. The popular annual event attracted police officers, firefighters and paramedics from across Chatham County and the surrounding area.

 

“It seems that the only time a firefighter is appreciated is when something bad happens,” said Deputy Fire Chief Keith Hardin of Chatham Emergency Services. “It’s nice to be recognized for just doing our jobs. Thank you to Harris Lowry Manton LLP for your appreciation.”

 

The event, which took place on Chatham County’s official First Responder Appreciation Day, included free hamburgers and BBQ pork sandwiches catered by Chef Kirk Blaine and complimentary giveaways for all first responders, including t-shirts, face masks and items donated by Byrd Cookie Company, Nine Line and other local companies.

 

ABOUT HARRIS LOWRY MANTON LLP:

Honored by the Georgia Legal Awards as the 2019 Litigation Department of the Year - Small Firm, Harris Lowry Manton LLP is a full-service trial law firm with offices in Atlanta and Savannah. The firm unites three accomplished partners — Jeff Harris, Steve Lowry and Jed Manton — who are known for securing major verdicts and settlements for clients in complex personal injury, product liability and wrongful death cases. Harris Lowry Manton LLP has been recognized by the Daily Report Top Verdicts and Settlements for six #1 verdicts across six categories and features attorneys who have been recognized by leading rating associations, bar associations and other organizations as some of the top trial lawyers in the United States. For more information, visit hlmlawfirm.com.

 

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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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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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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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 made,” the report said, noting that more articles on his taxes would be published in the coming weeks.

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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 refused to say whether he recommended exoneration.

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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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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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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 minority and hard-to-count communities.

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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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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 opera star, but she found her stage right behind me in our courtroom. There she won famous victories that helped move our nation closer to equal justice under law.”

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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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