What you need to know heading into tonight’s debate

This piece was originally published in the September 29, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

Source: Reuters

“It’s about time the super-wealthy and corporate America start paying their fair share.”

Joe Biden

A typical family of four paid more income taxes than self-proclaimed “billionaire” Donald Trump.

Trump didn’t just cheat the system — he cheated the American people.

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  • Tonight is the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News and will focus on a number of topics, including health care, the economy, the candidates’ records, and the coronavirus pandemic.
  • If you’re anything like us, you wind up scrambling to figure out where to watch the debate with moments to spare. We’re here to help! The debate will run from 9–10:30 pm ET on all major network and cable news channels. If you prefer to watch it online, ABC will have live coverage on YouTube starting at 7 pm ET. Be sure to follow our team on Twitter for live fact-checking and analysis.
  • The candidates are headed into tonight’s debate fresh off the release of a scathing New York Times report that revealed Trump paid no income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years and just $750 in 2016 and 2017. This afternoon, Joe Biden released his own returns, which show that, in stark contrast to Trump, he paid $288,000 in federal taxes last year alone.

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  • 1 million people have now died of COVID-19 across the world. It’s startling to think that this all went down in a number of months — and that it’s not done yet. As the world reaches this dark point in the pandemic, don’t forget that the U.S. has the highest death count of any country. We make up just 4% of the world’s population, but we account for more than 200,000, or 20%, of the world’s COVID-19 deaths.
  • A juror in the Breonna Taylor case says the jury’s deliberations were misrepresented in the Kentucky Attorney General’s announcement of charges last week. The juror, who remains anonymous, filed suit on Monday to seek the release of the jury transcripts. According to the juror’s lawyer, prosecutors failed to even offer the jury the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot Taylor in her home. The state’s Attorney General has since announced that he will comply with the juror’s request and release transcripts of the deliberations.


  • The White House reportedly pressured the Centers for Disease Control to downplay the dangers of reopening schools. According to a new report, as part of a behind-the-scenes effort to open schools for in-person learning, White House officials — including task force chair Deborah Birx — tried to circumvent the CDC in a search for alternate data showing that the pandemic was weakening and posed little danger to children.
  • Nine in ten coronavirus patients report experiencing side effects after recovering from the virus. These patients, often referred to as “long haulers,” are a sobering reminder that we still don’t know everything there is to know about the long-term impacts of the virus.
  • Nearly 90 incarcerated people in Arizona wrote letters describing the fears and frustrations they’ve faced during the pandemic and calling on the governor to act. As of last week, more than 2,500 people serving time in Arizona’s correctional facilities have tested positive for coronavirus and at least 15 have died. “We feel our Governor Ducey has no idea what’s truly going on,” wrote one person. Incarcerated people are among Arizona’s hardest hit populations by COVID-19. Just last month, more than 500 inmates in one unit in the Tucson prison facility tested positive for the virus.


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