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.

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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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IN THE NEWS

  • 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.

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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.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • 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.

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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.

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