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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hints that she'll introduce legislation creating a commission related to the 25th Amendment
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jamie Raskin, plan to introduce a bill to create a panel known as an Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, to "help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership" within the presidency.
  • The move comes after President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
  • During the vice-presidential debate on Wednesday, both Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris fielded a question asking what they would do in the event that their respective presidential candidate is unable to serve.
  • Pence was asked in the context of Trump's recent COVID-19 diagnosis, but instead, he dodged the question to respond to Harris' attacks on the fast-tracked coronavirus vaccine.

Trump’s Taxes Show He Engineered a Sudden Windfall in 2016
Tax records expose more than $21 million in highly unusual payments from the Las Vegas hotel Donald Trump owns with Phil Ruffin, routed through other Trump companies and paid out in cash.

In previous articles on the tax records, The Times has reported that, in all but a few years since 2000, chronic business losses and aggressive accounting strategies have allowed Mr. Trump to largely avoid paying federal income taxes. And while the hundreds of millions of dollars earned from “The Apprentice” and his attendant celebrity rescued his business career, those riches, together with the marketing power of the Trump brand, were ebbing when he announced his 2016 presidential run.

The new findings, part of The Times’s continuing investigation, cast light on Mr. Trump’s financial maneuverings in that time of fiscal turmoil and unlikely political victory. Indeed, they may offer a hint to one of the enduring mysteries of his campaign: In its waning days, as his own giving had slowed to a trickle, Mr. Trump contributed $10 million, leaving many people wondering where the burst of cash had come from.

Twitter Will Turn Off Some Features to Fight Election Misinformation
The platform is trying to address growing concern that falsehoods could lead to instability. Most of the changes will start on Oct. 20.

Labels warning about false information on Twitter will begin to appear in timelines next week. And when users want to retweet a post from another account, they will essentially get a timeout, in the form of a prompt that will nudge them to add their own comment or context.

It’s one of a handful of changes the social media platform is imposing in an attempt to control the spread of misinformation in the final weeks before the presidential election — and the move risks attracting the ire of its best-known user, President Trump.

Twitter officials said the “extra friction” was designed to “encourage everyone to not only consider why they are amplifying a tweet, but also increase the likelihood that people add their own thoughts, reactions and perspectives to the conversation.”

The change is likely to have a direct impact on Mr. Trump’s online activity. On Tuesday evening alone, he tweeted or retweeted posts from other accounts about 40 times.

White House spokesman refuses to answer when Trump's last negative COVID-19 test was 6 times in one interview
  • White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern refused to disclose when President Donald Trump last tested negative for COVID-19 at least six times in one interview.
  • "You are very focused on looking backwards," Morgenstern told MSNBC correspondent Hallie Jackson.
  • Morgenstern's interview is part of a pattern of the White House refusing to reveal the president's last negative test.
  • The last time Trump or anyone in the White House was on the record regarding a negative test was May 21.

Trump says he 'might not have recovered' from COVID-19 in Rush Limbaugh interview
  • President Donald Trump told talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday that he was skeptical about his chances of recovery from the coronavirus at one point.
  • "I might not have recovered at all from COVID," Trump said after saying he "recovered immediately, almost immediately."
  • Limbaugh, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during Trump's State of the Union address back in February, was hosting Trump for a "virtual rally."
  • "I was in not great shape," Trump said at another point, despite previously claiming that he didn't need to go to the hospital for treatment.

A GOP senator said 'rank democracy' is bad for America at a time when Trump is behaving like an authoritarian
  • GOP Sen. Mike Lee took to Twitter this week to argue that the US is "not a democracy," sparking fierce backlash
  • Lee's statements, which mischaracterized the nature of the US political system, struck a nerve at a time when President Donald Trump is fueling divisions in the US and undermining the legitimacy of the election.
  • "Authoritarianism in a nutshell," one historian and expert on democracy said in response to Lee's tweets.

Fauci says the White House had a superspreader event: 'I think the data speak for themselves'
  • Someone infected by the coronavirus is thought to infect about two others on average, but sometimes a person passes the virus to far more people in a "superspreader event."
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci called the recent Supreme Court nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the White House Rose Garden on September 26 a superspreader event.
  • Most of these events — which may account for a majority of total coronavirus infections — are similar: An infected person attends a gathering with lots of people.
  • At least 34 White House staff members, GOP officials, journalists, and other people in President Donald Trump's orbit have tested positive for COVID-19 since that gathering.

The White House has gone to extraordinary lengths to withhold critical information about Trump's health, even after he contracted a deadly virus
  • The White House has consistently lacked transparency when it comes to President Donald Trump's health, especially since he contracted COVID-19.
  • Multiple officials have refused to say when the last time Trump tested negative for the virus was, raising questions as to what they could be hiding.
  • The White House has also been opaque about a mysterious trip Trump took to Walter Reed last November.

The Biden campaign sold 35,000 fly swatters in a matter of hours after a fly's famous landing on Mike Pence's head during the vice-presidential debate
  • The Biden campaign sold 35,000 fly swatters for $10 each within hours this week.
  • The fly swatters carried the slogan "Truth Over Flies" in reference to a fly that landed on Vice President Mike Pence's head for two minutes during a nationally televised debate Wednesday evening.

Hope Hicks returned to work at the White House the day after self-quarantining aboard Air Force One, according to report
  • Hope Hicks, the senior aide whose positive COVID-19 test result led to the president disclosing his own last Friday, showed up to work the day after self-quarantining aboard Air Force One despite experiencing coronavirus symptoms, according to a new Washington Post report.
  • Hicks tested negative last Wednesday but began to feel sick at a MAGA rally in Minnesota later the same day, leading to the self-quarantine.
  • Once she was at the White House the next day, she discovered she had tested positive for the virus and went home, but only told President Donald Trump and a few senior aides about it, infuriating coworkers in close contact with her, according to the Post.
  • Hicks, who did not comment for the Post's story, has been home alone following her diagnosis and "says she feels OK," according to friends.

Trump says the US nuclear arsenal is now 'tippy top' thanks to him, but nuke experts say he's out of touch with reality
  • President Donald Trump said Friday that the US nuclear arsenal is now "tippy top" thanks to him.
  • Nuclear weapons experts said that the only substantial change to the nuclear arsenal was the introduction of the low-yield W76-2.
  • Other efforts to modernize the aging US nuclear triad began during the Obama administration and have continued to receive funding under Trump, but it will still be some time before the US military starts to see some of the new systems in the works.

Next scheduled presidential debate between Trump and Biden has been canceled
  • The next presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was scrapped, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced in a Friday statement.
  • The organizing group canceled the upcoming debate scheduled for October 15, which was changed from an in-person event to a virtual meeting.
  • The decision was made after Trump and several other people in the White House tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
  • The president said he would not participate in a virtual event and asked that it be in person, but the commission denied the request.

Trump tells Fox News he had 'congestion' in his lungs, giving a small window into his COVID-19 infection
  • President Donald Trump said lung scans taken during his time at Walter Reed Medical Center showed he had some "congestion" in his lungs following his COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • The president appeared on Fox News Friday, saying he underwent lung scans while he stayed at the hospital last week after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • "They tested the lungs ... with different machinery ..., and it tested good," he said. "Initially, I think they had some congestion in there, but ultimately it tested good, and with each day it got better, and I think that's why they wanted me to stay frankly."

I could be one of the diers': Trump recognized own mortality after COVID-19 diagnosis, according to a report from New York Magazine
  • President Donald Trump said he "could be one of the diers" in an October 3 phone call after he was hospitalized following his COVID-19 diagnosis, according to New York Magazine's Intelligencer.
  • On Friday, Intelligencer published details from the phone call, showing a perspective of the president that comes in stark contrast with his largely optimistic tone since contracting the disease.
  • In the call last Saturday, the president said he was feeling good but admitted that he still had some uncertainty in his wellbeing with the coronavirus, according to the Intelligencer article.
  • "This thing could go either way," Trump said, citing Intelligencer's article. "It's tricky. They told me it's tricky. You can tell it can go either way."

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.