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Trump Took $70,000 in Tax Deductions for Hair Care. Experts Say That’s Illegal.
Three former NBC executives involved in “The Apprentice” told me that, while they didn’t recall the exact terms of Mr. Trump’s contract, they were very familiar with the way such contracts are typically written. The cost of hair and makeup for a star of Mr. Trump’s stature would generally be covered by the show, and Mr. Trump would have been reimbursed for any of the costs he incurred.

“I can’t think of any circumstances in which Trump would have paid those costs out of his own pocket and not be reimbursed,” one of those officials said. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he still does business with NBC and Mark Burnett, the producer of “The Apprentice,” who has also produced “The Voice” for NBC.

Taxpayers are not allowed to deduct reimbursed business expenses.

“That would be a crime if it’s intentional,” said Schuyler M. Moore, a tax expert at the law firm Greenberg Glusker in Los Angeles and the author of the legal treatise “Taxation of the Entertainment Industry.”

... The federal tax code says “personal expenses” cannot be deducted.

“There’s no way he could have legitimately deducted hair expenses, whether reimbursed or not,” said Mr. Moore, the tax lawyer. “There are many cases and audits dealing with this issue.”

Michelle Obama tears into Trump for using 'racist' tactics to sow division and tells Americans they can't trust the president to 'tell us the truth about anything'

  • Former first lady Michelle Obama delivered a harsh rebuke of President Donald Trump in a video on Tuesday, imploring Americans to vote in the highly consequential November election.
  • "What the president is doing is once again patently false, it's morally wrong, and, yes, it is racist, but that doesn't mean it won't work," she said.
  • The former first lady was highly critical of Trump's response to COVID-19, stating that "he still doesn't have a plan for this virus."
  • Trump has had a testy relationship with former President Barack Obama, who Trump has repeatedly invoked to whip up his political base.

Trump complains that the 'Fake News Media' only wants to discuss COVID-19 one day after he was released from a weekend-long stay in the hospital to treat the deadly virus
  • President Donald Trump tweeted that the "Fake News Media" is only focusing on COVID-19 one day after he was discharged from the hospital where he was treated for complications from the deadly virus, which he still has.
  • "The Fake News Media refuses to discuss how good the Economy and Stock Market, including JOBS under the Trump Administration, are doing," Trump tweeted. "We will soon be in RECORD TERRITORY. All they want to discuss is COVID 19, where they won’t say it, but we beat the Dems all day long, also!!!"
  • Trump's desire to focus on the economy — specifically how good it was before the pandemic — has been undermined by his COVID-19 diagnosis and the outbreak among his staff in the White House.

Members of the US military assigned to the White House test positive for COVID-19 after Trump's diagnosis
  • Members of the military assigned to support the president have reportedly contracted COVID-19 since the President Trump tested positive last week.
  • A military aide and a presidential valet, also a member of the military, have tested positive, according to Bloomberg News.
  • Since Trump's return to the White House after a short stay in the hospital, there have been concerns that Trump is endangering White House staff.

Trump baselessly says he may be 'immune' to COVID-19 after being hospitalized and treated with a steroid used for severe cases
  • President Donald Trump received treatment for COVID-19 at Walter Reed Medical Center over the weekend, returning to the White House on Monday evening.
  • Upon his return, Trump baselessly suggested he might be "immune" to COVID-19.
  • After being diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, Trump was hospitalized and administered supplemental oxygen, an experimental antibody cocktail, and a steroid generally used for severe cases of the virus.
  • Trump is still infected with the virus. There's no evidence he's immune.

EXCLUSIVE: Former CIA director John Brennan says the biggest threat to the 2020 election is Trump himself
  • Former CIA director John Brennan told Insider that the biggest threat to the November election is President Donald Trump himself.
  • He said the "dishonesty" and disinformation that comes out of the White House and Trump campaign is just as dangerous as foreign interference in the election.
  • Brennan has earned a reputation as one of Trump's most vociferous critics since he left the CIA in 2017 and he doesn't mince words in his new memoir, "Undaunted: My Fight Against America's Enemies, At Home and Abroad."
  • The former CIA chief wrote that he was "disgusted" and "nauseated" by Trump's behavior toward the US intelligence community and his refusal to acknowledge Moscow's campaign to interfere in the 2016 election.
  • Overall, Brennan told Insider, Russia got everything it could have hoped for from Trump's presidency.

Trump tells his team to end stimulus negotiations until after the election
  • Trump announced in a Tuesday tweet that he is ending stimulus negotiations until after the election.
  • He accused Democrats of "not acting in good faith" and rejected their spending proposal.
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were in the middle of negotiations that restarted in late September after collapsing in August.

'Putting himself first at the expense of the country': Nancy Pelosi unloads on Trump's decision to end stimulus talks
  • Pelosi issued a blistering statement on Tuesday after Trump broke off stimulus talks with Democrats, saying "the White House is in complete disarray."
  • "President Trump showed his true colors: putting himself first at the expense of the country, with the full complicity of the GOP Members of Congress," she said.
  • Other Democrats called Trump's move an "irrational, reckless, and destructive act" that could set back a shaky economic recovery.

Donald Trump just kicked the US economy in the teeth
  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that he has ordered the White House to stop negotiating with Democrats in the House of Representatives on another round of economic aid for the country. He says negotiations will resume after the election.
  • This is terrible news for the economy and the stock market, both of which have been showing signs that more support from Congress is needed ASAP.
  • This reeks of shallow politics. Senate Republicans were never sold on another stimulus package, and now they're in a race against time to confirm another judge to the Supreme Court.
  • In the meantime, everyday Americans will suffer. Many could lose their jobs, especially people who work for businesses in financial trouble, like airlines.

'This is incredibly cruel:' Experts say Trump's move to end stimulus negotiations could hurt millions of Americans on unemployment and set back the economy
  • Trump abruptly ended stimulus negotiations on Tuesday, all but delaying more federal coronavirus aid until next month.
  • "It'll mean more people dropping into poverty and people making terrible choices between rent, medicine, and food on the table," Heidi Shierholz, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, told Business Insider.
  • The nation's economic recovery is already wobbly and could backtrack in the coming weeks, another expert said.

Trump calls on Congress in late night tweetstorm to approve $1,200 direct payments and small business aid only hours after cutting off stimulus negotiations
  • President Donald Trump appeared to change course and called on Congress to pass standalone stimulus bills — hours after ending coronavirus aid negotiations with Democrats.
  • He urged lawmakers to approve measures for $1,200 stimulus checks, small business aid, and direct assistance to airlines to prevent layoffs.
  • He said he would immediately sign those bills, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats previously rejected Republican attempts to pass standalone bills.

GOP lawmakers, Trump advisers broke ranks with the president after he decided to halt stimulus talks until after the election
  • GOP lawmakers and Trump advisors condemned President Donald Trump after he tweeted that he told his team to halt stimulus package negotiations until after the election.
  • GOP Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, described it as a "huge mistake."
  • Rep. John Katko, a Republican from New York, tweeted Tuesday that he "disagree[s] with the President" and "strongly" urged him to "to rethink this move."
  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "You have to try to be this politically inept. What is going on in the White House? Where is Mark Meadows?"
  • Hours after tweeting that he was halting negotiations on a broad stimulus package, he called on lawmakers to pass standalone stimulus bills on several aspects of the stimulus bill.
  • Unlike the Democrats' broader package that they passed last week, Trump's latest tweets made no mention of extended unemployment benefits, money for city and state governments, or other elements of the broader stimulus package.

Trump's struggles with older voters are only getting worse, and he hasn't been able to turn the dire numbers around for months
  • President Donald Trump is doing even worse among older voters following his first debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
  • Going into the debate, Trump was behind Biden by 4 points among voters 65 and older in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll — but that number ballooned to 27 points afterwards.
  • A new CNN poll has Biden up by 33 points among older people, a margin almost unthinkable for any Democrat in modern American politics.

Police union chief with ties to Trump makes racist and misogynist comments about Democratic leaders, jokes about accepting sexual favors for officers
  • The director of a police union in Massachusetts with ties to the Trump administration posted several misogynist and racist comments about Democratic leaders on his personal Facebook account.
  • In one such post, executive director Jerry Flynn described Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York as a "bar fly stripper."
  • Flynn's Facebook account and posts became restricted by Tuesday afternoon.
  • When reached for comment, Flynn said the Democratic leaders were "talking about racists all the time" and alleged "they're racist towards police officers."

More than 175 current, former law enforcement officials endorse Joe Biden, slam Trump as 'lawless' president
Fox News first obtained the list of the Biden-supporting law enforcement officials, which includes former U.S. attorneys, former state attorneys general, former sheriffs, and former police chiefs who touted the former vice president’s experience “keeping communities safe.” It includes Janet Napolitano, the former Obama administration secretary of Homeland Security who served as attorney general of Arizona.

Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller tests positive for COVID-19
  • Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, tested positive for COVID-19, he confirmed in a statement Tuesday.
  • Miller is the latest of at least 11 people at the White House who tested positive for the coronavirus since President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were diagnosed last week.
  • "Over the last five days, I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday," Miller said in a statement. "Today, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am in quarantine."
  • Miller's wife, Katie Miller, who serves as Vice President Mike Pence's communications director, tested negative for the virus Tuesday morning, The New York Times' Maggie Haberman tweeted.
  • She tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this year but has since recovered.
  • At least a dozen GOP officials have tested positive for the virus since Trump's diagnosis, including his top aide Hope Hicks, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.

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