Vice-presidential debate: Kamala Harris, Mike Pence debate pandemic, Donald Trump’s taxes and the U.S. economy

Vice-President Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger, California Sen. Kamala Harris, will face off in a vice-presidential debate at 9 p.m. ET in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington bureau chief, will moderate.

Harris, Pence and Page will use Plexiglas shields as a COVID-19 precaution, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The shields were requested by the Biden-Harris campaign, while Pence’s team initially objected to them.

Pence has spent time in close proximity to President Donald Trump, who is recovering from coronavirus at the White House. Kamala Harris and Mike Pence both have tested negative for COVID-19, according to their teams.

Ultimately, the debate is a chance for voters to decide whether Pence and Harris are ready to step into the presidency at a moment’s notice.

Over the course of 90 minutes, Harris and Pence will debate in nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each.

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Donald Trump’s massive debt makes him a national security threat | Staff Columnists

So it is easy to imagine how ambitious businessmen with ties to Trump-friendly autocrats might try to help with his financial dilemma.

The Times stories are full of disturbing examples, as Trump Organization hotels and clubs draw lobbyists from countries led by strongmen.

Turkish businessman Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, who helped negotiate a licensing deal in 2008 for two Trump Towers in Istanbul, now lobbies on behalf of Turkish interests in Washington. Turkish business groups schedule events in Trump’s Washington hotel and Turkish airlines host an event at the Trump National Golf Club in suburban Virginia.

Credit card receipts reported to the IRS “reflect the way certain of (Trump’s) resorts, golf courses and hotels became favored stomping grounds, if not venues for influence-trading, beginning in 2015,” writes the Times.

This sleaziness becomes even more disturbing given Trump’s staggering debts that would come due during a second Trump term.

A hefty chunk

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Donald Trump announces coronavirus testing boost for schools, nursing homes

President Trump on Monday announced that his administration plans to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests to schools, nursing homes and other facilities in the coming weeks.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: FILE – In this Sunday, June 14, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up while walking across the tarmac as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J. Trump is returning to Washington. A far-right Norwegian lawmaker says he has nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Prize 2021 for his efforts to reach a peace agreement in the Middle East. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right Progress Party, said on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 that Trump should be considered for his work “for reaching a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)


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FILE – In this Sunday, June 14, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up while walking across the tarmac as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J. Trump is returning to Washington. A far-right Norwegian lawmaker says he has nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Prize 2021 for his efforts to reach a peace agreement in the Middle East. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right Progress Party, said on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 that Trump should be considered for his work “for reaching a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Alex

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