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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Lina Hidalgo quietly postponing Harris County foreclosures with executive orders

While Gov. Greg Abbott and state legislators have not moved to protect Texas homeowners struggling financially because of COVID-19,

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has been quietly postponing foreclosures through executive orders shutting down the facility where those auctions are held.

She has shut down the Bayou City Event Center on the first Tuesday of the month, the day foreclosure auctions must be held under state law, in at least five out of seven months since April. An order canceling October’s foreclosure auction was signed on Sept. 24.

“The county’s official position is that mass gatherings should not take place given the threat from COVID-19,” said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesperson for Hidalgo’s office, in an email. “As a reminder, the county is still at

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Lina Hidalgo using executive orders to postpone Harris County foreclosures

While Gov. Greg Abbott and state legislators have not moved to protect Texas homeowners struggling financially because of COVID-19,

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has been quietly postponing foreclosures through executive orders shutting down the facility where those auctions are held.

She has shut down the Bayou City Event Center on the first Tuesday of the month, the day foreclosure auctions must be held under state law, in at least five out of seven months since April. An order canceling October’s foreclosure auction was signed on Sept. 24.

“The county’s official position is that mass gatherings should not take place given the threat from COVID-19,” said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesperson for Hidalgo’s office, in an email. “As a reminder, the county is still at its highest threat level — red — meaning that the spread is still at too high a rate for us to advise residents to gather in groups.”

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