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Presidential Debate, Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s Taxes, Crossfire Hurricane

Written by on October 2, 2020

The McLaughlin Group — October 2, 2020

guest panelist this week is A.B. Stoddard of RealClearPolitics

Issue one: Cry “Havoc”

President Trump and Vice President Biden held their first debate this week, and it was a fiery one. Both candidates launched scathing attacks on each other’s character and views. And moderator Chris Wallace lost patience with President Trump’s repeated interruptions.

Issue two: Amy Coney Barrett

Discussing ACB as the nominee to replace RBG on the Supreme Court. How should the Senate respond to her nomination? Will Democrats move to pack the court if a new Democratic Senate is elected in November?

Issue three: $750

The New York Times reported this week that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. Trump denies the report, but the issue has taken on new life in the context of the election. What is the moral responsibility of a citizen to pay taxes in a situation where federal and state codes offer numerous loopholes and deductions?

Issue Four: Crossfire Hurricane Storms On

Discussing former FBI director Jim Comey’s testimony on the Hill, and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s report that the US, in July 2016, accessed Russian intelligence suggesting Hillary Clinton was attempting to tar Trump with Russian links.

Plus: predictions!

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