The Wider World

Income tax and Donald Trump


President Donald Trump is facing criticism over the New York Times investigation that claims he paid no federal income tax between 2000 and 2018 and is carrying over $300 million in debt.

Trump has called the Times’ reporting “fake news,” but has not released any of his tax returns, as has been a custom for recent presidential elections.

Critics such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) expressed concern that his personal debt might pose a national security risk.

Trump replied that his debt load is small compared to his assets, according to the Associated Press, and that he may release a financial statement listing debts, assets and properties.

The issue of the president’s taxes could be a prominent point in Tuesday’s first presidential debate from Case Western University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. It will be broadcast from 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific time. Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate.

News: Coronavirus surges in some states

California may be showing good progress in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, but other states aren’t doing so well.  Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming have shown record numbers of cases and record numbers of deaths have been reported in Alaska and North Dakota. •  Doc Rivers has left his job as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, despite having a 49-23 record this season. •  Democrats in the House of Representatives have announced a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. It would provide $1200 in stimulus checks and a small business lending program as well as reviving the $600 addition to unemployment benefits through January. • Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has “close ties” to a Christian religious group that holds that men are divinely ordained to be head of the family and that wives must submit to their husbands, according to the Associated Press. • The worldwide coronavirus total has now passed 1 million people, according to the Johns Hopkins University. The latest count is 1,000,555.

Weather: A hot time in the OC this week

It may be autumn according to the calendar, but according to the National Weather Service, we’re still very much in the summer. A heat advisory is in effect for the West Orange County area. Tuesday’s forecast for a high is 97, with an overnight low of 68. Wednesday should be similar. A slight drop to 94 on Thursday, then 91 by Friday. Stay cool.

Sports Before and Soon

None of our area pro sports teams are in action today (Monday), but here’s what they did on Sunday and will be doing this week.


  • Dodgers 5, Angels 0: The Dodgers finished the regular season with a 43-17 record and as NL West champions … again. The Angels finished with a 26-34 record and a fourth place finish in the AL West.
  • Buffalo Bills 35, Rams 32: This LA team rallied twice from 25-point deficits, but Josh Allen’s TD throw in the final seconds gave the home team the win. Rams are now 2-1; Bills are 3-0.
  • Carolina Panthers 21, Chargers 16: Justin Hebert passed for 330 yards but it still wasn’t enough as this LA team fell to 1-2. Carolina is 1-2.


  • The Dodgers will open their playoffs series with the Milwaukee Brewers at home. Second game is on Thursday.
  • The Lakers will open the NBA finals against the Miami Heat; second game is Friday.


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