5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Supreme Court rules prosecutors can see Trump's financial records

  • Biden campaign says his manufacturing plan would create 5 million jobs

  • Fauci: States with COVID-19 resurgences should consider shutting down again

  • Top general promises to 'get to the bottom' of Russian bounty reports

  • U.S. sanctions China over human rights abuses

The Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision on Thursday said New York prosecutors can subpoena eight years of President Trump's personal and business tax records. Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch concurred with the majority in ruling against Trump in his attempt to block a subpoena of his accounting firm. "The president is neither absolutely immune from state criminal subpoenas seeking his private papers nor entitled to a heightened standard of need," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. The court, however, in another 7-2 decision prevented Congress from accessing Trump's financial records for now, rejecting Trump's claims of immunity but sending the case back to lower courts for additional review.

Source: The Washington Post, The New York Times

Former Vice President Joe Biden pitched his "Buy American" plan in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, and his campaign says initiative would create at least five million jobs in manufacturing and innovation. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's plan narrows restrictions on what can be considered an American-made good and calls for investing $400 billion in manufacturing and $300 billion in research and development for several diverse industries. "America can't sit on the sidelines in the race of the future," Biden said. "The Chinese are spending multiple billions of dollars trying to own the technology of the future while we sit with our thumb in our ear." He also said President Trump is "almost singularly focused on the stock market," and promised to be "laser focused on working families" if elected.

Source: Politico

States seeing surging COVID-19 cases "should seriously look at shutting down" again, Anthony Fauci, the Trump administration's top coronavirus official, said on a Wall Street Journal podcast Wednesday. "It's not for me to say, because each state is different," Fauci clarified. That statement puts Fauci at odds with President Trump, who has pledged the U.S. will not shut down again even though coronavirus case counts are continuing to hit record highs. Dr. Ali Khan, the former director of the CDC's public health preparedness office, similarly told CNN that if states aren't doing what's necessary to "get this outbreak under control ... your only option is to shut down."

Source: The Washington Post, CNN

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley on Thursday told the House Armed Services Committee that Russia has been supplying "training, money, weapons, propaganda ... and a lot of other things" to the Taliban for years, and the Trump administration was "perhaps" not doing "as much as we could or should" to stop this. The military has delivered a ground response, he said, but "the issue is higher than that. The issue is at the strategic level." In June, The New York Times reported there is intelligence indicating Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. When asked, Milley said the military is "going to get to the bottom of it, this bounty thing. If in fact there's bounties directed by the government of Russia or any of their institutions to kill American soldiers, that's a big deal. We don't have that level of fidelity yet."

Source: NBC News

The U.S. Treasury and State Departments issued sanctions Thursday against several Chinese officials over their human rights abuses against China's Uighur Muslims and other minority groups. The treasury sanctioned several Xinjiang province officials for their abuses to seize any of their U.S. assets under the Global Magnitsky Act. In addition, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced he had "designated" three of those officials "for gross violations of human rights" to block them from accessing visas. The Trump administration had previously been criticized for ignoring human rights concerns during trade negotiations with China, and Former National Security Adviser John Bolton alleged President Trump endorsed Uighur concentration camps in conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Meanwhile, Trump has yet to sign the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, which would sanction businesses and Chinese leaders after the country moved to restrict civil liberties in Hong Kong.

Source: Axios
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