Oct 2, 2018

New York Tax Department reviewing Trump tax fraud allegations

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A bombshell New York Times investigation released Tuesday has reportedly prompted the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to launch a review into allegations that Donald Trump participated in "dubious" tax schemes in the 1990s and raked in millions of dollars from his father's real estate empire.

The details: A spokesman from the state agency told CNBC they are "reviewing the allegations in the NYT article and is vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation." Per the Times, the Trump family committed "instances of outright fraud," and that Donald Trump received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s empire — much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s. Trump's lawyer Charles Harder has denied any allegations of fraud and tax evasion, telling the publication "the facts upon which The Times bases its allegations are extremely inaccurate."

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Gov. Tim Walz to mobilize Minnesota's full National Guard

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Saturday he is activating the full National Guard to respond to street violence in Minneapolis that broke out during protests of a police encounter that left a black man, George Floyd, dead.

Why it matters: This is the first time the state has activated the full National Guard since World War II. The Minnesota National Guard tweeted, "We are "all-in" to restore order and maintain and keep the peace in Minnesota." There are already around 700 National Guard troops in the city, and the order could bring another 1,000, The Star Tribune writes.

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Live updates: SpaceX attempts to launch NASA astronauts Saturday

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

At 3:22 p.m. ET today, SpaceX is expected to launch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station for the first time.

Why it matters: The liftoff — should it go off without a hitch — will be the first time a private company has launched people to orbit. It will also bring crewed launches back to the U.S. for the first time in nine years, since the end of the space shuttle program.

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In photos: We've seen images like the protests in Minneapolis before

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The photos of protests around the country following the death of George Floyd during an encounter with Minneapolis police are hauntingly familiar. We’ve seen them many times before, going back decades.

Why it matters: "What is also unmistakable in the bitter protests in Minneapolis and around the country is the sense that the state is either complicit or incapable of effecting substantive change," Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor of African-American studies at Princeton University writes in the New York Times. The images that follow make all too clear how little has changed since the modern Civil Rights Movement began in the 1950s.