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Despite his many legislative difficulties, President Trump has fulfilled his end of the bargain on several key campaign promises, reports the AP:

Where he's missed:

  • His corporate tax cut is significant (the corporate rate was brought down to 21%), but not as sizable as he promised (15%)
  • Trump has yes to withdraw from NAFTA, and Axios' Jonathan Swan is reporting that his attitude may be softening
  • No tariff or tough action on China — yet
  • No wall or immigration overhaul, though border crossings have dropped significantly
  • The coal industry is still dying
  • No ACA repeal or replacement health care plan
  • No infrastructure plan

Why it matters: Trump claims he has signed more legislation in his first year than any other president. The reality is that he ranks dead last among the 10 post-war presidents who began their terms on a regular four-year cycle, according to PolitiFact. Nonetheless, it would be erroneous to say Trump achieved nothing in his first year.

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How "naked ballots" could upend mail-in voting in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered state officials last week to throw out mail-in ballots submitted without a required inner "secrecy" envelope in November's election, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision to extend the time that mail-in ballots could be counted, but Philadelphia's top elections official warned state legislators this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election.

Commission releases topics for first presidential debate

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has selected what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week.

What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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