Sep 21, 2017

Trump tax talking points highlight Dem senator

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., center, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Senators. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

White House talking points sent internally and to surrogates regarding the Trump administration's tax reform plan claims that it is "an important bipartisan strategy" and highlights Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's work on this issue. The details:

  • "Democrats have a long track record of backing" tax reform. The talking points mention Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer's calls to lower the corporate tax rate.
  • Sen. Heitkamp is "committed to fixing our broken tax code, and making sure it encourages workers, their families, and our businesses."
  • In 2012, Sen. Heitkamp said "Congress 'too often settles' for 'gimmicks and fixes' on taxes, while she pushes for 'corporate income tax reform.'"

Between the lines: The majority of the points reference lowering the corporate tax rate, which is a staple of the admin's reform plan, as seen in details from previous talking points obtained by Axios.

Go deeper: Trump wasn't always talking taxes with red-state Dems.

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Why the coronavirus pandemic is hitting minorities harder

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The coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities has become a defining part of the pandemic.

The big picture: That's a result of myriad longstanding inequities within the health care system and the American economy.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 6,804,044 — Total deaths: 362,678 — Total recoveries — 2,788,806Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 1,909,077 — Total deaths: 109,497 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight coronavirus, CDC says Fauci: "Very concerned" about spread of virus amid George Floyd protests — Cities offer free testing for protesters.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model as use of robots accelerates.
  5. Business: Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus.
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.

In photos: George Floyd's North Carolina memorial service

The remains of George Floyd are brought into Cape Fear Conference B Church. Photo: Ed Clemente/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Hundreds gathered in Raeford, North Carolina to honor George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis nearly two weeks ago has sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.

The state of play: This is the second memorial for Floyd. A number of his family members remain in Raeford, including his sister. He was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, The News and Observer reports.