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Joe Biden releases his tax returns, paid nearly $288,000 last year
Joe Biden releases his tax returns, paid nearly $288,000 last year
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released his tax information. hours before he was scheduled to square off against President Donald Trump in the first of three presidential debates.

According to the returns, Biden paid nearly $288,000 in income taxes last year.

Biden's wife, Jill, and his California Senator Kamala Harris also released their tax information.

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Kamala Harris says US has two systems of justice
Kamala Harris (l) and Libby Schaaf (r) in 2020
Kamala Harris (l) and Libby Schaaf (r) in 2020 Credit: The United States Senate - Office of Senator Kamala Harris / Public domain

During an interview with CNN, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said that the United States "have two systems of justice" for Black and White Americans.

"I don't think that most reasonable people who are paying attention to the facts would dispute that there are racial disparities and a system that has engaged in racism in terms of how the laws have been enforced," so Harris. "It does us no good to deny that. Let's just deal with it. Let's be honest. These might be difficult conversations for some, but they're not difficult conversations for leaders, not for real leaders."

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Biden gets endorsement from 81 Nobel laureates
Biden at the 2020 Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Legislative Conference
Biden at the 2020 Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Legislative Conference Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

A total of 81 Nobel Prize winners have signed an open letter endorsing Joe Biden presidential bid, praising Biden for his "deep appreciation for using science to find solutions" and "willingness to listen to experts."

The letter read: "At no time in our nation's history has there been a greater need for our leaders to appreciate the value of science in formulating public policy. During his long record of public service, Joe Biden has consistently demonstrated his willingness to listen to experts, his understanding of the value of international collaboration in research and his respect for the contribution that immigrants make to the intellectual life of our country."

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Biden says he'd "do whatever it takes to save lives" if elected president
Biden says he'd "do whatever it takes to save lives" if elected president
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In an interview with ABC News' David Muir, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he was "prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives, because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus," including shutting the country down if deemed necessary by scientists.

"That is the fundamental flaw of this administration's thinking to begin with. In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing, and people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus," so Biden. "I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists."

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Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice presidential nomination
Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice presidential nomination
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On the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Californian Sen. Kamala Harris accepted the party's vice presidential nomination, as the first Black and South Asian woman to do so in history.

In her speech, Harris addressed her late mother, stating: "Oh, how I wish she were here tonight. But I know she’s looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman, all of five feet tall, who gave birth to me at Kaiser hospital in Oakland, Calif. On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now and speaking these words: I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States of America."

Harris said that she and Biden both share "a vision of our nation as a beloved community, where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love," and that Americans are "united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect."

Addressing racism and police brutality, Harris said that there was no vaccine for racism, therefore "we've got work to do. For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. for our children, for all of us."

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Joe Biden will not travel to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
Joe Biden will not travel to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
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Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday Joe Biden would not travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to accept the Democratic presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Biden will accept his nomination virtually from his home state of Delaware, and the other scheduled speakers will also address the convention remotely. The DNC announcement, in effect, makes the event all-virtual.

Biden told attendees of a virtual fundraiser Wednesday afternoon that he felt the move was "the right thing to do."

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Amy Klobuchar withdraws from VP consideration, urges Biden to "put a woman of colour on that ticket"
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar announced her withdrawal from the list of possible running mates for former Vice President Joe Biden. In a phone call with Joe Biden on Wednesday night, Klobuchar urged him to choose a woman of colour. Klobuchar told CNN: "After what I’ve seen in my state and what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment," adding that she truly believes "that this is a moment to put a woman of colour on that ticket".

Biden praised Klobuchar in a tweet late Thursday, writing: "Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn't hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to. You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump."