Editors, USA TODAY
Published 3: 10 a.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019 | Updated 6: 03 a.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019
National Security: Fourth Democratic presidential debate to feature 12 candidates
The fourth Democratic presidential debate will be held at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT. All 10 Democratic candidates who debated in last month’s event in Houston have qualified again, with the addition of two new faces: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and billionaire businessman Tom Steyer. The debate is expected to mark the return to the campaign trail for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who suffered a heart attack this month. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, arrives amid a string of polls that shows her support surging with likely Democratic primary voters. But the biggest storyline of the debate could revolve around how the candidates talk about the fast-moving impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett and the New York Times’ Marc Lacey will act as debate moderators and it will air on CNN, CNN.com and NYTimes.com.
- Tuesday’s debate: 5 ways the Trump impeachment inquiry will loom large
- 2020 election: Why the presidency will be decided in suburbs like Westerville, Ohio
- Opinion piece: What to watch for in this week’s Democratic debate
- DNC announces date for November debate, which will be held in Georgia
- Fighting back: Warren defends story that she was fired for being pregnant after more details surface
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National Security: Impeachment inquiry: Subpoena deadlines upon Giuliani, Pence
In the latest news regarding the impeachment investigation, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s deadline to submit subpoenaed documents is Tuesday, as is Vice President Mike Pence’s. Giuliani hasn’t said whether he will comply with the subpoena, and Pence may not comply. Tuesday is also the deadline for subpoenas to the Pentagon and the White House Office of Management and Budget for documents detailing why military aid to Ukraine was frozen. Despite the White House proclamation against cooperating, Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said he will comply with the subpoena. On Monday, Fiona Hill, who had been the National Security Council’s senior director for Europe and Russia, spent more than 10 hours fielding questions from lawmakers on three committees investigating Trump’s dealings with Ukraine: Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight and Reform. She did not make any comments or answer questions from reporters after she was finished.
- More on the inquiry: What else is ahead this week
- If Pence doesn’t comply: How Democrats might go after VP if he doesn’t meet document deadline
- GOP representative’s comments: Liz Cheney faults Democrats’ impeachment inquiry for Turkey’s invasion of Syria
- The official inquiry: Pelosi announces formal impeachment probe into Trump over Ukraine scandal
- All the subpoenas: The people who have been subpoenaed so far in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry
Public opinion polling has shown noticeable shifts in attitudes towards impeachment, though every single poll has asked about impeachment differently.
National Security: Federal tax extension deadline is here
If you’re one of the roughly 15 million taxpayers who asked the Internal Revenue Service for an extension on filing your federal taxes in April, time’s almost up. The federal tax extension deadline hits Tuesday, and if you miss the October deadline, you’re likely to face a hefty penalty for failing to file. Taxpayers who owe the IRS should have sent in an estimated payment before the regular tax deadline in the spring. If they didn’t – or low-balled what they owe the taxman – they could be on the hook for an underpayment penalty. If you can’t pay what you owe right away, the IRS will work out a payment plan. The IRS may also waive penalties in certain cases, such as taxpayers who have suffered through a natural disaster. There’s also relief through the agency’s “first-time penalty abatement” program.
- Tax law changes: Taxes 2019: When to file and what big changes to expect
- Planning ahead: Tool offers a new way to estimate next year’s tax refund
- Refunds: Should you aim for a refund or not?
The higher standard deduction in the tax law signed by Donald Trump last year may require a few new moves for you to lessen your tax burden this year.
National Security: Cuba Gooding Jr. faces arraignment in groping case
The groping case against actor Cuba Gooding Jr. entered a new phase of confusion Monday, with conflicting claims over how many women have accused him and even what time his arraignment is scheduled for on Tuesday. Gooding, 51, who was charged in June with grabbing the breast of a woman at a New York City bar, is scheduled to be arraigned again after he was indicted last week on the original charge, plus a new and separate misdemeanor sex crime involving a different accuser. Neither of the accusers have been identified by name yet. Details of the second accuser’s allegation have not been revealed either, but the indictment is scheduled to be unsealed Tuesday. Mark Heller, one of Gooding’s defense lawyers, said the actor intends to plead not guilty and to seek two separate trials on the two accusations. Gooding’s case is the second celebrity criminal case scheduled to be tried in New York in the post-#MeToo era. It’s also a rare example of prosecuting a groping case, a crime seldom reported in New York.
- The video: Does it show Cuba Gooding Jr. groping accuser?
- Lawyers seek dismissal: Gooding Jr.’s lawyer seeks dismissal of charge, says accuser has ‘troubled mentality’
- Original accusations: Gooding Jr. investigated by NY cops for allegedly groping woman in bar
National Security: Farrow’s book detailing Weinstein reporting, experience with NBC on sale
Ronan Farrow, the journalist whose investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse for The New Yorker earned him a Pulitzer Prize last year, shares his account of reporting on the movie mogul in his new book, “Catch and Kill,” which is set to be released Tuesday. Part-memoir, “Catch and Kill” details Farrow’s months-long struggle to report the Weinstein story for NBC, where he started as host of MSNBC’s “Ronan Farrow Daily” in 2014, before becoming an investigative correspondent for “Today.” Details leaked early from the book are staggering, including new information about Matt Lauer’s 2017 firing from NBC and an accusation of rape against the former “Today” host. Lauer has since denied the allegations.
- ‘An axe to grind’: NBC News chief rejections Farrow’s allegations
- Speaking out: One victim says Lauer is victim-blaming; a second calls his words ‘triggering’
- ‘Extradition is 90% politics and only 10% law’: It’s not likely Lauer would be prosecuted for alleged 2014 rape in Russia
Ronan Farrow talks about his book, “Catch and Kill,” which he says refers to seven complaints against former NBC “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer.
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