A judge has approved the appointment of a special master to evaluate records from Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.
US President Joe Biden denied on Monday that he was demeaning Republicans by labeling followers of US President Donald Trump as radicals and a threat to democracy.
A short recap of Biden's speech: last week, in a prime-time address in Philadelphia, Biden warned that equality and democracy in the United States were "under siege," and he specifically mentioned Trump. With their unwillingness to recognize the results of the 2020 election, he accused the previous president and his allies of inciting political violence.
Republicans and some Democrats have accused Biden of incitement by equating Trump's "Make America Great Again" movement to "semi-fascism."
"I'm going to be direct. Not every Republican is a MAGA supporter. This strong viewpoint is not shared by every Republican. I know this because I've had the opportunity to collaborate with establishment Republicans throughout my career "Biden stated this during a Labor Day address in Milwaukee.
"However, the extreme-right Republicans in Congress have chosen a route full of fury, violence, hatred, and division, but we can and must pick a better path together."
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The Special Master's study of records from Trump's Mar-a-Lago home has been approved by the judge.
On Monday, a federal judge in Florida granted former President Donald Trump's request to have a special master review documents seized during a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate, including classified and top-secret records, and to temporarily halt the Justice Department's criminal investigation into the records.
The appointment was allowed by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon to assess the records for any claims of attorney-client privilege or executive privilege, or to prohibit government attorneys from viewing them.
What exactly is a Special Master? According to Cornell College's Legal Information Institute, a Special Master is a third party - frequently, but not always, an attorney - appointed by a court to oversee portions of a case.
The court decided that because Trump was a former president, the seizure of records carried a stigma "in a league of its own," and any potential indictment "would result in reputational injury."
Cannon, who has also requested for a temporary halt to the federal inquiry while the records are reviewed, has asked Trump's team and the government to submit prospective applicants for the position of special master by Friday. She ordered that the director of national intelligence may keep reviewing the records to assess national security threats.
"As Plaintiff stated during the hearing, the investigation and treatment of a former president is of particular public interest, and the country is best served by an orderly process that fosters interest and an appearance of justice," Cannon wrote.
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Some states may tax student loan forgiveness as income.
Because of loan forgiveness promised by President Joe Biden in August, Austin Hammond and his wife may be able to buy a home sooner than planned.
However, Hammond, a 25-year-old charity organizer in Wisconsin, was astonished to hear that, while being free from federal taxes, he must pay income tax on his $10,000 in debt forgiveness under current law.
"It would be incredibly disheartening to have the potential to help working-class folks and then have the government limit that opportunity by forcing them pay a tax on something that's meant to give them a head start and a foot up," he added.
For the time being, Hammond is one of a few states where debtors obtaining relief face a greater tax payment. Minnesota, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Arkansas are among the others.
These discrepancies between states complicate a new program that would affect an estimated 43 million borrowers, and they may lead to political bickering in areas where a shift in tax burden may need Republican agreement.