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The fallout over Trump's tax revelations; NBA Finals matchup is set; and more morning headlines
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The fallout over Trump's tax revelations; NBA Finals matchup is set; and more morning headlines

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Today is Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: A New York Times report that discloses Trump's tax history could tarnish the image that fueled his rise; the Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals, setting up a matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers; and more.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


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President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a news conference at the White House, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Washington. 

Trump's tax revelation could tarnish image that fueled rise

The bombshell revelations that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for office and paid no income taxes at all in many others threaten to undercut a pillar of his appeal among blue-collar voters and provide a new opening for his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, on the eve of the first presidential debate.

Trump has worked for decades to build an image of himself as a hugely successful businessman — even choosing “mogul” as his Secret Service code name. But The New York Times on Sunday revealed that he paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he won the presidency, and in 2017, his first year in office. He paid no income taxes whatsoever in 10 of the previous 15 years, largely because he reported losing more money than he made, according to the Times, which obtained years’ worth of tax return data that the president had long fought to keep private.

The development comes at a particularly precarious moment for Trump, whose Republican campaign is struggling to overcome criticism of the president’s handling of the pandemic. It hands Biden an easy attack line heading into Tuesday’s debate. Read the full story here:

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Celtics Heat Basketball

The Miami Heat celebrate their NBA conference final playoff basketball game win over the Boston Celtics with the Eastern Final trophy Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Finals are set: LeBron, Lakers will meet Butler, Heat

LeBron James vs. the Heat. Pat Riley vs. the Lakers.

Get ready for the NBA Finals — a title series like none other, to end a season like none other.

The matchup is set, with the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers emerging as the last two teams standing in the chase to be crowned champions of the most tumultuous season in NBA history. The Heat won the Eastern Conference title Sunday night, finishing off Boston a day after the Lakers won the Western Conference crown. Read the full story:

In other news today ...

  • President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale has been hospitalized after he threatened to harm himself, according to Florida police and campaign officials.
  • President Donald Trump is pushing for quick confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett while his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, implored the Republican-led Senate to hold off on voting on her nomination until after the Nov. 3 election to “let the people decide.”
  • A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores around midnight.
  • Criticism of the law enforcement response to a protest in Portland, Oregon, late Saturday into early Sunday prompted Gov. Kate Brown to ask authorities to review “any alleged incidents” involving their officers.
  • Power will be shut off for 65,000 Northern California electric customers in 16 counties to prevent the spread of wildfires that have engulfed areas of the state, officials said Sunday.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the United States will try to ease a volatile dispute between NATO allies Greece and Turkey over energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean.
  • Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his wife confronted a home intruder who attempted to kidnap their 9-month-old grandchild over the weekend, law enforcement officials confirmed on Sunday.
  • Six teams, including No. 6 Ohio State and No. 10 Penn State, moved into the college football rankings without playing a game yet and with no games scheduled until late October. Clemson is still No. 1 and Alabama No. 2. Florida moved up to No. 3.
  • Carson Wentz and Kirk Cousins remained winless. Mitchell Trubisky got benched. Dwayne Haskins took a step backward. It was a rough day for some of the NFL’s under-fire quarterbacks.
  • Two decades of heartbreak at his home track finally ended for Kurt Busch when a little bit of luck fell his way at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Click on the links below for full versions of these stories and scroll further for trending stories, a look at today in history and celebrity birthdays.

Today's national forecast

Autumn's chill is headed east allowing for much warmer temperatures and a fire threat to build in the West. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the forecast. Watch here:

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Embers fly from a tree as the Glass Fire burns in St. Helena, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. 

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