Trump says he used tax laws “brilliantly”


October 4, 2016

Donald Trump attributed his personal success to successfully navigating the tax system. Haiti is bracing itself as Hurricane Matthew approaches, bringing 145 mph winds. And a new Netflix documentary explores how those involved in the trial of Amanda Knox lived through the wreckage.



2016 US election: The vice presidential showdown is happening tonight.

Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine and Republican VP nominee Mike Pence face off at 9pm ET tonight at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The debate will be moderated by CBS News’ Elaine Quijano.

The latest from the Trump trail:

  • Donald Trump says he "brilliantly" used tax laws after a report suggested he may have avoided paying taxes for 18 years. And Trump supporters think his tax returns are just fine.

  • The US Republican presidential nominee also described the United States as a “divided nation” that is plagued by a growing number of “race riots.”

  • The New York attorney general has demanded the Trump foundation stop soliciting donations, because it hasn't registered with the Charities Bureau.

  • Trump suggested to a room full of veterans that soldiers who return from war suffering from PTSD are not “strong” and “can’t handle it.” Vice President Joe Biden responded by calling Trump “thoroughly, completely uninformed” in a fiery speech.

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New ads: Hillary Clinton's campaign is hitting Trump in Florida on allegedly violating the Cuban embargo, and the Democratic National Committee is targeting a minority coalition with a new Michelle Obama ad. And Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: so handsome, so sad.



Hurricane Matthew is expected to pass near or over the impoverished nation of Haiti early Tuesday before continuing north to Cuba.

Forecasters say life-threatening rain, 145 mph winds, and storm surge are expected in parts of Haiti, with some areas receiving as much as 40 inches of rain.

A hurricane warning is also in effect for parts of Cuba and the Bahamas. Watches and warnings could be issued for portions of Florida as soon as Tuesday morning.

Matthew was briefly a Category 5 storm, becoming the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since 2007.

“Matthew is likely to produce devastating impacts” in Haiti, the National Hurricane Center said. Eduardo Verdugo / AP


Could Kim’s robbery change how the Kardashians use social media?

Kim Kardashian West Snapchatted from her Paris hotel room just hours before two men robbed her at gunpoint on Monday, stealing millions of dollars worth of jewelry.  

The Kardashians often post directly from events such as this week’s Paris Fashion Week, and have previously addressed how social media makes them vulnerable because it reveals their locations. (Kylie Jenner has also recently been stalked.)

It remains to be seen whether Kim’s ordeal will affect how they use social media in the future.

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When Monica Mark was in Sierra Leone reporting on the Ebola crisis in 2014, she became obsessed with tracking down Valentine Strasser, who became the world's youngest dictator at age 25 in 1992 and was deposed and exiled four years later.

Over two decades later, he was considered a pathetic, yet still feared figure in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown and rumored to be a belligerent, reclusive drunk. BuzzFeed News made an uninvited house call.

    Valentine Strasser at 25 after becoming head of state in Sierra Leone, July 1992. Alamy



    • #BlackMonday: Thousands of women took to the streets of Poland on Monday to protest against a draft law that would limit access to legal abortions.

    • Conflict in Syria: The US said Monday that it’s suspending Syria talks with Russia following a marked increase in Russian and Syrian bombing of the city of Aleppo.

    • FARC Peace Deal: This is why Colombian voters cast a surprise vote against a long-awaited peace deal with leftist FARC rebels.

    • Brexit: Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused by the Council of Europe of inflaming xenophobia and intolerance in the UK through his rhetoric on immigration.

    • The US Supreme Court turned down the Obama administration’s last hope at reviving the president’s 2014 immigration actions, leaving in place an order that halts the programs from going into effect.

    • A decadelong nightmare: A new Netflix documentary explores how those involved in the protracted trial of Amanda Knox for the murder of Meredith Kercher lived through the wreckage.

    • Nobel Prize: Three UK scientists won the 2016 Nobel Prize in physics for their theoretical work on exotic states of matter. Here's where you can find the rest of the 2016 announcements.

    • How Solange’s new album, A Seat at the Table, contemplates black life’s contradictions.

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