• A member of the Kennedy dynasty who joined Jared Kushner’s coronavirus task force spoke to The New Yorker about his time there.
  • Max Kennedy Jr., a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, said he was asked to falsify a model to downplay predicted deaths and cast doubt on other, more dire forecasts.
  • Kennedy said he joined the team — intended to get personal protective equipment for the US — expecting it to be apolitical. He said it was the opposite.
  • He blew the whistle to Congress earlier this year. “I just couldn’t sleep,” he told The New Yorker. “I was so distressed and disturbed by what I’d seen.”
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Despite his political differences with its boss, a member of the Kennedy dynasty joined Jared Kushner’s coronavirus task force as the pandemic began to ravage the US.

However, Max Kennedy Jr. said that his hopes for

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Facebook posts falsely claim that under Joe Biden, the “tax rate on a family making 75000 dollars would go from 12% to 25%.” Biden’s proposal does not call for a tax increase on those making less than $400,000, though analysts say an increased corporate tax rate could effectively result in a small tax increase for middle-income earners. 

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has outlined a tax policy proposal that has been the subject of distortions before.

A claim now circulating on Facebook is falsely telling users that, if the Democratic presidential nominee wins the election, the “tax rate on a family making 75000 dollars would go from 12% to 25%.”

Currently, the 12% rate applies to individuals making between $9,875 and $40,125 — and married joint-filers earning between $19,750 and $80,250, according to the IRS. So the 12% rate does apply to

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HEALTH CARE

TRUMP: “We protected your preexisting conditions. Very strongly protected preexisting … and you don’t hear that.”

THE FACTS: You don’t hear it because it’s not true.

People with preexisting medical problems have health insurance protections because of President Barack Obama’s health care law, which Trump is trying to dismantle.

One of Trump’s alternatives to Obama’s law — short-term health insurance, already in place — doesn’t have to cover preexisting conditions. Another alternative is association health plans, which are oriented to small businesses and sole proprietors and do cover preexisting conditions.

Neither of the two alternatives appears to have made much difference in the market.

Meanwhile, Trump’s administration is pressing the Supreme Court for full repeal of the Obama-era law, including provisions that protect people with preexisting conditions from health insurance discrimination.

With “Obamacare” still in place, preexisting conditions continue to be covered by regular individual health insurance plans.

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President Donald Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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President Donald Trump made a dizzying array of misleading claims about voting fraud and health care as fellow Republicans opened their convention with speeches distorting the agenda of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

Trump falsely asserted that he was the one who ensured that people with preexisting medical problems will be covered by health insurance; actually that was Democratic President Barack Obama. Several speakers accused Biden of proposing to defund police, ban fracking, take over health care and open borders — none of that true.

A look at statements Monday at the Republican National Convention:

HEALTH CARE

TRUMP: “We protected your preexisting conditions. Very strongly protected preexisting … and you don’t hear that.”

THE FACTS: You don’t hear it because it’s not true.

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President Donald Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (Travis Dove/The New York Times via AP, Pool)


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President Donald Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (Travis Dove/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made a dizzying array of misleading claims about voting fraud and health care as fellow Republicans opened their convention with speeches distorting the agenda of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

Trump falsely asserted that he was the one who ensured that people with preexisting medical problems will be covered by health insurance; actually that was Democratic President Barack Obama. Several speakers accused Biden of proposing to defund police, ban fracking, take over health care and open borders — none of that true.



In this image from video, House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R.La., speaks from Washington, during the first night of the Republican National Convention Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)


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In this image from video, House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R.La., speaks from Washington, during the first night of the

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