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Coronavirus, the Supreme Court, Trump’s taxes and the economy are facing the first of three presidential debates.

  • Donald Trump and Joe Biden will compete in the first of three debates in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday.
  • The Trump campaign is hoping the first showdown, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET, will give the president a boost in sluggish polls.
  • Mike Pence and the Senate’s top Republicans meet with Amy Coney Barrett, Trump Supreme Court nominee.
  • Pence will host a debate party on Tuesday while Kamala Harris participates in a virtual fundraiser.
  • Jill Biden continues her tour of the northern battlefield states, fighting in Michigan for 35 days until November 3rd.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the US election. This is Joseph Stepansky.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, September 28th:

11:00 ET – US intelligence reports warn of extremist election threat

Security officials warn that violent domestic extremists pose a threat to next month’s presidential election amid what one official described as a “witch’s brew” from mounting political tension, unrest and disinformation campaigns abroad.

The FBI and DHS memos say the threat of election-related targets from local extremists is likely to increase in the run-up to the November 3 election.

These warnings have so far remained largely internal. But the New Jersey Homeland Security Bureau took the unusual step of publicly highlighting the threat in a little publicized report on its website last week.

“They have this witch brew that really hasn’t happened in American history. If so, it’s decades, if not centuries, ”said Jared Maples, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, who published the threat assessment.

10:30 ET -Voter Purge Trials in the Wisconsin Supreme Court

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is due to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could result in the electoral roll-out of around 130,000 people in the hotly contested battlefield state.

However, it was not clear whether the court would rule in time to influence the November 3 election, which was only five weeks away. Lawyers on both sides did not expect a decision until after the election.

The arguments come in one of several closely watched lawsuits in Wisconsin. On Sunday, a federal appeals court temporarily put a decision on hold that is supposed to extend the time for the counting of postal votes.

President Donald Trump won Wisconsin in 2016 by less than 23,000 votes, making the battle over any change in the voting process and who can vote all the more significant.

10:00 ET – Giuliani says in Fox interview that Biden has “dementia,” causing an uncomfortable reaction from hosts

Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had an awkward exchange with the hosts of Fox’s Fox and Friends program on Tuesday when he said Biden had “dementia – there is no doubt about it”.

Giuliani went on to claim that he had several doctors checked out Biden von Biden, leading to an increasingly uncomfortable reaction from the three hosts. Trump has repeatedly claimed that Biden was mentally incapable of being president and, for no reason, suggested taking performance-enhancing drugs to improve his mental acuity.

“Neither of us are doctors, so that’s just an opinion,” answers host Steve Doocy finally.

Giuliani’s behavior in Ukraine was central to an impeachment investigation against the president [File: J Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press]

9:30 AM ET – Ranking House Republican calls for an investigation into Trump’s tax source

Representative Kevin Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, has called for an investigation into the source who submitted Trump’s tax returns to the New York Times.

Brady called the disclosure, which was the subject of a bomb report published on Sunday, a “crime”.

“While many critics have questioned the accuracy of the article, the prospect that a crime was committed through the disclosure of a person’s private tax return information – in this case the president – is equally worrying,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “To ensure that every American is politically protected from illegal tax returns being published, I call for an investigation into the source and prosecution of any violations of the law.”

9:00 AM ET – What to Look For in the First Trump-Biden Debate

One candidate who plays by the rules, another who doesn’t. One candidate who spent weeks preparing, another who didn’t. A candidate with new debating experience, another whose last debate took place four years ago.

These are some of the contrasts viewers can look for as they prepare for the first of three presidential debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. With a potential audience of nearly 100 million viewers on TV and the Internet, the candidates will pitch the American people, each trying to close the deal with the voters.

Although the outcome of a live debate can never be predicted, Al Jazeera examines what we can reasonably expect when the two candidates for the highest office in the country compete against each other.

Read more here.

Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders speak during a Democratic President’s main debate on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles [AP Photo/Chris Carlson]_______________________________________________________________

Read all updates from Monday (September 28th) here.

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