On the eve of the first presidential debate, President Trump delivered an address Monday on coronavirus testing as his campaign grapples with the fallout from a bombshell report that he avoided paying income taxes for years. Trump has not disputed the facts of the report but has criticized its “bad intent.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has no public events scheduled Monday but has dispatched his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris, to the battleground state of North Carolina, where she highlighted what’s at stake in the fight playing out in Washington over Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

With 36 days until the election …

  • Trump avoided paying taxes for years, largely because his business empire reported losing more money than it made, the New York Times reported. Trump called the Times story “fake news” but did not take issue with any specific details.
  • Democrats are focusing the battle over the Supreme Court vacancy on the fate of the Affordable Care Act under Trump.
  • With five weeks left, Trump is playing defense in states he won in 2016.
  • Biden leads Trump by eight percentage points nationally, 51 percent to 43 percent, according to a Washington Post average of polls. Biden’s margin is smaller in other key states: seven points in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania; five in Arizona; and one in Florida.
  • Here’s what to know about the 2020 presidential debates.