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Campaign rallies, Trump properties, Hurricane Delta: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.

By Carole Landry and Judith Levitt

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Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead

1. President Trump resumed holding big, public events a little more than a week after testing positive for the coronavirus.

On Saturday, Mr. Trump greeted several hundred supporters gathered on the South Lawn of the White House, telling the crowd from a balcony: “I’m feeling great!” Masks were required, but Mr. Trump peeled his off as he began his remarks.

Public health guidelines suggest that Mr. Trump should still be isolating, but with 23 days to go until Election Day and polls showing him falling far behind Joe Biden, Mr. Trump is trying to project strength. He added two more rallies next week, in Iowa and Pennsylvania, on top of his planned appearance in Florida on Monday.

More than two dozen people have tested positive in cases linked to the White House or President Trump. One, Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, said on Saturday that he had been released from the hospital.

2. More revelations from President Trump’s tax records.

The latest Times investigation into the president’s tax data and other records found that more than 200 companies, special-interest groups and foreign governments had patronized Mr. Trump’s properties, funneling in millions of dollars, while reaping benefits from him and his administration.

“As president, Mr. Trump built a system of direct presidential influence-peddling unrivaled in modern American politics,” writes an investigative team that has been covering the president’s finances and taxes for almost four years.

Here are the investigation’s key findings and a note from our executive editor, Dean Baquet, that includes links to all of the team’s work.

3. The Supreme Court confirmation battle starts Monday.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s seat, goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Republicans applaud her as a dazzling legal scholar, while Democrats fear the creation of a conservative majority that would threaten the Affordable Care Act, gay marriage and abortion rights. Judge Barrett signed an anti-abortion ad in 2006.

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