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The financial record of Tommy Tuberville, the Alabama Republican Senate hopeful, raises questions about his judgment.

The financial record of Tommy Tuberville, the Alabama Republican Senate hopeful, raises questions about his judgment.

Tommy Tuberville, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, is running in large measure on his experience in college football’s Southeastern Conference, known as the S.E.C., where he coached Auburn University.

But he has had experience with another S.E.C., the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other financial regulators.

A review by The New York Times found that Mr. Tuberville, who leads Senator Doug Jones, a Democrat, in the polls, has a history of involvement with at least three people who were later convicted of financial fraud in what were described as Ponzi schemes. Mr. Tuberville was largely seen as a victim and never charged with a crime.

In two episodes, Mr. Tuberville lost millions of dollars. A third was more minor, when Mr. Tuberville and his wife, Suzanne, bought a home through a company created by a lawyer who was later convicted of running a real estate-related Ponzi scheme.

The Times review included a small charitable foundation created by Mr. Tuberville, finding that its tax records indicated that less than a third of its proceeds went to the veterans’ causes it was set up to advance. The foundation also had bookkeeping issues.

The review raised questions about Mr. Tuberville’s judgment and financial acumen. While he has said on the campaign trail that he hoped to serve on the “banking finance” committee — the Senate has separate, and prestigious, banking and finance committees — he has at times undercut his own qualifications. Regarding an ill-fated hedge fund venture, he once told a reporter, “I’m not smart enough to understand all the numbers.”

In a statement, Mr. Tuberville’s campaign largely deflected financial questions. “Doug Jones, Chuck Schumer, and other liberal, Swamp Democrats are spreading lies in an attempt to smear Coach Tuberville’s career, accomplishments, and charitable service,” the statement said, adding, “Coach

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Eric Trump answers questions from NY investigators in examination of family business

Eric Trump answers questions from NY investigators in examination of family business

New York — President Trump’s son Eric answered questions Monday from New York state investigators looking into his family’s business practices. The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James confirmed that the video deposition took place as scheduled, though no further information was provided as to how long it lasted or what kinds of questions were posed.

Messages seeking comment were left with attorneys for Eric Trump.

The deposition came as Trump’s father and stepmother battle the coronavirus.

James is seeking information in a probe of whether the Trump Organization lied about the worth of its assets to secure loans or tax benefits.

A judge had given Eric Trump until Wednesday to comply with a subpoena for his testimony in the investigation after rejecting an effort to delay it until after the November 3 presidential election.

James, a Democrat, had sought a judicial order to enforce the subpoena after Eric Trump’s attorneys abruptly canceled a July interview with investigators.

The attorney general’s probe is civil rather than criminal in nature. So far, no claims that any law was broken have been made.

The president has accused James and New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo of “harassing all of my New York businesses in search of anything at all they can find to make me look as bad as possible.”

James began investigating potential fraud in Mr. Trump’s business dealings in March 2019 after the president’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress that Mr. Trump had repeatedly inflated the value of his assets to obtain more favorable terms for loans and insurance coverage.

After Mr. Trump was elected president in November 2016, he announced that he would not be involved in day-to-day operations of the Trump Organization but would leave the responsibilities to his adult sons, Eric and Donald

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Analysis: Why Both Candidates Dodged Questions on the Supreme Court and Health Care

Analysis: Why Both Candidates Dodged Questions on the Supreme Court and Health Care

Sen. Kamala Harris dodged questions about whether she and Democratic presidential nominee favor adding to the nine-member U.S. Supreme Court. Vice President Mike Pence wouldn’t answer questions about how the Trump administration would handle pre-existing conditions, a popular part of the Obama-era health care law the administration has tried to repeal and said it would replace.

There’s a simple reason these candidates wouldn’t answer those direct questions: They pose complications in winning over voters.

Ms. Harris’s avoidance of taking a position on so-called court packing helps the Democratic ticket avoid a sticky issue within the party. Polls show that adding justices to the nation’s highest court hasn’t really caught on broadly.

But the liberal side of the party is particularly inflamed about the Supreme Court after Republican senators in 2016 blocked President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, and yet are moving quickly to confirm Mr. Trump’s pick just weeks before Election Day. Many liberals are calling for the addition of justices.

Pre-existing conditions is one of the most broadly favored parts of the health care law. Mr. Trump hasn’t released a health-care plan of his own, even as his administration tried to dismantle the law that passed under Mr. Obama’s watch.

If voters tuned in wanting clear answers to those important questions, they didn’t get them during this debate.

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