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House Democrats working to obtain Trump’s tax returns – will ‘take all necessary steps’: Report

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The House Ways and Means Committee is working to obtain multiple years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns and will “take all necessary steps,” including litigation, to do so, according to an NBC News exclusive report.

“Every day the American people and Congress learn more about President Trump’s improprieties, from conflicts of interest to influence peddling, potential tax evasion and violations of the Constitution — all roads leading back to President Trump’s finances,” Ashley Etienne, spokeswoman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said, explaining the reasons that “give the House legitimate legislative, oversight and legal reasons to review the President’s tax returns.”

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The Ways and Means Committee is the only one that has authority to directly request the President’s tax returns, but Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) “has also contacted the chairs of several other House investigative committees, including Oversight and Government Reform, Financial Services, Intelligence and Judiciary, asking them to provide detailed arguments for why they need the president’s tax returns to conduct their probes.”

On Wednesday in an open hearing watch by many Americans Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) specifically asked Michael Cohen if the House should be looking at Trump’s taxes. He said yes.

“Her clear and purposeful line of questioning, which appeared to lay the groundwork for the committee to subpoena the president’s tax returns while capturing the names of those in Trump’s inner circle who may know details of his financials, was widely praised,” Mother Jones reported.

There is one problem Democrats may need the courts to resolve.

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“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, whose department has authority over the IRS, will decide whether or not to grant the request,” NBC notes.

 

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‘Making things worse’: National Farmer’s Union chief unloads on Trump in blistering statement on trade war

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Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, delivered a blistering rebuke to President Donald Trump after he responded to new tariffs from China by issuing a purported "order" telling American companies to look for alternative places to manufacture their goods.

In an official statement, Johnson pointed out that farmers so far have felt the brunt of the president's trade war, as China has slapped heavy tariffs on key agricultural products such as soybeans.

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Updated workplace guidelines for "Googlers" called on them to be responsible, helpful, and thoughtful during exchanges on internal message boards or other conversation forums.

"While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not," the updated guidelines stated.

"Our primary responsibility is to do the work we?ve each been hired to do, not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics."

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Trump administration urges US Supreme Court to declare firing a worker for being gay is legal

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The Trump administration has just urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that firing an employee simply because they are gay is perfectly legal. The request comes in the form of a 34-page amicus brief, which was not required, but voluntary.

The brief, signed by Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco, tells the Court it is the opinion of the administration’s Dept. of Justice that a “plain text” reading of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do9es not protect gay people in the workplace from discrimination, including firing for being gay, as The Washington Blade, which was first to report, notes.

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