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IRS legal memo on Trump’s taxes just got leaked to the Washington Post

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President Donald Trump’s efforts to conceal his tax returns from Congress are undermined by a legal memo from his own administration, The Washington Post reported Tuesday after obtaining the document.

“A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege,” the newspaper reported. “The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing fissures in the executive branch.”

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The president has instructed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to stonewall the requests from the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA).

The 10-page memo says turning over the documents “is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.”

“[T]he Secretary’s obligation to disclose return and return information would not be affected by the failure of a tax writing committee … to state a reason for the request,” it declares.


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Columnist warns Republicans to stay away from making healthcare an issue — because they’ll get killed

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Columnist and reporter for The Atlantic, Ron Brownstein, told Republicans that the biggest mistake they could make ahead of the November election is to try and talk about healthcare like they have a leg to stand on.

Writing Tuesday ahead of the first presidential debate, Brownstein noted that Republicans have been demanding the repeal and replacement of Obamacare for more than ten years, but at no time have they propose an alternative to the law. It was the main reason that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) refused to support the repeal of the law.

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WATCH: Violence flares at Trump rally as woman rants about the N-word

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A disgraced talk radio host helped stir up a violent Massachusetts clash between President Donald Trump's supporters and some protesters.

Trump supporters gathered Saturday afternoon to wave "Make America Great Again" flags and cheer the president in Natick, and a group of protesters showed up to confront their demonstration, reported Patch.

Diana Ploss, a former conservative radio host, recorded Facebook Live video of herself confronting protesters when one of them played the song, "F*ck Trump," by YG and Nipsey Hussle.

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WATCH: Pro-Trump Maine Senate candidate cuts up face masks with scissors during debate

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During a debate in Maine on Monday between the four candidates for U.S. Senate, Independent candidate Max Linn took a pair of scissors and cut up a handful of face masks in a repudiation of the state's mask mandate.

Linn, who is a self-professed Trump supporter, said that he wanted to be the first senator in the United States "to say I protest government telling us what we have to wear and telling us what our businesses are necessary and what are unnecessary."

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