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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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Maybe Michael Bloomberg wasn’t as awful as he looked

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Call me crazy, but the media could have it wrong about Michael Bloomberg. The latest Democratic debate post-mortem came fast and furious – and from a prominent Op-Ed in The New York Times to the cover of The New York Post –and the verdict was almost unanimous.

Bloomberg was “disastrous.” His campaign had “imploded.” He “bombed.” Get the hook for “timid,” “defensive” Mini Mike, the pundits said. “Bye, Felicia” might be the only headline missing from the gleeful media pile-on of Bloomberg after he made his presidential debate debut.

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GOP candidate boasted about sneaking gun into school — now she’s getting investigated by the cops

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Peggy Hubbard, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, has apologized after she admitted to lying about bringing a gun with her into a high school during a candidate forum.

The Daily Herald reports that Hubbard last week told an audience at Hinsdale Central High School that she brought a gun in with her to make a point about how unsafe schools are.

"I walked in with a concealed carry and I had a gun and three clips and nobody checked," she said during the event.

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‘Trump 2020’ emblazoned hay bales burned to the ground by vandals

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Hay bales in the town of Ferndale, Washington, that were covered with a tarp featuring the slogan "TRUMP 2020" were burned to the ground by vandals this Sunday, Q13Fox reports.

Police say deputies arrived on the scene to find the bales on fire, which amounted to around $500 in damage. According to Sheriff Bill Elfo, political vandalism is on the rise in the area.

“Over the past year, the Sheriff’s Office has investigated several reports of damage and theft of a political campaign sign,” Elfo said. “In this instance, the crime resulted in the destruction of private property that had the propensity to spread and jeopardize nearby structures and their occupants. This incident also resulted in the use of Fire District, Sheriff’s Office and Ferndale Police assets that were unavailable for the duration of the response to respond to other emergencies."

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