On Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s lawyers launched a lawsuit against the state of California challenging a law that requires Presidential candidates to disclose five years of taxes to get a spot in the primary.
They claim that the law is unconstitutional on the grounds that the state doesn’t have the authority to impose extra restrictions on campaign eligibility.
Gov. Gavin Newsome was quick to retort: “There’s an easy fix Mr. President — release your tax returns as you promised during the campaign and follow the precedent of every president since 1973,” he tweeted.
There’s an easy fix Mr. President — release your tax returns as you promised during the campaign and follow the precedent of every president since 1973. https://t.co/XodBK9ScqB
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 6, 2019
That’s not the only way President Trump appears desperate to conceal his taxes. In a CNN segment, reporter Jessica Schneider presented a rundown of the lengths Trump is going through to avoid publicly sharing his taxes.
“So, they’re battling this now in California, filing this lawsuit,” said Schneider. “We expected it would be challenged on Constitutional grounds,” she added.
“But of course the president’s lawyers are also battling against releasing his tax returns on multiple other fronts. We have a lawsuit involving New York state and one of their recently enacted laws. And then of course just battling against any tax returns being released at all the that relate to the president or his accountants or his family,” she continued. “So really this is a multifaceted effort to stop any release of these from the president.”
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This article first appeared in Salon.
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The first research scandal of the coronavirus pandemic has created unnecessary distraction around the politically divisive drug hydroxychloroquine, scientists say, as questions swirl around the tiny health care company at the center of the affair.
On Thursday, most of the authors of major studies that appeared in The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) retracted their work and issued apologies, saying they could no longer vouch for their data after the firm that supplied it -- Chicago-based Surgisphere -- refused to be audited.
Marriott ceases Cuban operations after new Trump sanctions
Marriott has been ordered by the US Treasury Department to close its Four Points Sheraton hotel in Havana by the end of August and abandon plans to open others in Cuba, a spokeswoman for the American hotel group told AFP on Friday.
"We entered the Cuban market in 2016, with permission from the US government," the spokeswoman said.
"Our operating license was reviewed and renewed in 2018. We have recently received notice that the government-issued license will not be renewed, forcing Marriott to cease operations in Cuba."
Marriott's entry into the Cuban market came during the administration of US president Barack Obama, a Democrat.