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Trump hit with another loss in legal battle over his financial records — this time from a judge he appointed

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A federal judge has signaled that he will allow House Democrats to move forward with a lawsuit that seeks to obtain President Trump’s tax returns, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, who was appointed by Trump in 2017, said this Wednesday that “Congress has been subpoenaing for a long time and the executive has been complying for a long time.”

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“There is a pretty strong line of cases there suggesting the House would have standing to bring this kind of case,” he added.

The House Ways and Means Committee is seeking six years-worth of Trump’s personal and business tax returns. In July, the House sued the Treasury Department to turn over the returns. The Treasury Department asked McFadden to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that House Democrats’ reasons for wanting the returns weren’t valid and that there was no precedent for turning them over.

According to House lawyer Megan Barbero, there’s been an “unprecedented refusal to comply with subpoenas in this administration.”

“Bringing a civil case is a more orderly manner than sending the sergeant in arms to arrest a high-level government employee,” she added.

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Sailors warned against ‘posting negative comments’ after Trump’s acting Navy secretary was trashed online

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On Monday, Military Times reporter Geoff Ziezulewicz obtained a message sent by PR officials to Navy officers on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, instructing them to have sailors take down social media recordings of Navy Secretary Thomas Modly attacking relieved Capt. Brett Crozier as "stupid."

The message warned "posting negative comments" that put "senior leaders" in a bad light is counterproductive, and urges everyone to stay out of the "negative media spotlight."

Read the message below:

NEW: public affairs folks sent this notice out to leadership on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, telling them to tell their sailors they didn’t have permission to record SECNAV Modly and that bashing “Senior Leaders” online won’t help anything. Stay out the “negative media spotlight” pic.twitter.com/xuFlQGK6rF

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Trump’s health officials privately grumbling about his obsession with unproven anti-malaria drug for COVID-19: report

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On Monday, Politico reported that some health officials in the Trump administration are privately "unsettled" by the president's ongoing fascination with hydroxychloroquine, the drug primarily used to treat malaria, lupus, and arthritis that is now being suggested as a treatment for the novel coronavirus.

The president has repeatedly touted hydroxychloroquine as a possible miracle cure, and has even suggested he might start taking it himself, even though his tests for COVID-19 have been reported as negative and even though there's a lack of data that it is safe or effective for that purpose.

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Wisconsin GOP slammed for making people choose between their health and their vote

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After Republicans nationally and in Wisconsin successfully sued in both state and federal court to block voters from being given extra time and options to cast votes in the middle of a pandemic, commenters on social media reacted with fury.

What just happened re: Wisconsin can seem a bit confusing. The TL;DR: The Supreme Court decided that Republicans winning elections is more important than keeping voters healthy & alive.

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