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‘Not fair!’ Steve Mnuchin wails in hearing after Ron Wyden accuses him of ‘stonewalling about stonewalling’

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was accused on Wednesday of scuttling requests for documents from Democratic lawmakers.

The topic came up at a Senate Budget Committee hearing when Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) questioned the treasury secretary about a Democratic request for President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

“With respect to responding to requests on congressional oversight,” Wyden said, “I look at the record and it seems that Democratic requests get shoved to the back of a filing cabinet. Somehow Republican requests get the red carpet treatment.”

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Wyden noted that the statutory language clearly states that the Treasury Department “shall provide” requested tax returns, meaning that the department has no choice in the matter.

“Certainly, to me, it looks political,” Wyden continued. “The request from the Democratic chair with a firm legal basis was met with nothing but foot dragging.”

Meanwhile, he said that a request from Republican lawmakers “got VIP treatment.”

“It looks to me like there’s a double standard here,” Wyden observed. “You all are tipping the scales of congressional oversight.”

Mnuchin claimed that the Treasury Department had responded to Democrats “multiple times.”

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“As I explained, the House disclosure of tax returns is subject to [U.S. Code] 2103, which on the advice of counsel, as we have documented, we had significant concerns,” Mnuchin opined.

The Treasury secretary insisted that his department had responded to “thousands” of other requests from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

“Mr. Secretary!” Wyden interrupted. “You are stonewalling about stonewalling!”

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“Well, that’s really not fair at all,” Mnuchin complained.

“Double standard,” Wyden stated. “Two committee chairs, one gets no response with legal authority, that’s the Democrat. The Republican gets a quick response.”

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“Again, that’s just not fair,” Mnuchin repeated.

“It’s a fact,” the senator remarked.

Wyden’s remarks come in the first few minutes of the video below.

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Paul Krugman debunks Trump’s bogus claims about the ‘Obama economy’

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that his policies alone are responsible for the economic recovery in the United States, claiming that he inherited a broken economy from his Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama. But Trump’s claims are wildly misleading, and economist/New York Times columnist Paul Krugman debunked some of them this week in a Twitter thread.

Krugman tweeted, “So, I see that Trump is bad-mouthing the Obama economy. Two points. First, there was absolutely no break in economic trends after the 2016 election.”

The 66-year-old Krugman posted a chart showing GDP (gross domestic product) from 2010 (when Obama was serving his first term) to 2020 (three years into Trump’s presidency). GDP, the chart shows, gradually improved during Obama’s eight-year presidency.

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Right-wing extremists using Facebook to recruit for ‘boogaloo’ attacks on liberals and cops: report

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A right-wing extremist movement is recruiting on social media to target liberals and law enforcement in a violent uprising called the "boogaloo."

The loosely organized movement is trolling for members on mainstream platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter, in addition to 4chan and other fringe sites, to promote a second Civil War, reported NBC News.

“When you have people talking about and planning sedition and violence against minorities, police, and public officials, we need to take their words seriously,” said Paul Goldenberg, of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

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Bernie Sanders was so close to a primary against Obama in 2011 that Dems were ‘absolutely panicked’: report

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In an article for The Atlantic this Wednesday, Edward-Isaac Dovere recounts the time that Bernie Sanders tried to primary Barack Obama -- a move that Sanders was close to achieving that former Democratic Senator Harry Reid had to intervene to stop him.

The event, which hasn't been previously reported, took place in the summer of 2011 and reportedly had the Obama campaign "absolutely panicked"

While Sanders' Obama plan never went through, the relationship between the two has been strained ever since. "Now Obama, the beloved former leader of the Democratic Party, and Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, are facing a new and especially fraught period in their relationship," Dovere writes. "To Obama, Sanders is a lot of what’s wrong with Democrats: unrelenting, unrealistic, so deep in his own fight that he doesn’t see how many people disagree with him or that he’s turning off people who should be his allies. To Sanders, it’s Obama who represents a lot of what’s wrong with Democrats: overly compromising, and so obsessed with what isn’t possible that he’s lost all sense of what is."

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