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Here’s how bad things are for Trump after the Supreme Court ruling: columnist

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In a piece for Vanity Fair, columnist Eric Lutz addressed the degree to which President Donald Trump is in trouble after the ruling by the Supreme Court on his financial records.

Trump has spent the better part of four years fighting any transparency about his finances and taxes, which many have suspected might reveal illegal activity.

“He’s not going to release his tax returns,” said senior adviser Kellyanne Conway in 2017. “We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care.”

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In fact, people do care. In 2016 polls showed people wanted to see his tax returns. In 2019 polls showed that Americans still want Trump to turn over his information.

“The rulings Thursday might not mean the public gets to see those tax returns any time soon,” wrote Lutz. New York Prosecutor Cyrus Vance may still be in for a fight, as Trump’s lawyers might have an opportunity to quibble with the specifics of the subpoena. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow vowed on Thursday to take the cases against both New York and Congressional investigators back to the lower courts, which could delay the documents’ release until after the election.”

That didn’t stop Trump from spiraling into a meltdown with a series of all-caps rage tweets that it was all a hoax and witch hunt.

So, what’s next? While the court cases are the end of another long war demanding transparency from a president who refuses to give it, it’s actually just the beginning of the next battle.

During her press conference Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that the ruling gave guidance for how they intend to proceed in the lower courts, and they do intend to keep litigating the case.

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“The decision in Vance’s case is a bit more straightforward; in maintaining that the chief executive is ‘neither absolutely immune from state criminal subpoenas seeking his private papers nor entitled to a heightened standard of need,’ Trump can’t categorically block the grand jury,” explained Lutz. “For a president who seems to have a great deal to hide, the ruling could present a major threat.”

“This is a tremendous victory for our nation’s system of justice and its founding principle that no one—not even a president—is above the law,” Vance said in a statement in the wake of the ruling. “Our investigation, which was delayed for almost a year by this lawsuit, will resume, guided as always by the grand jury’s solemn obligation to follow the law and the facts, wherever they may lead.”

Read the full editorial at Vanity Fair.

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‘That’s not true’: CNN host disputes ex-Trump adviser who says ‘typical’ family won’t work because of $600 checks

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Former White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett claimed on Tuesday that a "typical median family" is being paid $90,000 to stay home during the pandemic if they are receiving the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits.

In an interview on CNN, host Poppy Harlow challenged the former Trump adviser when he downplayed the urgency of extending the unemployment benefits.

"You and I don't rely on $600 a week to pay our rent or feed our family," Harlow explained. "That's not our situation. But for millions of Americans, it is. And they stopped getting those checks on Friday and that's why I don't think it's too far to say that it's a failure [of government]."

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Cops handcuff 4 black children at gunpoint after pulling over wrong vehicle

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Aurora, Colorado police are being criticized nationwide after officers stopped an SUV and forced the occupants, including four Black children, out of the vehicle, handcuffed at least two of them with their hands behind their backs, and forced them to lie face down on the hot parking lot pavement.

In the video below the children and the adult driving the car can be heard crying and screaming. The youngest girl, just six years old, is wearing a tiara. Some of the officers are not wearing masks.

ABC affiliate The Denver Channel reports the cops made an error, wrongly "matching" the license plate number of the SUV to an out-of-state license plate of a motorcycle.

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Bank VP gets booted from family business after responding to Obama’s eulogy with racist Facebook screed

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According to the Valdosta Daily Times, an executive at a small family bank has been removed from his job after a racist, anti-Semitic Facebook post in response to President Barack Obama's eulogy of civil rights leader John Lewis.

"David Hollis has been asked by Citizens Community Bank to resign both his position and his role on the bank's board of directors, according to a CCB statement to the Valdosta Daily Times," reported Chris Herbert. "'The employee was asked to submit his resignation and is no longer employed by the bank, nor will he be serving on the board of directors,' the statement read."

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