By Ted Hesson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden allowed a proclamation from his Republican predecessor that had blocked many temporary foreign workers from coming into the United States to expire on Wednesday, according to a related court filing on Thursday. The Democratic president has rolled back some of former President Donald Trump's immigration policies since taking office on Jan. 20 including last month revoking a proclamation that had blocked many immigrant visa applicants from entering the United States. Trump first issued his directive on temporary foreign workers in June 202...
'We found a draft he couldn’t dodge': Trump's failed legal strategy on his taxes roasted by legal expert
Last week the Justice Department ordered the IRS to hand over former President Donald Trump's taxes to Congress.
There has been an extensive legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the justices punted back to the lower courts to regulate and those lower courts said that Trump had to hand them over. He's still fighting it, but most legal experts say it isn't likely to work.
Trump's lawyers claim that the reason Democrats want to see the taxes is to find something "embarrassing," which isn't what Congress had indicated as they've seemed more interested in potential conflicts of interest.
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace that the Trump lawyers don't have a strong case.
"It looks like we find a draft that Donald Trump could not duck," he joked, referring back to Trump's imaginary "bone spurs" that allowed him to dodge the Vietnam War. "This is not hard. Donald Trump is worried of his investigators that the investigation is a political attack on him. There is no exception in the law because Donald Trump feels like a victim. That's not a thing in the law."
He continued to explain that the defense of Trump for refusing to show his taxes appears to be isolated to his general group of cult followers.
"The only people that this law is not clear to are the people in the world of Trump's clan who thinks Donald Trump can install himself as president in August and people like Jeffery Clark, who we are talking about earlier write these bogus letters and destroying what the law in words of what the English language means and this is ridiculous and tax returns should come out to congress right away," Katyal also said.
See the full discussion below:
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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," political director David Chalian expressed his shock at the new revelations about how far Trump went in his last days of office to try to force Justice Department officials to support his effort to nullify the 2020 election.
"This is so stark because if Trump had succeeded, for all practical purposes, potentially there could have been a coup," said anchor Wolf Blitzer.
"This has the makings of a coup," agreed Chalian. "That's what you're seeing. And what we have here, it's kind of amazing."
Chalian then outlined the two opposing sides in the DOJ who were battling over whether to help Trump illegally stay in power.
"You have a tale of two Jeffreys, two draft letters," continued Chalian. "One, Jeffrey Rosen, the acting attorney general, his chief of staff having this draft resignation letter for fear that Rosen's about to be fired because he won't agree with the president's direction to do something improper against the law. I mean, that's what the guy who's, like, running the Department of Justice in the Trump administration prepares in a resignation letter. And on the other side, Wolf, you have this other letter from Jeffrey Clark, the assistant attorney general, who clearly was making his favor with Trump known and drafted this absurd letter to Georgia officials to get involved and actually boost the election lie."
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Woman suing to end airline mask mandate thinks people were healthier back when 'crutch' antibiotics didn't exist
A Florida woman who has filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping airlines from implementing mask requirements for passengers has a long history of promoting bogus medical information -- including claims that people would be healthier if they didn't take antibiotics.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Tampa resident Sarah Pope this week joined a lawsuit this week filed against the Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services that aims to. overturn mask mandates on public transportation and major transportation hubs.
As the Tampa Bay Times notes, Pope publishes an "alternative medicine" blog and YouTube channel called "The Healthy Home Economist," in which she pushes more "natural" remedies to health problems.
Among her more controversial positions is promoting a return to her grandparents' generation's ways of beating diseases without using antibiotics.
"When they got sick, they didn't need the crutch of pharmaceuticals or antibiotics to get better," she said in one video cited by the Tampa Bay Times. "They just got sick and they got well."
In reality, many of them didn't get well, and life expectancy in the United States has grown significantly ever since antibiotics started being widely used in the first half of the 20th Century.
For example, in 1928, the year that penicillin was discovered, life expectancy in the United States was less than 60 years old.
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