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Politics / House Democrats Have Trump's Tax Returns
« on: Yesterday at 04:47:51 PM »
House committee receives Donald Trump’s federal tax returns from IRS

The House Ways and Means Committee now has six years of Donald Trump’s federal tax returns, ending a yearslong pursuit by Democrats to dig into one of the former president’s most closely guarded personal details, the Treasury Department confirmed.

“Treasury has complied with last week’s court decision,” a Treasury spokesperson told CNN on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court declined last week to intervene after courts said the House had power to request the returns from the IRS.

The committee, led by Democratic Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, had sought six years of Trump’s tax records, primarily from the time he served as president. That included records about both Trump personally and several of his corporate entities.

The documents are not expected to be immediately released to the public.

Neal said Wednesday that Democrats would meet as a caucus to discuss how to handle the tax returns and get legal advice on how to proceed. Such a meeting, though, hasn’t been scheduled yet, he said.

The congressman declined to say if they would release any of the returns publicly. “The next step is to have a meeting of the Democratic caucus,” he said.

Trump’s legal team had continuously sought to keep his returns secret, and turned to the Supreme Court – composed of three of his nominees – after he lost at the lower court level.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/30/politics/house-ways-and-means-committee-now-has-donald-trumps-federal-tax-returns/index.html

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Politics / House Democrats Elect Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as Leader
« on: Yesterday at 11:54:11 AM »
WASHINGTON — House Democrats elected their new leadership team Wednesday, ushering in a younger generation of leaders after Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer decided to step aside after Democrats narrowly lost the majority this month.

Pelosi, 82, of California, the first female speaker of the House, will pass the torch to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., 52, who ran unopposed for minority leader and will make history as the first Black lawmaker to lead a political party’s caucus in either chamber.

“This is a moment of transition,” Jeffries told a small group of reporters in the Capitol on Tuesday night. “We stand on the shoulders of giants, but are also looking forward to being able to do what’s necessary at this moment to advance the issues.”

Jeffries’ top deputy will be Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., 59, a progressive who served under Jeffries as vice chair of the Democratic Caucus and rose to assistant speaker this Congress. She was elected minority whip, the party’s top vote counter.

Rounding out the trio of new leaders is Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., 43, a Congressional Hispanic Caucus member and former mayor who was elected Democratic Caucus chairman — the role Jeffries has held for the past four years.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/house-democrats-elect-rep-hakeem-jeffries-as-leader-the-first-black-man-to-lead-congressional-caucus/ar-AA14Je4H?cvid=50d1611d68f74eedaa76b233d40dc3bb


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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Justice Department made a rare intervention Tuesday to try to bring improvements in the beleaguered water system in Mississippi's capital city, which nearly collapsed in late summer and continues to struggle.

The department filed a proposal to appoint a third-party manager for the Jackson water system. That is meant to be an interim step while the federal government, the city of Jackson and the Mississippi State Department of Health try to negotiate a court-enforced consent decree, the department said in a news release. The goal is to achieve long-term sustainability of the system and the city’s compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and other laws.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/justice-department-intervenes-for-struggling-water-system/ar-AA14HDo4?cvid=87bcc79f8f744d8d910e7c33de5c35bb

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Politics / Mark Meadows Ordered to Testify in Georgia Trump investigation
« on: November 29, 2022, 06:32:37 PM »
South Carolina’s Supreme Court has unanimously ordered former White House Chief of staff Mark Meadows to testify to an Atlanta-area grand jury investigating Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the election in Georgia.

“We have reviewed the arguments raised by [Meadows] and find them to be manifestly without merit,” South Carolina’s Supreme Court justices wrote in a brief opinion.

The decision affirmed a lower court’s ruling requiring Meadows to testify to the Fulton County grand jury investigation led by District Attorney Fani Willis. Meadows was initially scheduled to appear for testimony on Nov. 30, and it’s unclear if that appearance is still on track.

Attorneys for Meadows and a spokeswoman for Willis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The five-member court’s decision was just three paragraphs long. It cited the "exigent circumstances involved" but did not go into detail about the dispute.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/mark-meadows-ordered-to-testify-in-trump-investigation/ar-AA14I7b5?cvid=22d77fde17f541fbb6951630872381ed

 :snicker

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Politics / How Trump won the war over his tax returns
« on: November 26, 2022, 10:10:52 AM »
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ended the long-running dispute over Congress’ access to former President Donald Trump’s taxes. In an unsigned order, the court denied Trump’s last-ditch effort to prevent the House Ways and Means Committee from obtaining copies of his tax returns from the IRS.

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On the surface, the results have been terrible for Trump. He’s lost every step of the way, from a federal judge’s ruling last December, to a federal appeals panel in August, to the full U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit in October, to his Hail Mary attempt at the Supreme Court. In not one of those rulings did any judge — even those appointed by Trump himself — find that Congress was out of line in asking for Trump’s returns.

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But it’s a hollow victory for Democrats, who will hand over control of the House to Republicans in January. It’s not clear how quickly the IRS will turn over the requested documents to the Ways and Means Committee. After that, there’s only weeks left to parse through the findings and determine what portions — if any — deserve being released to the public.

There’s still a narrow window for Ways and Means to actually draft a report on the IRS’s presidential audits and vote to release it to the public, along with key findings from Trump’s filings. But once it closes, that’s likely the ball game. Because while the Democratic-controlled Senate could still possibly take over the investigation, it’s not clear whether it will do so, given the deference to Neal’s efforts that Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has showed.

And it wouldn’t shock me to see Trump use the technically new request to begin the litigation process all over, resetting the clock and wasting everyone’s time — again.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/how-trump-won-the-war-over-his-tax-returns/ar-AA14zJIE?cvid=7e05e34e78594df28ad268a6778ee037

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Politics / McCarthy threatens impeachment of Homeland Security chief
« on: November 23, 2022, 09:36:46 AM »
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, on Tuesday called on Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to step down, warning that the House may try to impeach him when Republicans take the majority next year.

McCarthy, who hopes to be elected as House Speaker when the new Congress is sworn in in January, added that his colleagues will hold congressional hearings at the U.S.-Mexico border after taking control of the chamber, in what he described as an effort to force Democrats to see conditions there first-hand.

Republicans have criticized President Joe Biden for record numbers of migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border during his presidency, saying Biden’s more lenient policies have encouraged more crossers.

"Our country may never recover from Secretary Mayorkas' dereliction of duty," McCarthy told reporters in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday after speaking with border officials. "This is why today, I am calling on the secretary to resign."

"If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure (to) determine whether we can begin (an) impeachment inquiry," he said.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/top-house-republican-mccarthy-threatens-impeachment-of-homeland-security-chief/ar-AA14qJrl?cvid=b21052ca2e8f400eb9d954339f29ee16

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Cecilia “Cissy” Suyat Marshall, the wife of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall who worked alongside the civil rights champion at the NAACP, died Tuesday at the age of 94, the Supreme Court announced.

Marshall’s husband became the high court’s first Black justice in 1967 following a career as a civil rights lawyer in which he argued the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case that outlawed segregation in public schools. He retired from the high court in 1991 and died in 1993 at the age of 84.

Cecilia Suyat was born in Hawaii on July 20, 1928. She later moved to New York City and took night classes at Columbia University to become a stenographer. An employment office sent her in 1948 to work at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/justice-thurgood-marshall-s-wife-cissy-marshall-dies-at-94/ar-AA14qQbV?cvid=fceca5deb57b415c8e43eda7f8459b07

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge has scheduled an October 2023 trial for former U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his adult children and the Trump Organization in a lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James accusing them of fraudulently overvaluing the real estate company's assets and Trump's net worth.

Justice Arthur Engoron of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan set the trial date during a contentious hearing on Tuesday following motions by the Trumps the night before to have the civil lawsuit dismissed.

"I ruled on all these issues. It seems to me the facts are the same. The law is the same. Parties are the same," Engoron told Alina Habba, Trump's lawyer. "You can't keep making the same argument after you've already lost."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/trump-rebuffed-by-judge-in-new-york-fraud-lawsuit-trial-date-set/ar-AA14r5Sn?cvid=1ba0e4b2fbd44ea09f6c41a8ff1b9eaa

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied former President Donald Trump's request to block an appeals court order that he surrender his tax returns and other financial records to the House Ways and Means Committee.

The court offered no explanation for the decision. There was no noted dissent or vote breakdown.

The move would appear to be the end of the road for Trump in the yearslong saga of a House subpoena for his tax records in the stated interest of drafting oversight legislation.

"The Treasury Department will comply with the Court of Appeals' decision," a Treasury Department spokesperson said in a statement in response to Tuesday's high court action but declined to say when exactly it would provide Trump's records to the House Ways and Means Committee.

The Democratic-controlled committee has argued that -- by the court's own guidelines laid out in a 2020 ruling in the same ongoing dispute -- judges must defer to the legitimate legislative purpose behind a request for information. They said that standard was plainly met in this case.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/supreme-court-rules-donald-trump-must-turn-over-taxes-to-house-committee/ar-AA14qHm0?cvid=82aec8844995425c916b8f879a93631b

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has named a special prosecutor to handle its investigations into former President Donald Trump, a senior Justice Department official said on Friday.

The special prosecutor will oversee both the investigation into Trump's handling of sensitive government documents, and the probe into attempts to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power in the 2020 presidential election, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

https://news.yahoo.com/u-justice-department-appoints-special-184920863.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

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General Discussion Forum / Happy Birthday to Me!!!
« on: November 17, 2022, 02:30:30 PM »

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The Senate is set to take a procedural vote Wednesday on the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would codify same-sex and interracial marriage into federal law.

The bill, entitled the "Respect for Marriage Act," was first passed by the Democratic-controlled House in July amid concerns that the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade in June might put marriage equality at risk as well.

In a concurring opinion to that ruling, which ended 50 years of a constitutional right to an abortion, conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that the precedent underpinning same-sex marriage — which was legalized by the Court in the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling —  should be "reconsidered" as well.

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There are a range of other Republicans who could support the bill, but who haven't officially said so. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is broadly supportive of same-sex marriage, while retiring Republican Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have declined to state their positions so far. On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa told Insider that she was keeping an "open mind" about the bill.

If the amended bill passes the Senate, the House will have to vote on the legislation again before January, after which President Joe Biden would sign it into law.

Here are the Republican senators who have come out in support of the amended bill:

Susan Collins of Maine
Rob Portman of Ohio
Thom Tillis of North Carolina
Mitt Romney of Utah

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/four-republican-senators-so-far-have-broken-with-their-party-to-support-a-bill-codifying-same-sex-marriage/ar-AA14bLNO?cvid=e8858eb61d7746278c6078618339c023


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Politics / Maxwell Frost of Generation Z Elected to Congress
« on: November 14, 2022, 09:29:21 AM »
Who is Maxwell Frost? First Gen-Z elected to Congress



Maxwell Frost is no kid, but the twenty-five-year-old and member of Gen-Z is the first member of his generation to be elected to Congress. The self-identified organizer and musician will bring a new perspective to Congress, whose average age is 58.4.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/who-is-maxwell-frost-first-gen-z-elected-to-congress/ar-AA13TEk7

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Politics / Trump Sues Jan. 6 Commission to Block Subpoena
« on: November 12, 2022, 04:29:10 PM »
Trump sues to block 'invalid, unconstitutional, and unenforceable' January 6 committee subpoena

Donald Trump who has been subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the 2021 attack on the US Capitol, has on Friday filed a lawsuit, claiming he has "total immunity" and will not appear next week.

The subpoena as per an AFP report was deemed "invalid, unconstitutional, and unenforceable" by Trump's legal team, who maintained that the former president still has executive privilege nearly 22 months after leaving office and cannot be forced to appear by Congress.


He must personally appear for a deposition by Monday as required by the January 6 committee, which also requires him to provide a lengthy list of records and communications pertaining to the Capitol attack.

Trump in his lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida, claimed that while current and former US presidents have willingly consented to testify or give over records after receiving a congressional subpoena, none "has ever been compelled to do so."

It further argues that President Trump "is not required to comply" and Congress is a co-equal part of the government, the lawsuit claims that it lacks the jurisdiction to compel such action.

Trump claims in the document that the subpoena is broader than reasonably necessary, violates executive privilege and his personal rights, and that the committee lacks the power to do so.

https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/trump-sues-to-block-invalid-unconstitutional-and-unenforceable-january-6-committee-subpoena/ar-AA141tom

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Andrea Campbell Elected Mass. Attorney General

Democrat Andrea Campbell has been elected as Massachusetts Attorney General, NBC News projects, making her the first Black woman to serve as the state’s top law enforcement officer.

She defeated GOP candidate Jay McMahon, who was seeking to become the first Republican elected to the post since the 1960s.

During the campaign, Campbell promised a focus on equity while McMahon vowed to target crime and corruption.

Campbell also spoke openly about her father’s and brothers’ involvement in the criminal justice system, including her twin brother Andre who died in state custody.

The 40-year-old pointed to a public education system in Boston with helping put her in schools that opened doors to success while her brother’s schools had far fewer resources. She also said that as a girl she was less likely to be racially profiled than her brother by the criminal justice system.

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/andrea-campbell-elected-mass-attorney-general-nbc-news-projects/2887963/


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