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Name: Chris Bastian
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I think people are WAY too hopeful about Trump's tax returns being a smoking gun...

Point 1. YOU won't see them. Unless they're entered as evidence in a criminal matter, they will NOT be a matter of public record, nor should they be (unless you want Republicans to be able to release the tax filings of the Democrat of your choice).

Point 2. The subpoenaing of Trump's tax records (what the SC case is about) are not the only way to show tax fraud. The IRS (in Obama's Administration) had the ability to and probably did audit his tax returns for truthfulness. The NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance did likewise with his State returns. The idea that there's tax fraud just waiting to be discovered is frivolous. Unless the argument is that something in his tax returns reflects some OTHER criminal action, I'm not convinced there's anything he's at risk for.

Point 3. Even if there IS tax fraud it's very unlikely that Trump would go to jail. He doesn't prepare his tax returns; his accountants do. He'll say that he simply signed the forms that they gave him. You'd have to prove that he knowingly misled them with the information he provided (which, again, could have already been discovered when the taxes were filed).

Doug Jones (AL-SEN) campaign ad: "For Each Other"

Does anyone believe that the CHOP protest achieved something?

It didn't press the Seattle Government to reform the police dept (The Mayor had already had meetings with BLM protest leaders)

It didn't build a consensus on HOW the police dept should be reformed.

It didn't show that a community without police power was possible.

BREAKING: Seattle police clearing out CHOP protest zone

per Mayor's Executive Order.

Livestream: https://komonews.com/news/local/seattle-police-clearing-chop-area-after-durkan-issues-executive-order


Senate Republicans defend Trump's response on Russian bounties

Source: The Hill

By Tuesday, however, Republican senators started to rally around Trump, defending his handling of intelligence after receiving a briefing at the White House from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and national security adviser Robert O’Brien.

Republican lawmakers who attended the White House briefing said media reports about the intelligence were “inaccurate” or based on “unverified” intelligence.

GOP senators argued that Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee had access to the same intelligence the president did and didn’t sound an alarm, implying the recent controversy has a political motive with the election four months away.

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) who attended the briefing with Ratcliffe and O’Brien Tuesday morning, said “major national newspapers” reported “on unverified and inconclusive intelligence as though it had been conclusively determined that Russia paid bounties on U.S. troops.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/505348-senate-republicans-defend-trumps-response-on-russian-bounties

Trump campaign chief operating officer reassigned following Tulsa rally fallout

Source: CNN

Michael Glassner -- the Trump campaign's chief operating officer, who previously handled President Donald Trump's rallies -- has been reassigned to deal with legal affairs during the homestretch of the campaign.

Aides began making plans to put Glassner in this new role following the rally on June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the President spoke to an unfilled arena -- a scene about which he has continued to fume. Though there were questions about campaign manager Brad Parscale's future, Glassner was seen as a potential target as well, given the prominent role he played in orchestrating these events.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh denied that the reassignment was a reaction to the Tulsa rally.

"This is not a reaction to Tulsa. Michael Glassner is moving into the long-term role of navigating the many legal courses we face, including suits against major media outlets, some of which will likely extend beyond the end of the campaign," Murtaugh said in an email. "He is one of the founding members of Team Trump and his dedication to the success of the President is unmatched."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/30/politics/michael-glassner-trump-campaign-tulsa-rally/index.html



Apparently campaign manager Kushner handled the knife...

Shout or stay silent? Trump team splits over coronavirus surge

Source: Politico

The Trump White House has a new internal battle: how much to talk publicly about a pandemic that’s crippling huge swaths of America.

President Donald Trump’s top aides are divided over the merits of resuming national news briefings to keep the public informed about the latest coronavirus statistics as infection rates spike in large states including California, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Georgia.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Jared Kushner, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and counselor to the president Hope Hicks are among the aides arguing against these regular sessions because they want to keep the White House focused on the path forward and the nascent economic recovery — without scaring too much of the country about a virus resurgence when infections are rising at different paces in different regions.

Other senior aides, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and his team, believe keeping Americans up to date about the nature of the outbreak is critical as the death toll rises. More than 126,000 people have perished in the U.S. because of the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the government’s own experts are warning of serious trouble ahead.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/30/trump-team-coronavirus-emergency-346199

THE LINCOLN PROJECT campaign ad: "Which Side of History"

Public's Mood Turns Grim; Trump Trails Biden on Most Personal Traits, Major Issues

Pew Research Center

With less than five months until the 2020 elections, Americans are deeply unhappy with the state of the nation. As the United States simultaneously struggles with a pandemic, an economic recession and protests about police violence and racial justice, the share of the public saying they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country has plummeted from 31% in April, during the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak, to just 12% today.

Anger and fear are widespread. Majorities of Democrats and Republicans say they feel both sentiments when thinking about the country, though these feelings are more prevalent among Democrats. And just 17% of Americans – including 25% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents and 10% of Democrats and Democratic leaners – say they feel proud when thinking about the state of the country.

However, nearly half of adults (46%) say they feel hopeful about the state of the country, although a 53% majority says they are not hopeful.

In the presidential contest, Donald Trump faces a 10 percentage point deficit in his race against Joe Biden: 54% of registered voters say if the election were held today, they would support Biden or lean toward voting for him, while 44% support Trump or lean toward supporting him.


BREAKING: Republican Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3) LOSES his Primary...

to Lauren Boebert, a QANON pro-gun nut case:

She is the founder, owner, and operator of Shooters Grill, a restaurant that earned national notoriety for staff that proudly open carry as they serve their customers.


https://twitter.com/AP_Politics/status/1278144353706311680
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