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Justice Department Says IRS is no longer allowed to hide Trump's Tax Returns and Financial Crimes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department, in a reversal, says the Treasury Department must provide the House Ways and Means Committee former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, apparently ending a long legal showdown over the records.

In a memo dated Friday, Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel said the committee chairman “has invoked sufficient reasons for requesting the former President’s tax information” and that under federal law, “Treasury must furnish the information to the Committee.”

The 39-page memo is signed by Dawn Johnsen, installed by the Biden administration as the acting head of the legal counsel office.

During the Trump administration, then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he wouldn’t turn over the tax returns because he concluded they were being sought by Democrats who control the House of Representatives for partisan reasons.

The committee sued for the records under a federal law that says the Internal Revenue Service “shall furnish” the returns of any taxpayer to a handful of top lawmakers. The committee said it needed Trump’s taxes for an investigation into whether he complied with tax law.

Trump’s Justice Department defended Mnuchin’s refusal and Trump himself also intervened to try to prevent the materials from being turned over to Congress. Under a court order from January, Trump would have 72 hours to object after the Biden administration formally changes the government’s position in the lawsuit.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. already has obtained copies of Trump’s personal and business tax records as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Trump tried to prevent his accountants from handing over the documents, taking the issue to the Supreme Court. The justices rejected Trump’s argument that he had broad immunity as president.
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Georgia Republicans push for hostile takeover of local election boards to steal 2022 elections

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Republican lawmakers in Georgia have started a process that could lead to a takeover of elections in the state’s most populous county.

Many in the GOP continue to claim wrongdoing in reliably Democratic Fulton County had stolen the 2020 election from Donald Trump even though an independent monitor found no evidence of fraud or impropriety.

Lawmakers are using a tool created by the state's sweeping new election law to exert influence over local elections. Democrats and voting rights advocates decry the takeover provision as an invitation for political interference. The county, with about 11% of the state's electorate, includes most of the city of Atlanta

But Fulton County has been plagued with problems for years and Republicans say it's time for answers. State House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones and four other GOP state representatives whose districts include parts of Fulton submitted a letter Friday to the State Election Board demanding a performance review of the county’s board of registration and elections.

“I wrote the letter as a representative of constituents who have expressed concerns over the sloppy manner in which elections were conducted in Fulton County in 2020 and in the years leading up to then,” Jones, who represents a suburban north Fulton district, said Friday.

Three Republican state senators representing parts of Fulton, as well as 24 other GOP senators, sent a slightly different letter this week.

“The people deserve better and I want to see a comprehensive review and plan for improvement,” state Sen. John Albers, also from north Fulton, wrote in an email Friday.

Rebecca Galanti, a spokesperson for the state Democratic Party, called the takeover effort "a shameless Republican power grab designed to suppress voters and inject partisan politics into our elections.”
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Trump's fraudulent Arizona 'audit' collapses into finger-pointing and threats of lawsuits

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans’ partisan review of the 2020 election results got off to a rocky start when their contractors broke rules for counting ballots and election experts warned the work was dangerous for democracy.

When the auditors stopped the counting and returned the ballots this week, it hadn't gotten better. In the last week alone, the only audit leader with substantial election experience was locked out of the building, went on the radio to say he was quitting, then reversed course hours later. The review's Twitter accounts were suspended for breaking the rules. A conservative Republican senator withdrew her support, calling the process “botched.” And the lead auditor confirmed what was long suspected: that his work was almost entirely paid for by supporters of Donald Trump who were active in the former president’s movement to spread false narratives of fraud.

All this came nearly 100 days into a process that was supposed to take “about 60 days," according to the Senate Republicans who launched it. And it's not over yet. Contractors are now producing a report on the findings that could take weeks or more to write.

The turmoil casts even more doubt on the conclusions of what backers describe as a “forensic audit" but what experts and critics say is a deeply flawed, partisan process.

“Not even a shred of being salvaged at this point,” said Sen. Paul Boyer, the first Republican state senator to publicly come out against the audit in May. “They’ve botched it at so many points along the way that it's irrecoverable.”
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Lemonade stand shut down by authorities while nearby homeless encampment is allowed

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EVERETT, Wash — An Everett neighborhood is confused at the city’s priorities after a 7-year-old girl’s lemonade stand was shut down in Rucker Hill Park while complaints over a nearby homeless encampment have gone unaddressed.

Every summer, Elsa LaMaine sets up her lemonade stand at Everett’s Rucker Hill Park.

“It’s so much fun!” Elsa said. She sold drinks, treats and flowers at her stand until one day her business was shut down due to a complaint.

“There was a wicked witch who called the ranger,” Elsa said, referring to a neighbor who complained to the city’s parks department.

A park ranger showed up last Saturday and told Elsa and her grandmother, Cherie LaMaine, to close up shop. According to the pair, they were told the city doesn't allow people to peddle products on public property.

"I was like, are you gonna shut it down?" queried the youngster.

"The ranger seemed really chagrinned," Cherie LaMaine said. "He was very nice about it. He even took a picture with us, but he told her she had to move immediately."

The situation angered neighbors who said they were surprised the city would take the time to shut down a lemonade stand while a nearby homeless encampment continues to cause problems in the community.

Everett has come under fire for its homeless response in recent months after instituting a “no sit, no lie” ordinance on a section of Smith Avenue that prohibits people from sitting or lying down for a stretch of 10 blocks.

The ordinance displaced a large homeless encampment forcing many residents to set up different encampments in other parts of the city. Homeless advocates argued the city’s response was inadequate, and residents weren’t offered sufficient avenues into permanent housing.
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Cop commits third murder of his career, and never gets punisheds punished even years

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A West Valley City police officer killed a man inside the police department. It was his third shooting.
The last words Michael Chad Breinholt heard were, “You’re about to die, my friend.”

Then a West Valley City police sergeant pulled the trigger.

Breinholt’s mother, Susan Neese, has seen the final moments of her 31-year-old son’s life. The body camera footage from Aug. 23, 2019, shows he was intoxicated at the police department.

With his hands cuffed behind his back, he briefly wrestled with two officers. One screamed that Breinholt was grabbing his holstered gun. Sgt. Tyler Longman rushed into the room, made his declaration and fired.

“He took the time to think about that, to say those words,” Neese said in a recent interview. “And then aim and shoot. And kill Chad.”

Watching the video was heartbreaking for Breinholt’s family members. That shock deepened when their attorney said this wasn’t the first time Longman had shot and killed someone while on duty.

It was his third.

“Chad would still be here had something happened to that officer,” his brother, Chase Breinholt, said. “If he could have been put on some other duty or let go or if there was something put in place after taking the first person’s life. Definitely after [taking] a second person’s life. Why is he still carrying a gun?”

Nearly two years after Breinholt died, his family is left with many questions, including: Will Longman face charges for the shooting?

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill will make the decision — as he does with all police shootings in his jurisdiction. It’s unclear when that will happen or why the legal review has taken so long. There is only one older police shooting case that’s still pending.
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Mega based, Congress goes on leave as eviction moratorium expires

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Citing conservative interference, official recommends new union election at Alabama Amazon warehouse

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A National Labor Relations Board hearing officer recommended that the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union hold a new election at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse, the union said in a statement on Monday.

Per the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, the recommendation found that Amazon put improper pressure on workers to vote against joining the union, The Washington Post reports. The vote was held this spring, with the final tally showing 1,798 "no" votes and 738 "yes" votes.

The National Labor Relations Board has not publicly shared the recommendation; a final ruling will be made by the board's regional director in Atlanta, and could take several weeks. If the director agrees with the recommendation, the earlier election results will be tossed and a new election will be held, the Post reports.

In a statement, Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union President Stuart Appelbaum said that "through the NLRB hearing, we heard compelling evidence how Amazon tried to illegally interfere with and intimidate workers as they sought to exercise their right to form a union. We support the hearing officer's recommendation that the NLRB set aside the election results and direct a new election."

The union alleged that Amazon intimidated the Bessemer employees and had a U.S. Postal Service mailbox put in front of the warehouse after voting started so workers would think that Amazon was part of the effort to collect and count ballots, possibly influencing votes, the Post reports. Amazon denied the accusations, and spokesman Ty Rogers said in a statement that the company will appeal if a new election is called. None of Amazon's U.S. warehouse workers are union members.
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As Trump Virus Cases Rise, Vaccinated Turn Their Anger on Selfish Anti-Vaxxers/Republicans

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As coronavirus cases resurge across the country, many inoculated Americans are losing patience with vaccine holdouts who, they say, are neglecting a civic duty or clinging to conspiracy theories and misinformation even as new patients arrive in emergency rooms and the nation renews mask advisories.

The country seemed to be exiting the pandemic; barely a month ago, a sense of celebration was palpable. Now many of the vaccinated fear for their unvaccinated children and worry that they are at risk themselves for breakthrough infections. Rising case rates are upending plans for school and workplace reopenings, and threatening another wave of infections that may overwhelm hospitals in many communities.

“It’s like the sun has come up in the morning and everyone is arguing about it,” said Jim Taylor, 66, a retired civil servant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a state in which fewer than half of adults are fully vaccinated.

“The virus is here and it’s killing people, and we have a time-tested way to stop it — and we won’t do it. It’s an outrage.”

The rising sentiment is contributing to support for more coercive measures. Scientists, business leaders and government officials are calling for vaccine mandates — if not by the federal government, then by local jurisdictions, schools, employers and businesses.

“I’ve become angrier as time has gone on,” said Doug Robertson, 39, a teacher who lives outside Portland, Oregon, and has three children too young to be vaccinated, including a toddler with a serious health condition.

“Now there is a vaccine and a light at the end of the tunnel, and some people are choosing not to walk toward it,” he said. “You are making it darker for my family and others like mine by making that choice.”
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Long Covid causes brain damage;tests show ‘substantial’ drop in intelligence

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Between January and December last year, scientists conducted the Great British Intelligence Test that examined the IQ of 81,337 people.

Among that number were 13,000 who had been infected with the virus.

Once the scientists had factored out things like age, sex, language and education level, they found people recovering from Covid saw the biggest decline.

Tasks requiring problem solving, planning and reasoning were harder for them than for people who hadn’t had the virus.

In the worst cases, when people had been on a ventilator to beat the disease, the researchers recorded a seven-point drop in intelligence.

The data was collected together and published in a study called: Cognitive Deficits In People Who Have Recovered From COVID-19′.

It was published in the medical journal the Lancet and involved researchers from Imperial College London, Kings College and the Universities of Cambridge, Southampton and Chicago.

‘These results accord with reports of long-Covid, where ‘brain fog’, trouble concentrating and difficulty finding the correct words are common,’ the authors wrote.

‘The deficits were of substantial effect size for people who had been hospitalised.’
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Pelois blocks Republican attempt to install Coup Terrorists onto the Jan 6 select committee

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'Putting Trump coup co-conspirators on the 6 Jan select committee would be like putting members of Al Qaeda on the 9/11 commission.'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has rejected two of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) picks to serve on the Jan. 6 select committee, citing that the outspoken Republicans may jeopardize “the integrity of the investigation.”

McCarthy announced Monday that he would recommend Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.), noting that the two Republicans and three others represent an array of viewpoints and opinions. Both Jordan and Banks voted against certifying the election of President Biden.

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”

Pelosi, who as Speaker has final say on who can serve on a committee, said that she was “prepared to appoint Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy E. Nehls.”
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