It all began so well…
BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
“The White House responded without even waiting for the show to air, issuing a statement that seemed to confirm the authenticity of the forms even as it defended Mr. Trump and assailed MSNBC for publicizing them. ‘Before being elected president, Mr. Trump was one of the most successful businessmen in the world, with a responsibility to his company, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required,’ the statement said. The White House described the business losses as a ‘large-scale depreciation for construction,’ but did not elaborate. In addition to the federal income taxes in 2005, the statement said, he paid ‘tens of millions of dollars in other taxes, such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes, and this illegally published return proves just that.’”
The return was marked “Client Copy” which has led many to speculate that the Russian Usurper had leaked it himself. Either way, it probably doesn’t matter much. The Boston Globe hilariously got it wrong: “Trump releases 2005 tax returns.” Hahaha, no. And of course, other, bitter journalists who didn’t get the scoop complained that Maddow overhyped the story. The cocktail circuit must have been bitter last night in The Village.
It wasn’t the bombshell we wanted, but it reminded the country that Trump still has not released his taxes, and we still do not know the depths and degree of his foreign entanglements. Many of us also know that we pay a higher percentage in taxes than Trump, so it’s a rich man’s world afterall.
From there, let’s move on to the rolling thunder down under: the seemingly doomed ZombieCare:
- NYTimes: SENATORS IN G.O.P. SUGGEST CHANGES FOR HEALTH BILL
- Chicago Tribune: Trump allies call Ryan’s health care plan a political trap
- The joke is on voters who trusted Trump’s healthcare promises
Opinion–Los Angeles Times
- WSJ: GOP Plan Hits Snag With Own Senators
Other news not 12-year old taxes and not ZombieCare:
- CNN tells us that Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said FBI Director Comey promised on March 2 to tell him TODAY whether the FBI is investigating ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
- The Fed is expected to raise interest rates today.
AP: Trump travel ban faces key test in multiple courtrooms
So, what is catching your eye today?