Trump tax returns are coming: SCOTUS Veteran sees high court ruling against Trump

A controversy at the center of Trump’s presidency reached the Supreme Court Tuesday – will the justices force the release of Trump’s taxes to certain investigators. An attorney who has argued over 40 cases before the Court, Neal Katyal, says the new oral arguments lead him to believe the court will rule against Trump -- and require the release of some tax returns and financial records. MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent reports on the oral arguments, tracing the history of several related cases and contrasti

  • Under questioning, Barr says Trump's Bible photo op was 'entirely appropriate'
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    Under questioning, Barr says Trump's Bible photo op was 'entirely appropriate'

    Attorney General William Barr said Thursday that it was “entirely appropriate” to forcibly remove protesters from the area surrounding the White House ahead of President Trump's seemingly impromptu photo opportunity in front of St. John's Church. “I think the president is the head of the executive branch and the chief executive of the nation and should be able to walk outside the White House and walk across the street to the church of presidents,” Barr said at a press conference when asked about regrets expressed Wednesday by Defense Secretary Mark Esper over the political implication of his appearance with the president at the church.

  • Coronavirus cases are climbing again in the South and the West. Will crowded protests spark bigger outbreaks?
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    Coronavirus cases are climbing again in the South and the West. Will crowded protests spark bigger outbreaks?

    After infection, symptoms can take up to 14 days to present; testing positive or requiring hospitalization can take even longer. While the country has shifted its attention from the pathogen to the protests, and while COVID-19 infections have continued to decline in some of America's hardest-hit cities, cases have been climbing elsewhere — especially in the South and the West, and most of all in states that moved to reopen early. More than a month has passed since the first wave of reopenings — enough time to start to gauge the impact of looser restrictions, increased interaction and more relaxed attitudes toward social distancing.

  • 2 of the police officers charged over George Floyd's deadly arrest had been less than 4 days into the job, their lawyers say
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    2 of the police officers charged over George Floyd's deadly arrest had been less than 4 days into the job, their lawyers say

    Hennepin County Sheriff's Office J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were two of the four police officers involved in George Floyd's deadly arrest on May 25. Attorneys for the two men told a court on Thursday that they were rookies who had been on the job for less than four days and had no choice but to follow the command of their ranking officer, Derek Chauvin. Previously released police records, however, show that the two men were made full officers in December.

  • China Promises ‘Consequences’ if Britain Grants Haven for Hong Kong Residents
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    China Promises ‘Consequences’ if Britain Grants Haven for Hong Kong Residents

    China is warning that the United Kingdom is opening itself up to serious “consequences” if it follows through on a plan to offer refuge and a path to citizenship for nearly three million Hong Kong citizens should China implement a restrictive national security law. China believes that “Hong Kong people who were born in Hong Kong are Chinese nationals,” said Chen Wen, Minister and First Staff Member of Chinese Embassy in London, in a BBC interview. “There will be consequences, that's for sure,” Wen said.

  • Protests in Minneapolis turned violent: Officials first blamed outsiders, but that’s not what arrests show
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    Protests in Minneapolis turned violent: Officials first blamed outsiders, but that’s not what arrests show

    Read this: Officials blame 'out-of-state' agitators but those at the heart of protests are homegrown Riot, violence, looting: Words matter when talking about race and unrest, experts say Leggat, the security consultant, said intelligence reports from his colleagues indicate most of the hard-core protesters in Minneapolis were far-left or anarchists, and that far-right groups have not yet made a significant appearance. He said looting is typically done by locals – usually people with no criminal record who just get caught up in the moment. But direct conflicts with authorities come from a mix of both locals and outside groups who see these conflicts as a core part of their mission.

  • Delta says it will stop flying to 11 US cities indefinitely — here's the full list
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    Delta says it will stop flying to 11 US cities indefinitely — here's the full list

    Delta Air Lines announced the suspension of service to 11 US cities and Ottawa, Canada amid its pandemic-related recovery efforts. The Department of Transportation approved the cuts, scheduled to take effect on July 8, which primarily impact small, regional destinations across the US. The airline is only cutting service to cities with other air carriers to provide service.

  • Putin declares a state of emergency after 20,000 tons of diesel oil leak into Arctic river due to climate change
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    Putin declares a state of emergency after 20,000 tons of diesel oil leak into Arctic river due to climate change

    Vladimir Putin declared a state of emergency after more than 20,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled into a river in the Russian Arctic. Several miles of the Ambarnaya river were turned red after a fuel tank at a power plant in Norilsk, an industrial city in northern Siberia, collapsed on Friday. Mr Putin berated regional officials for their slow response in a Zoom call broadcast on state television on Wednesday.

  • Activist DeRay Mckesson to critics of the Black Lives Matter movement: ‘We never want one leader … because if you kill the leader, you kill the movement’
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    Activist DeRay Mckesson to critics of the Black Lives Matter movement: ‘We never want one leader … because if you kill the leader, you kill the movement’

    The entire country is on edge right now with people protesting police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and other unarmed black people by law enforcement. All the while, the world continues to cope with a deadly pandemic, one that disproportionately affects African-Americans. And in November there is a presidential election.

  • Lawsuit aims to hold nebulous 'antifa' to blame for injuries
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    Lawsuit aims to hold nebulous 'antifa' to blame for injuries

    A conservative writer from Portland, Oregon, filed a lawsuit Thursday against purported elements of the nebulous, far-left militant groups collectively known as antifa, days after President Donald Trump blamed those groups for inciting violence at protests over police killings of black people. The suit was filed on behalf of Andy Ngo, who is known for aggressively covering and video-recording demonstrators. “I am hoping that this marks a turning point, that militants belonging to a criminal movement can no longer depend on the anonymity ... to get away with their crimes,” said Ngo, who previously was a writer with the online publication Quillette and now is with The Post Millennial.

  • Pentagon intelligence employees raise concerns about supporting domestic surveillance amid protests
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    Pentagon intelligence employees raise concerns about supporting domestic surveillance amid protests

    The government's increasingly militarized response to nationwide protests has sparked concern among employees of a Pentagon intelligence agency, who fear they might be compelled to help conduct surveillance on Americans participating in demonstrations, sources tell Yahoo News. The May 25 killing of George Floyd, an African-American man, in Minneapolis police custody set off a series of nationwide protests, including in Washington, D.C. In response, the Trump administration has sent a wide range of law enforcement and military personnel to the nation's capital to help police the demonstrations. The use of military personnel has prompted questions about overreach, including now at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

  • Another Man Who Said 'I Can't Breathe' Died in Custody. An Autopsy Calls It Homicide.
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    Another Man Who Said 'I Can't Breathe' Died in Custody. An Autopsy Calls It Homicide.

    A black man who called out “I can't breathe” before dying in police custody in Tacoma, Washington, was killed as a result of oxygen deprivation and the physical restraint that was used on him, according to details of a medical examiner's report released Wednesday. The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office concluded that the death of the man, Manuel Ellis, 33, was a homicide. Investigators with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department were in the process of preparing a report about the March death, which occurred shortly after an arrest by officers from the Tacoma Police Department, said the sheriff's spokesman, Ed Troyer.

  • Enraged New York driver who chased protesters with blades attached to arm is arrested
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    Enraged New York driver who chased protesters with blades attached to arm is arrested

    An enraged New York driver who allegedly rushed a group of protesters with two long blades attached to his arm, then chased them in his SUV, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of menacing and other crimes, authorities said. Frank Cavalluzzi, 54, of Queens, faces multiple counts of reckless endangerment, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, the New York Police Department said. Video footage of the June 2 incident showed the man speeding toward a small group of protesters on an expressway overpass in Queens.

  • Welcome Home, Hong Kong
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    Welcome Home, Hong Kong

    London doesn't have the power to push the corrupt little junta in Beijing into being halfway decent to the people of Hong Kong, but Boris Johnson has a bold solution for almost half of those people: Come to the United Kingdom. Hong Kong is a former British territory, and about 3 million of its 7.5 million residents hold or are eligible for a limited kind of British passport (the “British national overseas” passport issued to those born in Hong Kong before the territory was relinquished to China in 1997) that entitles them to travel to the United Kingdom but not to permanently reside or work there. As Beijing prepares to implement in Hong Kong a robust version of the totalitarianism it practices everywhere else in China — in contravention of its agreement with the British requiring the Chinese government to honor Hong Kong's liberty and democracy — Johnson says that his government, bound by “our profound ties of history and friendship with the people of Hong Kong,” will allow all of those 3 million Hong Kongers the option of coming to the United Kingdom with the British version of a green card (renewable legal residency and permission to work) and a path to full citizenship for those who desire it.

  • Fact check: Huntington Beach photos comparing coronavirus protest, BLM protest are real
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    Fact check: Huntington Beach photos comparing coronavirus protest, BLM protest are real

    The claim: A Black Lives Matter protest at Huntington Beach had heavy police presence with smaller crowds while a coronavirus protest in the same area had a larger crowd with light police presence A recent Facebook post compares two photos allegedly from recent protests in Huntington Beach, California. The first photo that claims to come from a beach closure protest appears to have larger crowds with no police, while a Black Lives Matter protest in the same area is shown to have a smaller crowd with police blocking off a main intersection. The bottom of the photo is captioned, “1.

  • Ex-China ambassador ignored Swedish policy in Gui Minhai case, says prosecutor
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    Ex-China ambassador ignored Swedish policy in Gui Minhai case, says prosecutor

    Sweden's former ambassador to China acted against the policy of the government by taking part in an unauthorized meeting in Stockholm last year aimed at freeing dissident bookseller Gui Minhai, a Swedish court heard on Friday. Anna Lindstedt, who was replaced as ambassador in February 2019, has been charged with exceeding her authority in dealings with a foreign power in the first case of its kind in modern Swedish history. "She has acted in contradiction to current Swedish foreign policy," prosecutor Henrik Olin told Reuters after the first day of the trial.

  • Mark Cuban commissioned a 3-way poll last month as he considered running as an independent against Biden and Trump in the 2020 presidential election
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    Mark Cuban commissioned a 3-way poll last month as he considered running as an independent against Biden and Trump in the 2020 presidential election

    Mark Cuban, the entrepreneur and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, revealed Thursday that he went so far as to commission a poll while exploring a presidential run in 2020. Cuban told political strategist David Axelrod that the poll featured a three-way matchup between President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden, and himself. "And what they found out was, I would take some votes away from Donald Trump, particularly with independents ... I dominated the independent vote," Cuban said.

  • Corrupt Cop Linked to Trump Tower Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Exposes Russian Ops
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    Corrupt Cop Linked to Trump Tower Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Exposes Russian Ops

    LONDON—A corrupt former police officer who was caught working with Trump Tower lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has revealed in a Swiss court how Russia's complex foreign influence campaign targets justice systems in Western countries. The former consultant to the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office was sacked and convicted after his entanglement with Veselnitskaya and the Russian prosecutor general's office was exposed. On the visit to the spectacular Kamchatka Peninsula and Lake Baikal, the official, who is identified only as Victor K., reportedly admitted that he spent a week fishing, enjoying the rugged countryside, and hunting for bear, including from a helicopter, with officials from the Russian prosecutor general's office.

  • India, Australia sign defense, trade deals to bolster ties
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    India, Australia sign defense, trade deals to bolster ties

    India and Australia upgraded their relationship with a raft of agreements Thursday, including strengthening defense ties and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific maritime issues. The agreements were signed during a virtual summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison. India and Australia see defense as a key pillar of the bilateral engagement and have recently conducted several military exercises.

  • I'm a Minneapolis City Council Member. We Must Disband the Police—Here's What Could Come Next
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    I'm a Minneapolis City Council Member. We Must Disband the Police—Here's What Could Come Next

    When I ran for the Minneapolis City Council in 2017, I knew that the Police Department had a decades-long history of violence and discrimination. I ran on a platform of police reform informed by my experience seeing police persistently harass young black canvassers that I worked with as a community organizer, and by the police shooting of Jamar Clark in 2015, which prompted weeks of protest outside the fourth precinct. In 2017, the police shooting of Justine Damond further cemented accountability as a central theme of that campaign year.

  • In 1985, A Nuclear Submarine Explosion Contaminated Russia's Far East
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    In 1985, A Nuclear Submarine Explosion Contaminated Russia's Far East

    Here's What You Need To Remember: The explosion blew out the reactor's twelve-ton lid—and fuel rods—and ruptured the pressure hull. The reactor core was destroyed, and eight officers and two enlisted men standing nearby were killed instantly. A the blast threw debris was thrown into the air, and a plume of fallout 650 meters wide by 3.5 kilometers long traveled downwind on the Dunay Peninsula.

  • NYPD detained a delivery person a few minutes after curfew, even though they are exempted under city guidelines
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    NYPD detained a delivery person a few minutes after curfew, even though they are exempted under city guidelines

    The New York Police Department detained a Caviar delivery person for violating the city's 8:00 p.m. curfew by less than 30 minutes, even though essential workers, such as food delivery people, are exempt. The delivery person, who was riding a bicycle and carrying a Caviar branded delivery bag, attempted to prove their identity on site but was taken to the station where their identity was verified. City guidelines state that essential workers only have to identify themselves as essential workers to avoid a potential penalty and that anyone violating curfew would be allowed to disperse multiple times before any legal penalties.

  • Coronavirus live updates: Brazil records big surge as global deaths approach 400,000
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    Coronavirus live updates: Brazil records big surge as global deaths approach 400,000

    Fears continue to grow over the growth of COVID-19 in Latin America, with the number of confirmed cases in Brazil passing that of Italy to make it the second worst-affected country, after the United States. Brazil recorded 1,349 deaths in a single day Thursday — only the U.S. and the U.K. have declared more COVID-19 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. President Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of minimizing the effects of the crisis.

  • Florida Highway Patrol trooper among 2 state employees fired for 'hateful, racist' comments about George Floyd protesters
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    Florida Highway Patrol trooper among 2 state employees fired for 'hateful, racist' comments about George Floyd protesters

    A Florida Highway Patrol trooper and a Tallahassee employee of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles have been fired for making "abhorrent" comments about George Floyd protesters, the department said. The two workers had directed “hateful, racist and threatening remarks” toward Florida demonstrators calling for better policing as part of nationwide protests in the wake of Floyd's death in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. Long-simmering tensions stoked by police tactics toward black men erupted over the weekend with marches and demonstrations by a diverse group of protesters, many in their teens and 20s, that blocked roadways in Florida cities and elsewhere in the country.

  • George Floyd was infected with COVID-19, autopsy reveals
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    George Floyd was infected with COVID-19, autopsy reveals

    George Floyd, whose fatal encounter with Minneapolis police stirred a global outcry over racial bias by U.S. law enforcement, tested positive for the coronavirus, his autopsy showed, but the infection was not listed as a factor in his death. The official cause of death, according to the full 20-page report made public on Wednesday by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, was cardiopulmonary arrest while Floyd was being restrained by police taking him into custody on May 25. The coroner ruled the manner of death to be a homicide.

  • The White House praised the ‘courage’ of Chinese protesters who died in the Tiananmen Square massacre days after tear gas and rubber bullets were used against protesters in DC
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    The White House praised the ‘courage’ of Chinese protesters who died in the Tiananmen Square massacre days after tear gas and rubber bullets were used against protesters in DC

    getty The White House released a statement on Thursday praising the "courage" of Chinese pro-democracy protesters that stood up to Chinese authoritarianism in Tiananmen Square in 1989. The statement was made by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on the 31st anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, in which Chinese troops entered Tiananmen Square in Beijing and fired on unarmed pro-democracy protesters. While the statement praises Chinese protesters for their "courage and optimism," it fails to call out violent police response against protests happening now in the US.