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HuffPost Politics Newsletter: April 17th, 2017

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Trump Still Won’t Release His Tax Returns

Over the weekend, protesters around the country participated in Tax Day marches to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Trump is the first president in four decades to refuse what has become standard practice, falsely claiming that he cannot disclose his financial information because he is under IRS audit. But according to the IRS, “nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information” ― including being under audit.

Yet White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday again brought out the audit excuse. “We’re under the same audit that existed, and so nothing has changed,” he said.

Trump took some time out of his Easter Sunday festivities to tweet about the protests, claiming that that the demonstrators were paid.

His administration has also struggled to defend its lack of transparency, including its decision to not release White House visitor logs and the president’s frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will campaign with Montana House candidate Rob Quist, the populist Democrat who is generating enthusiasm in a traditionally red state.

The GOP’s “middle class” tax cut, hailed as a potential opportunity for bipartisanship, might just be a big fat trojan horse for the rich.

And the White House held its annual Easter Egg Roll, which went mostly as planned, though first lady Melania Trump had to gently remind the president to place his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem.

ICYMI

 

  • Here’s why a nonprofit named for Anne Frank has gone from being “an obscure little museum that gets six visitors a day” to relentlessly attacking Trump.

 

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