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Manhattan D.A. Now Has Trump’s Tax Returns
After an 18-month court battle, the office of Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, has possession of the records. They include eight years of personal tax returns, as well as business records that underlie the information in those returns, which may contain details and context not evident in the returns.

The prosecutors are investigating possible bank and tax fraud. One focus is whether the Trump Organization manipulated the values of some signature properties to obtain loans or tax benefits, people with knowledge of the matter have said.

If Mr. Vance were to indict Mr. Trump — which is far from a sure thing — the result would be the potential criminal trial of a former U.S. president, a stunning event that would most likely keep Mr. Trump’s name in the news for months to come, although not on terms the former president would prefer.
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Battling the Mob, a Black Officer Came Face to Face With Racism
Harry Dunn, a 13-year veteran of the Capitol Police, said the bigotry and trauma he experienced on Jan. 6 were enough to intimidate anyone. He spoke to The Times about what he had seen when rioters stormed the Capitol.

“A lot of us Black officers fought a different battle than everybody else fought,” Officer Dunn said. “I said to my buddy, ‘I got called [slur] a couple dozen times today.’ I’m looking at him. He’s got blood on him. I’ve got bloody knuckles. We’re hurting. That’s when I said, ‘Is this America?’ and I started crying.’”
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Facebook deleted a video of Rep. Marie Newman installing a transgender flag in front of her office but Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's anti-transgender post was untouched
  • After a debate over the Equality Act, Rep. Marie Newman put a transgender flag outside of her office.
  • In response, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene placed a transphobic sign outside of her office.
  • Facebook removed Newman's video supporting the trans community but left up Greene's.
After freshman GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene blasted the Equality Act and transgender community in a House speech and online, her across-the-hall neighbor Rep. Marie Newman placed a transgender flag in front of her office in support of her transgender daughter and other transgender people. Newman later posted a video of the action on Facebook.

In response, Greene retaliated with a Facebook video of her own, this one mocking the transgender community with a large sign saying "There are TWO genders: MALE & FEMALE. 'Trust the Science!'"

Less than 24 hours later, Facebook only deleted one post: Newman's video in support of the transgender community. Three hours after the video's removal, Facebook restored Newman's post.

"Facebook said it was 'removed in error' and that they are still reviewing the case," Newman said in a follow-up tweet.
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McConnell says he would vote for Trump again days after accusing him of 'dereliction of duty' over the insurrection
  • McConnell said he would support Trump if he were the Republican Party's nominee in 2024.
  • The comment came days after he accused Trump of being "practically and morally responsible" for the Capitol insurrection.
  • "Absolutely," McConnell said when asked if he would back Trump again if he won the GOP nomination.
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After a chaotic year, Biden moves to reclaim the USPS, despite a defiant Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
  • Postmaster DeJoy testified Wednesday at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the postal crisis.
  • The same day, Biden nominated three people to open positions on the agency's governing board.
  • If all are confirmed by the Senate, the board would potentially have the votes needed to oust DeJoy.
Biden nominated two Democrats and a voting rights advocate — Ron Stroman, Anton Hajjar, and Amber McReynolds — to the agency's board of governors, according to The Washington Post. Stroman previously served as the deputy postmaster general, Hajjar acted as former general counsel for the American Postal Workers Union, and McReynolds is the chief executive of the National Vote at Home Institute.

... Biden's three nominees also mark a significant step toward diversifying the currently all male, mostly white governing body. Of the Biden nominees, Stroman is Black, McReynolds is a woman, and Hajjar provides legal advice to the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, Politico reported.

In stark contrast to its governing body, the US Postal Service is disproportionately Black and female when compared to the rest of the federal workforce, the Pew Research Center showed in a May 2020 report.

At a House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting Wednesday, Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri questioned DeJoy on the board's lack of diversity, comparing the group to a "millionaire white boys' club."

... Several of the operational changes made to the USPS last summer under DeJoy were stopped in August, after public outcry over the mounting crisis. The agency's internal watchdog found in October the changes combined with COVID-19 staffing issues "negatively impacted the quality and timeliness of mail delivery," according to Politico.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.