Open thread—Some Monday news
As usual, I’m grateful just to make it out of bed on Mondays. So, a roundup of the news to follow today.
Of course, the big news is the arrest and arraignment of accused pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. You know Epstein, the guy with the well-stocked Rolodex and the well-stocked stash of child pornography. (Yes, when the FBI raided his New York City mansion, they found child porn.) He’s also the guy who is friends with Donald Trump and Trump’s lickspittle Alan Dershowitz. Early days, of course, but Epstein doesn’t strike me as the sort who has too many scruples about ratting out his accomplices. Expect this to be a rolling news item over the next few weeks and months.
Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee is suing the Treasury, IRS, and the Attorney General in an effort to acquire Trump’s tax returns. Discovery should be interesting, as Trump’s lackeys come up with ever more colorful reasons for withholding what they are by law required to give up. On a related note, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill which would allow the state to provide Trump’s tax returns to any relevant Congressional committee. If you were wondering why Democrats hadn’t requested the documents yet, there you go: it wasn’t a law yet. We’ll see if the House takes advantage of this gift horse.
And in a big eff you to Trump, New York City is going to hold a ticker-tape parade for the US Women’s National Team after its victory in the World Cup. Expect Trump to rage tweet during the entire affair.
That’s it for now. This is your open thread.
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