Wednesday March 15, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Tuesday night, on the MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, a 2005 tax return of President Donald Trump was shared after it was mailed to an investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. The tax documents were only the 2 summary pages of what Trump paid in 2005, 36 million on an income of 150 million, but did not include how his income was made. In other words, it did not show with whom Trump had done business with or what foreign country paid Trump for his services. Another problem with these leaked documents is that it shows Trump only paid 25 percent of his income in taxes while others in his income bracket paid nearly 50 percent. The White House said in a statement that, “You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago.” Continuing the press release stated that ““The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans.” The tax returns also showed that Trump did take more than $103 million in deductible losses, perhaps including the $14.6 million portion of that easement that could have been deducted that year, or losses reported on his 1995 forms and carried forward.

2. Tuesday, the Chinese government issued a warning to the United States regarding a possible trade war between the two governments.” Li Keqiang, the Chinese Premier, stated that, “We don’t want a trade war with you, but if one breaks out, your companies would bear the brunt.” Keqiang also said that China did not want a trade war with the U. S continuing he said, ““Our hope on the Chinese side is that, no matter what bumps this relationship may run into, it will continue to move forward in a positive direction.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday for his first Asia trip since taking office, and he will visit Beijing later in the week.

3. Senator Lindsey Graham and his Democratic partner, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, will be placing a spotlight on the public hearing about Russia’s election interference. The hearing is to be held by Graham’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which has jurisdiction over the FBI. Graham has stated he wants the FBI to tell the American public once and for all, whether there is an investigation going on about Russian ties to the Trump campaign for President last fall. One of the major targets for the hearing is to find out if the President has any evidence to back up his claim that former President Obama “wiretapped” the Trump campaign at the Trump Tower. President Trump had tweeted that President Trump was a “sick” guy for eavesdropping on Trump campaign advisers and Trump himself.

4. Wednesday, voters in the Netherlands go to the polls to decide on their next leadership. The election is quite important as the issue of “nationalism” is becoming a world trend. The last time countries where were so tied to the idea of nationalism was the outbreak of WWII. A contender for the Prime Minister position is far-right candidate Geert Wilders, whose campaign has been entwined in the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam rants have landed him in court but it has also won him widespread support in a country that is increasingly polarized by austerity and immigration issues. Conservative Prime Minister Mark Rutte is facing a tough battle against those who are concerned with the influx of refugees into their countries. Their greatest fears are that refugees won’t adhere to the policies and traditions of their new country.

5. Tuesday, it has been announced that President Trump will work to reduce fuel efficiency standards set in place during the Obama administration, opening the door for the regulations to potentially be reduced in the coming years. A White House spokesperson stated that, “We’re going to pull back the EPA’s determination because we don’t think it’s right and we’re going to spend another year looking at the data in front of us.” Environmentalists are balking at such an rollback but Trump will make the announcement Tuesday at Detroit while meeting with automakers.

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