Rachel Maddow and Trump’s Tax Return, Wiretapping Claims, and More
On Tuesday afternoon, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow broke Twitter:
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
What she actually had was two pages of the president’s 2005 tax returns, which the White House confirmed were real. Presidents have released their taxes since Nixon; we’re still waiting for Trump’s.
The returns aren’t exactly earth-shattering; they show that Trump is indeed rich, and that he paid taxes. But the bigger story, Maddow assured her audience, isn’t the money itself, but where it came from. And why the president is hiding them. Read the story from The Atlantic.
Earlier this month, Trump tweeted that he “found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory.” The former president’s office has denied the charge, and lawmakers are increasingly skeptical that it holds any water at all. Read the story from NPR.
No not another one, don’t worry. But the United States announced charges against two Russian intelligence officers and two hackers for the data breach that affected half a billion users. Read the story from The AP.
Mitch Seavey beat out his son to become the oldest musher to have ever won the race. Read the story from NPR.
What Book You Missed
April may be the cruelest month, but March is the bloodiest. Today marks the Ides of March, the day Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate, beginning the downfall of the Roman Republic. While the betrayal and subsequent speeches and battles were immortalized by Shakespeare, the true history is no less dramatic. Barry Straus’s book is a vivid portrait of the decisions that lead to the fateful assassination, and what came immediately after. Given the ways that reverberations from Caesar’s death have continued to shape history and politics, it’s a great read at any time of year.