Apr 9, 2019

Sanders promises to release 10 years of his tax returns by next week

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at a campaign rally last month in California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders told The New York Times in an interview on Tuesday that he will release 10 years of his tax returns by Monday, April 15, after he had promised in February during a CNN town hall to release them "sooner than later."

"We wanted to release 10 years of tax returns. April 15, 2019, will be the 10th year, so I think you will see them."

Why it matters: Sanders, who has made attacks on wealth inequality a signature issue of his political career, has been dogged by questions of why he has waited so long to release his tax returns. Though he once ranked among the least wealthy members of the Senate, Sanders acknowledged to the Times that he is now a millionaire: "I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too."

The big picture: Several of Sanders’ Democratic primary rivals have already released their 2018 returns, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Sen. Elizabeth Warren released 10 years worth of tax returns in August 2018 — well before she officially announced her 2020 candidacy.

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Netanyahu says July 1 deadline for West Bank annexation won't change

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at a Likud Party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, that his July 1 deadline for starting the process of annexation in the West Bank will not change, according to people in attendance.

Why it matters: The White House and the State Department have stressed over the last few weeks that the deadline set by Netanyahu is "not sacred" to the Trump administration — and that any discussion of annexation needs to be in the context of renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

President Trump on stage during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Ohio. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

President Trump threatened in a series of Monday tweets to move this summer's Republican National Convention from Charlotte if North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, doesn't allow the event to be held at full capacity.

The state of play: Mandy Cohen, the state's health and human services secretary, said last week that the GOP should "plan for the worst" as mass gatherings will be a "very big challenge" if the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to increase, per NPR.

The wreckage of summer

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We usually think of Memorial Day as the start of the summer, with all of the fun and relaxation that goes with it — but this one is just going to remind us of all of the plans that have been ruined by the coronavirus.

Why it matters: If you thought it was stressful to be locked down during the spring, just wait until everyone realizes that all the traditional summer activities we've been looking forward to are largely off-limits this year.