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President Trump’s steadfast refusal to release his tax returns — a fight that will culminate in Supreme Court arguments on Tuesday — has mushroomed into a showdown with implications well beyond his administration, Sam Baker writes.
Driving the news: The court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in Trump’s effort to block two sets of subpoenas for his financial records — one batch filed by a trio of House committees, the other by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.
The other side: All the relevant committees, Trump’s lawyers said in a brief, "have acknowledged that the purpose of the investigations is to determine whether the President engaged in wrongdoing" — which, they argue, is impermissible.
The intrigue: Trump’s lawyers take it a step further. They're arguing not only that Congress didn’t have a legislative purpose here, but that if it had a legislative purpose, like stronger disclosure requirements, that would be unconstitutional.
Where it stands: Lower courts in this litigation have all ruled against Trump. And the Supreme Court’s key precedents on presidential investigations — cases from the Teapot Dome scandal to Watergate and Bill Clinton’s affair with Paula Jones — seem to work against Trump.
The reality, incredibly, is worse than the data. The great Neil Irwin, N.Y. Times senior economics correspondent, captures one of the most sobering reasons: "Almost Every Job Is at Risk" (subscription).
Why it matters to you, from Neil's piece: "...Walmart and a few odd exceptions aside, there was no shelter in the storm for American workers in the last month."
Anyone still thinking that the pandemic’s economic effects are limited to people in restaurants, travel and similar service businesses is very much mistaken. Workers in almost every industry, including those that on the surface shouldn’t be affected by the pandemic at all, are at risk.
We’re all vulnerable, whether we work in an office or a factory or a construction site; whether our employer is public or private; whether our work can easily be migrated to a home office or not.
"The Bank of England has forecast that the coronavirus crisis will push the UK economy into its deepest recession in 300 years," per the Financial Times (subscription).
The 14% annual contraction could be the biggest annual rate of decline since 1706, when all of Europe's main powers were embroiled in a devastating war following the death of the childless Charles II of Spain, per AP.
To honor Ahmaud Arbery, who would have turned 26 yesterday, "people around the country are dedicating their daily jog or walk to him and posting about it on social media with the hashtags #RunWithMaud and #IRunWithMaud," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes.
They stormed French beaches on D-Day, helped liberate a concentration camp and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Ranging in age from 96 to 100, the veterans held their salute as President Trump joined them for a commemoration at the World War II Memorial.
Other veterans joining Trump were Gregory Melikian, 97, of Phoenix, who sent the coded message to the world that the Germans had unconditionally surrendered.
Melnikoff described himself as striving toward new goals, including golf.
He was also looking ahead to a golf game today.
And he actually knows!
"The House Intelligence Committee ... released transcripts from a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections conducted when a Republican led the committee, making public documentation that has been a major source of partisan rancor," The Wall Street Journal's Siobhan Hughes writes (subscription).
In these photos, barred from holding a ceremony in a public space due to lockdown restrictions, Danielle Cartaxo and Ryan Cignarella are married on the front lawn of a friendly stranger in West Orange, N.J.
One couple even splurged on a white plastic aisle runner.
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