May 8, 2019

NY Senate advances bill allowing Congress to obtain Trump's state tax returns

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The New York Senate advanced a bill on Wednesday permitting President Trump's state tax returns to be shared with congressional committees, the Washington Post reports.

Details: The bill would amend state law to allow New York's Department of Taxation and Finance to deliver state tax returns sought by the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee or Joint Committee on Taxation for a "specific and legitimate legislative purpose." The bill would specifically apply to Trump's state returns, not the federal returns at the heart of ongoing disputes between the House and the Treasury Department.

  • However, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry Sandick tells the Post: "The New York state tax returns likely contain information that is similar to what is in the federal returns."

What's next: The legislation — called the TRUST Act — will move to the New York State Assembly, where Democrats hold the majority, and then to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who has already expressed support for the bill.

The big picture: House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) has led the charge at the national level to obtain Trump's 2013–18 federal tax returns. On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin officially turned down Neal's request, likely setting up a prolonged court battle.

Go deeper: Tax return bills could kick Trump off the ballot in some blue states

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll hits 3,900

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus has just hit 3,900, per Johns Hopkins data.

Details: Tuesday night's grim milestone came hours after President Trump said it's "going to be a very painful two weeks," with projections indicating the novel coronavirus could kill 100,000–240,000 Americans — even with strict social distancing guidelines in place. "They are going to be facing a war zone," he said of medical workers.

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World coronavirus updates: UN warns of recession with "no parallel" to recent past

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The novel coronavirus pandemic is the "greatest test" the world has faced together since the formation of the United Nations just after the Second World War ended in 1945, UN chief António Guterres said Tuesday.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 858,000 and the death toll exceeded 42,000 Tuesday night, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy reported more than 12,000 deaths.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 857,957 — Total deaths: 42,139 — Total recoveries: 178,091.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 188,547 — Total deaths: 3,899 — Total recoveries: 7,068.
  3. Business updates: Should you pay your rent or mortgage during the coronavirus pandemic? Find out if you are protected under the CARES Act.
  4. Public health updates: More than 400 long-term care facilities across the U.S. report patients with coronavirus — Older adults and people with underlying health conditions are more at risk, new data shows.
  5. Federal government latest: President Trump said the next two weeks would be "very painful," with projections indicating the virus could kill 100,000–240,000 Americans.
  6. Coronavirus in custody: Inmates in all U.S. federal prisons are set to enter a 14-day quarantine on April 1. A federal judge on Tuesday ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release 10 detained immigrants who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 while in confinement.
  7. U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt: Captain of nuclear aircraft carrier docked in Guam pleaded with the U.S. Navy for more resources after more than 100 members of his crew tested positive.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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