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President Trump. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images

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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Scoop: Biden weighs retired general Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star general Lloyd Austin as his nominee for Defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

Updated 29 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
1 hour ago - Health

WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release"

A medical syringe and vial with fake coronavirus vaccine in front of the World Health Organization (WHO) logo. Photo Illustration: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Top scientists at the World Health Organization on Friday called for more detailed information on a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

Why it matters: Oxford and AstraZeneca have said the vaccine was 90% effective in people who got a half dose followed by a full dose, and 62% effective in people who got two full doses. AstraZeneca has since acknowledged that the smaller dose received by some participants was the result of an error by a contractor, per the New York Times.

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