Mar 15, 2017

White House releases 2005 Trump tax figures before Maddow scoop

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The White House is releasing some of President Trump's 2005 tax information in advance of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show tonight, which is teasing a scoop on the documents.

WH numbers claim Trump made more than $150 million in income in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that year, according to the AP.

It also claimed that it is "totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns," saying:

"You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago."

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 8th day

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced an investigation on Tuesday into the conduct of the Minneapolis Police Department over the past decade, after filing a civil rights charge related to the death of George Floyd.

Minnesota files civil rights charge against police over George Floyd's killing

Police spray protesters with pepper spray during a demonstration outside the Third Police Precinct on Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) announced an investigation on Tuesday into the conduct of the Minneapolis Police Department over the past decade, alongside a civil rights charge into the killing of George Floyd.

The big picture: Complaints of excessive force brought against the city's law enforcement officers "have become commonplace, especially by African-American residents," the New York Times reports.

GOP split over Trump's St. John's photo op

Sen. Tim Scott. Photo: Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images

Republican lawmakers are weighing in on President Trump's decision to tear gas and physically clear peaceful protestors from outside the White House on Monday in order to stand in front of the historic St. John's Episcopal Church for a photo op.

The state of play: While some Republicans are backing the president's actions and condemning protestors, others are lamenting the decision and calling for improvement.