Supreme Court agrees to turn over Trump’s tax returns to Congress
Washington (AFP) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the imminent delivery of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to a congressional committee after a three-year legal battle.
The court denied, with no notable opposition, Trump’s petition for an order that would have prevented the Treasury Department from filing tax returns for six years for Trump and some of his businesses to the Democratic-controlled Ways and Means Committee.
Alone among new presidents, Trump has refused to release his tax returns for either his successful 2016 campaign or his four years in the White House, citing what he says is constant scrutiny by the IRS. Last week, Trump announced that he would run again in 2024.
This is the former president’s second loss before the Supreme Court in two months, and the third this year. In October, the court refused to intervene in the legal dispute surrounding an FBI search of Trump’s Florida estate that revealed classified documents.
In January, the court refused to block the National Archives from turning over the documents to the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Justice Clarence Thomas was the only vote in favor of Trump.
Colorado club shooting survivor: ‘I want to be resilient’
One of the guys who has frequented Club Q for decades was just opening a tab at the pub when he was shot in the back. Another man was about to leave the club with his group when he heard “pop, bang, bang” and took a bullet in the arm – then watched as his friend and sister fell to the ground.
They are some of the 17 people injured in gunfire Saturday when a 22-year-old man set up a shooting spree at Club Q, a club known to the LGBTQ community in Colorado Springs. On Tuesday, they shared the horror of seeing loved ones brought down before their eyes, as well as the hope they felt as people helped each other through this mess.
Ed Sanders, 63, said he was waiting in line at the bar, made his way to the front and gave the bartender his credit card when he was shot in the back – between the shoulder blades. Startled, he turned to look at the gunman, only to be shot again in the thigh as another volley of shots fired.
“I fell or fell. Everyone fell,” Sanders said in video statements released Tuesday by UCHealth Memorial Hospital Center. “It was very painful. I protected another woman with my coat… There was too much chaos.”
James Slough said he, his friend, and his sister were getting ready to leave the club when, “All of a sudden we heard, ‘Bob, bob, bob. ‘ When I turned around, I got a shot in the arm from behind.”
Bolsonaro objects to losing the Brazilian elections and wants the votes to be invalidated
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – More than three weeks after losing his re-election bid, President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday blamed a software bug and demanded that the electoral authority annul votes cast at most electronic voting machines in Brazil, even though Independent experts say that the error is not so do not affect the reliability of the results.
Marcelo de Pesa, the lawyer who filed the 33-page application on behalf of the president and his liberal party, told reporters that such an action would leave Bolsonaro with 51% of the remaining valid votes – and a re-election victory.
The electoral authority has already declared victory for Bolsonaro’s enemy, leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and even many of the president’s allies have accepted the results. Protesters in cities across the country have steadfastly refused to do the same, especially with Bolsonaro refusing to concede.
Liberal Party leader Waldemar Costa and an auditor hired by the party told reporters in Brasilia that their assessment found that all of the pre-2020 machines — nearly 280,000 of them, or about 59% of the total used in the October 30 runoff — lacked to the individual profile. numbers in the internal records.
Neither of them explained how this could affect the election results, but said they are asking the electoral authority to invalidate all votes cast on those machines.
The owners of Man United are preparing to sell the English Premier League club
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Manchester United’s American owners confirmed Tuesday that they would consider putting the iconic English Premier League club up for sale.
United said the Glazers were exploring outside financing to boost growth – a move that could pave the way for a potential takeover.
“As part of this process, the board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment in the club, sale or other transactions involving the company,” it said in a statement.
US investment bank Raine Group has been enlisted to handle any sale or new investment.
Rennes earlier this year handled the sale of Premier League club Chelsea to Todd Bohle and Clearlake Capital, successfully securing £2.5 billion ($3 billion) plus a commitment of £1.75 billion ($2 billion) of additional investment.
An accountant testifies to Trump’s alleged decade of massive tax losses
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump has reported losses on his tax returns every year for a decade, including nearly $700 million in 2009 and $200 million in 2010, his longtime accountant testifying Tuesday, Confirming long-standing suspicions about the former president’s tax practices.
Trump’s reported losses from 2009 to 2018 included net operating losses from some of the many companies he owns through the Trump Organization, said Donald Bender, a partner at Mazars USA LLP who has spent years preparing Trump’s personal tax returns.
“There have been losses all these years,” said Bender, who was granted immunity to testify at the company’s criminal tax fraud trial in Manhattan.
The brief exchange amounted to a rare public discussion of Trump’s taxes — which the Republican has struggled to keep secret — even if there was no apparent connection to the issue at hand.
Attorney General Susan Hofinger questioned Bender briefly about Trump’s taxes on cross-examination, at one point showing him copies of Trump’s tax papers that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office had struggled for three years to obtain, before moving on to other topics.
Giroud and Mbappe helped France beat Australia 4-1 in the World Cup
Al Wakrah, Qatar (AP) France has shown they can cope without their star striker at the World Cup.
In the absence of Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe scored a goal and set up Olivier Giroud’s second goal to help the defending champions beat Australia 4-1 on Tuesday.
Giroud equaled Thierry Henry’s record of 51 goals with a header from Mbappe’s cross in the 71st minute. Giroud, who failed to score in the last World Cup but scored in the 2014 tournament, could break Henry’s record when France face Denmark Saturday.
France coach Didier Deschamps said: “It’s not just about chasing records but what he always does on the field. He’s a very important player for us.”
Moments before that strike, Mbappe volleyed in Ousmane Dembele’s cross from the right to start this World Cup where he finished last – with a goal. He knelt with one hand behind his back and a finger on his forehead in a new ceremony.
Kim’s sister warns US of ‘more deadly security crisis’
Seoul, South Korea (AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister warned the United States on Tuesday that it would face an “even deadlier security crisis” as Washington pushes for a United Nations condemnation of North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test.
Kim Yo Jong’s warning came hours after US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that the US would distribute a proposed presidential statement condemning North Korea’s banned missile launches and other destabilizing activities. After the meeting, Thomas Greenfield also read a statement from 14 countries that supported action to limit North Korea’s progress on its weapons programmes.
Kim Yo Jong, widely considered the second most powerful person in North Korea after her brother, blasted the US for issuing what it called a “disgusting joint statement with rabble-rousers like Britain, France, Australia, Japan and South Korea”.
Kim likened the United States to a “barking dog possessed by fear”. She said North Korea would consider the US-led statement “a flagrant violation of our sovereignty and a serious political provocation.”
“The United States must realize that no matter how desperately it seeks to disarm (North Korea), it can never deny (North Korea) its right to self-defense, and that the more it is determined to confront- (North Korea), it said in a statement quoted by State media “North Korea) is acting and will face an even deadlier security crisis.”
Stock up on blankets: Ukrainians are preparing for the terrible winter
Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians could face sustained power outages from now through March in cold and snowy weather because Russian airstrikes have caused “enormous” damage to the power grid, officials said. To respond, authorities are urging people to stock up on supplies and evacuate the worst-affected areas.
Sergey Kovalenko, CEO of private energy provider DTEK Yasno, said the company is receiving instructions from Ukraine’s state grid operator to resume emergency power outages in the areas it covers, including the capital, Kyiv, and the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region.
“Although there are fewer blackouts now, I want everyone to understand: most likely, Ukrainians will have to live with blackouts until at least the end of March,” Kovalenko warned on Facebook.
“We need to be ready for different options, even the worst ones. Stock up on warm clothes and blankets. Think about what will help you to wait out the long lockdown,” he told the residents of Ukraine.
Russia has launched six massive air strikes on Ukraine’s power grid and other infrastructure since Oct. 10, as the war approaches nine months. This targeted attack caused widespread power outages and left millions of Ukrainians without electricity, heat and water.
assembly again? Tips for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving
For families who settled into small gatherings and remote pools during the height of the pandemic, this Thanksgiving feels like the return of the big party.
More people are getting together this year, as the American Automobile Association predicts that holiday travel will return roughly to pre-pandemic levels.
If this is the case in your house, it may have been a while since you encountered a frozen turkey or remembered which cousins you shouldn’t sit together.
To help you perfect your holiday essentials, here are some tips for keeping everyone safe, healthy, and sane:
The Thanksgiving travel rush is back with some new customs
The Thanksgiving travel rush is back this year, as people take off planes in numbers not seen in years, put aside inflation fears to reunite with loved ones and enjoy some normalcy after two holiday seasons marked by coronavirus restrictions.
However, changing habits around work and play may diffuse crowds and reduce the usual amount of holiday travel stress. Experts say many people will start vacation trips early or go home later than usual because they’ll be spending a few days working remotely — or at least telling their boss they’re working remotely.
The busiest days for travel during Thanksgiving week are usually the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday after the holiday. This year, the FAA expects Tuesday to be the busiest day for travel, with about 48,000 flights scheduled.
Chris Williams, of Raleigh, North Carolina, flew Tuesday morning with his wife and two children to Atlanta, Georgia, for the vacation with extended family.
“Of course it’s stressful and expensive flying time,” said Williams, 44, who works in the financial sector. “But after two years of not spending Thanksgiving with our extended family, I want to say we are grateful that the world has come to a safe enough place where we can be with our loved ones again.”