I've seen Trump's tax returns myself as part of a legal action that began in 2006 when he sued me for libel for a biography I wrote, "TrumpNation." (Trump lost the suit in 2011; a court order precludes me from discussing specifics in the returns.) As I wrote in a May 2016 column about the tax returns, I suspect that Trump is hesitant to make them public because they would reveal, among other things, sensitive information about his business activities, conflicts of interest and financial pressures that might come to bear upon him in the White House. Pressure from places like Russia, for example.
Trump has made a point of saying that there was "no collusion" involving the Kremlin and his presidential campaign team whenever he criticizes Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. But Mueller has a broad mandate, and he's also examining obstruction of justice as well as the Trump Organization's business dealings.
The White House’s midyear budget projections see federal deficits surpassing $1 trillion in 2019.
In an annual budget review, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) estimated that new legislation enacted since the release of its February budget — alongside new projections on other spending and receipts — would add $101 billion more to the 2019 deficit, pushing it above $1 trillion.
Ms. Abernathy, 21, staggered out of bed and yelled for her mother, Lynn, who had been lying awake on the living-room couch. They grabbed a few bags, scooped up Ms. Abernathy’s 2-year-old son and were soon hurtling across this poor patch of southeast Missouri in their Pontiac Bonneville, racing for help. The old hospital used to be around the corner. Now, her new doctor and hospital were nearly 100 miles away.
Medical help is growing dangerously distant for women in rural America. At least 85 rural hospitals — about 5 percent of the country’s total — have closed since 2010, and obstetric care has faced even starker cutbacks as rural hospitals calculate the hard math of survival, weighing the cost of providing 24/7 delivery services against dwindling birthrates, doctor and nursing shortages and falling revenues.
Mr. Aaron and other close observers of the Sinclair-Tribune deal expressed bewilderment over Mr. Pai’s latest move. Since becoming chairman in January 2017, Mr. Pai has enacted or proposed a wish list of policy changes advocated by Sinclair. The F.C.C. has eased a cap on how many stations a broadcaster can own and has relaxed a restriction on television stations’ sharing of advertising revenue and other resources.
“This is very surprising given Ajit Pai has used most of his tenure at the F.C.C. to do favors to benefit Sinclair,” Mr. Aaron said. “I’m actually having to pick up my jaw off the floor.”