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  • What Congress can do with Trump’s tax returns
    Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images The public isn’t likely to get its hands on the documents any time soon. After three contentious years, the Congressional Ways and Means Committee can finally get its hands on former President Donald Trump’s tax returns. But whether the Committee will release that information to the public is yet to be seen. Trump’s tax returns should have been public information since his nomination in 2016. Now that Congress has access to the documents, the appropriate committees can determine whether he committed any financial indiscretions and whether the IRS dealt with it properly. But it...
  • World leaders have 2 weeks to agree on a plan to save nature
    A green sea turtle swimming off the coast of Western Australia. | Getty Images At COP15 in Montreal, officials will try to hash out a deal to protect animals and ecosystems. It won’t be easy. One of the most important events for life on Earth, ever, is about to begin. This week and next, delegates from more than 190 countries will come together in Montreal, Canada, for a conference known as COP15, or the UN Biodiversity Conference, to hash out a plan to halt the decline of ecosystems, wildlife, and the life-supporting services they provide. If the term “COP” sounds...
  • The deranged Supreme Court case that threatens US democracy, explained
    People gather in front of the US Supreme Court in June 2019 after a decision opening the floodgates to partisan gerrymandering. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images Moore v. Harper is a test of whether this Supreme Court can ever be trusted with power. The opening brief in Moore v. Harper, an extraordinarily high-stakes election case that the Supreme Court will hear December 7, is one of the least persuasive documents that I’ve ever read in any context. And I’ve read both Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, and Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal. Moore is also potentially the biggest threat to free...
  • Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ policies, explained
    Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images The FIFA World Cup has highlighted Qatar’s laws and attitudes towards homosexuality. Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ policies have become a flashpoint in a controversial World Cup tournament; between national teams facing punishment for wearing rainbow “One Love” armbands, international fans being told they can’t wear rainbow shirts, and a Qatari minister’s anti-LGBTQ comments this week, queer rights in the tiny Gulf emirate are one of the controversies on and off the pitch. In Qatar, where punishments can include up to three years in prison for being LGBTQ, it has meant friction with the world over...
  • VideoBiden and Putin just said they’re open to talks. Don’t count on it happening soon.
    Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images The president’s statements on talks with Russia aren’t that different from his previous positions. President Joe Biden’s comments on Thursday that he’d be open to diplomacy with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the war in Ukraine may have been more about signaling Western solidarity and shoring up the US’s relationship with France than about entering into an imminent dialogue with Russia. Biden made the remarks during an official state visit from French President Emmanuel Macron, whose decision to try and engage Putin in talks during the course of the invasion has been met with little...
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