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Trump must release his tax returns or be barred from state’s 2020 election ballot, Illinois senate votes

Trump must release his tax returns or be barred from state’s 2020 election ballot, Illinois senate votesDonald Trump will have to release five years of tax returns if he wants appear on the Illinois 2020 presidential ballot, the state's senate has ruled. The bill, which still requires approval by the Prairie State's House of Representatives, comes amid a growing row in Washington over Mr Trump’s unprecedented refusal to make publicly available his income tax returns. The US Treasury ignored a congressional deadline to release the documents earlier this week. Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin claimed the request by the House ways and means committee was “politically motivated”. Mr Trump himself has claimed that he cannot release his tax returns because they are under audit, although technically there is nothing preventing him from doing so. In Illinois, the bill would need to be signed into law by Democratic governor Jay Robert Pritzjer, if it passes through the House which is also controlled by Mr Trump's political rivals. Mr Pritzjer is yet to take a public stance on the issue. Tony Munoz, the state senator who sponsored the bill said: “If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what’s wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years?” The veteran Democrat added: “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything. That’s how I see it.”But the move drew complaints from Republicans in the senate. “This is, quite frankly, with all due respect to the sponsor, an embarrassing waste of the senate’s time,” said Dale Righter. “This is being pushed by a far-leftist organisation from the city of Chicago that wants to be able to get up and chirp about the president of the United States."Ilinois is not the only state where legislation to codify standard practices surrounding tax disclosures for presidential candidates is being advanced. The Washington state senate last month approved legislation that would legally require all presidential candidates to release the last five years of their personal tax returns in order to have their names featured on both primary and general voting ballots.New Jersey has also advanced a similar bill to the state’s general assembly that would force candidates to disclose their recent tax returns.



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Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines' debuts Boston to Honolulu flights as longest route between states

Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines' debuts Boston to Honolulu flights as longest route between statesThe airline announced that its Honolulu-Boston flight made history as the country's longest interstate route.



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Why 'Florida Man' is a thing: Weirdness in other states goes unnoticed

Why 'Florida Man' is a thing: Weirdness in other states goes unnoticedThere's just as much weirdness in every other state, but Florida has more people — and most important, wide-open public records laws.



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US weather: States reel from historic floods as fresh snow threatens parts of the midwest

US weather: States reel from historic floods as fresh snow threatens parts of the midwestRecord floods that submerged parts of three Midwestern states have started retreating, but more inclement weather continues to threaten Montana and the Dakotas for weeks to come. High flood waters have already returned in the western Dakotas, northwest Nebraska and central and eastern Montana, along smaller rivers that feed into the Missouri. Once the weather warms up, river ice breaks up into giant chunks, which float down the river stream and can cause a jam, which in turn induces flooding, David Roth, a meteorologist with the NWS’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, told Reuters on Monday.



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Blue states push to throw out Electoral College, allow popular vote to decide president

Blue states push to throw out Electoral College, allow popular vote to decide presidentCan Democrats constitutionally rewrite the rule book? Reaction from attorney Jesse Weber.



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Sprawling storm threatens several US states, thousands evacuated

Sprawling storm threatens several US states, thousands evacuatedA massive late-winter storm hit several central US states Thursday, forcing thousands to evacuate, snarling air traffic and leaving drivers stranded. There were widespread road closures and more than 1,000 flights canceled at the worst affected airports. The intense storm affected much of the nation’s midsection with “heavy snows, blizzard conditions and widespread wind gusts over hurricane force,” according to the National Weather Service.



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All Boeing Max 8 And 9 Jets Were Just Suspended From Flying in the United States

All Boeing Max 8 And 9 Jets Were Just Suspended From Flying in the United StatesIn the wake of two deadly plane crashes, the U.S. finally follows the lead of other countries' aviation administrations in grounding the plane.



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Alabama tornado 'outbreak' kills 23 as severe storms hit southern US states

Alabama tornado 'outbreak' kills 23 as severe storms hit southern US statesAt least 23 people including children have been killed and several others injured after tornadoes tore through the southern US state of Alabama on Sunday. Rescue workers at the scene were pulling the dead and injured from the wreckage of homes and businesses in the worst affected areas in Lee County, which includes the state’s largest city of Auburn. Tornado warnings were in force across Georgia and Alabama on Sunday evening.



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Trump rips Harry Reid, falsely states he 'got thrown out' of the Senate

Trump rips Harry Reid, falsely states he 'got thrown out' of the SenatePresident Trump on Monday lashed out at former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after the Nevada Democrat criticized him in a new interview with CNN.



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Bill Maher says the reason red state voters are so upset is because they want to be the blue states

Bill Maher says the reason red state voters are so upset is because they want to be the blue statesThe blue parts of America are having a prosperity party while that big sea of red feels like their invitation got lost in the mail, says Bill Maher.



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