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Revealed: Did Trump Leak His Own 2005 Tax Return To David Cay Johnston?

On the Rachel Maddow Show yesterday evening, Johnston speculated that Trump himself might have sent him the 2005 tax documents anonymously via mail — since that year’s return at least shows the former casino mogul paying some taxes, following his final big score as an actual real estate developer.

March 15, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump walks past a teleprompter as he departs after delivering a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, United States, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump Used His Aliases For Much More — And Worse — Than Gossip

But “John Barron” didn’t just puff Trump’s sexual boasting in the press. “Barron” was also menacing, as revealed in the following film clip about his abuse of Polish immigrant construction workers – and the attorney who tried to help them.

May 14, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as he is introduced during a campaign event in Concord, North Carolina March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

The Art Of The Inside Deal: How Regulators Rescued Trump

It was the beginning of Trump having to relinquish his stakes in a host of enterprises—and by 1991 the Trump Taj Mahal was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the first of what would become four business bankruptcies. He later sold stock in his casinos, where investors not only lost their shirts, but during the fourth bankruptcy case creditors successfully demanded that Trump get lost. These days Trump licenses his name for much of his revenue.

April 28, 2016
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Tax Transparency: Jane Sanders Goes Back On Disclosure Promise

The returns will be released, Jane suggested, when Hillary Clinton provides transcript of her lucrative speeches to Wall Street firms. Clinton should absolutely release the transcripts and she should have done so long ago, but the issues are not even close to parallel.

April 27, 2016

Tax Transparency: Jane Sanders Claims Returns Released In ‘Every Election’

Sanders had made available only his and wife Jane’s 2014 Form 1040, a summary lacking crucial details about their sources of income, deductions, and tax strategy.

April 13, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a rally at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington March 25, 2016. REUTERS/David Ryder - RTSCAI8

Why Hasn’t Bernie Sanders Released His Tax Returns? (Or Cruz Or Kasich, Either…)

What they made public was a mere summary known as IRS Form 1040. That form is no more a tax return than the Preamble is our Constitution.

April 1, 2016
Book review on Donald Trump’s Crippled America

Book Review: Trump’s Sloppy, Illogical ‘Crippled America’ Is A Jumble Of Contradictions

David Cay Johnston reviews Donald Trump’s latest release, which is less a book than it is “a jumble of contradictions and thoughts that have not yet reached the half-baked stage.”

November 7, 2015

Donald Trump — Man Of War

We should all give thanks to Donald Trump’s reality-TV-show run for the Republican presidential nomination because of what it reveals about his fan base.

August 22, 2015
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21 Questions For Donald Trump

Having covered Trump off and on for 27 years, I have closely watched what Trump does and what government documents reveal about his conduct.

July 10, 2015

More Than Phones Are On The Line

Regardless of where you live in America, the old promise of access is being replaced with new rules that give all power to telecommunications giants.

May 17, 2015

No Information? No Freedom.

The Freedom of Information Act isn’t working. This is the Digital Age. We should make our government embrace it and its power of transparency.

May 12, 2015

Rand Paul: Libertarian, Except When He’s Not

Senator Rand Paul insists he’s a tight-fisted libertarian who cuts spending and stops waste. But look at what he has done rather than what he says.

April 11, 2015

Winning Against The Oligarchs

Americans can and must fight back against voter suppression, campaign finance loopholes, and other tricks from the 1 percent.

March 28, 2015
Protesters demonstrate against right-to-work laws in Madison, Wisconsin (Light Brigading via Flickr)

How The Media Enable The Anti-Worker Movement

Intentionally or not, news organizations often help the Koch brothers, ALEC, and other enemies of labor.

March 21, 2015

The Wisdom Of Steve Forbes

The Capitalist Tool explains why most Americans believe the system is rigged against them.

December 22, 2014
US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (C), and Speaker of the House John Boehner, attend a ceremony at the US Capitol, Washington, DC, December 10, 2014 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

The ‘Hunger Games’ Economy

The “cromnibus” spending bill embodies the worst qualities of our government — and our media.

December 15, 2014

It’s Not Just Ferguson – It’s All Of America

Why we need to restore police as guardians and undo the “warrior cop” mentality.

November 20, 2014

Memo To Democrats: Change Campaign Strategy Or Keep Losing

Democrats can win control of the House of Representatives, governorships and many other offices in November if they do just one thing: Stop playing politics the way the Koch brothers and other right-wing billionaires do. A surefire way to make sure Republicans stay in power is to continue pouring most campaign money into costly television […]

September 12, 2014

WATCH: David Cay Johnston Discusses Christie’s Broken Promise On ‘The Last Word’

David Cay Johnston stopped by MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday, to discuss Governor Chris Christie’s plan to cut post-retirement health care benefits and pensions. “This is thievery,” Johnston explained. “This is just a subtle, delayed form of stealing wages from people who did the work they were hired to do and […]

July 30, 2014

Governor Christie Embraces Theft

Embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie has come out foursquare for wage theft. As reported Sunday by Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Christie met with 200 citizens at the Jersey shore last week and, regarding state worker retirement benefits, declared: “Promises were made that can’t be kept… Welcome to the real world, folks.” Tumulty […]

July 28, 2014

Heritage Tries Its Hand At News, But Forgets The Facts

The Daily Signal,  The Heritage Foundation’s online “news” website, debuted Tuesday, offering up vagaries and unverifiable assertions aplenty, but too few empirical facts and little in the way of attribution. Its first video was a publicist’s dream, a puff piece that no serious news organization would air. What appears in The Daily Signal matters because […]

June 3, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Divided: The Perils Of Our Growing Inequality’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality, a collection of essays edited by David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, best-selling author, and regular contributor to The National Memo. The growing gap between rich and poor remains a dominant issue among the 99 percent, but without the support of a majority of elected leaders, the middle […]

May 31, 2014
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Walmart On Welfare: Government Subsidies & Taxpayers For The Waltons

Imagine if Walmarts owners, the Waltons, weren’t on the dole and pulled themselves up by their own proverbial bootstraps.

April 14, 2014

NFL’s Defense Of ‘Redskins’ Falls Woefully Short

Using slurs seems a simple issue:  It is morally wrong and offensive. But to Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, “the issue is undeniably complex.” Goodell wrote those words in a very sophisticated and carefully crafted Feb. 27 letter defending the name of the football team in the nation’s capital. The National Memo has obtained a […]

March 6, 2014
Income Inequality

AEI Does Itself A Disservice With Obvious Lies

How many Americans think income inequality is our greatest challenge, as President Obama asserts? According to what, at least until now, has been one of the most respected pro-business research organizations in Washington, the number of Americans holding this view totals just 315. The figure of 315 comes from James Pethokoukis, a “scholar” at the American […]

February 10, 2014