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Supreme Court Delivers Trump Tax Records To Manhattan D.A., Denies House Subpoena

The Supreme Court delivered split opinions on two consolidated cases concerning President Trump's tax records -- and whether he can refuse to disclose them to investigators. The high court upheld a subpoena from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance but rejected a similar demand by House Democrats.

Both cases were decided by a 7-2 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the court's opinion, and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito both dissented in both cases.

Each case is subject to further review by lower courts.

The decisions mark the first time that the nation's highest court has directly ruled on a matter involving Trump's personal finances. Refusing to reveal his tax returns as all of his recent predecessors have done since the Nixon era, Trump has violated a 2016 campaign promise to release them. Both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden fully disclosed previous tax returns dating back many years.

Read today's full ruling here.

Will Roberts Reject Trump’s Legal Assault On Obamacare?

This article was produced by the Independent Media Institute.

If you're one of the 23.3 million Americans who depend on Obamacare for your survival, brace yourself for a looming disaster: In the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump is trying yet again to take away your health insurance, and this time he may succeed.

Having failed to persuade Congress to repeal Obamacare in 2017 (remember the historic "thumbs down" vote cast by John McCain), Trump now is asking the Supreme Court to reexamine the law, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and declare the entire statute unconstitutional in a new case—California v. Texas. The case, which began as a federal lawsuit filed by Texas and a group of other predominantly Republican-led states, has been added to the court's docket for the 2020 term, which starts in October.

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Despite Pro-Choice Ruling, Supreme Court Still Threatens Abortion Rights

On Monday, abortion rights yet again narrowly survived another trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, with the majority holding that Louisiana's law requiring physicians to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was unconstitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal wing of the court, but his concurrence makes clear he still supports making abortions very difficult to get.

Louisiana's admitting privilege law was nearly the exact same restriction Texas had enacted in 2013. That law was the subject of a case, Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt, that the court decided four years ago.

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