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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has resisted calls to make his tax history public — following the protocol that his father George started by releasing 12 years of tax returns during his presidential run in 1967 — leaving the details of his massive fortune shrouded in mystery.

David Cay Johnston believes that “there’s something in [Romney’s tax returns] that the governor doesn’t want us to see.” So, in a web exclusive from MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” he asks five questions about Romney’s taxes — and gives Romney his cell phone number so he can respond and clear the air.

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See more of David Cay Johnston’s work here.

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As I write, it's impossible to guess how this sitcom ends. Boss Trump's comic opera coup attempt has clearly failed, as even Emily Murphy, the hapless head of the General Services Administration was forced to concede. Once Pennsylvania and Michigan certified that Trump had lost both states, she really had no choice. The formal transition to Joe Biden's presidency has begun.

President Putin will be disappointed. Discrediting democracy is Job One for the Russian dictator. Peddling phony claims about voter fraud and election rigging is right out of the Kremlin playbook. It's become unfashionable to say so, but that's the biggest reason Putin invested in Trump to begin with.

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