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DOJ Issues Legal Opinion Backing Treasury's Refusal To Release Trump Taxes

In a move that was expected yet will lead to fresh howls of outrage by Democrats demanding William Barr be drawn and quartered, late on Friday the Department of Justice released a 33-page legal opinion backing up Steven Mnuchin's and the Treasury Department's decision to reject a request by congressional Democrats for six years of President Trump's tax returns.
 
"While the Executive Branch should accord due deference and respect to congressional requests, Treasury was not obliged to accept the Committee’s stated purpose without question, and based on all the facts and circumstances, we agreed that the Committee lacked a legitimate legislative purpose for its request," wrote Steven Engel, an assistant attorney general in DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel.

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Orthodox Jews Threaten "Motherf***er" NY Lawmaker After Anti-Vax Law Passes

A group of anti-vaccination activists including Orthodox Jews fumed on Friday after the New York state legislature passed a bill that will eliminate religious exemptions as a valid excuse not to vaccinate children, according to the New York Post. Hours later, the bill was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

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Turkey Sink Deeper Into Junk After Moody's Downgrades To B1, Warns Of Government Default Risk

When it rains, it pours for Turkey, which already saw its currency slump earlier in the day when its foreign minister, Murat Cavuosglu, said that Ankara is ready to retaliate to any US sanctions imposed upon the NATO member state by the US over Turkey's purchase of a Russian S-400 missile system. And then, with markets set to close for the day and today's pounding of the Turkish lira put in the history book, Warren Buffett's favorite rating agency, Moody's, delivered what tomorrow will surely be called an act of aggression and prompt Erdogan to expel any Moody's employees from Turkey and confiscate any office they may have in the country, namely a downgrade of Turkey deeper into junk territory, cutting its credit rating by one notch from Ba3 to B1, outlook negative.

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