Trump refuses to release tax returns before November

Remember how the question of when Mitt Romney would release his tax returns dogged him throughout the 2012 campaign, until he finally broke down and did it? Donald Trump is not going to follow the Romney path—but not because he’s going to release years and years of tax information quickly. Not even close.

Despite pressure, the billionaire businessman also doesn’t expect to release his tax returns before November, citing an ongoing audit of his finances. He said he will release them after the audit ends.

“There’s nothing to learn from them,” Trump told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. He also has said he doesn’t believe voters are interested.

There’s nothing to learn from the tax returns of this yugely wealthy man campaigning for president on a platform of his own wealth and success? People aren’t interested to know how much money he has—is it as much as he

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Trump refuses to release tax returns before November

Remember how the question of when Mitt Romney would release his tax returns dogged him throughout the 2012 campaign, until he finally broke down and did it? Donald Trump is not going to follow the Romney path—but not because he’s going to release years and years of tax information quickly. Not even close.

Despite pressure, the billionaire businessman also doesn’t expect to release his tax returns before November, citing an ongoing audit of his finances. He said he will release them after the audit ends.

“There’s nothing to learn from them,” Trump told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. He also has said he doesn’t believe voters are interested.

There’s nothing to learn from the tax returns of this yugely wealthy man campaigning for president on a platform of his own wealth and success? People aren’t interested to know how much money he has—is it as much as he

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Republicans ponder how blatantly to change their own rules in order to screw Trump

A rule Republicans created in 2012 to protect their establishment candidate from an outsider is shaping up in 2016 as a benefit for Donald Trump, a candidate the establishment loathes. The rule requires that a candidate has to have won the majority of delegates in at least eight states to qualify for the nomination, and it was designed to block Ron Paul from a prominent role at the 2012 Republican National Convention, leaving Mitt Romney uncontested. Fast forward to now, and Trump is the only candidate who qualifies so far. And so …

All four early appointees of the rules committee for this year’s Republican convention told POLITICO they’re prepared to weaken or scrap a rule that could limit the convention’s alternatives to Donald Trump. […]

“I’m not a big fan of the eight-state threshold. I think that’s an artificial number,” said David Wheeler, a rules committee member from

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Republicans have a scapegoat for the failure of their 2012 ‘autopsy.’ Surprise, it’s Trump!

The Republican Party’s post-2012 “autopsy” and the rebranding supposed to emerge from that autopsy, which argued that Republicans needed to broaden their appeal and basically try not to alienate everyone but old white men, has been a joke since sometime about 10 minutes after the autopsy was released. Sure, Paul Ryan and a few other Republicans paid lip service to doing something about poverty, but they used that lip service to promote the same old policies favoring the rich and hurting everyone else. And look at the campaigns Republicans ran in 2014. Hate and fear every which way you looked—but it worked for them with a midterm electorate.

Luckily for Republicans, now that they face a presidential year electorate, they’ve found a scapegoat for the longstanding failure of their autopsy and rebranding: Donald Trump.

The report — the product of 2,600 interviews with voters, experts, party officials and business leaders, as well

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Trump lashes out after Romney suggests there’s a ‘bombshell’ in his taxes

Mitt Romney went after Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying “we have a good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes.” Aside from being hilarious considering Romney’s long delay in putting out his own tax returns as the 2012 Republican nominee, I think you can guess where this is going as far as Trump’s response:

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Let’s take a little flashback to 2012, shall we?

“It’s my honor, real honor, to endorse Mitt Romney,” Trump said, with Romney and his wife standing nearby. Calling Romney “tough” and “smart,” Trump said, “he’s not going to continue to allow bad things to happen to this country.”

But now Romney is a loser

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Once upon a time, Trump said skipping a debate meant being too weak to stand up to China. Now …

Some tough guy, Donald Trump. This week, to hear him tell it, backing out of a Fox News debate because Megyn Kelly might ask him a hard question in no way shows that he’s weak—shoot, if Trump is doing it it must be a sign of strength. But back in 2011, all of the candidates other than Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum backing out of a Trump-moderated debate was a big red flag:

“Romney doesn’t look courageous” Trump when Mitt Romney decided not to do the debate, according to the Washington Post.

“Some of them don’t have the courage to do,” Trump told Imus in the Morning. “I don’t want to say who.”

Trump said some called to say they were too nervous to do his debate, “We have guys who are afraid to go into a debate.” How would they stand up to China if afraid

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If he could add killing kittens to his resume, Paul Ryan might win over the Freedom Caucus

Paul Ryan washes dishes at a Youngstown, Ohio soup kitchen. According to news reports, the dishes were already clean.

Paul Ryan washes clean dishes at a soup kitchen during the 2012 election.

House Republicans really, really want Paul Ryan to be their speaker. So much so that many of them will agree to his list of demands and put pressure on the Freedom Caucus to buckle as well. But don’t say Ryan isn’t giving the far-far-far right anything it wants: he did suggest that he wouldn’t bring immigration reform to a vote as speaker, despite having been personally in favor of reform. So Ryan will give up one of the few kinda sorta decent positions he might hold in order to get this job that he really doesn’t want. But while Republican extremists are squalling about how Ryan is too liberal, let’s take a quick look at just what kind of a guy he is.
One of Ryan’s demands for agreeing to be speaker is that he have time

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