Trump tax controversy fuels passage of presidential audits bill

Legislation that would require the IRS to audit presidents’ tax returns and make reports of the audits public passed the House largely along partisan lines on Thursday, echoing the divide over a bombshell report this week on former President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Five Republicans voted for the legislation, even though GOP leaders said it … Read more

Five red flags in Trump’s taxes

An entire office of tax experts has been quietly studying former President Donald Trump’s still-unreleased tax returns for weeks and produced a report showing he paid little or no federal income tax while in office. Though not well known outside tax circles, the Joint Committee on Taxation is Congress’ brain on tax issues, and the … Read more

Zelenskyy comes to Washington and pulls neither punches nor asks

It was the 300th day of a brutal war, and the first day of a terrible winter. It was also time to leave the country. Making his first trip beyond Ukraine’s borders since Russia invaded, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy undertook a perilous, secret journey from the war’s front lines to Washington, D.C. He traveled first by … Read more

Zelenskyy delivers impassioned plea to Congress, asking for more

In an emotional speech to Congress Wednesday night that party leaders compared to the wartime pleas of World War II, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged lawmakers to continue providing weapons and aid to help Ukraine fend off Russia through the winter and beyond. “You can speed up our victory. I know it,” Zelenskyy said in … Read more

Republicans praise Zelenskyy but balk at future aid

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine arrived on Capitol Hill on Wednesday ready to tout bipartisan support among lawmakers who have helped fund his country’s efforts to fend off Russia’s invasion. And his message was well received, eliciting multiple standing ovations from both sides of the aisle as he addressed Congress. But despite the largely warm … Read more

Zelenskyy’s address to Congress puts him in a category with Churchill, Netanyahu and Mandela

President Volodomyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine addressed Congress for a second time on Wednesday, and for the first time in person — a track record of face time with the world’s most powerful legislative body that’s exceeded only by Prime Ministers Winston Churchill of Britain and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. Addresses by foreign leaders are not … Read more

Five ways lawmakers smacked down Biden’s Pentagon plans

Defense policy legislation that’s headed to President Joe Biden’s desk will earn the commander in chief’s signature, but he’s not going to like it. The National Defense Authorization Act, which outlines military spending and policy priorities each year, will force the administration to roll back a requirement that troops get vaccinated against Covid, a provision … Read more