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As the Collusion Scandal Grips Washington, California’s 14 Remain Silent (But not about Starbucks or Merle Haggard)

For anyone who just emerged from a cave, let me update you on the biggest story in America right now. We’ll get to California’s 14 Republican representatives in just a moment.

On Saturday, the New York Times reported that Donald Trump, Jr., the President’s son, met with a Russian lawyer connected to the Russian government. He told the Times they primarily discussed adoptions. The meeting also included Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a top presidential advisor, and Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign manager at the time. All heavy hitters for Team Trump.

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LA Times: Trump touts 'great jobs numbers' that aren't actually so great

President Trump on Monday touted the “great jobs numbers” since he took office — numbers that his own administration’s statistics show aren’t all that great. [...]

From February through May — the latest data available — the U.S. economy has created 594,000 net new jobs, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s fewer than the 659,000 created during the final four months of the Obama administration, which Trump criticized for its job growth.

Read the full article: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-trump-jobs-20170703-htmlstory.html

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Six Takeaways from the Comey Hearing

There’s a lot to digest after yesterday’s U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing with former FBI Director James Comey. We now know that:

1)     Comey thinks Trump is a liar. In fact, he identified five different occasions in which he thinks the President is selling us a heap of bullshit.

2)     Comey didn’t want to be left alone with Trump. I can’t blame him.

3)     Comey wanted to see a special counsel appointed. He made sure word of his memos reached the media, because he thought that would trigger the appointment of a special counsel. He was right.

4)     Comey hopes his conversations with the President were recorded. On Twitter, Trump implied “tapes” of their conversations might exist. You can already buy a t-shirt with Comey’s response: “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.” Those aren’t the words of a man afraid of the truth.

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Trump: no intention of changing course

Most of us complain about paying taxes - but few of us fail to pay. We declare our sources of income. We subject ourselves to IRS review.

We might never voluntarily choose to provide this information to business associates or competitors. Or the public.

Unless of course we want something that requires it. Obtaining a mortgage. Getting a government security clearance. Or holding public office in California.

In California there is a Statement of Economic Interests that candidates for office (and a wide variety of public appointments) must file. It is how the public and law enforcement have a modicum of oversight over self-dealing, nepotism and corruption.

This is optional - you don't need to comply; but then you can't serve. It's your choice.

So why is President Trump - the one person you would expect should comply, refusing? He must have his reasons. But whatever they are don't matter. Let public opinion (and maybe the courts) decide. Why is he so obstinate?

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Trump's tax returns? He says "Trust Me."

 

Because Trump’s tax returns remain undisclosed, we have no way of understanding how his policies might financially benefit him. What changes to the tax code might help him? What countries might he have business ties to, including debts that could be used against him?

Let’s start with Trump’s campaign promise to release his tax returns if he became president.

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The Hill: Cook Political Report moves 20 districts toward Dems after ObamaCare repeal vote

"Not only did dozens of Republicans in marginal districts just hitch their names to an unpopular piece of legislation, Democrats just received another valuable candidate recruitment tool."

See which California districts are on the list here: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/332062-cook-report-weakens-forecast-for-20-gop-districts-after

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