Congress asks for Trump’s unseen secret — his tax returns:

The request by House Democrats for six years of Donald Trump’s tax returnsopens a serious new political, legal, constitutional and personal front in the party’s battle to use its new majority to check a defiant President.

It is a bid to solve one of the most tantalizing and enduring mysteries of Trump’s 2016 campaign and his presidency — what is it in the President’s unseen financial and business life that he doesn’t want Americans to see?

The historic move, made official by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal on Wednesday, is all but certain to unleash a legal battle narrowing in on Trump’s most guarded secrets that could drag on for months or even years while shaping the terrain of the 2020 election.

This Supreme Court ruling is exceptionally cruel:

Russell Bucklew is on death row in Missouri, and the United States Supreme Court just gave that state the go-ahead to kill him in one of the most torturous and cruel ways possible. Bucklew, who has a rare condition that leaves his body riddled with bleeding-prone tumors, will convulse, choke, and eventually suffocate on his own blood if he is executed by lethal injection, according to his lawyers. If this is true, his death will be slow. It will be brutal. It will be excruciatingly cruel.

Woman identified as last survivor of US-African slave trade:

A woman abducted from Africa as a child has been identified as the last known survivor of the slave ships that took kidnapped West Africans to the United States.

Hannah Durkin, a lecturer at Newcastle University in the UK, was carrying out other research when she came across multiple sources that mentioned a woman called Redoshi, the university said in a press release.
Durkin pieced together Redoshi’s life story through a number of archival sources, starting with her kidnapping in what is now Benin at the age of 12 and her passage to Mobile, Alabama on board the “Clotilda,” the last slave ship to arrive in the US in 1860, carrying 116 peo

Driver who crashed into 9-year-old playing in her yard turned himself in, but said he was fighting a carjacker:

A four-day manhunt for the driver who mowed down a 9-year-old girl playing in her front yard is over.

But the suspect’s explanation for the hit-and-run is surprising.
Gabriel Fordham turned himself in to Georgia authorities on Tuesday, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said.

Stephen A. Smith ‘In Line’ for Historic $10M Per Year ESPN Contract:

Sports media’s meme machine is about to become a money machine.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith is “in line” for a contract extension that could pay him $10 million per year. That would make him ESPN’s highest-paid employee and give him the largest known salary of any personality in sports media.

Smith, 51, is in his second tenure at ESPN and rejoined the company on a full-time basis in 2012. Once the foil to Skip Bayless on First Take, Smith remained the co-star of the show following Bayless’ departure in 2016 and helped take it to new ratings heights with Max Kellerman.

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