Mnuchin dismisses IRS memo saying Congress must be given Trump’s tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week rejected a subpoena by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal for President Donald Trump’s tax returns. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO Legal By TOBY ECKERT 05/22/2019 10:23 AM EDT Updated 05/22/2019 12:13 PM EDT 2019-05-22T12:13-0400 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday dismissed an internal IRS memo concluding it…

Trump hits back at Pelosi: ‘I don’t do cover-ups’

poster="http://v.politico.com/images/1155968404/201905/1187/1155968404_6039866778001_6039864268001-vs.jpg?pubId=1155968404" true President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi engaged in a public and bitter feud on Wednesday, with the president breaking off bipartisan negotiations over Pelosi’s accusations of a cover-up and Pelosi bluntly responding: “I pray for the president of the United States.” The breakdown came as Trump declared he will not work with…

Pelosi urges Dems against impeachment as caucus grows restless

Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks to members of the media after a House Democrats meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Congress The speaker expected her chairmen to fall in line, but Maxine Waters startled Democrats when she said 'I'm for impeachment, I've always been.' By HEATHER CAYGLE, KYLE…

Small-dollar Bernie sidles up to big money

Sen. Bernie Sanders is changing how he fundraises as the realities of 2020 take hold. | Stephen Maturen/Getty Images fundraising The candidate with a natural aversion to fundraising has hired a fundraiser and plans to hold 'grass-roots' money events, sources told POLITICO. By HOLLY OTTERBEIN and MAGGIE SEVERNS 05/22/2019 05:01 AM EDT Bernie Sanders —…

‘Wrong on most everything’: GOP smacks down Biden’s bipartisanship

As centrist Republicans winnow out, Joe Biden's cross-aisle appeal may decline with them. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Joe Biden is making his bipartisan bona fides a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, boasting recently that he persuaded three Republican senators to support the economic stimulus that helped save the country from catastrophe. “It was my job…

Pelosi preaches caution on impeachment as pressure builds

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly urged her colleagues not to pursue impeachment without bipartisan support. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to hold the line — no impeachment. At least not yet. It’s a familiar message for Pelosi, who will deliver it once again at a closed-door meeting of House Democrats…

Fox News town halls divide 2020 field, but Dem voters say OK

Democratic candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Fox News town hall. | Jessica Hill/AP Photo Fox News’ presidential town halls have the Democratic primary field at odds over whether it’s permissible to appear on conservatives’ preferred network, but most voters say they’re fine with it. More than 60 percent of Democrats said they think…

Beto busts out at CNN town hall

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said at his CNN town hall that he would impose a litmus test on abortion for judicial nominees. | John Locher/AP Photo 2020 elections Lagging in the polls, the Texan delivers a strong performance onstage in Iowa. By DAVID SIDERS 05/22/2019 12:25 AM EDT Updated 05/22/2019 12:43 AM EDT 2019-05-22T12:43-0400…

Dems struggle to secure testimony from a wary Mueller

Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee confirmed that Democrats remain open to both public and private testimony with special counsel Robert Mueller. | Alex Wong/Getty Images House Democrats are scrambling to secure Robert Mueller’s public testimony amid concerns from the special counsel and his staff about what he can share publicly related to his Russia investigation,…

No miracle deal on budget as talks continue

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's assessment came amid a breakneck pace of talks on Tuesday afternoon to finish an agreement to avoid blunt spending cuts and a potential debt default. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Congressional leaders and the Trump administration finished a round of breakneck budget talks on Tuesday with no resolution but a…
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Federal Reserve, rejecting Trump’s growth forecast, confirms rate-hike pause

The indication from the Federal Reserve to likely pause interest rate increases is sure to please President Donald Trump, who railed against the central bank for its campaign of rate hikes last year. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The Federal Reserve sent a clear signal Wednesday that it’s unlikely to raise interest rates at all this…

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