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Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 12:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 12:48 PM
On Tuesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tweeted that she had some of President Donald Trump’s income tax returns and would be sharing them with her viewers a couple of hours later on her nightly show.
Maddow’s tweet was initially met with anticipation by those on social media, but, soon after, questions arose about why MSNBC would wait for nearly two hours to reveal the contents of the return.
After Maddow revealed the income tax information -- it was a two-page “client copy” of a 2005 tax return by Trump -- both liberals and conservatives seemed to wonder what the hype was about.
The White House released the contents of the tax return in between Maddow's tweet and when she revealed it on her show, saying in a statement, "Despite this substantial income figure and tax paid, it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns. The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans."
Here is what some media outlets are saying about the way Maddow and MSNBC went about releasing the information.
Shattuck: Rachel Maddow left with nothing after fake news report
“We’ve dodged two winter storms in a row. The first was the named Stella and the second looked to be called Rachel, as in Rachel Maddow.
Nature will take its course, but Maddow veered wildly off course last night when the pride of MSNBC announced via social media that she had Donald Trump’s tax returns and would release them at 9 p.m.
As the big moment approached, she clarified that it would be returns from just 2005 that we’d see.
Then the moment of truth and ...
Rachel Maddow's epic buildup to ... 2 pages from Trump's 2005 tax returns
“MSNBC's Rachel Maddow teed up a major scoop about President Donald Trump's taxes on Tuesday night -- only to end up disappointing many in the political-media establishment with a report that was widely characterized as overhyped. …
That information was based on two pages of an IRS 1040 form supplied to journalist David Cay Johnston, who was a guest on Maddow's show.
By the time Maddow got around to sharing that information, it had already been supplied by the White House and published on The Daily Beast, where Johnston is a columnist. Even so, the documents left the public with more questions than answers.”
Rachel Maddow Lands a Scoop, Then Makes Viewers Wait
“Rachel Maddow had a big scoop, and she handled it her way.
With a single tweet on Tuesday, Ms. Maddow, the MSNBC anchor, set the political world ablaze, announcing at 7:36 p.m. that she was poised to reveal previously unseen tax records from President Trump on her 9 p.m. program. (“Seriously,” Ms. Maddow added.)
In the need-it-this-instant world of online news, 84 minutes struck some journalists as an awfully long time to wait. The White House took advantage, releasing a pre-emptive statement that detailed Mr. Trump’s tax figures from 2005 before MSNBC had a chance to air its own report. The Daily Beast and other news outlets ran items as well. …
The revelation itself, however, was held back until after the first commercial break, a windup that some fellow journalists, eager for any bombshells, found exceedingly lengthy.”
Twitter Explodes Waiting for Rachel Maddow to Expose Donald Trump’s Tax Returns — Only to Be Let Down
“Rachel Maddow’s surprise announcement Tuesday night that she would be broadcasting portions of President Donald Trump‘s tax returns created a frenzy on social media.
But by the time “The Rachel Maddow Show” aired, reaction was mixed. Many liberals were disappointed that Maddow only had two pages of the billionaire businessman’s taxes from 2005 – and no bombshell.
Conservatives – including the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. – crowed that the documents showed Trump paid $38 million on $150 million in revenue, seemingly refuting claims that he dodged taxes.”
Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump’s Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle
“At 7:36 p.m. Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow tweeted “BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously),” sending the internet into a frenzy of theorizing. Did Maddow have Donald Trump’s tax returns or just one of the Trumps’ tax returns? Could this be it, the tax return that would bring down the Donald? If this was it, why wasn't MSNBC cutting into its programming, instead of running a countdown clock to Maddow’s show?
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 7:03 AM
WINTHROP, Mass. — While Boston is very rich in history and culture, most people don't expect to find artifacts dating from the 1800s inside the walls of their homes.
Nick Murphy was one of those people, until he began to renovate his parents' home in Winthrop and found glimpses to the past hiding in the ceiling.
Some of the items Murphy found included door hinges, a comb and personal items such as letters and a dance card.
"I started pulling the ceiling down and I noticed newspaper clippings coming down with it," said Murphy.
One of the items, a dance card, was written out when Chester Arthur was president of the United States.
"1884, this was held by somebody who was actually going to attend a ball," said Murphy.
Another letter, decades apart from the dance card, was written in 1942 and details the interactions between a brother and a sister.
"That letter is from the World War II era and it’s between a brother and a sister," said Murphy. The sister's name is Edith and that's who it is addressed to. It’s talking about getting Edith out of WW2 and out of the navy and it talks about the impending surrender of the Germans and the Japanese."
Murphy says he doesn't know if these items belonged to people who once lived in his parents' home, but know these items all come with a story that he hopes will live on.
"For us, it’s this preserved piece of history, but for them it was their actual day to day life - it was just interesting to find it," said Murphy.
Murphy says that after he's done with renovating the room, his next project will be to frame up all those items and hang them on the walls of that room as a tribute.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:11 AM
— Two Florida airmen were among seven killed in a helicopter crash Thursday in Iraq.
Master Sgt. William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida, and Staff Sgt. Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee belonged to the 308th Rescue Squadron out of Patrick Air Force Base.
Enis and Posch were serving in combat roles, as they had before on multiple overseas deployments during their Air Force careers, according to a release from the 920th Rescue Wing.
Posch was an 18-year Air Force veteran who was recently part of a rescue mission at sea to save two German sailors whose sailboat caught fire last July.
He deployed for multiple rescue missions in Texas during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Posch's family and friends shared photos of him on social media, saying he was a father.
Our friend Bill Posch who celebrated July 4th at our house and pool was KILLED in Iraq along with several other soldiers this week. He will be remember forever. He leaves behind children and was a great patriot.— Frank from Florida 🇺🇸🏝☀️🇺🇸 #KeepAmericaGreat (@RealFrankFromFL) March 18, 2018
RT in remembrance of this great American hero#SundayMorning pic.twitter.com/QnTCIdIRyA
Early this AM we learned of this tragic loss in our US Air Force Pararescue community as well as right here in our local...Posted by Tory Summer Jordan on Friday, March 16, 2018
Four airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, New York, were also killed:
Capt. Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, was also killed in the crash. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.
The Pave Hawk went down at 6:45 p.m. Thursday near the town of Qaim in Anbar Province near the Syrian border.
The helicopter was on a routine flight between two towns, according to officials quoted by The Associated Press and Stars and Stripes.
Gov. Rick Scott released a statement about the airmen's deaths on Sunday:
"The loss of Master Sgt. William R. Posch, Staff Sgt. Carl Enis and their fellow armed service members is devastating. The deaths of these brave men serve as a solemn reminder of the sacrifice and commitment made by our nation’s military to secure and protect the freedom we all cherish as Americans. Ann and I know Staff Sgt. Enis’ family personally, and we grieve with them today. I ask that every Floridian pause to remember Master Sgt. William R. Posch and Staff Sgt. Enis and all of those lost in this tragedy.”
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 7:42 AM
BRADFORD, England — She had a job to do and recent snowfall wasn’t going to stop her from getting home after a long day at work.
A woman, known only as Pam, was recently seen walking home while a news crew in Bradford, England, was doing a story, Metro reported.
As it turned out, Pam was taking a long walk home, 5 miles in snow and wind, after working the night shift caring for three men who have learning disabilities.
Pam is 70 years old.
Can we all take a moment to appreciate this lady? While filming today we spotted her walking through deep #snow drifts, offered her a lift, turns out she's a carer. She couldn't get a bus or taxi home from her nightshift and had to walk. She's 70. pic.twitter.com/nwERFJE4rF— Corinne Wheatley (@CorinneWheatley) March 18, 2018
She told Corrine Wheatley, the reporter with the BBC who recorded Pam’s trip, “You can’t leave them on their own. You’ve got a duty of care really. You’ve got to do it, even at 70!”
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:51 AM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:51 AM
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — A large 20-vehicle crash on I-270 in Maryland has been declared a “mass casualty incident,” multiple news outlets are reporting.