What they are saying about Rachel Maddow and Trump's tax return

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 12:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 12:48 PM


            This image released by NBC shows Rachel Maddow, host of

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

Boston Herald

“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.

Fine.

Then the moment of truth and ...

Nothing.”

Rachel Maddow's epic buildup to ... 2 pages from Trump's 2005 tax returns

CNN

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

The New York Times

“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

People

“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

Slate

“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?

By 8:24, Maddow was tweeting that the tax return in question was Donald Trump’s 1040 from 2005. By 8:30, still half an hour before Maddow started airing, the White House had responded to the MSNBC report, saying that Trump had paid $38 million on income of $150 million that year. An hour later, about 20 minutes after The Rachel Maddow Show started, Maddow would confirm these numbers, turning her big scoop about Donald Trump’s long-missing tax returns into a cautionary tale about overhype. Rachel Maddow, you played yourself—and us too.” 

Kasich: U.S. should consider ‘taking out’ North Korean leader

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 6:09 PM


            Gov. John Kasich signs books at bookstore in Washington on Friday. JACK TORRY/STAFF.

It was the John Kasich they wanted to see: Poking fun at himself, respectfully answering questions from the audience and saying “we have to come together in this country.”

So for nearly an hour in a trendy book store in an upscale neighborhood loaded with Democratic voters, the Ohio governor autographed copies of his new book for nearly 150 people while delivering the same sales pitch that resonated with moderates during his unsuccessful quest last year for the Republican presidential nomination.

And while at one point he joked that he wished he “wasn’t such a jerk at times,” the crowd squeezed at the rear of the bookstore loved his message and made clear if he ever runs for president against, he can count on their votes.

“I love Kasich,” said Amanda Linton, a self-described staunch Democrat from Woodbridge, Va., who bought four copies of “Two Paths - United or Divided.” She said Ohio’s governor is “reasonable, he’s fair, he compromises (on) issues, he works with both parties and in a time of true divisiveness he would have healed our country.”

Others had similar reactions: “Real and personable,” said Luci Delsignore of Virginia, who grew up in Brazil. “We need more people saying we need to get back together,” said Pam Duran of Alaska.

Although Kasich said he did not “know what I’m going to do doing” in 2020, Linton said she hoped he runs, no matter what the political party.

He certainly acted like a presidential candidate. Earlier in the day, he met with reporters from major news organization at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, a box every candidate has to check before running.

At the breakfast, Kasich suggested the United States should consider “taking out the North Korean leadership,” a reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his quest to build a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach Japan, South Korea and the West Coast of the United States.

When a reporter quizzed Kasich about whether he meant military action, the governor replied, “You know exactly what I’m talking about.”

During the book signing, Kasich took a shot at the revised House Republican plan to scrap much of the 2010 health law known as Obamacare, saying Republicans “need to sit down with Democrats” and Democrats need to work with GOP lawmakers to revise and stabilize the law.

He added: “Let’s do it together.”

But in Ohio, Democrats say Kasich hasn’t made much of an effort to reach out to them.

David Pepper, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, says he gives Kasich credit for being “a clear voice on how bad gerrymandering is and how that is leading to intense partisanship.”

But, he said, “Democrats want to see that bipartisanship in Ohio as opposed to” Kasich “talking about it at the national level.”

(Information from the Washington Post was added to this story.)

KASICH IN BEAVERCREEK

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Saturday will be at Books&Co. at The Greene, 4453 Walnut Street. Autograph line numbers will be given out starting at 12:30 p.m. You must show a receipt to get a line number. The event starts at 1:30.

North Korea test-fires missile

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 5:23 PM

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country.

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The missile reportedly exploded within seconds of launch and landed in the Sea of Japan according to CNN.

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The test took place in an area north of the capital city of Pyongyang.

While shorter-range missiles are somewhat routine, there is strong outside worry about each longer range North Korean ballistic test.

The launch comes at a point of particularly high tension. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with Pyongyang and sent a U.S. aircraft supercarrier to Korean waters.

Please check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Things to know about North Korea

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 2:05 PM

As tensions ramp up near the Korean Peninsula, here is a primer on North Korea, its leader and its people.

Some facts

The name: North Korea -- or formally, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -- borders China, Russia and South Korea.

Population: 25,115,311 (estimated as of July 2016)

Area: North Korea is a little bigger than Virginia, with 46,000 square miles.

Capital: The capital city is Pyongyang. An interesting fact: Pyongyang runs on its own time zone. It’s about 30 minutes behind Japan and South Korea.

No ties: North Korea does not have diplomatic representation in the United States, nor does the U.S. have diplomatic representation in North Korea.

Median age: North Korea’s median age is estimated to be 33.8 years.

GNP: The gross domestic product, per capita, is $1,800. In the U.S., it’s $51,638.10

Leaders: North Korea is led by Kim Jong-Un. Since 1945, the country has been led by three generations of the same family: Kim Il-Sung, in 1945; then his son, Kim Jong-Il, upon his father’s death in 1994; then the current leader, Kim Jong-Un, upon his father’s death in 2011.

Why are there two Koreas?
From 1910 until the end of World War II, Japan controlled the Korean Peninsula. After the Japanese lost the war, the U.S. occupied the southern half of the peninsula and the Russians occupied the north half. 

In 1945, Kim Il-Sung became the country’s first leader. In 1948, separate governments -- one in the north and one in the south -- formed after regional differences went unresolved.

On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations intervened with troops, and the “police action” (another name for a war), continued until 1953. 

After a peace treaty was brokered, the country broke into two countries. South Korea becomes a prosperous capitalist nation, while North Korea remains a poor country.

Why are tensions high now?
The leaders of the country have vowed to test and threatened to use nuclear weapons. The North Korean military has tested nuclear missiles on at least five occasions -- twice in 2016.

Can they attack nearby countries with nuclear weapons?
They can when they make a warhead small enough to be delivered on a missile that is fired at an enemy. North Korea says it has done that, but there has been no verification of that by the U.N. or other countries.

What are their neighbors doing?
The U.S. has given South Korea an advanced missile defense system. Japan has put its military on high alert. China, which is an ally of North Korea, has warned North Korean officials to step back from provocative actions.

Interesting facts about the country
  • USA Today reports that North Koreans born after the Korean War tend to be shorter than South Koreans of the same age. About 2 inches shorter, in fact. 
  • According to The Chosun Ilbo, men are encouraged to copy the hairstyle of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. No long hair. Women should copy the style of his wife, he reportedly said.
  • North Korea claims it has a 100 percent literacy rate for both men and women, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • Only 3 percent of the roads in North Korea are paved. (CIA World Factbook.)
  • You cannot become a citizen of North Korea unless one of your parents is a citizen. (CIA World Factbook.)
  • The last election was held in the country on March 9, 2014. Kim Jong-Il won 100 percent of the vote. The next one is scheduled for March 2019.

Miley Cyrus' brother launches solo career

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 3:49 PM

Trace Cyrus (2015 Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

Talent runs deep in the Cyrus family. We’ve known for years that Billy Ray and Miley can sing, act, write songs and, um, twerk. OK, the latter may be just Miley.

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Now, we’re getting to know two more members of this creative clan.

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Miley’s little sister (and Billy Ray’s daughter) Noah made her debut earlier this year on the Billboard pop charts with her first single, “Make Me (Cry),” and on April 14 she released the follow-up single, “Stay Together.” Both are from her forthcoming debut album “NC-17.” While she’s clearly not planning to follow her father’s country music path, in a March “Billboard” podcast, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter called Billy Ray her “biggest musical inspiration.”

Now, Miley and Noah’s older brother, Trace, is also stepping into the spotlight. Already somewhat well known as the former lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the pop band Metro Station, the 28-year-old musician and tattoo enthusiast is embarking on a solo career with his newly released single, “Lights Out,” which “Billboard” says combines “pop, electronica and a dash of emo.” There’s definitely no resemblance whatsoever to “Achy Breaky Heart,” the best-know hit from dad Billy Ray, who adopted a very young Trace and his sister Brandi after marrying their mother, Tish, in 1993. Trace is clearly carving out his very own niche.

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Still can’t get enough of this accomplished family? You’re in luck. You can also catch Brandi and mom, Tish, on their new home design makeover show, “Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer,” set to premiere on Bravo in May. As the show’s title suggests, they’ll be competing against each other on each episode. Let the games begin!