Good morning everyone. Let's dive in.
1) Richard Burr is having a tough week ... and isn't handling it well.
Remember when Donald Trump was ridiculed for the super presidential move of banning particular media outlets from his campaign events? Well, his BFF Richard Burr apparently thinks that's a solid game plan. Sorry N&O:
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s re-election campaign is refusing to provide The News & Observer with details of his campaign schedule, effectively limiting the newspaper from reporting on Burr’s public appearances.
Burr spokesman Jesse Hunt said concerns with The N&O’s coverage of the race have prompted the campaign to ban the paper from receiving event information.
“Paul (Shumaker, Burr’s lead political strategist) put an embargo on sending you scheduling details until you demonstrate the ability to cover this race from a balanced point of view,” Hunt said in an email.
Classy. But the Burr fun doesn't stop there. Wait for it ...
2) Burr apologizes for suggesting picture of Hillary Clinton should feature a bullseye on her face.
Kind of speaks for itself doesn't it? Nothing rallies the "she's gonna take our guns" crowd like making her a target. And since we're not banning the N&O, here is its take:
Burr, a Republican, was answering questions in a private gathering of Republicans in Mooresville. A recording of the 45-minute meeting was posted on YouTube and sent to CNN, which reported on the comment Monday evening.
3) Trump's tax dodging tactics called "dubious."
Burr made the comment while telling a brief anecdote after he noticed a man at the event wearing a National Rifle Association hat.
“Nothing made me feel any better than when I walked into a gun shop, I think yesterday in Oxford, and there was copy of Rifleman (the NRA’s official magazine) on the counter,” Burr said. “It’s got a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it.
“I was a little bit shocked that it didn’t have a bullseye on it.”
The Republican White House hopeful has boasted during debates and on the campaign trail that avoiding paying taxes made him "smart" and that his bankruptcies—you know, the ones that saw working men and women stiffed for services they provided Trump—were simply examples of a brilliant mind using the system to its advantage.
But then, there is this, from the New York Times:
Donald J. Trump proudly acknowledges he did not pay a dime in federal income taxes for years on end. He insists he merely exploited tax loopholes legally available to any billionaire — loopholes he says Hillary Clinton failed to close during her years in the United States Senate. “Why didn’t she ever try to change those laws so I couldn’t use them?” Mr. Trump asked during a campaign rally last month.
But newly obtained documents show that in the early 1990s, as he scrambled to stave off financial ruin, Mr. Trump avoided reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in taxable income by using a tax avoidance maneuver so legally dubious his own lawyers advised him that the Internal Revenue Service would most likely declare it improper if he were audited.
Thanks to this one maneuver, which was later outlawed by Congress, Mr. Trump potentially escaped paying tens of millions of dollars in federal personal income taxes.
OK. Enough fun. Gotta go figure out a way to avoid paying taxes. Gonna be RICH I tell you! RICH! Bye for now.