SCOTUS Temporarily Blocks Congress From Getting Trump’s Tax Returns

The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 1 temporarily blocked Congress from obtaining former President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Chief Justice John Roberts stayed an appeals court order that had ruled a congressional panel could gain access to the documents.

Trump filed an emergency application on Monday to the Supreme Court, asking it to halt the order.

Roberts’ stay is temporary, pending further developments in the case.

Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, has for years been trying to obtain Trump’s returns, asserting that they are necessary as the panel considers possibly updating how audits of presidents are done.

Trump said that the true purpose is to release the returns to the public.

Neal is not seeking the records of any other president, and has said that “unraveling President Trump’s sophisticated tax avoidance” was one of the reasons he thought Trump should release his returns.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said in 2017 that the returns would “be useful” in investigating “what … the Russians have on Donald Trump” and that investigations into Trump were going to continue in 2019 because she “want[ed] to see him in prison.”

Trump sued the IRS and its parent agency, the Department of Treasury, in 2019 to stop officials from giving his returns to Neal.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, threw out the lawsuit in 2021, finding that federal law “requires great deference to facially valid congressional inquiries” and that the presidential audit program could be subject to legislation.

“That conclusion all but decides the Court’s analysis,” McFadden said, even as statements from Neal and Pelosi “plausibly show mixed motives underlying the” request for the returns.

In October, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the ruling. U.S. Circuit Judge David Sentelle, a Reagan appointee writing for the three-judge panel, said the court could not probe the motives of legislators and that Neal “has identified a legitimate legislative purpose that it requires information to accomplish.”

Roberts ordered Neal and other respondents, including the IRS, to respond to Trump’s application on or before Nov. 10 by noon.

A spokesperson for Neal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Roberts received the application because he oversees the District of Columbia appeals court.

Roberts can decide on the application himself or refer the matter to the full Supreme Court. – from an Epoch Tmes article

The more logical returns would be to get Obama’s, Clinton’s and/or Biden’s returns as they were not multi-millionaires when entering office but came out very well off, hints strongly of corruption.

Smyrna of Revelation

the Agora

Rev 2:8  And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 

Rev 2:9  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 

Rev 2:10  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. 

The church at Ephesus needed to be reminded that His watchful eye was upon them, to stimulate them to recall their first love, and to do their first works; but the church of Smyrna, which was more pure, and had yet to pass through fiery trials, needed most of all to dwell upon the unchangeableness of His power and love.

The name comes from “Myrrh,” which is a bitter herb, a suitable name for a church facing persecution.  Would the believers be fearful or faithful?  There were genuine Jewish Christians among them, and there were Jewish pretenders.  He knows who are the right-hearted, and He knows who are insincere.

Suffering can enrich us, even if we think we are poor; and what people think is wealth might turn out to be poverty (3:17).  Although materially poor, this church was spiritually wealthy because it truly had the Christ.  The Christ assures His people that He is intimately acquainted with every feature of their history.  “I know …” The “I know” of love is the smile of God.

The 10 days?  The grand principle is that there is a limit to the suffering of the Church and the saints.  The Christ soothes and emboldens His saints by the promise of infinite compensation.  He does not promise zero suffering in this life but He will not permit it to go beyond what we are capable of handling.  And the Christ will not only deliver His saints from the sphere of suffering; He will introduce them into the sphere of eternal rest and joy.

What difference does it make if people slander you so long as you have the Lord’s approval?

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Election Deniers

On the verge of these historic Midterm elections, Democrats are bludgeoning their opponents as “election-deniers”, trying desperately to tie them to Donald Trump and the January 6th “riot”. Since when did the Democrats become the champions of election integrity? According to Mark, it’s part of their dark mission to hide their inglorious record of challenging every presidential loss for the last 20 years. Only this time, their subterfuge has been exposed to the full light of day. And Mark is bringing the video receipts as proof. Will you use them to tie the Democrats to their hypocritical past?

Biden’s War on Oil

This is todays update provided by a well reknown Wall Street financier who also graduated from the Wharton School of Business. How stupid is stupid?

The sheer idiocy of the Biden war on American fossil fuels was amplified yesterday when the Saudis announced that they will be CUTTING oil supplies by two million barrels a day in order to bring the price back up to near $100 a barrel – which means $4 to $5 a gallon in the U.S. (Except in California where gas prices are already near $7 a gallon.)

The OPEC announcement comes after many humiliating months of President Biden kneeling prostrate in front of the Saudi oil sheiks and begging them to please, please increase their oil production. The Saudis did just the opposite.

What is sad about this story is that OPEC had become a toothless tiger when Trump was president because of the massive output of made-in-America shale oil and gas. By the end of 2019, the U.S. was the number one producer of oil and gas. Hard to have a cartel when the biggest producer isn’t playing.

Recent studies show that the U.S. would be producing two to three million MORE barrels of oil a day if the Trump policies were still intact and if ESG policies weren’t bullying companies to divest from fossil fuel development.

In other words, a pro-drilling policy would have not only foiled the OPEC strategy of cutting production by two million barrels a day, but it would have also obviated the need for depleting almost 200 million barrels of oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Americans aren’t guzzling less oil, we are just getting more of it from Saudi Arabia, Iran, and OPEC countries. Biden just announced he now wants to get more oil from Venezuela.

Does ANY of this make any sense? Insanity at best

This is todays update provided by a well reknown Wall Street financier who also graduated from the Wharton School of Business. How stupid is stupid?

The sheer idiocy of the Biden war on American fossil fuels was amplified yesterday when the Saudis announced that they will be CUTTING oil supplies by two million barrels a day in order to bring the price back up to near $100 a barrel – which means $4 to $5 a gallon in the U.S. (Except in California where gas prices are already near $7 a gallon.)

The OPEC announcement comes after many humiliating months of President Biden kneeling prostrate in front of the Saudi oil sheiks and begging them to please, please increase their oil production. The Saudis did just the opposite.

What is sad about this story is that OPEC had become a toothless tiger when Trump was president because of the massive output of made-in-America shale oil and gas. By the end of 2019, the U.S. was the number one producer of oil and gas. Hard to have a cartel when the biggest producer isn’t playing.

Recent studies show that the U.S. would be producing two to three million MORE barrels of oil a day if the Trump policies were still intact and if ESG policies weren’t bullying companies to divest from fossil fuel development.

In other words, a pro-drilling policy would have not only foiled the OPEC strategy of cutting production by two million barrels a day, but it would have also obviated the need for depleting almost 200 million barrels of oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Americans aren’t guzzling less oil, we are just getting more of it from Saudi Arabia, Iran, and OPEC countries. Biden just announced he now wants to get more oil from Venezuela.

Does ANY of this make any sense? Insanity at best

The Cost of Biden’s War on Oil and Gas: Nearly $100 Billion a Year in Lost OutputThe Cost of Biden’s War on Oil and Gas: Nearly $100 Billion a Year in Lost Output