DC Seeks Statehood [PLUS: Trump Tax Return Subpoenaed and US Dogs Dying Overseas]

DC Seeks Statehood [PLUS: Trump Tax Return Subpoenaed and US Dogs Dying Overseas]

Washington DC Seeks Statehood

Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C.’s mayor, put up 140 American flags on Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday. While this spectacle alone isn’t an unusual sight in D.C., these flags are a little different. They’re 51-star flags as opposed to the traditional 50-star banners.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is holding a hearing this week over a bill that proposes statehood for the District of Columbia.

The bill requests that DC be allowed to hold district-wide elections for one House Representative and two Senators. The only areas not included in the new statehood would be the White House and other federal monuments and buildings.

Trump Tax Returns Subpoenaed

New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance provided a subpoena for eight years worth of tax returns from President Donald Trump. The subpoena was sent to Mazars USA, the accounting firm for the Trump Organization and Trump’s personal finances.

When asked to comment on the subpoena, Mazars USA said: “Mazars USA will respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations. We believe strongly in the ethical and professional rules and regulations that govern our industry, our work and our client interactions. As a matter of firm policy and professional rules we do not comment on the work we conduct for our clients.”

This entire ordeal is part of New York’s investigation into payments that were made by Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels in 2016. If Mazars does comply with the subpoena, the information they hand over will become public, but only if it’s used as evidence during a trial. It seems that Democrats are one step closer to forcing Trump’s tax returns to be freely available.

US Dogs Dying in Jordan

Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friends. So, it’s only right that we treat them as such. However, new a new State Department report shows that America’s bomb-sniffing dogs in Jordan are living in very poor conditions.

The investigation started in 2017 and found that at least 10 dogs were suffering from negligence. Dogs were found to be severely emaciated, overworked, and living in squalid conditions. These dogs had to eat their food off the floor with no water sources in some facilities.

The US has been sending dogs to foreign countries for over 20 years as part of an anti-terrorism program. Millions of dollars have gone into training and transporting the dogs, but according to the report, no oversight ensured that they were being treated properly.

The report included a list of recommendations to improve conditions for these hero dogs. One of the suggestions called for dogs to stop being sent to Jordan. However, the State Department won’t agree to that suggestion until another bomb detection plan replaces the current use of dogs.

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