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The Lid: More Taxing Questions About Trump’s Financials

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson told Harry Reid to "say my name" when confronting the Senate minority leader on Wednesday for backing his opponent. Sources in the room could not confirm if Grayson followed up by accusing Reid of "acting kinda shady," or questioning him about "Why the sudden change?"

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'16 from 30,000

Like daffodils and Opening Day mark the start of spring, it's becoming a tradition in American politics to mark the beginning of a general election with a renewed fight over the release of tax returns. And we're getting a particularly exciting tax return debate this cycle, with Donald Trump reportedly telling the Associated Press that, despite earlier promises, he doesn't really expect to release them before the November election after all. The reason? He says voters just don't care about them, plus "There's nothing to learn from them." Trump later tweeted that he only told the AP he won't release the documents until after an IRS audit is complete, but the whole mess is already creating a predictable tangle on the GOP side nonetheless, with Mitt Romney now blasting the move as "disqualifying." Of course, back in ancient history in 2012, Romney dragged his feet until September to release his most recent year of returns, while Donald Trump was busily advising Romney to speed it up.

Trump could be right that voters who are already inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt may not actually care about his tax documents. But a debate over process like this one also gives some pretty decent political cover to those Republicans who want an excuse not to endorse their party's presumptive nominee right now.

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FOR THE RECORD…

"It's true and I want you to lose."

  • Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's response to Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson's inquiry into why Reid criticized Grayson's ethics, according to three sources in the room.

TOMORROW'S SKED

It's Capitol Hill conclave: Trump will meet with Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders on the Hill Thursday morning.

Bernie Sanders campaign in South Dakota.

Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary in Kentucky.