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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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.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Paul Ryan said the goal of Thursday’s meeting with Donald Trump is to unite the party.
- Donald Trump says he won’t release his taxes until after November.
- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t thinking about being Clinton’s VP.
- Turns out that white nationalist will be on Trump’s delegate list in California after all.
- Ted Cruz is already looking beyond 2016, NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard reports.
- Alan Grayson blew up at Harry Reid, telling the Senate minority leader “Say my name,” MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald reports.
- And from First Read: Here are the irreconcilable differences between Ryan and Trump.
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.
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.