Comey's scathing anti-Trump memoir hits bookstores
James Comey’s blockbuster memoir A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership hits the shelves Tuesday, but he has already been grabbing headlines with his blistering comments about President Trump, who fired the former FBI director last year. In an interview with USA TODAY, Comey called Trump "morally unfit to be president" and said he believed the Russians might be holding compromising personal information about the president. In leaked excerpts of the book, Comey reportedly described Trump as "ego driven" and "untethered to truth." The book represents a new crisis for the White House, but also is raising questions about Comey's credibility as a critical witness against the president.
States, online sellers bring sales tax fight to Supreme Court
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to reverse previous rulings on online sales taxes, a move that could impact the bottom lines of millions of merchants and consumers. The court ruled in 1967 and 1992 that states could not squeeze sales taxes from sellers with no physical presence in those states. Today, however, online sales are growing at four times the rate of total retail sales, and state and local governments in 45 states are losing billions of dollars annually in taxes. Plus, brick-and-mortar retailers complain they are at a disadvantage to online sellers.
Don't forget to file: It's Tax Day!
Tuesday is Tax Day, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns. (And yes, it's really important to pay on time.) The dreaded day usually falls on April 15, but due to a combination of the 15th falling on a Sunday and a Washington, D.C., holiday, you've had two extra days to get it done. If your return is hopelessly snarled, don't despair: Here's what you need to know about filing a tax extension. Just remember: Even if you get an extension on filing, you still must pay what you owe by Tuesday. And whether you owe money or are getting a refund, you can still cash in: These businesses are marking the day with deals and freebies.
Baseball not immune to Mother Nature's ferocity
Harsh weather has played havoc on residents and baseball teams in parts of the Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S., causing an alarming number of games to be postponed. The crazy winter-like weather even postponed a game in Toronto that was to be played in a stadium with a roof. The team bus for the Royals, the Blue Jays' opponent, was damaged by flying chunks of ice and a player had to take the wheel when the driver was hit by glass shards. The teams will now play a traditional doubleheader Tuesday. With 24 postponed games already over the 19-day-old season, is it time for the league to consider shortening the season? USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armour certainly thinks so.
Arizona teachers begin vote to decide on walkout for higher pay
Teachers across Arizona will begin to vote Tuesday on whether to walk out for more education money, according to the grassroots group coordinating the movement. A specific date hasn't been set for the walkout if educators vote in favor of following in the footsteps of teachers who went on strike in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky.Gov. Doug Ducey announced a proposal last week to increase teacher pay by 20% by 2020, but critics say he offered only broad brushstrokes and didn't detail where the money for the raises would come from.
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