Trump to ease enforcement of limits on church political activity

By Naomi Jagoda and Lydia Wheeler, The Hill, 5/03/17

President Trump is set to sign an executive order Thursday to make it easier to for churches and other religious groups to participate in politics without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

Trump plans to sign an order in the morning that attempts to overcome a provision in the federal tax code prohibiting religious organizations from directly opposing or endorsing political candidates. This prohibition is known as the “Johnson amendment,” because it was proposed by then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson (D-Texas) in the 1950s.

Easing restrictions on church political activity has been a longtime priority for Trump, social conservatives and a number of congressional Republicans. They argue the Johnson amendment stifles churches’ First Amendment rights….

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Trump and billionaires…

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by | April 14, 2017 · 8:54 pm

The Trumps’ 2005 tax return

In case you’ve been wondering what the .001%’s tax returns look like, download pp. 1-2 of Donald and Melania’s 2005 tax return: Trump’s 2005 Tax Return p. 1-2.

That’s assuming those 2 pages are authentic, which they may or not be.

And here is the accountants’ letter purporting to explain background: Tax_Doc < Trump accountants

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Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump

by Salvador Hernandez and Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed, 2/25/17

Churches across the US are fighting back against the Trump administration’s mandate to ramp up deportations with new sanctuary practices of their own, using private homes in their congregations as shelter and potentially creating a modern-day underground railroad to ferry undocumented immigrants from house to house or into Canada.

Church leaders from California to Illinois and New York told BuzzFeed News they’re willing to take their sanctuary operations for undocumented immigrants underground should federal immigration authorities, emboldened by Trump’s recent directives to take a harder line on deportations, ignore precedent and raid their campuses.

“We’re willing to take that risk because it is our call to justice, and this is how we live our faith,” Rev. Justo Gonzalez II, pastor of Pilgrim St. Luke’s in Buffalo, told BuzzFeed News. He leads one of the churches that has reached out to an organization in Canada to possibly take in undocumented families….

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