Japanese friends, rich friends who don't get audited, a friend who planned a trip to France...
Donald Trump has lots of imaginary friends. read more
Wouldn't they show how wealthy -- and patriotic and charitable -- he is? read more
Steve Benen, MSNBC: [Donald] Trump's excuses in defense of secrecy have never made any sense, and the need for disclosure is now more acute. To be sure, even if these allegations about Russia trying to boost Trump's candidacy didn't exist, Trump would still have a responsibility to honor campaign norms. Indeed, the Russian story isn't the only controversy that Trump's tax returns can help resolve. Trump can make questions like these go away quickly by doing what every presidential candidate in the post-Watergate era has done. For reasons the Republican candidate hasn't explained, he continues to stick to secrecy.
Trump's reluctance to make his tax returns public implies that their contents are at best simply embarrassing and at worst outright damning. It is hardly a surprise then, that Moishe Mana, a top fundraiser for Clinton, has offered a $1 million gift to the charity of Trump's choice if he releases them.
"Through his financial documents, we are trying to break into the image that he's portraying to the American people," Mana, a Miami real estate developer, told the Associated Press. "He says he's a successful businessman who wants to do for the country what he did for his company. Well, go ahead, show me the money." read more
A new exploration of a legendary blue hole in the South China Sea has found that the underwater feature is the deepest known on Earth.
According to Xinhua News, Dragon Hole, or Longdong, is 987 feet (300.89 meters) deep, far deeper than the previous record holder, Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas. (That blue hole measures about 663 feet, or 202 m, deep.) According to Xinhua, local legend holds that Dragon Hole is mentioned in the Ming dynasty novel "Journey to the West," in which a supernatural monkey character gets a magical cudgel from an undersea kingdom ruled by a dragon.
It's interesting to see what actually lives in these blue holes," said Lisa Park Boush, a geoscientist at the University of Connecticut who studies blue-hole sediments in the Bahamas, who calls the environment of blue holes "cryptic."
(So, Trump is involved.) read more