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Roger Stone Targeted by Biden DOJ Over Back Taxes

Stone lashed out at the assertions, however, blaming Robert Mueller for the trouble.

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For many within Donald Trump’s inner circle, there was a fear that the 45th President’s return to civilian life would bring with it a number of untoward consequences for both The Don and the folks in his inner circle.

Certainly, there is some merit to this concern:  The Manhattan DA has been foaming at the mouth, hoping to make an example of Trump, and has even managed to get a hold of years’ worth of Trump’s tax returns.

And he’s not the only one within the previous administration’s orbit with potential tax trouble ahead.

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The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Friday against political strategist Roger Stone for almost $2 million in unpaid taxes.

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The suit was filed in a federal court in West Palm Beach, Fla., and seeks $1.5 million in unpaid taxes form 2007 and 2011, and $407,000 from 2018.

The DOJ’s suit says Stone, who advised former President Donald Trump’s election campaign, had been making regular payments to the Internal Revenue Service on a tax debt of about $1 million.

But when Stone was indicted in January 2019 on charges that he tried to deceive Congress and and threatened a witness during investigations into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, he stopped making payments, according to the DOJ.

Stone lashed out at the reporting, however.

“That my wife and I owe a significant amount in federal taxes has been a matter of public record for several years,” Stone said in a statement as reported by Politico. “This is not news. We had worked diligently with the IRS to pay down our debt until we were financially destroyed by the politically motivated and corrupt Mueller investigation. The claim that my wife and I are living a lavish lifestyle is a laughable joke in view of the fact that we are virtually bankrupt. This is a clear sign that the smear campaign of ‘guilt by association’ to tie me baselessly to the illegal events of January 6th has failed.”

Stone has been a political operative for decades in Washington, often finding himself at the center of some of the most controversial moments in American politicking.

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Florida Governor Offers Pardons to Anyone Convicted of COVID Infractions

That’s one way to take a stand.

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Every day, it becomes more obvious that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has dreams of running for President in 2024, and this week was no exception. The Sunshine State politician has aligned himself heavily with in-state political heavy-hitter Donald Trump on just about any issue out there, even taking some of these ideologies further than the former President himself. It seems as though DeSantis has a rather large grudge with COVID-19 precautions as well, consistently pushing for Florida to move quickly and sternly toward unfettered freedom on the matter.  He was one of the first state lawmakers to rescind coronavirus restrictions, and has made a very public show of it all, which has belied his belief in a higher political calling. On Wednesday, DeSantis took another very public shot at those who continue to see coronavirus as a public health threat in need of government intervention. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will pardon anyone in the Sunshine State charged for not wearing masks or socially distancing — breaking the news live on air to a gym-owning couple who were facing jail time for defying coronavirus safety recommendations. The Republican governor made the unexpected announcement on Fox News Wednesday as he decried county officials penalizing people. “It’s a total overreach,” he told Laura Ingraham. “These things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive.” The governor did not mince his words. He broke the news of his pardon directly to Mike and Jillian Carnevale, who faced up to 120 days in jail for repeatedly allowing people to forgo masks at their gym in Plantation in Broward County. “I’m glad you have Mike and Jillian on, and I’m also glad to be on to be able to say that effective tomorrow morning, I’m going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority,”…

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Minnesota ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Films Himself Stealing Vaccines from Health Workers

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America is on a path to a grand economic recovery in 2021, with much of the success of this move hinging on whether or not we can convince enough folks to get vaccinated so that herd immunity is declared. Of course, as with anything in the land of the free, there are plenty of us who just aren’t going to go along with the program.  That’s the beauty of liberty:  You are your own unique individual, and you have the inalienable right to live your life however you wish, just so long as you don’t make a victim of someone else in the process. And so our health professionals are now encumbered with the issue of vaccine hesitancy, as more and more Americans find themselves concerned over the speed at which these vaccines were developed. Some have even taken their concern over these inoculations to the extreme, as evidenced by the latest news out of Minnesota. A 32-year-old St. Paul man has posted multiple Facebook videos of himself stealing Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines by pretending he wants to get vaccinated and walking out with the vials. Thomas E. Humphrey said on the videos he’s a member of the sovereign citizen movement, which is an anti-government extremist group that believes they are sovereign from the U.S. He also said on a video that he lost his business and home last year due to pandemic restrictions, and now lives in a van with his dog. He says on another video he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but disagreed with the diagnosis. Humphrey posted videos of himself walking into an Allina Health vaccination site in Oakdale and leaving with a vial of Pfizer vaccine, calling it poison. The following day, he posted a video of himself taking a vial of Johnson &…

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