Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders will join thousands of Americans this weekend participating in “Tax March” rallies intended to discredit President Donald Trump’s claims that the public is apathetic when it comes to his returns, which he refused to reveal in the run-up to the presidential election and continues to withhold from the public.Members of the so-called Trump “Resistance” are organizing rallies across the country, including outside Internal Revenue Service (IRS) buildings in Hauppauge and Bethpage, which happen to coincide with the country’s most-scorned date of the year: April 15th, Tax Day.In the spirit of transparency, demonstrators plan to call on the president to finally produce his tax returns so the public can have a greater understanding of the self-declared billionaire’s sprawling business interests, including any financial ties to foreign countries.“Let’s send a clear message to the President: ‘SHOW US YOUR TAX RETURNS!’” reads a Facebook event for Saturday’s Bethpage rally. “The President is accountable to the American people. We care, and we’re not going away!”Demonstrations are planned across the country, including in Washington, D.C., where protesters will march from the Capitol building to the Lincoln Memorial.“You work for us,” the message to Trump on the Tax March website reads. “And we demand answers.”Throughout the presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump vacillated on the issue of releasing his tax returns: in one breath saying he’d acquiesce and in another he claimed that an IRS audit prevented him from doing so, a justification thoroughly debunked by neutral observers.Trump broke with a four-decade-old tradition of presidential candidates’ releasing their returns to the American public. The list includes President Richard Nixon, who was also under an audit but made his documents available anyway.Among some of the reasons given for concealing the documents was Trump’s assertions that Americans are not interested in his returns, that they’re so voluminous that the layman would be unqualified to come to a knowledgeable conclusion about the documents’ contents, and that only reporters have expressed interest in Trump’s returns.Despite what Trump says, many national polls show that a majority of Americans would prefer he reveal his tax returns.A Pew Research Center survey released 10 days prior to Trump’s inauguration found that 60 percent of respondents said the president has a responsibility to release them, compared with only 33 percent who said he did not.Surveys released in the final months of the presidential campaign similarly found public interest in Trump’s returns, including a Sept. 7 Fox News poll in which 60 percent of respondents said “yes” when asked: “Do you think Donald Trump is hiding something in his tax returns?” Not surprisingly, Democrats overwhelmingly agreed with that premise as opposed to little more than one-third of Republicans who were surveyed.Americans have only seen small snippets of Trump’s past tax returns. In October, The New York Times reported that Trump reported a $916 million loss on his 1995 tax returns. Such a dramatic loss could have, in theory, allowed Trump to pay nothing in federal income taxes for 18 years, the Times reported.In March, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported that Trump paid $38 million in federal taxes, according to his 2005 1040 form.On the legislative side, some Congressional Democrats have said they’d refuse to act on any Trump tax reform proposal until they have an opportunity to review the president’s returns to determine what impact changes to the tax code would have on his private finances. Trump has identified tax reform as a major policy objective of his early presidency.The rally in Bethpage will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the IRS office at 999 Stewart Ave. The Trump tax protest in Hauppauge runs from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the IRS location at 1180 Veterans Memorial Highway.
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Fresh off a sweep of the No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes over the weekend, the Wisconsin softball team (19-11, 2-4 Big Ten) welcomes North Dakota State (23-18) to Goodman Diamond for two games Tuesday.Two double-headers in a three-day span may seem like a grueling proposition, and had Saturday’s games against Illinois-Chicago not been cancelled, the Badgers would be playing their sixth game in three days. But considering the way senior centerfielder Sam Polito has been seeing the ball lately, she’ll tell you she can’t get enough at-bats.For Wisconsin, no bat is hotter than Polito’s. Over her last three games, Polito has hit .875 (7 for 8) and has reached base in nine of her last 10 plate appearances. In that span, she has also driven in three and scored six times, continuing to add to UW’s all-time runs record (122), which she broke earlier this season. For her efforts, she was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Polito becomes the second Badger to earn conference Player of the Week honors this season. Junior outfielder Katie Hnatyk won it the week of Feb. 27.To begin the season, however, Polito slumped a bit in the leadoff position. Since head coach Chandelle Schulte moved her into the two-hole last week, Polito has been extremely proficient at the plate. Currently, she’s hitting at a .344 clip, second only to Katie Hnatyk (.365) on the team.”I should have done it earlier,” Schulte said of the move, half-jokingly. “She struggled in the one-hole. In the two-hole, my philosophy is, she’s quick, she’s a good bunter and if she gets on with an out, then we have a kid that can steal, so that’s really what it was all about.”Polito attributes her recent success to slowing the game down and taking a calmer approach with her to the plate.”I think I just needed to take a little pressure off myself in that one-spot,” Polito said. “I just learned to relax a little bit more, and I just feel a lot more comfortable up there.”With the hitting of Polito and Hnatyk, along with the formidable pitching of senior Eden Brock (2.03 ERA) and Letty Olivarez (2.26 ERA), UW looks to continue its undefeated record at home this season (3-0) against NDSU. The Bison don’t score many runs — they have been held to three runs or fewer in 12 of their last 15 contests — and must primarily rely on effective starting pitching to win tight ball games.As the unquestioned ace of the NDSU staff, junior hurler Allison Bakke has done just that. After being limited by a hip flexor injury much of last season, the former Division-I All-Independent first teamer has bounced back exceptionally well. This season, she boasts a 1.33 ERA and has recorded 170 strikeouts in more than 157.1 innings.At the plate, North Dakota State is paced by sophomore catcher Kelly Cantrell, who is hitting 47 points higher than she did last season (.357 versus .310). She also leads the team in home runs with four.UW leads the all-time series 3-1.Game 1 will begin at 4 p.m., with Game 2 to follow at approximately 6 p.m.