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Week in politics: Talking tax protests and reforms ahead of tax day, plus what to make of rising tensions between US and North Korea




(L to R) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with South Korean acting president and prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn during their joint press conference on April 17, 2017.
(L to R) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with South Korean acting president and prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn during their joint press conference on April 17, 2017.
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As millions of Americans wrap up their tax filings with tomorrow being the final day to do so, many are still calling on President Trump to release his own tax returns.

Organized marches in Los Angeles and other major cities around the country drew thousands to the streets to protest the president’s refusal to make his own returns public, something that presidents have traditionally done for the last 40 years. Republicans have vowed to make tax reform a legislative priority for them after they were unable to pass a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and we’ll look at how that’s going ahead of tax day on Tuesday.

As many expected, North Korea continued to escalate tensions with the U.S. by launching a missile over the weekend. While the test launch was ultimately unsuccessful as the missile blew up almost immediately after launch, it’s a sign that the North likely will not be fazed by harsh rhetoric from the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Seoul, South Korea over the weekend as well, saying in a press conference that “the era of strategic patience is over” when it comes to the North and its nuclear and ballistic missile program. Is the U.S. prepared to back up that rhetoric? What is the path forward with North Korea?

Guests:

Caroline Heldman, associate professor of politics at Occidental College and co-author of ‘Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?’ (Lynne Rienner Pub, 2007)

Jack Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College