10 things you need to know today: November 12, 2019

Judge throws out Trump lawsuit seeking to block tax-return release, Republican Peter King opts not to seek re-election, and more

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1. Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit attempting to block release of tax returns

A federal judge on Monday threw out President Trump's lawsuit seeking to block Congress and the state of New York from obtaining his tax returns. It was the latest in a string of defeats for Trump on the matter. Trump had tried to preemptively stop Congress' Ways and Means Committee from seeing the returns. He brought a lawsuit after New York passed a law mandating state tax officials release certain federal officials' tax returns if certain House committees ask for them, though the House committee hadn't demanded Trump's taxes. But Trump didn't establish "personal jurisdiction over either of the New York defendants" that would've allowed him to sue, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols wrote in his ruling, so he opted to throw out the case.

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