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Hillary Clinton rejoins the campaign trail Thursday in North Carolina after taking time off to recover from pneumonia. Donald Trump heads to New Hampshire after delivering an economic speech in New York.

  • Trump continues to side-step the birther question
  • Clinton returns to campaigning and says being sidelined at home was "the last place I wanted to be"
  • Trump finally releases the letter summarizing his recent medical exam
  • Voters are already casting ballots in North Carolina, underscoring the urgency for Clinton as she returns to the trail
  • Ivanka Trump abruptly cut off an interview she didn't like

Paul Ryan on Donald Trump's tax returns: 'I released mine. I think he should release his'

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(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan released his tax returns four years ago when he was Mitt Romney's running mate, and now he thinks it's incumbent on Donald Trump to do the same. 

"I released mine. I think he should release his," the Republican leader told reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Yet Ryan did give Trump, the GOP nominee, some wiggle room. 

"I know he is under an audit and he has got an opinion about when to release those. I will defer to him on that," he said. 

Trump has repeatedly said he won't release any of his recent returns until an audit by the Internal Revenue Service is complete. But the IRS says all taxpayers are free to make their returns public, regardless of whether they are being audited.

Every major party nominee since Richard Nixon has released tax returns. 

Last week, Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, released 10 years of tax returns, which showed an adjusted gross income of  $113,026 on the low end and $187,495 on the high end. His effective state and federal tax rate ranged from 10.4% to 16.5%.

Even as Pence has released his returns, aides to Trump in recent days have insisted that voters do not care about his returns. 

Still, Democrats have called for transparency and continue to press for the billionaire businessman to release his returns.

In August, Bill and Hillary Clinton released their tax returns, which showed the couple earning  $10.6 million in 2015. 

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