In Context: Comparing Bill Barr’s summary of Mueller’s findings to the publicly released report

U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr issued a four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s key findings nearly a month before publicly releasing an estimated 400-page redacted version of Mueller’s report. Barr’s March 24 summary outlined what he called Mueller’s “principal conclusions” on the investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, whether the Trump campaign conspired in those efforts and if President Donald Trump obstructed justice. Barr’s summary included a few direct quotes from Mueller’s report that were enough to prompt Trump to claim “complete vindication,” and for Democrats to demand a quick release of the full report. Now that … >>More

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Read the redacted Mueller report

Attorney General Bill Barr released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report about Russian interference and the Trump campaign to Congress and the American people April 18, 2019. Read it below.    See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com >>More

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A guide to possible paths to impeachment (or not) in the House

Democrats in Congress are debating how to respond to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which cleared the Trump campaign of criminally conspiring with Russia, but also detailed President Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict and even shut down the probe. After Mueller declined to draw a legal conclusion about whether Trump’s attempts to interfere were unlawful, Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the president’s conduct was not. The special counsel’s silence on the obstruction of justice question is now central to lawmakers’ discussion about how to respond. Some Democrats perceive Mueller’s report as a roadmap for … >>More

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Elizabeth Warren: Does her wealth tax pay for her child care and higher education plans?

Elizabeth Warren is unmatched among the Democratic  presidential candidates for the depth and breadth of her policy proposals. She has tackled building affordable housing, boosting family farms, breaking up Big Tech, and the list goes on. Many of her ideas come with hefty price tags. To help pay for them, she has her Ultra-Millionaire Tax, which would put a 2 percent levy on wealth above the $50 million mark. “If we put that 2-cent wealth tax in place on the 75,000 largest fortunes in this country, we can do universal child care for every baby zero to 5,” Warren told … >>More

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Senate Democrats accuse William Barr of lying to Congress about Mueller’s reaction. Did he?

Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee repeatedly pressed Attorney General William Barr to explain earlier statements to Congress in light of newly published grievances from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.   The night before the hearing, media reports revealed that Mueller sent Barr a letter on March 27 taking issue with Barr’s initial portrayal of the special counsel’s report. Mueller’s letter expressed concern that Barr’s summary had failed to “fully capture the context, nature and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions.” See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Mueller’s frustrated message seemed at odds with Barr’s testimony last month, when Barr … >>More

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The money and politics of prescription drugs: What you need to know

If there’s one area of health care where Republicans and Democrats might strike a deal, it’s prescription drugs. President Donald Trump has floated a plan to cut drug prices. Democratic and Republican ideas abound in Congress, where lawmakers have put more than 40 bills on the table. In 2018, 39 states passed 94 laws targeting pricing and costs. Florida’s House recently approved a move backed by the state’s Republican governor to allow imports from Canada. So far, Vermont is the only state to take that step. Why do prescription drugs draw so much attention? Because millions of Americans rely on … >>More

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NY Times Top Editor: Death of Local Newspapers in Five Years

The top editor at the New York Times is predicting the death of local newspapers in five years, lamenting it as “the greatest crisis in American journalism.”In remarks to the International News Media Association’s “World Congress of News Media” last week, Times executive…

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