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Scoop: House Judiciary Committee prepares to subpoena Attorney General Bill Barr

Scoop: House Judiciary Committee prepares to subpoena Attorney General Bill Barr

US Attorney General William Barr. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesHouse Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is preparing to subpoena Attorney General Bill Barr for his testimony on July 2, a committee spokesperson confirmed to Axios.Why it matters: The expected subpoena comes after of Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who had been investigating President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.The backdrop: Nadler, who has launched an investigation into Berman's removal, has asked Berman to testify before the committee, though it's...

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Senate Republicans unveil their police reform bill

Senate Republicans unveil their police reform bill

Sen. Tim Scott. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty ImagesSen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and other Senate Republicans introduced Wednesday their police reform bill that encourages departments to ban chokeholds through the use of federal grants and requires officers to report uses of force and no-knock warrants.Why it matters: The bill, which has the support of the majority of the Senate GOP conference and the White House, is seen as the starting point for larger negotiations with House Democrats on compromise legislation. What they're saying: "This legislation ... speaks to that spirit, that we believe the...

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Jun 17
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Biden campaign says he does not support defunding the police

Biden campaign says he does not support defunding the police

Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesJoe Biden's campaign said in a statement Monday that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee does not support defunding police, but is pushing for police reform and more spending on community, school, health and social programs.Why it matters: The statement rejects claims from President Trump's re-election campaign that the former vice president would undercut the ability of police departments to do their jobs by endorsing the "" message, which has been at the heart of activist demands over the past several weeks...

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Jun 8
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House Democrats plan most drastic overhaul of federal policing laws in decades

House Democrats plan most drastic overhaul of federal policing laws in decades

Protestors in front of the Capitol building. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty ImagesHouse Democrats on Monday will try to turn the public outcry over George Floyd's killing into policy action, unveiling sweeping legislation on police reform and holding a hearing with Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd.Why it matters: The Democratic measure represents the most drastic overhaul of federal policing laws in decades.Details: The "Justice in Policing Act of 2020" aims to broaden police accountability, tracking "problematic" officers through a national misconduct registry and restricting "qualified...

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Jun 7
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House Republicans to sue Nancy Pelosi in effort to block proxy voting

House Republicans to sue Nancy Pelosi in effort to block proxy voting

Photo: Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images20 House Republicans plan to file a lawsuit late Tuesday against Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an effort to block the chamber's new amid the coronavirus pandemic, three congressional sources tell Axios. The big picture: The lawsuit, led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, alleges the rules are unconstitutional because the Constitution requires a quorum, or a majority, of lawmakers to be physically present in order to conduct business. The lawsuit was first reported by the . What they're saying: "Our guidance is either...

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May 26
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Inside House Democrats' whopping $1.2 trillion+ coronavirus relief proposal

Inside House Democrats' whopping $1.2 trillion+ coronavirus relief proposal

Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to her office after her weekly press conference. Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesHouse Democrats could bring their phase 4 coronavirus relief package (CARES 2) to the floor for a vote as early as this week — but, for now at least, it's going nowhere.The state of play: Democrats have crafted a $1.2 trillion+ package without input from the White House or Hill Republicans, congressional aides familiar with their plans tell Axios.But House Democrats see the proposal as a way to lay down a marker of their priorities and prod...

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May 10
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The Trump campaign plans to unleash a new set of swing-state attacks against Joe Biden

The Trump campaign plans to unleash a new set of swing-state attacks against Joe Biden

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Mandel Ngan/AFPAfter weeks of holding back, President Trump's re-election campaign will unleash a series of tailored, swing-state attacks against Joe Biden, targeting him in Florida, Pennsylvania and the industrial Midwest, campaign officials tell Axios.Why it matters: The pandemic forced a pause, and a lighter touch, on Trump's original attack plan against his presumed general election opponent, according to people familiar with internal conversations.Details: The campaign plans to launch state-specific attacks targeting...

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May 10
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Trump tightens the Postal Service squeeze

Trump tightens the Postal Service squeeze

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosPresident Trump threatened on Friday to veto any new coronavirus legislation that includes funding for the U.S. Postal Service if it doesn't raise the price large companies, like Amazon, pay for a package "by approximately four times." Why it matters: USPS is facing widening losses amid the coronavirus pandemic and could run out of money by the end of year if Congress fails to rescue it in the next stimulus package. What Trump's saying: "The Postal Service is a joke because they’re handing out packages for Amazon and other internet companies, and every time they...

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House passes $484 billion interim coronavirus relief bill

House passes $484 billion interim coronavirus relief bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives at the U.S. Capitol wearing a scarf as a face covering. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty ImagesThe House on Thursday voted 388-5 in favor of a $484 billion interim coronavirus relief bill that will add another $310 billion for the small business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as well as provide billions in aid to hospitals and for testing.The big picture: Members of Congress returned to Washington for the vote today, which took place in nine different waves to limit the number of people on the floor at one time. The legislation, which was passed Tuesday by the...

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Apr 23
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Democrats, Republicans draw battle lines over next coronavirus stimulus bill

Democrats, Republicans draw battle lines over next coronavirus stimulus bill

Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty ImagesNow that the interim coronavirus funding bill is , a heated debate over a much bigger phase 4 rescue package has picked back up, according to conversations with multiple House and Senate aides.The big picture: At the forefront of the discussion is filling what Democrats see as the gaps in the interim bill — the biggest being more money for the states. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) Sunday night for state and local governments to be included in the next stimulus bill.What they're saying: The interim bill "is only...

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Apr 19
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Trump calls on governors with "beautifully low" coronavirus numbers to reopen on May 1

Trump calls on governors with "beautifully low" coronavirus numbers to reopen on May 1

Photo: Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty ImagesPresident Trump told governors on a conference call today that he wants to begin to reopen the U.S. economy on May 1.The White House distributed a document of guidelines for "Opening up America Again" that offers proposed phased reopenings in states or regions that meet certain "gating" criteria.It also includes three distinct phases for states, beginning when they satisfy an initial list of progress based on the metrics above.A slightly softer lockdown, with a phased reopening of some offices and social distancing still encouraged.For nonvulnerable...

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Pelosi unveils $2.5 trillion counterproposal to GOP coronavirus stimulus

Pelosi unveils $2.5 trillion counterproposal to GOP coronavirus stimulus

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled on Monday a sweeping counterproposal to Senate Republicans' .Why it matters: House Democrats' legislation — which comes with a $2.5 trillion price tag — comes after negotiations between Capitol Hill leaders and the White House broke down over the weekend, culminating in that have left the Senate Republicans' bill in limbo.The state of play: Democrats, who have asserted that the Senate GOP bill is a corporate slush fund that doesn't do enough to help American workers, are hoping that the release of this bill will give them more...

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Mar 23
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Trump leaves Senate coronavirus meeting without economic relief plan

Trump leaves Senate coronavirus meeting without economic relief plan

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty ImagesPresident Trump's Tuesday meeting with Senate Republicans on providing economic relief in response to the coronavirus was chaotic and covered a wide range of ideas, leaving many senators unclear on how the government will deal with that the U.S. is headed for a recession.Why it matters: Trump and top White House officials left the meeting with no specific policy proposals to implement at time when the economic and public health impacts of virus are worsening by the hour.What they're saying: Senate Republicans emerged from Tuesday's lunch and told reporters...

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Bloomberg: "I don't think I can win" without a contested convention - Axios

Bloomberg: "I don't think I can win" without a contested convention - Axios

Mike Bloomberg on Super Tuesday at El Pub Restaurant restaurant in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesMIAMI, Fla. — Mike Bloomberg told reporters Tuesday that he has "no intention of dropping out" of the presidential race despite calls for Democratic moderates to coalesce around Joe Biden, adding that his path to the nomination depends on a contested convention.Why it matters: Today's Super Tuesday contests are the first with Bloomberg's name on the ballot — marking the first measure of whether he has a real shot at the Democratic nomination. What he's saying:...

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Democrats demand new Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference - Axios

Democrats demand new Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference - Axios

Putin and Trump. Photo: Kremlin Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesSenate Democratic leaders will send a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday afternoon demanding they sanction Russia — and potentially Russian President Vladimir Putin himself — for attempting to influence the 2020 presidential election.Why it matters: The letter follows reports that a senior intelligence official briefed Congress that in the November election to help Trump. White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien that assessment on Sunday, and that...

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