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Here are 11 things to look for when Bill Barr finally drops the Mueller report

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report is expected to be issued this week in redacted form by Attorney General William Barr, and election law expert laid out some of the key findings to focus on.

Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science at University of California, Irvine, tweeted out a list of “what to expect when you’re expecting the (redacted) Mueller report, riffing on the title of a best-selling advice book for pregnant women and their partners.

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Hasen said he was hoping to learn how much cooperation there was between Russians and other foreign agents who hacked the Democratic National Committee, tried to crack into American voter registration databases or spread “dirt” on Hillary Clinton — which Donald Trump Jr. gleefully hoped to get from a Russian attorney in an infamous Trump Tower meeting.

“Were any American cooperators with Russian agents somehow connected to the Trump campaign or the Trump family?” Hasen asked. “Alternatively, to what extent were campaign/family members duped by foreign agents?”

The law professor hoped Mueller had examined the success of hacks into election-connected computers, and offered advice on preventing future attacks — but Hasen was especially interested in why Mueller chose not to indict any Americans with spreading disinformation against Clinton.

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“If Americans cooperated with Russians in procuring/spreading opposition research, why did Mueller not charge any Americans with any crime in this area?” he asked.

Hasen also hoped the special counsel’s report answered big questions on Trump and obstruction of justice.

“Does Mueller use any language suggesting that a reasonable prosecutor acting in her discretion could have charged President Trump with obstruction but for DOJ policy against indicting a sitting President?” he said. “Does Mueller point to specific evidence Congress might consider in pursuing possible impeachment charges against Trump based upon obstruction?”

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Hasen said the full report might open up some big questions about the attorney general and his actions after receiving Mueller’s findings.

“To what extent does it look like AG Barr is trying to protect Trump and/or his family (such as Don. Jr.) or make it impossible to evaluate Mueller’s reasoning and/or evidence?” he said. “This is key.”

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In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest

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Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.

"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.

The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.

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People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings

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The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.

So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.

Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.

"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.

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Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump

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There’s something interesting in today’s news:

A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.

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