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Mitch McConnell warns parts of Mueller report could be leaked as Barr works on redactions

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As the Wall Street Journal notes, all of Washington and, indeed the country, awaits the release of Attorney General Bill Barr’s reviewed and redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on President Donald Trump.

According to the report, attorneys for the president are at the same time preparing a rebuttal, whittling down a 140 pages long document that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani indicated would come in at approximately 50 pages.

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Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is frantic that nothing from the report — which is expected to be heavily redacted — be made public until Republicans are prepared to defend it and the embattled AG Barr.

According to the Journal, McConnell warned of possible leaks, saying, “Not only this administration but previous administrations have discovered that if they show everything up here, it has a tendency to get out.”

As for the Democrats, the Journal reports, “Lawmakers have begun making backup plans for obtaining withheld information. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) has said he would issue subpoenas to obtain the unredacted report and underlying documents, putting Congress on track for a court fight with the Trump administration.”

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Buying Biden’s America: The Democratic nominee offers an economic message where Trump fell down on the job

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Bye-bye, “America First”! Hello, “Buy American”?Seeking to evict Donald Trump from the White House at a time of sudden mass unemployment, former Vice President Joe Biden last week offered a vision that echoes some of Trump’s own economic populism — while addressing the incompetence exposed during the pandemic.Biden promises to spend $400 billion on materials and services made in the U.S., plus another $300 billion on U.S.-based research and development involving electric cars, artificial intelligence, clean-energy initiatives and similar technologies. We second such a push; federal dollars wil... (more…)

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A teenager didn’t do her online schoolwork — so a judge had her incarcerated

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PONTIAC, Mich. — One afternoon in mid-June, Charisse* drove up to the checkpoint at the Children’s Village juvenile detention center in suburban Detroit, desperate to be near her daughter. It had been a month since she had last seen her, when a judge found the girl had violated probation and sent her to the facility during the pandemic.

The girl, Grace, hadn’t broken the law again. The 15-year-old wasn’t in trouble for fighting with her mother or stealing, the issues that had gotten her placed on probation in the first place.

She was incarcerated in May for violating her probation by not completing her online coursework when her school in Beverly Hills switched to remote learning.

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Trump’s Bureau chief wants to give authority over federal lands to local law enforcement officials

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Donald Trump’s acting head of the Bureau of Land Management, says local authorities should have primary law-enforcement authority on federal land.

The director, attorney William Perry Pendley publicly undermined the agency’s rangers, saying they should defer to local law enforcement. He could be putting could be putting rangers in danger with his words.

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