A bit snitty. Attorney General William Barr defended his handling of the Mueller investigation against withering criticism from Senate Democrats on Wednesday. Barr characterized a letter from special counsel Robert Mueller objecting to his summary of his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election as "a bit snitty" - https://nyti.ms/2PKs9L8


Clinton suggests China could meddle in the 2020 elections to help Democrats. In a televised interview, the former Democratic presidential nominee says, in light of Attorney General Barr's handling of the Mueller investigation, it might be OK if a 2020 Democratic candidate enlists China's help in their campaign - https://politi.co/2vywBDm

  • Clinton also calls Barr's argument for the president being able to fire investigators "the road to tyranny" - https://cnn.it/2vzOth8

Barr won't testify before the House on Thursday. Barr won't keep a scheduled appointment with the House Judiciary Committee over a dispute over whether Barr would face questions from committee staff attorneys - https://cnn.it/2PGCc3D

  • Committee chair Jerry Nadler will hold a mock hearing with an empty chair where Barr was supposed to be on Thursday. It's unknown if Nadler will tee up a vote on a subpoena to compel Barr to testify - http://bit.ly/2vzwVla
  • Barr's refusal to testify could lead to a contempt citation from Congress - https://wapo.st/2vEpwRv

Government report dings Medicare for all. An analysis from the Congressional Budget Office says implementing a single-payer healthcare system would be "complicated, challenging and potentially disruptive" - https://wapo.st/2vA4FyZ


Biden flubs China question. Former Vice President Joe Biden comes under fire from Republicans after saying China is "not competition" for the U.S. - https://wapo.st/2vAr8f8


Trump vs. Biden. President Donald Trump goes on a Twitter tirade about his support from labor groups after the leadership of a national firefighters group endorsed Joe Biden - https://nyti.ms/2vxZz66


Family separations. Newly surfaced emails show the Trump administration had no way to link the vast majority of migrant children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border - https://nbcnews.to/2vAFD2x


Facebook oversight. Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a settlement that would require the social media platform to appoint a federally approved official to oversee privacy issues involving users data - https://politi.co/2vy0Lq6


The Florida Legislature votes to arm teachers. The bill, which allows teachers to carry firearms in the classroom, is heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk - http://bit.ly/2vxlR8b


Maine bans single-use styrofoam containers. Maine is the first state to enact such a ban, designed to curb pollution from plastics - http://bit.ly/2vuY3ls