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‘Not As A Candidate’

A quick point you may have missed:

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First Bit Of Mueller News

Robert Mueller is attempting to draw some lines around his committee testimony to exclude the “investigate the investigators” nonsense. In his opening statement he said he won’t address questions about the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation or the Steele dossier.

Mueller also tried to fence off any of the procedural disputes surrounding his report or his testimony, saying he won’t address the actions taken by the attorney general or by Congress.

‘SEND HER BACK!’

Crowd at North Carolina rally breaks into “send her back!” chant after President Trump attacks Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN):

WWJPSD?

One of his former clerks ponders how Justice John Paul Stevens would have approached the big Supreme Court cases of the Trump era.

On The Case!

Oral arguments in DC Circuit Court of Appeals on House Oversight Committee’s subpoena of President Trump’s accounting firm for his financial records. Tierney Sneed is in the courtroom, and Josh Kovensky is live-blogging it via the streaming audio.

BREAKING

In a major reversal, a top Justice Department official tells a federal judge that the administration is working to find a way to get the citizenship question back on the 2020 census and is considering taking the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

Latest On Census Chaos

Word is trickling out that a federal judge in Maryland has moved up a deadline for the Justice Department to confirm that a citizenship question will not be on the 2020 census form.

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

laid out where we are the census citizenship question as of mid-afternoon today, but this report from CNN nicely captures the inanity of the President acting out on Twitter while lawyers are trying to represent the government in an actual federal court with rules and consequences and such:

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