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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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Attorney general nominee William Barr said Tuesday that he saw no reason to change the Justice Department’s current policy that sitting presidents can’t be indicted.

I actually haven’t read those opinions in a long time,” Barr said in response to a question from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), referring to opinions that established the practice from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. “But I see no reason to change them.”

The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 424-1 in favor of a resolution “rejecting white nationalism and white supremacy.” The resolution was introduced by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who said it was meant as a response to Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) recent comments on the terms.

King himself voted for the resolution. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, voted against it, saying he wanted a vote on his own proposed censure of King — a harsher response. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also stripped King of committee assignments for the comment, on Monday.

 

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Attorney general nominee William Barr on Tuesday said that a Justice Department under his leadership would not challenge Roe v. Wade, but he was less clear on how he would approach disputes over state laws on abortion that make it to the Supreme Court.

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