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Andrew Napolitano. Photo: Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images

Andrew Napolitano, a former judge and Fox News' senior judicial analyst, said that Attorney General Bill Barr was "wrong" to absolve President Trump of obstruction of justice based on the evidence in the Mueller report in a Fox News op-ed on Thursday.

The big picture: Napolitano called Trump's actions "unlawful, defenseless and condemnable" and said it was up to House Democrats to decide whether or not to impeach Trump on obstruction charges.

Background: In 2017, Napolitano was consulted by Trump's advisory team — which featured Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, White House counsel Don McGahn, among others — for his thoughts on who Trump should pick for the Supreme Court.

  • Per Politico, in the early days of the Trump administration, he also told friends that he was on Trump's shortlist for a Supreme Court pick.

What Napolitano said:

[T]he dilemma for House Democrats now is whether to utilize Mueller's evidence of obstruction for impeachment. They know from history that impeachment only succeeds if there is a broad, national, bipartisan consensus behind it, no matter the weight of the evidence or presence of sophisticated legal theories. ...
The president's job is to enforce federal law. If he had ordered its violation to save innocent life or preserve human freedom, he would have a moral defense. But ordering obstruction to save himself from the consequences of his own behavior is unlawful, defenseless and condemnable.

Go deeper: Mueller report shows Trump’s biggest power play

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Why companies aren't paying more

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If companies raised pay high enough, then maybe they wouldn’t complain about labor shortages that have forced them to forgo sales. But there seems to be a limit to how much a company is willing to pay, despite what seems like a clear opportunity to maximize the top line.

Why it matters: Companies have been scrambling to staff up amid a rapid economic recovery. Employers across industries have been raising wages in their efforts to be competitive.

Business travel might be going out of style

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Companies have made it a year and a half mostly without traveling for work — and now more and more of them are considering dramatically reducing business travel to slash costs and cut carbon emissions.

Why it matters: Business travel is a massive part of the global economy — with trillions of dollars and millions of jobs at airlines, hotels and travel agencies hinging on its return.

Local Florida leaders eye ways to take on DeSantis' anti-mask stance

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

With Florida at the forefront of the nation's COVID surge, local governments across Tampa Bay are wondering if — or how — they can subvert Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration to do something to slow the spread.

Why it matters: A day after Florida broke its record for daily cases, it did the same for the total number of COVID hospitalizations — set way back in July 2020, per the AP.