Stories by Shannon Vavra

Pete Buttigieg on the issues, in under 500 words

Pete Buttigieg.
Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images

If elected, Pete Buttigieg — the 37-year-old South Bend, Indiana mayor — would be the youngest U.S. president ever. He also would be the first openly gay president in the nation's history.

Tim Ryan on the issues, in under 500 words

In this image, Tim Ryan speaks into a microphone on stage.
Tim Ryan. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan believes he can win over the white, working-class voters that left the party in 2016 and voted for now President Trump. But he enters the Democratic field with less name recognition than the competition and a track-record of flip-flopping on key Democratic issues.

Obstruction of justice: What Bill Barr meant by "non-corrupt motives"

In this image, Trump smiles next to a heavy blue curtain next to the presidential seal.
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At his press conference on the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report Thursday, Attorney General Bill Barr shed some light on why he decided the evidence Mueller set out was "not sufficient to establish" that President Trump obstructed justice.

What he's saying: "Apart from whether the acts were obstructive, this evidence of non-corrupt motives weighs heavily against any allegation that the President had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation," Barr said on Thursday morning.