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Attorney General Bill Barr told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that the topic of President Trump's re-election has come up during Cabinet meetings, but he declined to elaborate on what he and Trump have specifically discussed.

The big picture: The hearing is focused on the Justice Department's alleged politicization under Barr. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) questioned Barr on whether he's discussed Trump's re-election in the context of deploying federal law enforcement to Democratic-run cities.

The exchange:

NADLER: "Have you -- now, yes or no. Have you discussed the president's re-election campaign with the president or with any White House official or any surrogate of the president?"
BARR: "I'm not going to get into my discussions with the president."
NADLER: "Have you discussed that topic with him, yes or no?"
BARR: "Not in relation to this program."
NADLER: "I didn't ask that. I asked if you discussed that --"
BARR: "I'm a member of the Cabinet and there's an election going on. Obviously the topic is going to come up."
NADLER: "So the answer is yes."
BARR: "The topic comes up in Cabinet meetings and other things. It shouldn't be a surprise that the topic of the election comes up."

Go deeper: Nadler accuses Barr of undermining democratic norms in opening statement

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Scoop: Trump's spy chief releases new batch of Russia docs to Justice Department

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Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has approved the release to the Department of Justice of a large binder full of documents to assist a review of the Obama administration's handling of the Trump-Russia investigation, according to a source with direct knowledge of the materials and confirmed by Ratcliffe.

Why it matters: The release, which is being revealed publicly for the first time today, comes as President Trump is urging his agencies to expedite the release of materials that he believes will be politically advantageous to him.

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
45 mins ago - Science

Biden's military space future

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

President-elect Joe Biden should anticipate major and minor conflicts in space from even the earliest days of his presidency.

The big picture: President Donald Trump's military and civil space policies are well-documented, but Biden's record and views on space are less clear.

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