House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y) told CNN Wednesday that President Trump's repeated flouting of the rule of law has thrust the U.S. into a constitutional crisis.

"Certainly it’s a constitutional crisis. I don’t like to use that phrase because it’s been used for far less dangerous situations. The phrase has been overused. We’re in one because the president is disobeying the law, refusing all information to Congress. … It’s a lawless administration. We cannot have a lawless administration.”

Driving the news: Nadler's Wednesday comments come ahead of the House Judiciary Committee's meeting to initiate contempt proceedings against Attorney General Bill Barr for refusing to provide the committee with an unredacted copy of the Mueller report.

The big picture: Barr's refusal is part of a broader strategy by the Trump administration to stonewall the Democrats' investigative efforts. The administration has no intention of cooperating with any of the House's subpoenas or document requests, and there's not much Democrats can do about it.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 32,471,119 — Total deaths: 987,593 — Total recoveries: 22,374,557Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 7,032,524 — Total deaths: 203,657 — Total recoveries: 2,727,335 — Total tests: 99,483,712Map.
  3. States: "We’re not closing anything going forward": Florida fully lifts COVID restaurant restrictions — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus.
  4. Health: Young people accounted for 20% of cases this summer.
  5. Business: Coronavirus has made airports happier places The expiration of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance looms.
  6. Education: Where bringing students back to school is most risky.
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Biden pushes unity message in new TV wave

A fresh Joe Biden ad, "New Start," signals an effort by his campaign to make unity a central theme, underscoring a new passage in his stump speech that says he won't be a president just for Democrats but for all Americans.

What he's saying: The ad — which began Friday night, and is a follow-up to "Fresh Start" — draws from a Biden speech earlier in the week in Manitowoc, Wisconsin:

Trump prepares to announce Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court replacement

Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Photo: Matt Cashore/Notre Dame University via Reuters

President Trump is preparing to nominate federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, a favorite of both the social conservative base and Republican elected officials, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Barrett would push the already conservative court further and harder to the right, for decades to come, on the most important issues in American politics — from abortion to the limits of presidential power. If confirmed, she would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the high court.