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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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Brazil begins distributing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Containers carrying doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine arrive in Brazil. Photo: Maurio Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil on Saturday began distributing the 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine that arrived from India Friday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Brazil has the third highest COVID-19 case-count in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The 2 million doses "only scratch the surface of the shortfall," Brazilian public health experts told the AP.

Sullivan speaks with Israel's national security adviser for the first time

Israeli national security adviser Meir Ben Shabbat U.S. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/Getty Images. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Photo: Chandan Khanna/Getty Images

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on the phone Saturday with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabbat, Israeli officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: This is the first contact between the Biden White House and Israeli prime minister's office. During the transition, the Biden team refrained from speaking to foreign governments.

Biden speaks to Mexican president about reversing Trump's "draconian immigration policies"

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Ismael Rosas/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Biden told his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on a phone call Friday that he plans to reverse former President Trump’s “draconian immigration policies.”

The big picture: The Biden administration has already started repealing several of Trump’s immigration policies, including ordering a 100-day freeze on deporting many unauthorized immigrants, halting work on the southern border wall, and reversing plans to exclude undocumented people from being included in the 2020 census.