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Congressional Democrats and 2020 candidates are calling for Attorney General William Barr to step down from his post due to his handling of the Mueller report.

Context: Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to answer questions on special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election — a day after a letter was made public from Mueller to Barr about his March 24 characterization of the report's findings.

2020 candidates who called for Barr to resign:

  • Julián Castro: "In attempting to deceive the American people, Attorney General Barr went in front of Congress and lied under oath. Congress must hold this administration accountable—that starts with launching impeachment inquiries into William Barr and Donald Trump."
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): Following Barr's testimony, Harris tweeted, saying "What I just saw from the Attorney General is unacceptable. Barr must resign now."
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): "AG Barr is a disgrace, and his alarming efforts to suppress the Mueller report show that he's not a credible head of federal law enforcement. He should resign—and based on the actual facts in the Mueller report, Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the President."
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tweeted: "Americans cannot trust William Barr to serve as our nation’s top law enforcement officer. He should resign immediately."
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted: "Attorney General Barr needs to resign. Today, he's proven once again that he's more interested in protecting the president than working for the American people. We can't trust him to tell the truth, and these embarrassing displays of propaganda have to stop."
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) tweeted: "Attorney General Barr answers to the American people—not to President Trump—and over the past 24 hours it’s become clear that he lied to us and mishandled the Mueller Report. He needs to step down." Booker is collecting signatures for a petition calling on Barr to resign immediately.
  • Beto O'Rourke tweeted: "Barr has failed in his responsibility to our country. He is not fit to serve as Attorney General and should resign."
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden: Asked whether he agrees with other 2020 Democrats that Barr should resign, Biden said, "I think he’s lost the confidence of the American people. I think he should."

What other Dems are saying:

  • House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted: "Attorney General Barr should resign. He misled the American people with his inaccurate summary of Mueller’s report. Then he misled the Congress when he denied knowledge of Mueller’s concerns. How can he be trusted to impartially administer justice? Short answer: He can't."
  • Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said: "AG Barr has lied to both the House and Senate. Let’s call it what it is. He’s only in the job to protect @realDonaldTrump. As far as I’m concerned, he should not be the Attorney General."
  • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) tweeted: "I'm gravely concerned that the 14 criminal referrals from Special Counsel Mueller related to the investigation are under the supervision & control of AG Barr. He's virtually disqualified himself to be the kind of person we can expect to stand back & make sure justice is served."
  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) tweeted: "Attorney General Barr deliberately misled Congress about his knowledge of Mueller’s concerns over his summary. I am confident that @JudiciaryDems will be pursuing questions on this issue today. But we already know that Mr. Barr has a pattern of deception and he’s got to go."

Go deeper: Dems rip into Barr after Mueller points to missing "context" of investigation summary

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Swing voters oppose Texas abortion law

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All 10 swing voters in Axios’ latest focus groups — including those who described themselves as "pro-life" — said they oppose Texas' new anti-abortion law.

Why it matters: If their responses reflect larger patterns in U.S. society, this could hurt Republicans with women and independents in next year's midterm elections. The swing voters cited overreach, invasion of privacy and concerns about frivolous lawsuits jamming up the courts.

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Scoop: Biden bombs with Manchin

Then-Vice President Joe Biden conducts a ceremonial swearing-in for Sen. Joe Manchin in 2010. Photo: Tom Williams/Roll Call

President Biden failed to persuade Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to agree to spending $3.5 trillion on the Democrats' budget reconciliation package during their Oval Office meeting on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Defying a president from his own party — face-to-face — is the strongest indication yet Manchin is serious about cutting specific programs and limiting the price tag of any potential bill to $1.5 trillion. His insistence could blow up the deal for progressives and others.

Biden blindsides Europe with new AUKUS alliance on China

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Biden is constructing and deepening new alliances to strengthen the U.S. position in its showdown with China, but he risks alienating longstanding allies in the process.

Why it matters: Biden heralded a new agreement to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines as part of a trilateral security pact with the U.K. and the U.S. as an "historic step" to update U.S. alliances to face new challenges. The message from French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was quite different.