In the first round of Sunday morning talk shows since the midterm elections, Democrats warned of the coming storm of investigations that they plan to unleash against the Trump White House now that they have taken control of the House of Representatives.

Driving the news: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on ABC's "This Week" that protecting the Mueller investigation will be his top oversight priority. Nadler said that if acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is still in office when he takes the gavel, his first order of business will be to invite or subpoena him to appear before the committee.

  • Nadler also added that the Judiciary Committee will re-examine the White House's apparent stifling of the FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on CNN's "State of the Union" that "the appointment of Mr. Whitaker should concern every American — Democrat, Republican, liberal conservative — who believes in rule of law and justice."
  • Schumer said that he, Nancy Pelosi and several other ranking members have sent a letter to the chief ethics officer of the Justice Department asking him to issue guidelines urging Whitaker to recuse himself from all matters related to the Mueller investigation.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)
  • Incoming House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said on "This Week" that one of his top oversight priorities involves the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the census.
  • He also added that looking into voter suppression is a priority: "We cannot have a country where it becomes normal to do everything in folks' power to stop people from voting."
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
  • Incoming House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Democrats will have to "ruthlessly prioritize" which investigations to follow so that their "positive agenda" — things like fixing health care — does not get lost.

Go deeper: Democrats to probe Trump for targeting CNN, Washington Post

  • In an interview for "Axios on HBO," Schiff said the future House Democratic majority can demand emails and testimony to see if Trump used "the instruments of state power to punish the press."

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China says U.S. is "endangering peace" with high-level visit to Taiwan

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during a June briefing in Washington, DC. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday night he will lead a delegation to Taiwan "in the coming days."

Why it matters: It's the highest-level visit by a U.S. cabinet official to Taiwan since 1979. Azar is also the first U.S. Cabinet member to visit the island state in six years. The visit has angered China, which views Taiwan as part of its territory. Chinese officials accused the U.S. early Wednesday of "endangering peace" with the visit, AFP reports.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 18,543,662 — Total deaths: 700,714 — Total recoveries — 11,143,031Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 4,771,236 — Total deaths: 156,807 — Total recoveries: 1,528,979 — Total tests: 57,543,852Map.
  3. States: New York City health commissioner resigns in protest of De Blasio's coronavirus response — Local governments go to war over schools.
  4. Public health: 59% of Americans support nationwide 2-week stay-at-home order in NPR poll.
  5. Politics: Trump's national security adviser returns to work after coronavirus recovery Republicans push to expand small business loan program.
  6. Sports: Indy 500 to be held without fansRafael Nadal opts out of U.S. Open.
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At least 100 killed, 4,000 injured after massive explosion rocks Beirut

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: At least 100 people have been killed and over 4,000 injured in the blast — and the death toll is likely to rise, the Lebanese Red Cross said, per AP. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years.