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The Department of Justice's inspector general released its report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe before the 2016 election, criticizing James Comey, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page but finding no evidence that the FBI's investigation was compromised by political bias.

The big picture: The report manages to weave together some of the most polarizing political events of the last few years — and the spin has already begun on both sides of the political spectrum.

The FBI
  • Former FBI Director James Comey: "I respect the DOJ IG office, which is why I urged them to do this review. The conclusions are reasonable, even though I disagree with some. People of good faith can see an unprecedented situation differently. I pray no Director faces it again. Thanks to IG’s people for hard work." Comey also wrote an op-ed regarding the report for The New York Times.
  • Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, via his lawyer: "Although the OIG report exonerates Mr. McCabe of any charges of bias or improper influence, it erroneously assigns responsibility to him for the delay in pursuing potentially relevant emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop in October 2016 ... [T]he FBI’s delay in searching the laptop was a systemic failure, not attributable to any one person."
Republicans
  • House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows: "The findings from Inspector General Horowitz are deeply disturbing and raise alarming questions about a Justice Department that should serve as a bedrock for America’s people... one can reach no other conclusion than the FBI sorely mishandled the investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton."
  • Sen. Ron Johnson: "The Inspector General report shows real problems within the FBI and Justice Department... violations of FBI and DOJ policy, serious lapses in judgement, and questionable contacts with news reporters."
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch said the report confirmed "what I have long suspected — that there were serious errors in the FBI and Department of Justice's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server while Secretary of State."
Democrats
  • Reps. Jerry Nadler and Elijah Cummings directly accused Comey of helping Trump become president: "The stark conclusion we draw after reviewing this report is that the FBI’s actions helped Donald Trump become President. Director Comey had a double-standard:  he spoke publicly about the Clinton investigation while keeping secret from the American people the investigation of Donald Trump and Russia."
  • Sen. Chris Coons said he expects "President Trump to continue to claim that this report somehow taints Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, but that simply does not match the facts."
  • Sen. Dick Durbin said that it was clear from the report that Comey and the FBI "failed to follow the rules, and in doing so, hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign and helped Donald Trump’s." He added that there is no proof of conspiracy as the President has claimed "in a frenzy of tweets since taking office."

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Bipartisan tributes flood in for "giant of the Senate" Bob Dole

Then-Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Bob Dole at an event put on by the World Food Program where he was awarded the first “McGovern-Dole Leadership Award” in December 2013. Photo: Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call

Republican and Democratic politicians, including former Senate colleagues, are sharing condolences and memories commemorating the life of Bob Dole, who passed away at 98 on Sunday morning.

The big picture: Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, was the longest serving Republican leader in the Senate until 2018, when current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record,

Former Sen. Bob Dole dies

Former Sen. Bob Dole in 2019. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole passed away Sunday morning at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced in a statement.

Driving the news: Dole, a revered figure in U.S. politics and the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, served in the Senate for 27 years, including 11 years as GOP leader. Earlier this year he revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.