House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) revealed in a letter to top Justice Department officials Friday that they are closing their investigation into how the FBI and the Justice Department handled their probes of Hillary Clinton's emails and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The bottom line: Goodlatte and Gowdy's letter issued few new revelations, but the outgoing chairmen urged House Democrats to “continue to identify and eliminate bias” in federal agencies when they take over in January. Democrats have already indicated, however, that they plan to drop the investigation.

  • One big thing: The two Republican chairmen heavily criticized the Clinton investigation, and said they can't conclude whether a case could have been brought against her. As Politico's Kyle Cheney points out, this contradicts the belief shared within Trump's base that there is already sufficient evidence to charge her.

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U.S. policy shift will allow taxpayer funding for projects in West Bank settlements

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The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.