Former FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller, if pressed, would argue that there is sufficient evidence to charge President Trump on "at least some" of the allegations of obstruction outlined in his report.

"If this were a case about someone other than the president, they would have already been indicted on at least several of these obstruction incidents, maybe all of them, I don't know."
"Director Mueller I think, if pressed, would reach a decision at least on some of them that there is sufficient evidence to charge the president. But again, he's a principled person trying to be fair, and said, 'I shouldn't be doing that given that the man can't vindicate himself.' I'd be shocked if he imagined that Bill Barr would take the thing and say 'Oh thanks Bob, no case here, we're closing it.' I'd be shocked."

Why it matters: Mueller will be testifying before the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees on Wednesday in one of the most highly anticipated hearings of the Trump presidency. Whether Trump would have been indicted if he were not a sitting president is sure to be a central theme of the hearing for House Democrats, but — as Comey pointed out — Mueller is unlikely to answer such a direct question, especially since it's outside the scope of his report.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. EST: 32,135,220 — Total deaths: 981,660 — Total recoveries: 22,149,441Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m EST: 6,975,980 — Total deaths: 202,738 — Total recoveries: 2,710,183 — Total tests: 98,481,026Map.
  3. Politics: House Democrats prepare new $2.4 trillion coronavirus relief package.
  4. Health: Cases are surging again in 22 states — New York will conduct its own review of coronavirus vaccine.
  5. Business: America is closing out its strongest quarter of economic growth.
  6. Technology: 2020 tech solutions may be sapping our resolve to beat the pandemic.
  7. Sports: Pac-12 will play this fall despite ongoing pandemic — Here's what college basketball will look like this season.
  8. Science: Global coronavirus vaccine initiative launches without U.S. or China — During COVID-19 shutdown, a common sparrow changed its song.
8 hours ago - Sports

Pac-12 will play football this fall, reversing course

A view of Levi's Stadium during the 2019 Pac-12 Championship football game. Photo: Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Pac-12, which includes universities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington state, will play football starting Nov. 6, reversing its earlier decision to postpone the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The conference's about-face follows a similar move by the Big Ten last week and comes as President Trump has publicly pressured sports to resume despite the ongoing pandemic. The Pac-12 will play a seven-game conference football season, according to ESPN.

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9 hours ago - World

Global coronavirus vaccine initiative launches without U.S. or China

Data: Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; Map: Naema Ahmed/Axios

A global initiative to ensure equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines now includes most of the world — but not the U.S., China or Russia.

Why it matters: Assuming one or more vaccines ultimately gain approval, there will be a period of months or even years in which supply lags far behind global demand. The COVAX initiative is an attempt to ensure doses go where they're most needed, rather than simply to countries that can produce or buy them at scale.

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