Updated May 7, 2019

House Democrats agree to meet with DOJ before Barr contempt proceedings

Attorney General Bill Barr. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has agreed to meet with the Justice Department on Tuesday — not on Wednesday afternoon, as Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd had proposed — to "negotiate an accommodation" to Democrats' demands for the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's full, unredacted report.

Why it matters: Nadler has scheduled a vote on Wednesday for the committee to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over the full report. In a letter sent on Monday, Boyd noted that Nadler has yet to take the Justice Department up on its offer to privately view a less-redacted version of the report and invited him to do so before the proposed meeting.

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Trump's clemency spree

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President Trump announced Tuesday that he commuted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for extortion, bribery and corruption — as well as issuing full pardons for former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik and financier Michael Milken.

The big picture: The president's clemency spree largely benefitted white-collar criminals convicted of crimes like corruption, gambling fraud and racketeering, undercutting his message of "draining the swamp."

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Trump's improbable moonshot

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NASA is unlikely to meet its deadline of sending astronauts to the surface of the Moon by 2024, even with a large influx of funding.

Why it matters: The Artemis mission to send people back to the Moon is the Trump administration's flagship space policy, and its aggressive, politically-motivated timeline is its hallmark.

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Justice Department says U.S. attorneys are reviewing Ukraine information

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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) Tuesday informing him that the U.S. attorneys for the Eastern District of New York and the Western District of Pennsylvania are reviewing "unsolicited" information from the public related to matters involving Ukraine.

Why it matters: Nadler had requested an explanation for the "intake process" that Attorney General Bill Barr stated had been set up in order to receive information that Rudy Giuliani had obtained about the Bidens in Ukraine.