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Minutes after the conclusion of Attorney General Bill Barr's testimony, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he has no plans to bring special counsel Robert Mueller before the committee. "It's over," he told reporters.

Why it matters: Many questions remain about why Mueller opted not to make a decision on whether Trump obstructed justice, despite laying out extensive evidence. Senators are also interested in finding out more about why Mueller wrote a letter to Barr expressing dissatisfaction about the way his report had been characterized in the wake of Barr's March 24 summary of "principal conclusions."

  • Barr said he will allow Mueller to testify and opted not to answer several of the senators' questions because he did not want to characterize Mueller's thought process. Barr also told Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) that he does not know whether the investigation looked into Trump's tax returns or the Trump Organization's financial records, but that she can ask Mueller himself when he testifies.

What to watch: House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Wednesday that the Justice Department has agreed to allow Mueller to testify before his panel some time in May, but that they have not yet nailed down a specific date.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 30,199,007 — Total deaths: 946,490— Total recoveries: 20,544, 967Map
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 6,675,593 — Total deaths: 197,644 — Total recoveries: 2,540,334 — Total tests: 90,710,730Map
  3. Politics: Former Pence aide says she plans to vote for Joe Biden, accusing Trump of costing lives in his coronavirus response.
  4. Health: Pew: 49% of Americans wouldn't get COVID-19 vaccine if available today Pandemic may cause cancer uptick The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine — COVID-19 racial disparities extend to health coverage losses.
  5. Business: Retail sales return to pre-coronavirus trend.
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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.