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Attorney General bill Barr Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler told reporters Wednesday that Attorney General Bill Barr said he is unlikely to meet the April 2 deadline set by House Democrats to make the Mueller report public, but that he agreed to testify on a date to be decided.

The intrigue: Following a 10-minute phone call with Barr, Nadler said that the full Mueller report is "very substantial," but that he was asked not to disclose the exact length. When pressed by reporters on whether it was less than 1,000 pages, Nadler responded: "Oh, I would think so."

  • Nadler said he did not discuss with Barr the contents of the report or Barr's controversial decision to exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice when Mueller chose not to do so.
  • Barr also would not commit to releasing the full Mueller report and underlying documents, according to Nadler.

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

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Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.