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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) got into a heated exchange during Rosenstein's testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee after Jordan alleged that Rosenstein has stonewalled requests for documents and information from Congress about the Justice Department's actions in the Russia and Hillary Clinton email investigations.

The context: Shortly after the exchange, the House voted to approve Jordan's resolution rebuking the DOJ and FBI and demanding that DOJ “fully comply” with subpoenas and requests from the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.

The full exchange:

  • Rosenstein: "Your statement that I'm personally keeping information from you — trying to conceal information from you is not true."
  • Jordan: "You’re the boss, Mr. Rosenstein."
  • Rosenstein: "That’s correct…and my job is to make sure that we respond to your concerns. We have, sir…my understanding is that it’s actually going very well, sir. So I appreciate your concerns."
  • Jordan: "Again, I think the House of Representatives is going to say otherwise."
  • Rosenstein: "But your use of this to attack me personally is deeply wrong."
  • Jordan: "It’s not personal."
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas): "Point of order, Mr. Chairman, may the witness be permitted—"
  • House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.): "The witness is going to have an opportunity to say whatever he wants at the end of Mr. Jordan’s five minutes."
  • Jordan: "It’s not personal. Why did you tell Peter Strzok not to answer our questions yesterday? … He gave us the answer he gave us dozens of times, 'On the advice of FBI counsel, I can’t answer that question.'"
  • Rosenstein: "Mr. Jordan, I appreciate your sincere concerns. I didn’t give Peter Strzok any instructions…"

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.

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Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.