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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calf. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat of the House intelligence committee, told the AP that while the U.S. is facing external threats like Russia's interference in the 2016 election, in some respects "the threat from within is more serious."

"We have a president who takes issue with the first amendment, and describes the free press as an enemy of the people, and people in very top levels of Republican leadership who are unwilling to challenge that. You have a president saying our justice system is a joke and a laughing stock...we are tearing down our government from within. That is a serious problem."

More highlights from Schiff:

  • "I think part of what the President is trying to do is disparage the Congressional investigations, disparage Bob Mueller, disparage all of you in the free press, so no matter what is produced, he can say it's a fake."
  • "We need the White House to get the message now that there will be a dramatic pushback should he try to fire Bob Mueller."
  • "GOP members will tell you privately their misgivings about the President and what a difficult position it puts them in, frankly I have no sympathy. I don't want to hear people's private misgivings, people need to talk publicly and show some courage."
  • On Republicans investigating the Clinton uranium deal: "The Speaker -- ultimately the buck stops with him...in this case what he is blessing is an effort, which I think was orchestrated by the White House and its external allies, to distract from the Russia probe...this is disturbing at many levels."
  • "I think we're all going to be held to account one day for what we did when our democracy is under threat."

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Bipartisan police reform negotiations end without deal

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) with Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in the Capitol in May 2021. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Bipartisan talks on reforming police tactics and accountability, prompted by George Floyd's murder in May 2020, have ended without a compromise, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a key negotiator, said Wednesday.

Why it matters: Lawmakers, led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Booker, had been working toward a bipartisan deal for months but things fell apart due to disagreements on qualified immunity and other issues.

Federal Reserve scales back expectations for economic recovery as Delta variant weighs

Fed chair Jerome Powell during a congressional hearing last year. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Fed downgraded near-term expectations for the economy and the labor market, alongside hotter-than-expected inflation, in new estimates out on Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's the first time those closely-watched estimates reflect impact from the delta variant that's already rattled the labor market. Still, Fed chairman Jerome Powell said enough progress has been made to begin to pull back emergency-era measures that have supported the economy.

Biden speaks with Macron for first time since diplomatic crisis

President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have a conversation ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since a diplomatic row erupted over a scrapped submarine order, per the White House.

Driving the news: Macron said that the French ambassador will return to Washington next week and will resume working with senior U.S. officials.

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