Jun 15, 2017

Senate Intel Committee leaves obstruction question to Mueller

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Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice. The Senate Intelligence Committee is not, deferring to Mueller for that aspect of the Russia investigation, per CNN.

"Obstruction is criminal — there's a criminal aspect to that," Chairman Richard Burr told CNN. Vice Chairman Mark Warner added, "The criminal piece of the investigation will be handled by the special counsel, but if we find facts we can turn this over to the special counsel."

Keep in mind: Many of the questions from the Senate panel in hearings with current and former intelligence officials have centered on Trump's behavior, and even possible obstruction. But, as with other aspects of the investigation, if criminal charges are coming, they will come from Mueller's investigation.

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Coronavirus stress tests drug industry's dependence on China

A Hong Kong commuter wears a face mask. Photo: Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

It's unclear whether the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus will actually result in prescription drug shortages, but it has undoubtedly highlighted the potential vulnerabilities of having the supply chain for American drugs so dependent on China.

Driving the news: About 150 prescription drugs — including antibiotics, generics and some branded drugs without alternatives — are at risk of shortage if the coronavirus outbreak in China worsens, per two sources familiar with a list of at-risk drugs compiled by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Bernie's path to the presidency

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks yesterday during a rally at Houston University. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

Lots of Democrats are in full panic that Bernie Sanders will win the nomination and get clobbered in the general election — and bring the party down, too. But the evidence, particularly the polling, doesn't back those doomsday warnings.

Why it matters: Virtually every national and swing state poll shows Sanders tied with or beating President Trump.  And, unlike every rival, he has a huge base of fervent, unshakable supporters he can only grow.

These swing voters don't like Trump’s environmental rollbacks

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Swing voters in four battleground states decisively oppose President Trump’s sweeping rollbacks of environmental regulations — but it’s unlikely to sway their votes.

Why it matters: It’s voters living in states like these, including Florida and Pennsylvania, who fill pivotal roles electing America’s presidents, so we should listen.