May 9, 2019

Nadler calls Trump's administration "lawless" for its subpoena stance

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.). Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

The White House's refusal to comply with any Congressional subpoenas shows it's a "lawless administration," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) told MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Wednesday.

"It’s the first administration you’ve ever seen where they say we’ll deny all subpoenas from Congress, whether it’s on the Mueller investigation or on security clearances or in anything else. They defy the law. …We cannot have a situation where the president becomes a king or a dictator."

Why it matters: He made the comments hours after his committee voted to hold Attorney General Bill Bar in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena demanding the release of the full Mueller report and its underlying materials.

The backdrop: The Department of Justice sent Nadler a letter before the vote saying Barr would recommend President Trump assert executive privilege if the committee went ahead with the contempt vote.

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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