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After Mueller report, Republicans say it's time to move on

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation drew immediate praise from top Republicans, who declared vindication for President Trump after Mueller found no campaign conspiracy or coordination with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

Yes, but: House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler was quick to point out that Barr’s letter was not the end of the inquiry, noting that Barr wrote in his summary that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." In a tweet, Nadler added that his panel “will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify” in the near future.

Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin Republican lame-duck laws

Man votes at booth.
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A circuit judge in Wisconsin issued an injunction on Thursday to temporarily block the lame-duck laws that the GOP-controlled state legislature passed in December to limit the powers of incoming Democrats Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, per the AP.

Between the lines: Democrats have been calling the lame-duck laws — which would impact Evers’ ability to implement campaign promises — a “power grab.” Some of the measures in the law could have repercussions beyond Evers’ term, too, such as one measure that limits early voting, which often draws voters who lean Democratic.

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