What We’re Following
Robert Mueller concluded the nearly two-year-long Russia investigation: He sent a final report chronicling his findings to Attorney General William Barr on Friday. Mueller and his team of investigators have unfurled threads of conspiracy by Russian nationals that have resulted in a number of indictments, though there are still a number of lingering questions that might fall to Congress to handle.
Michael Davidson, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann—who were part of the commission that made the recommendations for rules around special-counsel investigations—write that the regulations were never intended to block Congress from ascertaining vital information. Ken Starr, who served as independent counsel during the Bill Clinton presidency, writes that the “solemn obligation is not to produce a public report,” and that Mueller “cannot seek an indictment. And he must remain quiet.”
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The number of 2020 presidential hopefuls grows and grows. Joe Biden, the former vice president, looks to be careening toward a presidential run—as does Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, a moderate with business experience who is branding himself as a someone who knows how to work with Republicans. With still nearly a year before the first votes are cast, political commentators are hyper-focused on one dynamic in particular: electability. But Peter Beinart argues that all this chatter about whether a certain candidate is electable is based on dubious assumptions and polls that are too early to matter. A better strategy would focus on what candidates would do if they won.