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Pelosi’s plea: Patience Speaker plans to take methodical approach to pursue oversight of the White House House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the country faces a “constitutional crisis.”

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POLITICS House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the country faces a “constitutional crisis” over President Trump’s resistance to congressional investigation, and she promised a methodical, if lengthy, effort to pursue oversight of the White House. Pelosi made no promise for a swift House vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress over his refusal to release special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report, deferring to a fresh subpoena for the document from the Intelligence Committee that’s due back next week. She continued to tamp down talk of impeachment. Instead, Pelosi foreshadowed a long-game strategy of Congress confronting a White House she suggested is all but goading her with its refusal to comply with oversight demands. “The president thinks it is a laughing matter,” Pelosi said. “This is about the American people and their right to know, and their election that is at stake — and that a foreign government intervened in our election — so we can prevent it from happening again.” “We won’t go any faster than the facts take us or any slower.” The step-by-step approach has been Pelosi’s touchstone for the escalating standoff between the two branches of government in the aftermath of Mueller’s report. By rebuffing Congress,

she said, the White House is essentially committing the kind of obstruction of justice Mueller probed in his report. “The president is almost selfimpeaching,” she said. The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Barr in contempt of Congress, capping a day of ever-deepening dispute between congressional Democrats and the Republican White House. Ahead of the vote, Trump for the first time invoked the principle of executive privilege, claiming the right to block lawmakers from the full report on Mueller’s probe of Russian

Sen. Burr takes GOP fire Republicans lashed out Thursday at fellow GOP Sen. Richard Burr for his committee’s subpoena of President Trump’s son, a move that suggested the Russia investigation is not “case closed” as some in the party insist. Trump said he was “very surprised” at the move. The Senate intelligence committee is calling in Donald Trump Jr. to answer questions about his 2017 testimony to the panel as part of its probe into Russian election interference. (AP)

interference to help Trump in the 2016 election. Though the White House initially hesitated on invoking privilege, Trump told his staff and political advisers in recent weeks to refuse to cooperate with Democrats, declaring the party’s goal was simply to damage him politically going into his reelection campaign. The coming legal battle could stretch to 2020, and the White House is aiming to tie up congressional probes until Election Day. The president’s decision was weeks in the making, the next inevitable escalation between the White House and Congress over a number of probes. The White House has rejected all efforts to probe Trump’s business dealings or tax returns as well as the West Wing’s security clearance procedure. Democrats made their case that Congress was at a historic juncture as it confronts what they consider Trump’s stonewalling of lawmakers’ ability to conduct oversight. Republicans portrayed the majority as angry and lashing out at Barr after the special counsel did not find that Trump colluded with Russia to swing the 2016 election. Said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas: “The president now seeks to take a wrecking ball to the Constitution of the United States.” MARY CLARE JALONICK, LISA MASCARO AND JONATHAN LEMIRE (AP)

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Stonehenge gets missing bit back

A piece of one of Stonehenge’s giant sarsen stones, which went missing after it was cut out 60 years ago, has been returned, CNN reported. The core was drilled so metal rods could be inserted. Robert Phillips, who worked on the project, kept the piece and took it with him when he moved to New York. He asked for it to be returned on the eve of his 90th birthday. (EXPRESS)

Students walk out of Colorado shooting vigil, saying they refuse to be used as pawns to promote gun control

U.S., China hit critical moment in negotiations ECONOMY The United States and China hurtled toward a defining moment in their four-decade-old relationship Thursday, with financial markets bracing for the outcome of unusually dramatic trade talks in Washington. Negotiators met into the evening in a bid to avert a scheduled increase in U.S. tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products that was due to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday. No matter what happens at the bargaining table, relations between the world’s two largest economies, accounting for roughly 40 percent of global output, appear certain to change. “They’re really determined to go in a different direction,” said Timothy Stratford, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China and a former U.S. diplomat in Beijing. “The U.S. is recalibrating its policy toward China.” At stake — along with industrial supply chains supporting millions of American jobs — was President Trump’s campaign promise to rebalance the U.S. trading relationship with China in favor of American workers. Nearly $660 billion in goods were traded between the nations last year. Trump said Thursday he had received “a beautiful letter” from Chinese President Xi Jinping, above. Trump said Xi’s message was: “Let’s work together. Let’s see if we can get something done.” DAVID J. LYNCH (THE WASHINGTON POST)

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