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Is The U.S. In A Constitutional Crisis?

May 9, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not turning over an unredacted Mueller report. On Wednesday, Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler warned that the U.S. is in a “constitutional crisis” — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she agrees.

The fight over President Trump’s tax returns continues to escalate. On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a letter he would not release Trump’s tax returns to Congress despite requests from House Democrats.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Bloomberg News correspondent Gregory Viscusi (@gviscusi) for the latest on the fire that broke out Monday at Paris’ medieval Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses what might be in special counsel Robert Mueller’s more than 300-page redacted report on the Russia investigation, expected in the next few days, with NPR national security editor Phil Ewing (@philewing).

Here & Now‘s Robin Young updates the top stories in Washington with NPR lead political editor Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR).

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It’s not uncommon to fantasize about disappearing. But it’s rare to actually do it, and rarer still to do it and still function in everyday society — using credit cards, the internet, owning a car and having a bank account. But one man, who works in Bitcoin security, has largely succeeded.

The Trump administration announced over the weekend that it plans to cut off U.S. aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — aid which largely goes to nonprofits in the region. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has said the aid is not working.

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As a teenager, former Congressman and now Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke belonged to one of the best known hacking groups in the country: The Cult of the Dead Cow. Reports say he didn’t do much hacking, other than finding some ways around the phone bills he incurred with his dial-up modem. But what does the group do?

Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential election are already crisscrossing the country, trying to gain traction ahead of next year’s primaries.