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Here is your live blog for the day.

Here is the exchange between Rep. Crist and A.G. Barr that Speaker Pelosi claims is evidence of a lie:

Crist: Reports have emerged recently, general, that members of the special counsel’s team are frustrated at some level with the limited information included with your March 24th letter, uh that it does not adequately or accurately necessarily portray the report’s findings,  do you know what they are referencing?

Barr: No I don't. I think, I suspect that they probably wanted you know, more put out but in my view, I was not interested in putting out summaries or trying to summarize because I think any summary regardless of who prepares it not only runs the risk of you know, being under inclusive or over inclusive but also would trigger a lot of discussion and analysis that really should await everything coming out at once. so I was not interested in a summary uh of the report and in fact at the time I put out my March 24th letter, there was nothing from the special counsel that wasn't marked as potentially containing 6e material and I had no material that had been sanitized of 6e material so I uh felt that I should state the bottom line conclusions uh, and I tried to use special counsel Mueller’s own language in doing that.

Transcription my own.

I'm not crying over a stupid eBay action for a stupid tie.

I swear.

Seriously though, do yourself a favor and click over to read this thread. It's your Thursday Pick-Me-Up.

Dying.

When you've lost the Daily Beast...

And this is too good not to share:

Unfortunately for Beto, Buttigieg is younger, gayer, and hipper.

I'm going to repeat one of my favorite rants.

Don't worry -- it's a very short rant.

"Never again" is Israel's motto regarding the Holocaust, but it's come to mean never again to any and all genocide. Except really, outside of Israel, it's usually just an empty platitude people use to signal their virtue. To most of Washington/the EU/etc., "Never again" is semantically equal to "Genocide is bad, mmmkay?"

But to one particular group of Israelis, specifically the Israeli Defense Force, "Never again" is semantically equal to "If you want to kill a bunch of Jews, you're going to have to come through us first."

Amen.

Suuuure they are.

Tragic:

 A veteran killed himself outside the Veterans Affairs medical center in Cleveland on Monday – the fourth veteran suicide at a VA facility this month – and more than a dozen lawmakers from both parties called for more to be done to prevent veteran suicides at a rare, joint press conference on Capitol Hill.

The Cleveland death happened outside the facility's emergency room around 3 a.m., according to Melissa Bryant, chief policy officer at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, who was briefed on the incident.

VA officials declined to release details about what happened, citing privacy regulations. In a statement provided to USA TODAY, they offered "deepest condolences... to the loved ones affected by this death."

Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, who represents the district, wrote on Facebook:

I am heartbroken to learn that one of my constituents who served our nation with honor made the decision to end his life outside the Cleveland VA hospital. Veteran suicide is an epidemic across America, and there can and must be more done as a community and as a country to support those who proudly wore the cloth of this nation. We can never thank our veterans enough for their service and their sacrifice. As the Northeast Ohio community moves forward together, we must take on the challenge to better connect our veterans to resources and improve our VA system to better meet the needs of those who dedicated a part of their lives to serve.

If you or a veteran you know is in need of immediate assistance, please call the VA crisis line at 800-273-8255 and select option 1 or send a text message to 838255. Family members and friends who are seeking care or services for a veteran can also reach out to the VA Coaching into Care program for resources, education and support at 888-823-7458. Share this post to spread the word.

Preach.

Here's the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, as read by Alyssa Milano:

We the People of the United States -- we men-people, not you womenfolk -- in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, leave the Toilet seat up, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United Man-States of America, so go make us some sammiches.

Frightening, isn't it?

Keep an eye out for more stories like this one. If we continue seeing reports that the Biden campaign is treating the press like hostile invaders, it might mean a lot less confidence on their part than the polls seem to indicate.

Either that or it's a campaign run by and for total assess.

Um... you think maybe she's projecting just a tiny bit?

Good Thursday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president and first lady participate in the National Day of Prayer Service
  • The president meets with Republican members of the Senate

Important: Nellie Ohr's 'Hi Honey' emails to DOJ about Russia collusion should alarm us all

House Judiciary votes to bring in lawyers to question Barr; Barr will not testify

The House Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to allow for an extra hour in their scheduled firing squad "hearing" with Attorney General Bill Barr. Barr told them ahead of time that he was willing to answer their questions but he wasn't going to answer question from the committee's staff lawyers. The Democrats want to create a spectacle and since most of them are lawyers, there's no reason to bring more lawyers in other than to give off the appearance of some kind of trial. And we all know that his is exactly that, a trial.

The Department of Justice released a statement, via the Daily Caller:

“Today, the Attorney General testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee for over five hours. The Attorney General also voluntarily released the Special Counsel’s confidential report with minimal redactions to Congress and the public, made an even-less redacted report available to Chairman Nadler and congressional leadership (which they have refused to review), and made himself available to the Committee by volunteering to testify this week. Unfortunately, even after the Attorney General volunteered to testify, Chairman Nadler placed conditions on the House Judiciary Committee hearing that are unprecedented and unnecessary,” Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement.

“Congress and the Executive branch are co-equal branches of government, and each have a constitutional obligation to respect and accommodate one another’s legitimate interests. Chairman Nadler’s insistence on having staff question the Attorney General, a Senate-confirmed Cabinet member, is inappropriate. Further, in light of the fact that the majority of the House Judiciary Committee – including Chairman Nadler – are themselves attorneys, and the Chairman has the ability and authority to fashion the hearing in a way that allows for efficient and thorough questioning by the Members themselves, the Chairman’s request is also unnecessary. The Attorney General remains happy to engage directly with Members on their questions regarding the report and looks forward to continue working with the Committee on their oversight requests,” Kupec continued.

Nadler has suggested that the committee will subpoena Barr and hold him in contempt if he does not appear and turn over the complete report. Barr has made the complete report available, excluding grand jury testimony, to some lawmakers, but only three Republicans have viewed it so far. Obviously, it's super important to the Democrats.

Stay tuned.

Read the complete Morning Briefing here.