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Displayed on a television screen in Times Square, Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement about the Russia investigation, May 29, 2019 in New York City.Drew Angerer / Getty Images

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By Patrick Smith

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Washington is still figuring out what the intervention of special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday could mean — we have comprehensive coverage to get you up to speed.

Here's what we're watching:


After Mueller's statement, concerns in White House over creeping impeachment threat

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump return from their trip to Japan to the White House in Washington on May 28, 2019.Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Washington D.C. came to a standstill as Mueller gave his first public statement about his landmark report into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

One White House source said it was a "bad day" for President Donald Trump, as members of Congress now consider whether and how to push for impeachment.

Mueller made clear that charging Trump "was not an option we could consider," because a president can't be charged with a federal crime while in office.

But, crucially, he said this decision was not because his team believed Trump was innocent. "If we had had confidence that he clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so," he said.

Read Mueller's full statement here.

Also on this:

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said "nothing is off the table", as she faces renewed calls for impeachment from fellow Democrats.

Louisiana becomes the latest state to pass a 'heartbeat abortion' law

Hundreds of people gathered for a pro-abortion rally, on May 22, 2019, in downtown New Orleans.Chris Granger / AP file

Louisiana's House of Representatives approved a new law to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

The bill passed 79-23, having already cleared the state Senate. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards says he will go against his own party and sign the ban when it comes to him.

The House rejected an amendment that would have allowed women and girls who have been raped or impregnated through incest to be exempt from the ban.

Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio have similar laws, which may pave the way for a challenge to Roe v. Wade.

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Pelosi slams Facebook for refusing to take down doctored videos

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives at her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill ion April 4, 2019.Yuri Gripas / Reuters file

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said Wednesday that Facebook was "lying to the public" after it declined to remove videos of her that had been manipulated to make her speech appear slow and confused.

"We have said all along, 'poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians,'" she said in a radio interview. "I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think it's wrong,"

The doctored video of was viewed more than 1 million times and a Facebook fact checker deemed it to be false, but it has not been removed.


This is why migrant children are dying in U.S custody

From left, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez and Jakelin Caal Maquin are three of the children who have died in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.Family photos

Delays, poor facilities in custody centers and a lack of clear guidelines have contributed to the deaths of seven child migrants in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, campaigners say.

Children are arriving in the U.S. after long, exhausting journeys and may have health conditions which go untreated during the long wait for an answer on their immigration status.


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Plus

  • The world's smallest surviving baby has been revealed — this girl, known as Saybie, was born in San Diego in December weighing just 8.6 ounces.
  • A hiker who went missing for more than a week on the island of Maui has been found dead, his family announced.

THINK about it

What role will Fox News play in any attempt to impeach Donald Trump? It could act as a buffer against such a move and make the president feel much more secure, writes Nicole Hemmer, a visiting scholar at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University.


LIVE Better

Say goodbye to boring meals at work with these tips for healthy last-minute lunches.


Science + Tech = MACH

How did the Earth get its water? A new theory holds that it came via a massive object about the size of Mars which struck the planet and created the moon.


Quote of the day

"The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing."

— Special counsel Robert Mueller


One fun thing

Storm chaser Joey Krastel managed to combine the two loves of his life: storms, and his boyfriend.

Krastel, 27, proposed to his boyfriend, Chris Scott, on Wednesday while a tornado raged behind them.

Storm chasers Joey Krastel and Chris Scott got engaged mere feet from a catastrophic tornado in Tipton, Kansas.Matt Coker and Aaron Davis

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