What we are reading: CNN: DOJ preparing to announce end of Mueller probe as soon as next week – The Hill. Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him – New York Times. It is still obstruction, even if it is public. Stock market’s post-Fed-minute dip fails to hold, as central bank seen split on policy strategy – Marketwatch. Split on rate hikes but near unanimous to stop reducing balance sheet. How High-Speed Rail Got Caught Between Newsom and Trump – New York Times. 16 states sue to stop Trump from using Emergency Powers to build wall – Alltop. Gold steady near 10-month high; palladium hits record level – Reuters. Canary in the gold mine? Elections Commission Chief Uses the “Nuclear Option” to Rescue the Agency From Gridlock – Mother Jones. The agency’s chair says she won’t allow its lawyers to defend it when it’s sued. Wait, we have an elections commission? What to Watch for During the Catholic Church’s Sex-Abuse Meeting – The Atlantic.