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Jan. 6 defendants win unlikely Dem champions as they face harsh detainment

Jan. 6 defendants win unlikely Dem champions as they face harsh detainment

“Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said.Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. | Brent Stirton/Getty ImagesSen. Elizabeth Warren fled the Capitol on Jan. 6 from a mob she later called domestic terrorists. Now she and another Senate Democratic leader are standing up for their attackers' rights as criminal defendants.Most of the 300-plus people charged with participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have been released while they await trial, but dozens of those...

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Apr 19
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Biden to request $715B for the Pentagon, slight increase from last year

Biden to request $715B for the Pentagon, slight increase from last year

It's a modest increase from the current level, but below the level projected by the Trump administration in its final budget.The White House is set to release the broad outlines of its fiscal 2022 budget submission on Friday. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe Biden administration plans to request $715 billion for the Pentagon this coming year, a modest increase from the current level but below the level projected by the Trump administration in its final budget, according to three people familiar with the proposal.That planned fiscal 2022 budget topline is up from the more than $704 billion...

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Army probes missing rifle from National Guard unit deployed to the Capitol

Army probes missing rifle from National Guard unit deployed to the Capitol

A misplaced or unaccounted-for weapon is a major security risk, Guard members said.National Guard stand their posts around the Capitol at sunrise. | Carolyn Kaster/AP PhotoThe Army has dispatched its in-house criminal investigative arm to probe the potential theft of a rifle from the D.C. National Guard while the unit was training in Virginia three weeks ago, an Army spokesperson confirmed on Thursday.The M4 rifle and its scope went missing around March 11, according to two people familiar with the investigation, as members of a quick reaction force that was formed to protect the U.S....

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A tough-on-China GOP is split on whether to boycott the China Olympics

A tough-on-China GOP is split on whether to boycott the China Olympics

Some Republicans want to pull out, but others say there are better ways to highlight Beijing’s human rights abuses.Exile Tibetans in Dharmsala, India, use the Olympic Rings as a prop on Feb. 3, 2021, as they hold a street protest against the holding of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. | Ashwini Bhatia/AP PhotoPresident Joe Biden is under growing pressure from hawkish Republicans to use the 2022 Winter Olympics to punish the Chinese government over its human rights abuses.But even within the GOP, there’s disagreement over how far to push.Some are calling on Biden to outright boycott the...

Mar 11
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GOP Sen. Roy Blunt will not run for reelection

GOP Sen. Roy Blunt will not run for reelection

The veteran lawmaker is a member of Senate Republican leadership.Sen. Roy Blunt leaves after a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 5, 2021, in Washington, D.C. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSen. Roy Blunt, a member of GOP leadership, announced he will not run for reelection in 2022.“After 14 General Election victories — three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections — I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” the Missouri Republican said in a video message announcing his decision.Blunt was...

Mar 8
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Security officials in charge on Jan. 6 tell Congress conflicting stories

Security officials in charge on Jan. 6 tell Congress conflicting stories

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned after the Jan. 6 attack, could shed light on all aspects of the security response.The Capitol is seen as National Guard secure the the grounds Feb. 8. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty ImagesThe officials in charge of securing the Capitol on Jan. 6 say a tangled mess of conflicting orders and unanswered calls culminated in an hourslong delay by the Pentagon in deploying National Guard troops to quell the insurrection that threatened the presidential transfer of power.In Tuesday testimony to two Senate committees, former Capitol Police Chief Steven...

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Impeachment managers unveil dramatic footage of Capitol attack

Impeachment managers unveil dramatic footage of Capitol attack

Prosecutors presented never-before-seen footage of the chaos during the first day of formal arguments in Trump's second trial.House Democrats unloaded a trove of horrific footage on the Senate floor Wednesday that showed lawmakers narrowly evading the insurrectionist mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 — rioters they said were incited by Donald Trump’s call for them to descend on Congress and stop the counting of electoral votes.The clips, some previously public and others drawn from newly disclosed Capitol security footage, showed Vice President Mike Pence's evacuation from the building...

Feb 10
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Trump won’t testify at his second impeachment trial

Trump won’t testify at his second impeachment trial

The former president “will not testify in an unconstitutional proceeding,” his spokesperson says.Impeachment managers Reps. Jamie Raskin, Diana DeGette, David Cicilline, Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Stacey Plaskett, Joe Neguse and Madeleine Dean leave the Senate floor after delivering the article of impeachment. | Melina Mara-Pool/Getty ImagesDonald Trump will not testify in the Senate’s upcoming impeachment trial, a spokesman for the former president said Thursday, explicitly rejecting a request from House Democrats.Jason Miller, a spokesperson for the former president, said...

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House impeachment brief argues Trump unmistakably responsible for Capitol attack

House impeachment brief argues Trump unmistakably responsible for Capitol attack

Trump’s legal team is expected to file its first official response later today.Protesters supporting President Donald Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. | Win McNamee/Getty ImagesFormer President Donald Trump bears “unmistakable” responsibility for the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and should be barred from holding federal office, the House’s impeachment managers argued in their opening salvo for the Senate’s upcoming trial.A week before the Senate is slated to put the ex-president on trial for a second time, the House’s first legal brief outlines a...

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GOP tears into Kerry amid Iran controversy

GOP tears into Kerry amid Iran controversy

Leaked audio of Iran's foreign minister claiming that John Kerry acknowledged secret Israeli airstrikes has Republican hawks up in arms.John Kerry tweeted Monday night: “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false." | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesRepublicans on Monday called on John Kerry to resign from President Joe Biden’s National Security Council over claims that he revealed sensitive information about Israeli military operations to Iran.According to leaked audio revealed Sunday by The New York Times, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Kerry told him that...

Apr 26
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