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The FBI issued an internal warning before the Capitol siege. Michigan plans to charge its ex-governor in the Flint water scandal. And while you read this, the House is preparing to vote to potentially remove President Donald Trump.
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FBI warned law enforcement of violent plots
Last week’s rally-turned-violent-siege at the U.S. Capitol was viewed as a free speech event in the days before, despite multiple warnings about the potential for violence. The FBI issued a dire internal warning on the day before the Capitol riots that violent extremists were planning an armed uprising in Washington to coincide with Congress’ counting of state-certified Electoral College votes, officials confirmed Tuesday.
‘Go there ready for war’: The contents of the warning included ominous language calling for attackers to “be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in … Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die.” The siege left five dead, including a Capitol police officer whom pro-Trump rioters allegedly beat with a fire extinguisher.
The investigation continues: Law enforcement agencies are building a sprawling investigation into who participated in the Capitol riot. The investigation includes more than 170 suspects, and mob members could face sedition charges, prison time and more as the investigation unfolds.
State Capitols prepare for potential armed protests: At least 10,000 National Guard troops are scheduled to provide supplemental security in coming days at the Capitol, and similar steps are being taken in capitals across the nation.
House expected to vote on 25th Amendment resolution
House Democrats will continue Tuesday with their double-barrel approach to punishing Trump for the riot at the Capitol, either by removing him from office or barring him from future office. The House is expected to vote Tuesday evening on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to convene the Cabinet and declare Trump incapable of remaining in office for the final week of his term using the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
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Michigan plans to charge ex-governor in Flint water scandal probe
Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014-15, The Associated Press has learned. Snyder was governor when state-appointed managers in Flint switched the city’s water to the Flint River in 2014 as a cost-saving step while a pipeline was being built to Lake Huron. The water, however, was not treated to reduce corrosion — a disastrous decision affirmed by state regulators that caused lead to leach from old pipes and spoil the distribution system used by nearly 100,000 residents.
Where does the US-Mexico border stand?
President Trump made his final visit in office to the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, where he touted one of his signature campaign promises, the construction of hundreds of miles of border barriers. Despite wall construction efforts being slowed in some areas, the Trump administration has completed its goal of finishing 450 miles by the end of 2020, at an estimated cost of nearly $16 billion from the military and U.S. taxpayers.
What will happen to the wall under Biden? Biden had pledged that “there will not be another foot” of border wall built during his administration. Though he has not released more details, his supporters expect him to stop ongoing construction and cancel contracts for future projects.
Move aside, Cinderella, unless you’re here to get vaccinated
Welcome to the happiest place on earth … for vaccines. Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will soon be transformed into a mass COVID-19 vaccination site for Southern California residents, Orange County officials announced Monday. The park’s size will allow public health workers to administer thousands of vaccine shots a day. The moves comes as the U.S. government has asked states to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations to people over the age of 65 and others at risk instead of holding back vaccines for a second dose.
Give it to me straight: During the past week, a record 22,676 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s more Americans dying every day than the 2,977 victims on Sept. 11, 2001. Four states with the largest share of hospital beds occupied with COVID-19 patients – California, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia – are struggling to keep pace with the unprecedented surge.
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