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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) choked up as he addressed the four police officers testifying at the first hearing of the Jan. 6 select committee, telling them: "Democracies are not defined by our bad days. We're defined by how we come back from bad days."

Why it matters: Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) are the only two Republicans serving on the committee. Kinzinger said that he chose to accept Speaker Pelosi's appointment to the committee "not in spite of my membership in the Republican Party, but because of it."

What they're saying: "This cannot continue to be a partisan fight. I'm a Republican. I'm a conservative. But in order to heal from the damage caused that day, we need to call out the facts," Kinzinger said.

  • "It's time to stop the outrage and the conspiracies that fuel the violence and division in this country, and most importantly, we need to reject those that promote it," he continued.

Kinzinger also addressed Republicans' attempts to compare the Jan. 6 attack to violence during last summer's racial-justice protests, saying: "I condemn those riots and the destruction of property that resulted. But not once did I ever feel that the future of self governance was threatened like I did on Jan. 6."

  • "There is a difference between breaking the law and rejecting the rule of law. Between a crime, even grave crimes, and a coup."

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Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Oct 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Axios-Ipsos poll: Dueling crime narratives

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

A majority of Americans mistakenly believes that violent crime is worse now than it was 30 years ago, according to an Axios/Ipsos poll.

Why it matters: Polarization and misinformation are driving competing narratives about how much to fear rising crime, what's causing it, what to do about it and how much to prioritize it as an issue in the 2022 midterms.

2021 economy boomed at fastest rate in 37 years

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

The U.S. economy surged ahead with a 6.9% annual growth rate in the final months of 2021 and achieved the strongest growth over an entire calendar year since 1984.

Driving the news: New GDP numbers from the Commerce Department show a remarkable acceleration in economic activity, much faster than the 5.3% growth rate analysts expected.

The Fed isn't the only problem investors are worried about

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Federal Reserve will be raising rates, just as the economy is slowing. The markets hate that.

Why it matters: The ugly start to the stock trading year doesn't just reflect Fed-induced agita — investors are also worried about a growth slowdown.

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