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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) speaks to members of the media on Aug. 23. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

"The time is now to speak up," Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) implored his Republican colleagues in a video message posted Saturday, a day after fellow GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced his retirement.

Why it matters: Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans, including Kinzinger, who voted for impeachment. He said he had decided not to seek re-election against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

  • "If you think Trump runs our party, you own his comments, or you must denounce them. If you think he doesn't lead our party, you must publicly say that. The time for hiding is over, the stakes are too high," Kinzinger said.

Driving the news: Kinzinger, one of Trump's fiercest Republican critics, was also one of 35 House Republicans to vote in favor of establishing a bipartisan commission into the Jan. 6 insurrection.

What he's saying: "The future of the party and politics in this country doesn't rest on the 10 of us, it rests on the courage of the 180 others who have been silent so far," Kinzinger said in the video statement, referring to the January impeachment vote.

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  • "So many GOP colleagues watched from the sidelines lacking courage to speak out while privately hoping for change," he said.
  • "When we all publicly take sides, then we can answer the question once and for all whose party is this," he added.

Go deeper: Kinzinger allies launch advocacy group

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House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House of Representatives voted 229-202 on Thursday to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The Justice Department will now consider bringing criminal charges against Bannon, marking a significant escalation in the Jan. 6 committee's efforts to enforce subpoenas against Trump allies who refuse to cooperate.

Trump, your 2024 GOP nominee

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Former President Trump is telling most anyone who'll listen he will run again in 2024 — and poll after poll shows the vast majority of Republicans would gladly cheer him on and vote for him. 

Why it matters: Trump is the heart, soul and undisputed leader of the Republican Party and will easily win the nomination if he wants it, the polls make unmistakably clear.

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Unvaccinated athletes face 21-day quarantine at Beijing Olympics

Logos for the 2022 Winter Olympics at Yanqing Ice Festival in February 2021 in Beijing. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Athletes, staff members and journalists at the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be required to quarantine for three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlined in its newly-published "playbooks."

Why it matters: The quarantine period is longer than the Games themselves, meaning vaccinations or an earlier arrival date will be required to participate in or cover the Games.

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