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Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images/Pool

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said during an Instagram live Monday night that she's "a survivor of sexual assault" and likened Republicans who said the country should "move on" from the U.S. Capitol insurrection to "abusers."

Details: "The reason I'm getting emotional in this moment is because the folks who tell us to move on, that it's not a big deal, that we should forget what's happened, or even telling us to apologize, these are the same tactics of abusers," said a tearful Ocasio-Cortez.

  • "I'm a survivor of sexual assault, and I haven't told many people that in my life," the progressive lawmaker continued. "But when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other.
"And so whether you had a neglectful parent or whether you had someone who was verbally abusive to you, whether you are a survivor of abuse, whether you experienced any sort of trauma in your life … These episodes can compound on one another."

Driving the news: Since 10 House Republicans voted last month to impeach former President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" during the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riots, 45 GOP senators have backed a drive to dismiss his second impeachment trial — indicating the Senate is unlikely to vote to convict him.

  • Republican senators including Josh Hawley (Mo.), Bill Haggerty and Joni Ernst (Iowa) have said convicting Trump would further "divide" the nation.
  • Ocasio-Cortez said, "These folks who are just trying to tell us to move on are just like pulling the page – they're using the same tactics — of every other abuser who tells you to move on."
  • She said after learning a group of GOP senators, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), would object to certifying the election results "we knew that that violence was expected ... [and] predicated on someone telling the lie, the big lie, about our elections."

For the record: The Department of Justice said a Texas man who was charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly siege posted threats to assassinate Ocasio-Cortez, who has been the target of death threats in the past.

  • In her Instagram live, Ocasio-Cortez recalled hearing a man say during the Capitol siege "where is she?" as she hid from the mob. "I thought I was going to die," she said.

Of note: Republicans who voted to impeach Trump have been targeted by others in the GOP — in particular Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

  • The former president's House allies are trying to oust the third-ranking House Republican from her role as head of the chamber's GOP conference.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Pro-Trump Republican targeted over Capitol siege

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis. Photo: Stephanie Keith via Getty Images

A bipartisan group of New Yorkers is targeting Rep. Nicole Malliotakis in the latest effort aimed at tying pro-Trump Republicans to the Capitol siege.

Why it matters: While Republicans are desperately trying to turn the page on former President Trump’s actions and the deadly events of Jan. 6, Democrats and other Trump opponents plan to keep linking the party to the Capitol insurrection ahead of the 2022 midterms.

Fed signals it could yank economic support quicker as inflation sticks around

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee today. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve will consider pulling back economic support sooner "as the threat of persistently high inflation has grown," chair Jerome Powell said during a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: This is the biggest signal yet the Fed is backing away from its stance that soaring prices would be fleeting — a change that could shift its policies that underpin the economy.

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Crypto meets the real world

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

The two largest countries in the world seem intent on effectively banning their citizens from participating in crypto, which poses a serious threat to the crypto agenda.

Why it matters: The crypto world is global — but the real world is fragmented into nation-states, each of which claims control of what happens within its borders.