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President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris speak with reporters after their speeches Thursday. Photo: Ken Cedeno/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden says holding former President Trump accountable for the Jan. 6 attack is about confronting the truth so America can move on.

  • "I’m crystal clear about the threats America faces," he said at the Capitol today in a fiery speech on the anniversary of the riot. "But I also know that our darkest days can lead to light and hope."

Between the lines: Biden also previewed themes for 2024 — especially if there's a Biden-Trump rematch.

  • Biden signaled that he'd argue directly that Trump would be a threat to America and that his role in fomenting the attack on the Capitol was disqualifying.

Biden told reporters after his remarks in Statuary Hall that he referred to Trump as the "former president" — rather than call him by name — because "I did not want to turn it into a contemporary political battle between me" and Trump.

  • "It's way beyond that. ... It's about the system."

But during his speech, Biden made a point to call Trump "a defeated former president" driven by "profit and power" over principle.

  • He taunted Trump that he "can't accept he lost," and declared he must not be allowed to "rewrite history."

The other side: Trump responded with a string of emailed statements alleging that Biden "used my name today to try to further divide America." He labeled it "political theater" and "all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed."

  • "To watch Biden speaking is very hurtful for many people," Trump said, adding that "this is an election year and MAGA Republicans should get elected and work with me to fix this horror."

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Pence: "Tragic" Jan. 6 no reason to scrap filibuster

Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images

Former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday called the Jan. 6 Capitol riot an attempt to "overturn results of the presidential election that had been certified by all 50 states."

Why it matters: Though the former vice president's op-ed in the Washington Post focuses on rebutting filibuster reforms, these are also the most public statements Pence has made about the post-election narrative and the attack as an effort to interfere with President Biden's victory.

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Biden will move U.S. troops to Eastern Europe "in the near term"

President Biden boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews on Jan. 28. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said on Friday he plans to move U.S. troops to Eastern European and NATO countries “in the near term.”

Driving the news: “Not too many” U.S. troops, Biden added in remarks to reporters at Joint Base Andrew upon returning from a trip to Pennsylvania. 

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Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.