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Crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

Federal prosecutors are negotiating a plea deal with an Indiana man charged with attacking Capitol police on Jan. 6, a federal court filing disclosed on Monday shows.

Why it matters: The government’s ongoing plea negotiations with Jon Schaffer "are the first and most advanced plea negotiations involving any of the over 300 Capitol Riot defendants," Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ahmed Baset and Louis Manzo wrote in the brief, which was published publicly and then quickly removed from the docket BuzzFeed News reported.

Catch up quick: Schaffer was arrested on Jan. 17 and faces six charges including using physical violence in the Capitol building and spraying police officers with bear spray, the FBI Indianapolis branch said in a statement.

Read the court filing, via Politico:

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Capitol security task force leader urges Congress to boost resources

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to review Capitol security measures, urged Congress on Sunday to adopt the security measures his task force proposed last month in order to protect against potential attacks.

Driving the news: One Capitol Police Officer was killed Friday, and another injured, after a male suspect rammed them with a car at a north entrance to the U.S. Capitol. Some security fencing was removed a week ago after heightened security following the Jan 6. attack.

Capitol police "struggling" after second attack, union chief says

Capitol Police officers pay their respects on April 3 at the location where fellow officer, William Evans, was killed in an attack a day earlier. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Capitol Police is "struggling to meet existing mission requirements" in the aftermath of this year's second attack at the complex, union chief Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement this weekend, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: The union says the agency is approaching "a crisis in morale and force numbers" just as calls for heightened security are renewed in the aftermath of the death of Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans on Friday.

China builds its own movie empire

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Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.

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