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The U.S. Capitol Police asked the Department of Defense to provide support in the form of National Guard troops should they become necessary during a rally at the Capitol scheduled for Saturday.

Why it matters: The USCP previously said it is "closely monitoring" the event, known as "Justice for J6," which is being held in support of individuals arrested for storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.

The big picture: "The USCP has asked the Department of Defense for the ability to receive National Guard support should the need arise on September 18," said the statement from USCP.

  • "[W]e're analyzing it, and if it can be validated and supported, we'll do that and we'll look at the sourcing inside the department as to what's most appropriate," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Wednesday, confirming the request had been received, per CNN.
  • The amount of troops requested has not been confirmed, though Kirby said it was "not of a particularly large size or major capability. I think it's more in the form of some manpower support."
  • This week, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger announced that protective fencing around the Capitol building will be reinstalled ahead of the rally.

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Capitol Police reported more than 4,000 threats against lawmakers in first months of 2021

A members of the U.S. Capitol Police responds to demonstrators at the U.S. Capitol U.S. on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In the first three months of 2021, U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) reported 4,135 threats against members of Congress, a rate so high that if it continues the total number of threats could be double the amount in 2020, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Why it matters: The Jan. 6 Capitol riot put a renewed focus on security as well as the USCP shortcomings and constraints in addressing these threats.

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Nor'easter slams East Coast with flooding rain and powerful winds

A residential area in Middlesex County as floodwater from the nor'easter covers streets in New Jersey on Tuesday. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A monster storm was slamming the Northeast with record rainfall and powerful winds over Tuesday night — causing flash flooding that resulted in people having to be rescued in New Jersey and New York roads to close.

Threat level: All of southern New England westward to New York City and northern New Jersey was under the threat of flash flooding and coastal flooding from the nor'easter through Tuesday night into early Wednesday, per the National Weather Service.

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Blinken speaks with Sudan prime minister after his release

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke on the phone on Tuesday evening with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after the military released him from custody.

Why it matters: Hamdok’s release was a result of pressure on Sudan’s military leader General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan from the U.S. and other countries but also from the different political parties in Sudan and massive protests in the streets.