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A man calls on people to raid the building as Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images.

The House Intelligence, Oversight, Judiciary and Homeland Security committees have opened a review of the events and intelligence surrounding the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol and other threats to the peaceful transfer of power, the panels said in a letter to federal intelligence agencies Saturday.

Why it matters: Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have faced sharp criticism for not being better prepared for the Capitol riot, despite reports that far-right Trump supporters discussed the idea of a violent protest on social media and chat platforms in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 event.

The state of play: The letter, signed by committee chairs, was sent to the FBI, Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, the National Counterterrorism Center and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

  • It requested relevant documents and intelligence associated with the deadly Capitol siege.
  • It also requested the agencies hold several briefings in the coming weeks.

What they're saying: "Security and logistical preparations before January 6 were not consistent with the prospect of serious and widespread violence. Yet, according to media accounts..., federal and other authorities earlier on possessed ... intelligence and other information forecasting a dire security threat against the Congress’s meeting to certify the election results," the panels noted in the letter.

  • "The Committees will conduct robust oversight to understand what warning signs may have been missed, determine whether there were systemic failures, and consider how to best address countering domestic violent extremism, including remedying any gaps in legislation or policy," the panels said in the letter.

Go deeper: The Capitol siege's QAnon roots

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Bankruptcy filings hit decade-high last year

Data: S&P Global Market Intelligence; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Bankruptcy filings hit a decade-high last year — though, by one measure, they eclipsed the financial crisis high.

The big picture: 7% of companies that filed for bankruptcy had over $1 billion in liabilities, the highest share in at least 10 years, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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Biden adviser Cedric Richmond sees first-term progress on reparations

Illustration: "Axios on HBO"

White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

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