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Photos: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg and Drew Angerer via Getty Images

Seven people pleaded guilty to charges related to the Capitol insurrection this week, including an armed man who threatened to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Why it matters: Over 600 known federal defendants face charges in connection to the deadly riots. About 10% have pleaded guilty, according to CNN.

  • Cleveland Meredith Jr. is the most notable defendant among the latest slate to enter guilty pleas. Meredith drove from Georgia to Washington, D.C. with two guns and 2,500 rounds of ammunition.
  • Though he missed then-President Trump's rally on Jan. 6, he later texted a relative that he was considering going to a Pelosi event and "putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV," court filings show.
  • He has pleaded guilty to sending threatening communications and could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison, though prosecutors said they'd only seek up to two years, per CNN.

The big picture: In recent weeks, the DOJ has worked to resolve lower-level cases involving nonviolent defendants.

  • Others have pleaded guilty to more serious felonies, including assaulting police, conspiring with extremist groups or obstructing congressional proceedings.
  • Video footage shows that rioters committed over 1,000 assaults against police officers during the insurrection.

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Judge asks DOJ to probe D.C. jail's treatment of Capitol riot detainee

D.C. Department of Corrections. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

A federal judge on Wednesday held officials at the Washington, D.C., Department of Corrections in contempt of court after ruling they violated the civil rights of a Jan. 6 detainee by impeding his access to medical care.

The big picture: The department has been the subject of heavy criticism from inmates, lawyers and judges over its living conditions, the Washington Post reports. During the pandemic, for around 400 days, officials imposed a 23-hour-a-day lockdown policy to enforce social distancing. The rule was eased this summer.

Fintech's record year

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Massive venture rounds into fintech companies have ballooned this year, pushing up total dollars invested — in just the first three quarters of 2021 — to nearly double the amount in all of 2020, per new PitchBook data.

Why it matters: The maturing of fintech startups means a growing number of companies are able to raise huge later-stage funding rounds as investors look to lock-in their bets.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
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Democrats' clean power outlook is very muddy

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Here are two big questions as a key Democratic proposal to slash emissions from power generation flounders: how much its demise would sap climate protections, and what might replace it.

Catch up fast: New financial carrots and sticks for utilities to deploy zero-carbon power — the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) — look unlikely to stay in Democrats' big social spending and climate bill.