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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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Biden: Jan. 6 Capitol riot "was about white supremacy"

President Biden speaks during the 10th anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial with Vice President Harris in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden said Thursday that white supremacy motivated rioters who carried out the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Driving the news: "The violent, deadly insurrection on the Capitol nine months ago, it was about white supremacy, in my opinion," Biden said at an event commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington.

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Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's "Axios on HBO"

Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.

Manchin, Schumer huddle with Biden in Delaware to discuss spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (L) and Sen. Joe Manchin (R) at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13, 2014. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet with President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday morning in Delaware as Democrats look to reach an agreement on the massive spending measure.

Driving the news: Democrats are still negotiating what to keep in the bill and how to pay for it, with Biden saying on Thursday that the party does not have the votes to raise the corporate tax rate.