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Ten more members of Congress have signed onto the NAACP's lawsuit against former President Trump and Rudy Giuliani for allegedly conspiring with extremists to incite the Capitol insurrection.

Why it matters: The lawmakers, who were in the House gallery when pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, said in the complaint they feared for their lives. The lawsuit was first filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and the NAACP in February.

The new signees are Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen (Tenn.), Karen Bass (Calif.), Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.), Veronica Escobar (Texas), Hank Johnson (Ga.), Marcy Kaptur (Ohio), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.).

What they're saying: The amended complaint now includes statements that attest to Congress members' experiences on Jan. 6, all of which expressed an unsettling sense of their own mortality during and after the events.

  • Anticipating that he might not emerge from the House Gallery alive, Cohen began to "contemplate whether he would want to be buried with his family in Memphis or at the Congressional Cemetery," according to the complaint.
    • He developed new difficulties with digestion after Jan. 6 and grew "jumpy" whenever there was a loud or unfamiliar noise in his home.
  • The events left Lee feeling that "she had narrowly escaped serious injury or death on that date, prompting her to finalize her plans for her estate," while Waters has increased the number of security personnel who travel with her, according to the complaint.
  • Escobar now suffers from "violent nightmares" and has had difficulty sleeping, the complaint said. She said she has spoken with mental health professionals "as a direct result of these events."

All feared that the events would become a coronavirus "super spreader." Jayapal and Watson Coleman, along with several other Congress members, tested positive one week later.

The big picture: The lawsuit accuses Trump and Giuliani of violating the Klu Klux Klan Act by conspiring to obstruct Congress members from their official duties.

  • The two launched a misinformation campaign, the complaint states, encouraging "force, intimidation and threats."
  • Authorities have connected at least 57 alleged rioters to extremist groups, CBS News reports.

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2 of Deshaun Watson's accusers go public with sexual misconduct claims

Deshaun Watson in action for the Houston Texans against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium in Houston in January. Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

A woman who went public Tuesday with sexual misconduct allegations against Deshaun Watson said she has filed a criminal complaint with police, the second known criminal complaint made against the Houston Texans quarterback.

Driving the news: Ashley Solis said at a news conference in Houston that she's a "survivor of assault and harassment" and "Watson is my assaulter and my harasser, he assaulted me at my home doing what I love most, massage therapy." Watson has denied any wrongdoing.

Toyota to build $1.3 billion U.S. battery plant in North Carolina

The all-electric Toyota bZ4X, the company's first battery-electric vehicle, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 17. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Toyota announced Monday it's investing $1.3 billion to construct an electric vehicle battery "megasite" near Greensboro, North Carolina, set to open in 2025.

Why it matters: Toyota's Prius hybrid won environmental plaudits when it launched in 1997, but it has since lost ground to electric vehicle world leader Tesla, per Axios' Joann Muller. This battery plant will be the first to produce automotive batteries for Toyota in North America.

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Congress hunts for shortcut to pass defense funding, debt limit combo

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer returned to his office Monday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The scramble in Congress to pass the National Defense Authorization Act is being complicated by an effort to tie it to a needed hike in the federal debt limit.

Why it matters: The House and Senate are rapidly coming up against a series of deadlines they must address before the end of the year — or risk disrupting crucial military funding and upending the economy. Congressional leaders are now hoping they can knock out both "must-pass" priorities in one, complex swoop.