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Denver Riggleman speaking in 2019. Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) was defeated a drive-thru district convention by challenger Bob Good, a former county supervisor, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Riggleman, a freshman congressman, became a target for social conservatives after he officiated a same-sex wedding last year. Good ran to the right of Riggleman on social issues, campaigning on a traditionalist view of marriage, making English the official language of the U.S. and ending birthright citizenship.

By the numbers: Riggleman received only 42% of more than 2,500 ballots cast in Virginia’s 5th congressional district, while Good carried 58%.

The big picture: Riggleman is the third House incumbent to lose in a primary in 2020, joining Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Steve King (R-Iowa).

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William Walker, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, testified Wednesday that a three-hour delay in approval for National Guard assistance during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack was exacerbated by "unusual" restrictions on his authorities by Pentagon leadership.

Why it matters: Walker testified that if Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy had not prohibited him in a Jan. 5 memo from using the National Guard's "Quick Reaction Force" without authorization, he would have "immediately" sent troops to the Capitol after receiving a "frantic call" from then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund.

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U.S.-Iran nuclear diplomacy is going nowhere fast

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Iran's cool response to the Biden administration's push for diplomatic engagement, along with rising tensions in the region, makes clear that salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal may be far more difficult than many had anticipated.

The state of play: Both the U.S. and Iran have entered the diplomatic dance, but it seems to be moving in circles.

Venture capital firm Indie.vc is shutting down

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Indie.vc, an effort launched six years ago to invest small amounts in bootstrapped businesses, announced on Tuesday that it’s winding down.

Why it matters: Venture capital, despite being the money of innovation, is rarely innovative itself. Indie.vc was an effort to break out of the tedium, so its failure is de facto disappointing.

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