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Supporters cheer as Trump leaves Eppley Airfield on Oct. 27 in Omaha, Nebraska. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Hundreds of supporters at President Trump's Omaha rally were stranded at Eppley Airfield on Tuesday as campaign buses took up to three hours to get people to their cars, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Why it matters: Many people stood huddled together in temperatures as low as 33 degrees until at least midnight, in the Nebraska county reporting the most COVID cases amid a record-breaking state-wide spike. Police were seen giving aide to an elderly woman warming up in a police cruiser and a boy who received a blanket, per the World-Herald.

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Parking for the event was full as of 6 p.m. local time, the Omaha police department tweeted on Tuesday — well before the rally began. "Shuttles will no longer be transporting people to the event. You will not be able to access the rally by foot, UBER, or any other means of transportation," the department said.

  • One Omaha police officer said they would "need at least 30 more buses" to get people out of the airfield, CNN's Jeff Zeleny tweeted after the rally.

What they're saying: The Trump campaign reportedly told Omaha-World Herald reporter Aaron Sanderford that they had "plenty of buses," but had "trouble getting them to people still waiting because traffic flow on the small, two-lane airport access road is limited to one direction."

  • "Because of the sheer size of the crowd, we deployed 40 shuttle buses instead of the normal 15, but local road closures and resulting congestion caused delays. We always strive to provide the best guest experience at our events and we care about their safety," Trump campaign spokesperson Samantha Zager said in an emailed statement.  

Go deeper

Inside the room as a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol

Trump supporters scale walls after marching to the Capitol. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Reuters

We were prepared to cover a different kind of fight in Congress today, a debate that would delay but fail to block Joe Biden's Electoral College win.

  • Instead, we were there when mobs stormed the House and Senate chambers on behalf of President Trump, waving Trump 2020 flags and the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy.

The big picture: Later that night, we were back in each chamber as lawmakers vow to finish counting the Electoral College votes tonight. We're shaken but OK. We're also seeing democracy and politics in a different light.

The front-runners for Biden's Supreme Court pick

Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson (left) and Justice Leondra Kruger (right) Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images and Lonnie Tague, US Department of Justice

Two highly accomplished Black female judges — Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Leondra Kruger, a justice on the California Supreme Court — are seen as the early front-runners to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The big picture: Jackson is a powerful federal judge with a record that progressives feel they can trust. Kruger was a highly regarded litigator and has carved out a reputation for working well with conservative judges.

Fed: Rate hikes are near

The Federal Reserve's headquarters building. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve is on track to raise its main target interest rate in mid-March, as Chair Jerome Powell pledged to be "humble and nimble" in adapting policy to a fast-changing economy.

Why it matters: Fed leaders are looking to choke off inflation by raising interest rates in the near future, but keeping its options open for how fast and far the effort will go.

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