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FBI and ATF law enforcement push out supporters of President Trump as they protested inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

A New Jersey man on Friday became the first person to plead guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Friday's ruling could guide the sentencing of dozens of other cases in which rioters assaulted police officers on Jan. 6, AP writes.

Driving the news: Scott Fairlamb's attorneys said prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of about 3.5 to 4.5 years, but the judge isn’t restricted by that term of the plea agreement, per AP.

  • Fairlamb, a 44-year-old gym owner, pleaded guilty to two counts: obstruction of an official proceeding and assaulting a Metropolitan Police Department officer, which carry a maximum sentence of more than 20 years.
  • Fairlamb was indicted on 12 counts, including civil disorder, assaulting a law enforcement officer, and engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, per AP.
  • Fairlamb was one of the first rioters to breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, per federal prosecutors. After he left the Capitol, he yelled in police officers' faces and blocked their ability to move through the mob.
  • A video showed Fairlamb holding a collapsible baton and shouting, "What [do] patriots do? We f------ disarm them and then we storm the f------ Capitol!"

The big picture: Fairlamb's hearing comes less than two weeks after four police officers delivered emotional accounts of that day before the House's Jan. 6 committee hearings.

What to watch via the New York Times: "If the government’s suggestion in Mr. Fairlamb’s case is accepted by the presiding judge, Royce C. Lamberth, it would mark the most significant sentence prosecutors have won to date."

Go deeper: Officers relive Jan. 6 terror

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

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Jan. 6 committee examining Capitol riot financing, Facebook's role

Bennie Thompson. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the Jan. 6 select committee, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the committee is "working with" Facebook to obtain requested information and that it is examining the financing that went into the Capitol riot.

Why it matters: In August, the committee issued record requests from social media companies, including Facebook, regarding the lead-up and day of the insurrection. Thompson said the committee is in the process of negotiating with Facebook and other platforms for certain information.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
2 hours ago - Technology

Facebook's scandals have been great for shareholders

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Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios

Facebook has been embroiled in scandal for the past five years, and while the specific allegations change over time, a central theme is constant. Given the choice between commercial and moral imperatives, Facebook always seems to choose the option that is best for the share price.

Why it matters: Facebook's stock chart supports that narrative. Since the 2016 scandals alleging that the social network was infiltrated by foreign actors trying to influence the outcome of democratic elections, Facebook's revenues — and its stock — have been soaring.

Biden to tap telecom trio for NTIA, FCC posts

Jessica Rosenworcel. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

President Joe Biden on Tuesday is expected to name Alan Davidson as head of the telecom arm of the Commerce Department, Jessica Rosenworcel as chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission and Gigi Sohn as a commissioner at the FCC, according to a person familiar with the process.

Why it matters: Internet availability and affordability has been a key policy priority for the White House, but the administration lagged in tapping people for the agency posts that oversee the issues.