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Today Representative Louie Gohmert suggested the shooting of Gabby Giffords in 2011 was a reason not to hold a town hall. Giffords called him out on it and urged all representatives to listen to their voting base.

To politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls.

Why this matters: This comes after the House Sergeant at Arms advised lawmakers to assess security protocols to remain safe at town-halls, per Fox. Some have been so concerned about security that they are hosting tele-town halls to avoid managing high turnout and levels of frustration in person. For those who have returned to their home states, read about the fiery exchanges here and here.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.