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Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The House voted 240-187 to condemn President Trump's racist tweets against 4 Democratic congresswomen of color on Tuesday, after an embattled argument on parliamentary procedure.

Context: House Republicans attempted to hold Speaker Nancy Pelosi's words out of order on Tuesday, after she said Trump's tweets against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib were racist. Trump said the congresswomen should "go back" to where they came from.

Catch up quick: After nearly 2 hours of gridlock, the House voted against the Republican motion to strike Pelosi's words from the record. "References to racial or other discrimination on the part of the President are not in order," according to House precedent.

  • Prior to that vote, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II abandoned the chair — an unprecedented move in recent history — and left the gavel to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who ruled that Pelosi's "words should not be used in debate."

The other side: Some of Trump's Republican colleagues have spoken out against his tweets attacking the congresswomen. Reps. Will Hurd, Fred Upton, Brian Fitzpatrick and Susan Brooks were the only Republicans to vote in favor of condemning Trump on Tuesday. All House Democrats and 1 independent, Justin Amash of Michigan, voted to condemn Trump.

Go deeper: Trump's racist tweets have created a new impeachment problem

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Putin foe Navalny to be detained for 30 days after returning to Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been ordered to remain in pre-trial detention for 30 days, following his arrest upon returning to Russia on Sunday for the first time since a failed assassination attempt last year.

Why it matters: The detention of Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and the most prominent domestic critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has already set off a chorus of condemnations from leaders in Europe and the U.S.

Biden picks Warren allies to lead SEC, CFPB

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President-elect Joe Biden has selected FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Obama-era Wall Street regulator Gary Gensler to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Why it matters: Both picks are progressive allies of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and viewed as likely to take aggressive steps to regulate big business.

The perils of organizing underground

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Researchers see one bright spot as far-right extremists turn to private and encrypted online platforms: Friction.

Between the lines: For fringe organizers, those platforms may provide more security than open social networks, but they make it harder to recruit new members.