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The Rev. Jesse Jackson at a 2020 press conference in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bishop William Barber were among a group of civil rights leaders arrested outside the Senate during a protest calling for the filibuster's abolition on Wednesday.

Driving the news: The demonstration also called on senators to pass a sweeping voting rights bill that was blocked in the Senate on Tuesday, which was co-sponsored by every Democratic senator except for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

  • Jackson and Barber were among some 20 protesters arrested for crowding or obstructing, Capitol Police said, per Fox 5.
  • Just before the arrests, Barber and other demonstrators unrolled a sign that read: "Manchin, stop hurting West Virginia: Stop the filibuster," the Religion News Service reports.

What they're saying: Both Barber and Jackson addressed their impending arrests as a necessity for change at the protest.

  • Jackson noted that "we come not as an insurrection group, but as a resurrection group" and "today we must fill up the jails ... if you call yourself a child of God, you oughta act like it sometimes," per RNS.
  • Barber added: "It took this to win it, it's going to take this to keep it."

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is rebuffing pleas from Western Democratic senators, who are citing extreme weather in their home states, to try to gain his support for core climate provisions in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

Why it matters: Manchin’s entrenched opposition puts him on a collision course with another key holdout on the spending bill, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). She's indicated that addressing climate change is one of her top priorities in any compromise.

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A monster storm was slamming the Northeast with record rainfall and powerful winds over Tuesday night — causing flash flooding that resulted in people having to be rescued in New Jersey and New York roads to close.

Threat level: All of southern New England westward to New York City and northern New Jersey was under the threat of flash flooding and coastal flooding from the nor'easter through Tuesday night into early Wednesday, per the National Weather Service.

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Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke on the phone on Tuesday evening with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after the military released him from custody.

Why it matters: Hamdok’s release was a result of pressure on Sudan’s military leader General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan from the U.S. and other countries but also from the different political parties in Sudan and massive protests in the streets.