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Violent clashes in Charlottesville. Photo: Steve Helber / AP

The protestors and counter-protestors carrying guns in Charlottesville, Virginia weren't disobeying the law. Virginia allows people to carry guns openly and without permits. Around the country, white supremacists and Antifa protestors are taking advantage of lax gun control laws to bring firearms to tense demonstrations that could quickly turn violent, per Politico.

Why it matters: 45 states allow some form of open carry. "We are simply passing time until the proverbial 'Hatfield and McCoy' incident occurs," former FBI supervisory special agent James Gagliano told Politico.

Worth noting: The ACLU, which defended the rights of white nationalists to protest the removal of Robert E. Lee's statue in Charlottesville, recently announced it will no longer back armed hate group protestors.

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate continued to work through votes on a series of amendments overnight into early Saturday morning.

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

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Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.