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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and City of London commissioner Ian Dyson visit on Saturday the scene of the London Bridge stabbing attack. Photo: Simon Dawson/WPA Pool/Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised Saturday the United Kingdom was urgently reviewing its sentencing system after a convicted terrorist released early from prison killed two people in a London Bridge stabbing attack, AFP reports.

The latest: The cases of up to 70 convicted terrorists who've been released from prison could be reviewed by the government, per the BBC, which notes the London Bridge attacker, Usman Khan, 28, from Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England, had been sentenced for his role in a 2012 plan to bomb the London Stock Exchange.

  • Jack Merritt, 25, was killed by Khan, his father David Merritt confirmed via Twitter. He was a course coordinator for the Cambridge University Learning Together program that was hosting a conference at Fishmongers' Hall, from where Khan launched his attack, ITV News reports.
  • The other victim, a woman, has yet to be identified.
  • Nazir Afzal, a former chief prosecutor, claimed in a series of tweets Saturday that he had raised for years the issue of radicalized prisoners being released from prison several times, including with Johnson himself.
  • Afzal alleges Johnson told him during a 2016 meeting no funds were available to address the issue. Johnson has yet to comment on the prosecutor's claims.
Photo: Nazir Afzal/Twitter

The big picture: Police shot Khan dead after he went on the rampage during which he wounded three people while wearing what appeared to be a suicide bombing vest but which turned out to be fake.

Go deeper: Queen praises "brave individuals" who wrestled London Bridge attacker

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

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Senate Republicans plan to exact pain before COVID relief vote

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republicans are demanding a full, 600-page bill reading — and painful, multi-hour "vote-a-rama" — as Democrats forge ahead with their plan to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.

The new grifters: outrage profiteers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As Republicans lost the Senate and narrowly missed retaking the House, millions of dollars in grassroots donations were diverted to a handful of 2020 congressional campaigns challenging high-profile Democrats that, realistically, were never going to succeed.

Why it matters: Call it the outrage-industrial complex. Slick fundraising consultants market candidates contesting some of their party’s most reviled opponents. Well-meaning donors pour money into dead-end campaigns instead of competitive contests. The only winner is the consultants.