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A police officer patrols near London Bridge Saturday, a day after the stabbing attack. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP via Getty Images

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II led tributes Saturday to first responders and the "brave individuals who put their own lives at risk" to confront a terrorist who killed two people and wounded three others at London Bridge.

Details: Moments before police shot the attacker dead on Friday, several people rushed him, trying to disarm him of his two knives while he wore a fake suicide bombing vest. One man who helped hold down the attacker left the scene carrying a large knife, video posted to social media shows.

  • A Polish immigrant used a 5-foot narwhal tusk on the attacker, whom police named as convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, from Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England (no relation to the London mayor). The bypasser, identified as Lukasz, grabbed the tusk from the wall of his nearby workplace at Fishmongers' Hall from where the attack began, The Times reports.
  • Another man used a fire extinguisher on Khan, video posted online shows.
  • Tour guide operator Thomas Gray, 24, told Sky News of his role in tackling Khan, "I stamped on his left wrist while someone else smacked his hand on the ground and then kicked one of the knives away. I went to pick up the knife when I heard a cop say 'he has got a bomb'."
  • Convicted murderer James Ford, 42, who was on day release from prison, also helped, Kent Online first reported.

What they're saying: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the "sheer bravery" of those who helped. London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted he's in "awe of the people who ran towards danger to keep us all safe."

Sensitive content warning: The below video shows the moment "Lukasz" and the man with the fire extinguisher approach the attacker.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Go deeper: PM vows review as convicted terrorist named in London Bridge attack

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Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation

Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

How cutting GOP corporate cash could backfire

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.

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Scoop: Kaine, Collins pitch Senate colleagues on censuring Trump

Sen. Tim Kaine speaks with Sen. Susan Collins. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP via Getty Images

Sens. Tim Kaine and Susan Collins are privately pitching their colleagues on a bipartisan resolution censuring former President Trump, three sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction in his second impeachment.