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Mark and Patricia McCloskey speak during the Republican National Convention in 2020. Photo: Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images

Mark McCloskey, one half of a white couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Louis last year, filed paperwork Tuesday to run for Missouri's Senate seat.

The state of play: In addition to his filing with the Federal Election Commission, McCloskey also launched a campaign website accepting donations for his bid.

  • "Mark is a Conservative outsider who will bring backbone and guts to the US Senate to continue fighting for President Trump's agenda," his website states.

What he's saying: "When the angry mob came to destroy my house and kill my family, I took a stand against them," McCloskey told the camera in a campaign announcement video aired during an interview with Tucker Carlson on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Tuesday.

  • "I have always been a Republican but never been a politician. God came knocking on my door disguised as an angry mob. It woke me up," McCloskey told Carlson.
  • He went on to criticize the Biden administration for what he said was "a wholesale slaughter of our civil liberties" while bemoaning "cancel culture," among other complaints.

Flashback: Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both personal injury attorneys, were indicted in October on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence after they pointed guns at anti-racism protestors from the lawn of the St. Louis mansion last July.

  • Their actions made them popular in some conservative circles and were subsequently invited to speak at the Republican National Convention in August.
  • They are due to stand trial in November

Editor's note: This article has been updated with McLoskey's comment on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

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Driving the news: Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, the largest bloc of House Republicans, tells Axios that Vance "isn't afraid to stand up to the woke elites and will always put middle- and working-class Ohioans first."

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Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.