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Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz during a Mayr ally in Dalton, Georgia. Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) staged a protest outside the City Hall in Riverside, California, Saturday — one of three venues in the state to cancel their fund-raising event this past week.

Driving the news: The conservatives launched a tour across the U.S. last month, but the southern California venues issued the cancelations amid "significant public outcry," per the Los Angeles Times.

  • Anaheim city spokesperson Mike Lyster cited in a statement after the Anaheim Event Center canceled Saturday's event "public safety concerns" shared by officials and the operator.
  • "As a city we respect free speech but also have a duty to call out speech that does not reflect our city and its values," he added.
  • The City of Riverside said in a statement it was aware of the protest and was "taking steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved."

What they're saying: Gaetz said in a video filmed outside Riverside City Hall: "These folks they tried to cancel our venues but they can never cancel our patriotism or our American spirit."

Go deeper: Gaetz reaches for Trump lifeline

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from the City of Riverside and further context on the events.

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Time has run out.

Driving thew news: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s deadline has arrived for city workers and some "high-risk" private sector employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Updated 2 hours ago - World

North Korea claims latest missile test new weapon launched from submarine

North Korean state media claims the country's military fired this missile on Tuesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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Manchin's massive means test

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

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