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Protestors stormed the state Capitol on Wednesday in response to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stringent stay-at-home order, NBC News reports.

The latest: The Michigan Conservative Coalition and the Michigan Freedom Fund organized the event, designated "Operation Gridlock." Coordinators invited participants to instigate traffic jams — writing on Facebook: "Do not park and walk — stay in your vehicles!"

  • But some demonstrators abandoned their cars and congregated at the Capitol building in Lansing to wave flags and signs.

"Open up Michigan" and "lock her up" chants targeted Whitmer, who earlier on Wednesday said it was a "sad irony" that the protest could result in a longer stay-at-home order, per NBC.

  • Lt. Brian Oleksyk of the Michigan State Police told NBC News that "for the majority, the protest is peaceful," adding most participants "have been following the social distancing."

The big picture: More than 27,000 cases have been confirmed in the state with at least 1,700 deaths, per Johns Hopkins University data.

Michigan's stay-at-home order is one of the most restrictive in the U.S., including bans on residents traveling to in-state vacation homes, using motorboats, and harsh guidelines for business operations, NBC writes.

  • Violators may be subject to misdemeanor charges.

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Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.

Congress passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Senate voted 69-28 to pass legislation Thursday night to fund the government until February 18.

Why it matters: The move staves off a government shutdown but lawmakers still have a busy month ahead: Congress needs to work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling in a few weeks and Democrats are trying to pass their behemoth social spending bill.

DiDi to delist from NYSE under Chinese govt pressure

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Chinese ride-hail giant DiDi said it will delist from the New York Stock Exchange, following a Chinese government crackdown on foreign listings.

Why it matters: This reflects how geopolitical tensions are bleeding into the capital markets.