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Mark and Patricia McCloskey holding firearms outside of their house as protesters walk down the street in protesters marching to St. Louis in June 2020. Photo: Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) on Tuesday pardoned Mike and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple that gained national notoriety after brandishing guns while social justice protesters marched by their mansion in June 2020.

Flashback: Last July, Parson vowed to pardon the couple — who pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree assault last month — if they were ever convicted of a crime.

  • The anti-racism demonstrators passed the McCloskey's mansion on their way to protest George Floyd’s death in front of the St. Louis mayor’s home. The couple emerged with an AR-15-style rifle and a semiautomatic pistol.
  • The couple was indicted on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence in October 2020 but entered a plea agreement this June.
  • No shots were fired and no one was injured during the incident.

The big picture: Mark McCloskey, who has become a hero in conservative circles, filed paperwork in May to run for Missouri's Senate seat.

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Missouri executes man with intellectual disabilities

Photo: Missouri Department of Corrections

A Missouri man with intellectual disabilities was executed Tuesday for killing three people during a 1994 robbery at a convenience store, per the New York Times.

Why it matters: Pope Francis, lawmakers and activists called for Ernest Lee Johnson's life to be spared because of his low IQ showing he had the intellectual capacity of a child.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.

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Democrats' billionaires tax explained

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).