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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed interest in the findings of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot, telling Spectrum News in an interview that aired on Thursday that the results are "something the public needs to know"

Why it matters: McConnell's remarks come after his public opposition to the creation of a bipartisan, independent commission to probe the insurrection. They also seem to put him at odds with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has been opposed to the select panel's investigation, which he says is politically motivated.

Details: The nine-member committee, which includes seven Democratic lawmakers as well as GOP Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, does not have much support from Republicans in either chamber. However, earlier this week, McConnell told reporters he was looking forward to its findings: "It will be interesting to reveal all the participants involved."

What he's saying: "We're watching the investigation that's occurring over in the House, reading about it like everyone else, and it will be interesting to see what facts they find," McConnell said.

  • "I think the fact-finding is interesting. We’re all going to be watching it. It was a horrendous event, and I think what they’re seeking to find out is something the public needs to know," he added.

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Updated Jan 13, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Kevin McCarthy declines interview with Jan. 6 select committee

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday he will not participate with the Jan. 6 select committee's request to interview him about his communications with former President Trump.

Driving the news: McCarthy, the highest-ranking elected official the panel has asked for information, said that he had nothing to add and criticized the panel's "abuse of power."

Updated 23 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

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  1. Health: Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds — Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults.
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Janet Yellen co-opts Reaganomics phrase for new Davos speech

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at a speech this week. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The U.S. needs to focus on increasing its productive potential, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told world leaders Friday, calling for what she terms "modern supply side economics."

Why it matters: She co-opted a phrase traditionally used by political conservatives to describe low-tax and deregulatory policies — and framed the Biden administration's initiatives as the best path forward to achieve greater national prosperity.