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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a press conference on Tuesday. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday told reporters she would "never forgive" former President Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Nearly a year later after the deadly riots, there has been an uptick in violent threats against elected officials and the inspector general for the U.S. Capitol Police said this week more needs to be done to keep the complex safe.

Details: Pelosi blamed Trump and those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 for the trauma many Hill staffers now associate with going to work.

Context: Pelosi's comments came in response to a question about a statement signed Tuesday by nearly 400 congressional staffers, calling on leadership to act in light of Rep. Lauren Boebert's (R-Colo.) anti-Muslim remarks which they said "puts our safety at risk."

What she's saying: "I'll never forgive [Trump] and his lackeys and his bullies that he sent to the Capitol for the trauma that ...was exerted on our staff," Pelosi said at the press conference.

  • "The way it traumatized them, it was frightening. That's something that you cannot just say well, we'll do legislation to make sure this or that doesn't happen again. You cannot erase that," Pelosi added.

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McCarthy's plot to build the House of Trump

Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photos: Al Drago/Bloomberg, Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Kevin McCarthy is signaling he'll institutionalize key Trumpian priorities if he takes over as House speaker next year — aggressive tactics targeting undocumented immigrants, liberals and corporate America. 

Why it matters: He'd govern with an edge and agenda in stark contrast not just to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) but to Paul Ryan, the last Republican in the role. McCarthy's vision would empower populists and pugilists to complete the Republican makeover Donald Trump drove this far.

23 mins ago - Health

Omicron hits American hospitals disproportionately hard

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

America is seeing more COVID hospitalizations than other wealthy countries during the Omicron surge, according to Our World in Data.

Why it matters: Vaccines keep the vast majority of COVID cases out of the hospital, but vaccination rates are also lower in the U.S. than these other countries.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: The end of the Omicron wave is in sight — Transplants rebound from COVID lull.
  2. Vaccines: WHO: No evidence that healthy children, teens need boosters — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden to announce plan to distribute 400 million masks for free — Government website for free COVID tests launches early.
  4. World: WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older.
  5. Variant tracker