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Sen. Patrick Leahy inside the Capitol Rotunda on Jan. 25. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) left the Washington, D.C., hospital he was taken to for evaluation on Tuesday and has returned home, his spokesperson David Carle confirmed.

Why it matters: The 80-year-old is president pro tempore of the Senate and is expected to preside over former President Trump's second impeachment trial, for which proceedings are set to begin the week of Feb. 8.

What they're saying: "The Capitol Physician suggested that Senator Leahy go to George Washington University Hospital this evening for observation, out of an abundance of caution. After getting test results back, and after a thorough examination, Senator Leahy now is home," Carle said in a written statement.

  • "He looks forward to getting back to work. Patrick and Marcelle deeply appreciate the well wishes they have received tonight."
  • Earlier that day, Carle said in a separate statement the senator had been taken to the hospital "out of an abundance of caution" after he said he was not feeling well.

Of note: Leahy’s status in the Senate puts him third in line in the order of presidential succession, after Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Why it matters: The vote serves as a precursor to how senators will approach next month's impeachment trial, making it highly unlikely the Senate will vote to convict. The House impeached Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection" following events from Jan 6. when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

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The decades-long building boom that remade Washington D.C. is screeching to a halt, undone by broader construction trends and the legacy of the post-pandemic workplace.

Why it matters: Dizzying construction has reshaped the city, reinvigorated downtown and created bustling new communities. 

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Facebook is ditching apologies and taking a more combative stance against its critics as it faces a new barrage of negative coverage and leaked internal reports.

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