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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Sunday that she has appointed Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to serve on the House select committee investigating the Jan 6. Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Pelosi's announcement comes after she rejected two of the five Republican appointments offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

  • Pelosi's refusal led to McCarthy revoking all of his appointments, later making threats that he would form his own committee.
  • Rep. Liz Cheney (R.-Wyo.) was the lone Republican appointed by Pelosi.
  • Kinzinger has been outspoken in his opposition to Trump and voted for his second impeachment following the Jan. 6 attack.

The big picture: Asked on ABC's "This Week" whether she would be appointing more Republicans to the committee, she said, "that would be my plan."

  • "[Kinzinger] and other Republicans have expressed an interest to serve on the select committee and I wanted to appoint three of the members Leader McCarthy suggested but he withdrew their names."

What they're saying: "Speaker Pelosi’s rejection of the Republican nominees to serve on the committee and self-appointment of members who share her pre-conceived narrative will not yield a serious investigation," McCarthy said in a statement on Sunday.

  • "We have had an unprecedented action, an assault, an insurrection, against our government. An assault on the capitol building, which is an assault on Congress," Pelosi said.
  • “Maybe the Republicans can’t handle the truth, but we have a responsibility to seek it," she added.
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What to watch: The committee's first hearing is scheduled for July 27.

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

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President Biden addresses reporters in Rome on Sunday evening. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden and congressional leaders are forging ahead with plans to have the House vote on his two massive spending plans, even while backing off their Tuesday deadline amid persistent concerns from key lawmakers.

Why it matters: For all their bluster, Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have failed twice to hold promised votes on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which would pave the way for a $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion package. Missing a third vote is a major risk for them both.

Former lawmakers seek to block Trump's efforts to shield Jan. 6 records

Protesters storm the Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

More than 60 former lawmakers have signed on to a legal brief asking a federal judge to dismiss former President Trump's attempts to shield Jan. 6 investigators from probing his White House records, Politico reports.

Driving the news: The brief, signed by 66 lawmakers, including 24 Republicans and 42 Democrats, argues that Trump "played an outsized — and likely central — role in orchestrating the events that gave rise to the January 6th attack."

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Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

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