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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer walks past members of the National Guard sleeping in the halls of Capitol Hill. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Following last week's violent Capitol siege by Trump supporters during the counting of the Electoral College vote, troops from the National Guard have been sent to secure the House and downtown Washington, D.C., as warnings of possible violent demonstrations continue.

The state of play: Capitol Hill prepares for President Trump's second impeachment on Wednesday. If the House votes to impeach Trump, as they are expected to do, he would be the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

  • According to Bloomberg's Erik Wasson, this is the first time troops have camped in the Capitol since the Civil War.
  • 15,000 members of the National Guard have been mobilized ahead of Biden's inauguration, meaning that there are more troops deployed on Capitol Hill than there are in Iran or Afghanistan, per Fox News.
  • Roll Call's Jim Saksa reports that members of the National Guard are sleeping inside the Capitol and "don't know how long they'll be here."
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Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
Members of the National Guard walk through the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) spreads out her arms as she goes through security outside the House Chamber. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
Troops in the Capitol Rotunda. Photo: Glen Johnson/Axios
Troops sleep in the Capitol Visitors Center. Photo: Glen Johnson/Axios
Troops rest with their guns pointed up. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images
Weapons being distributed outside the Capitol. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images
Further weapons distribution. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images
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Jan 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Cori Bush moves office away from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for "team's safety"

Marjorie Taylor Greene. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Democratic Rep. Cori Bush announced Friday that she has moved her office away from QAnon-supporting conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene “for the safety” of her team.

Driving the news: The Missouri congresswoman said Greene and her staff "berated" her after she confronted the Republican for not wearing a mask in a Capitol Hill tunnel earlier this month.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell (left) during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept. 11 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.