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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."
In photos:
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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Doug Emhoff, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden and President-elect Joe Biden face the Reflecting Pool as they observe a moment of silence at a memorial for COVID-19 victims at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Cities across the U.S. lit up to honor Americans killed by the pandemic, as President-elect Joe Biden led a national mourning during a sunset ceremony in Washington, D.C., on the eve of his inauguration.

The big picture: Standing at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, surrounded by 400 lights to commemorate lives lost to COVID-19, Biden said: "To heal, we must remember." From New York City to Miami, city buildings were illuminated as part of this "national moment of unity," as the U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 400,000.

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Off the rails: Behind Trump's post-election meltdown

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios special series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

  • This page will be updated as more episodes are published.
  • Our podcast on the series is called "How it happened: Trump's last stand." Episodes will be released each Monday, beginning on Jan. 18.

Biden embarks on a consequential presidency

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Donald Trump tried everything to delegitimize the rival who vanquished him. In reality, he's set Joe Biden on course to be a far more consequential U.S. president than he might otherwise have become.

The big picture: President Biden now confronts not just a pandemic, but massive political divisions and an assault on truth — and the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol two weeks ago that threatened democracy itself.