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Members of the Proud Boys and other far-right demonstrators march across the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday. Photo: Noah Berger/AP

Portland Police Bureau said at a news conference they arrested 13 people and seized weapons including metal poles and bear spray, as hundreds of far-right demonstrators and anti-fascist counterprotesters rallied in Oregon’s largest city Saturday.

Details: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he was relived the protests were largely peaceful. But he said, "We have a rising white nationalist movement based on white supremacy in this country — and it is impacting the entire nation — but we're certainly seeing that play out here on the streets of Portland."

Context: The far-right group Proud Boys threatened to return to Portland every month unless the mayor removes the "scourge of violent domestic terrorists from his city," referring to Antifa, according to the Oregonian.

  • Wheeler said that while he supports the right to protest, such demonstrations cost millions of dollars and the Proud Boys' threat "feeds in" to the current national environment of fear, driven by hate crimes and mass shootings.

The big picture: Police said officers seized weapons "almost immediately" after demonstrators began arriving downtown about 8:30am. At its peak, there were 1,200 protesters in Portland, they said. Authorities closed bridges and streets to try to keep the rival groups apart, per AP.

  • Police said they declared the event a civil disturbance about 4:15pm. "By 6:30 p.m., the demonstrators had left the area and police were demobilized," they said in a statement.
  • Portland Police spokesperson Lt. Tina Jones told the news conference that 6 people sustained minor injuries during the demonstrations, including 1 who was taken to hospital.
  • Those arrested face charges including disorderly conduct, interfering with police, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon in a park and unlawful use of a weapon, Jones said.

Driving the news: Many of the far-right protesters back a bill sponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) urging Congress to identify the anti-fascist collective Antifa as a domestic terrorist group, the New York Times notes.

  • President Trump tweeted ahead of the rallies, "Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an 'ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.' Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!"
  • CNN reports that Wheeler responded to Trump's tweet by saying, "I’m not concerning myself with tweets coming out of Washington, D.C., and frankly, it's not helpful. This is a potentially dangerous and volatile situation."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

Go deeper: Far-right and anti-fascist protesters clash in Portland, Oregon

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Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”