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Boeing restricted the participation of its own aviation team in the final stages of developing the 737 MAX flight-controlled system, thought to be responsible for 2 fatal crashes, so much so that test pilots recall having “no real input” in the final design of the MCAS system, one person familiar with the details told the Wall Street Journal in a new report.

Details: While Boeing's process was historically collaborative and welcoming to test pilots' ideas, over time, an internal restructuring, started in 2009, reduced test pilots’ authority, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

  • Nearly halfway through the development of the 737 MAX series, one senior pilot cautioned a Boeing executive: “Something is going to get by, and it’s not going to be pretty."
  • The result was a failure to provide Boeing's experienced test pilots the necessary training on the full capabilities of the MCAS system at the center of the crash inquiries.

Why it matters: Just how unfamiliar test pilots were with the 737's new tech was previously unreported, perhaps leading investigators to up the intensity of their inspections into Boeing's practices.

Go deeper: What you need to know about the Boeing 737 MAX crashes

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  3. Vaccine: Florida requiring proof of residency to get vaccine — CDC extends interval between vaccine doses for exceptional cases.
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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."