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Sen. Mitt Romney at an April Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. Photo: T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) told reporters Monday he "would support" a House-passed bill to create a commission to investigate the deadly Capitol riots.

Why it matters: Romney is the first Republican senator to publicly support the bill to set up a bipartisan 9/11-style commission looking into the Jan. 6 insurrection.

  • 10 Republicans are needed for the bill to pass the Senate.

The big picture: The House passed the bill last week with 35 Republicans voting for the measure, despite opposition from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and GOP leadership.

  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has promised to hold a vote on the bill soon, but it's unclear whether it will gain enough Republican support to pass.
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said told he could not support the measure in its current form.

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Sep 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

The GOP's Afghanistan message machine

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Republicans in Congress have begun coordinating their attacks on Afghanistan, with new plans to try to harness unease about the U.S. withdrawal in order to regain power in 2022.

Why it matters: President Biden's poll numbers have fallen as the Afghanistan exit was engulfed by chaos and tragedy. Now, Republicans are seizing the moment in hopes of making it a defining issue ahead of the midterms.

Aug 31, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Trump national security adviser briefs House GOP on Afghanistan

Former national security adviser Robert O'Brien. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former Trump national security adviser Robert O'Brien spoke for over an hour with House Republicans on Tuesday, helping them develop their latest policy offensive on Afghanistan, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: O'Brien has increasingly been working with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to help House Republicans in their effort to regain the majority in 2022.

Updated 60 mins ago - World

Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

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