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Sen. Roy Blunt. Photo: Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images

Republican senators remain divided as they prepare to vote on establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The big picture: So far, four Republican senators have expressed support for the idea while 25 have come out in opposition. Twenty-one GOP senators have not come down on either side and Democrats will need six more Republicans to get to a filibuster-proof majority, the Washington Post reports.

The state of play: The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill last week to set up the commission, but its fate remains uncertain in the Senate where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and more than two dozen of his colleagues have come out against the move.

Driving the news: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the No. 4 ranked Republican in the Senate, said on Fox News Sunday that it's "too early" to create a commission.

  • Blunt argued that Congress would be better suited prioritizing the training of Capitol Police officers.
  • "Is the priority to secure the Capitol, to do what we need to do to better train, better prepare Capitol Police, decide what we want to do in the future?" he asked. "Or is the priority to take, what will be a couple of years in my view, to decide what happened inside the White House.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) talked about why she was in favor of the commission on the conditions that it is staffed in a bipartisan way and commits to completing its work by the end of 2o21, she said Sunday on "This Week."

  • "I believe there are many unanswered questions about the attacks on the Capitol on Jan. 6."
  • "I'm optimistic that we can get past these issues based on recent conversations I've had with the Speaker of the House and the House Majority Leader."

Of note: Blunt also pointed out that the commission investigating 9/11 was created 14 months after the event when more information was available about the attacks.

  • “Even a commission like the 9/11 Commission started at the right time with the information they need."

Go deeper: The Jan. 6 commission's Senate graveyard

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House Democrats strike deal to advance infrastructure, voting rights proposals

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) departs the House Democratic Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After hours of infighting, House Democrats on Tuesday struck a deal that would approve their $3.5 trillion budget resolution, set up floor action on the bipartisan infrastructure bill by Sept. 27 and advance voting rights legislation.

Why it matters: The deal is key to advancing Democrats' top three priorities — all of which are expected to receive little to no House Republican support.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

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A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.