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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) at a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged the FBI on Tuesday to bar all rioters identified in the pro-Trump mob that breached the Capitol from boarding commercial flights, the AP first reported and the agency confirmed in a statement.

Why it matters: Placing people on the FBI's federal no-fly list means the government believes they pose "a threat of committing terrorism," since the list is a subset of the agency's Terrorist Watchlist created after 9/11.

What they're saying: Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) president Sara Nelson called on Friday for participants in the lethal attack to be disqualified "from the freedom of flight," saying that the "mob mentality behavior" seen on flights into D.C. "threatened the safety and security of every single person on board. "

  • An FBI spokesperson confirmed that the agency had received Schumer's letter, but did not comment on if the agency is considering further action.
  • A TSA spokesperson referred Axios to the agency's statement on Monday, which says that extra law enforcement and canine units have been stationed at the three airports serving D.C. Enhanced security will remain through Biden's inauguration, the agency said.
  • Schumer's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Flashback: Pro-Trump supporters flying to Washington, D.C. from Dallas the night before the Capitol siege were filmed shouting obscenities at a fellow traveler while a large Trump logo was projected on the plane's ceiling.

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With domestic extremist networks scrambling to regroup online, experts fear the next attack could come from a radicalized individual — much harder than coordinated mass events for law enforcement and platforms to detect or deter.

The big picture: Companies like Facebook and Twitter stepped up enforcement and their conversations with law enforcement ahead of Inauguration Day. But they'll be tested as the threat rises that impatient lone-wolf attackers will lash out.

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A new 20-year-forecast for the world: increasingly fragmented and turbulent.

The big picture: A major report put out this week by the National Intelligence Council reflects a present rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. How the next two decades will unfold depends largely on whether new technologies will ultimately unite us — or continue to divide us.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) doubled down Friday night, saying he's not "going anywhere," and vowing, "I have not yet begun to fight," amid a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.

What he's saying: “I’m built for the battle, and I’m not going anywhere,” Gaetz, who denies the allegations, said during a Women for America First event at the Trump National Doral Miami resort.