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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) rebuked Senate Republicans on Friday after the chamber failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to advance a bill creating a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

The big picture: Schumer said he believes the vote proves that Donald Trump's "Big Lie" has "enveloped" the GOP and that its members fear retaliation from the former president and his allies.

Context: The 10-person bipartisan commission would have been charged with studying the facts and circumstances of the Jan. 6 attack and the influencing factors that may have provoked it.

  • Six Republicans voted in favor of the commission: Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (Utah), and Ben Sasse (Neb.).
  • 35 Republicans supported the bill passed in the House of Representatives.

What they're saying: "But out of fear or fealty to Donald Trump, the Republican minority just prevented the American people from getting the full truth about January 6," Schumer said.

  • "The Republican minority just prevented the Senate from even debating the bill. No opportunity for amendments, no opportunity for debate," he added.
  • "The American people will see how each Republican senator voted. This should have been simple. The commission was bipartisan, independent, straight down the middle."
  • "This vote has made it official. Donald Trump's Big Lie has now fully enveloped the Republican party. Trump's Big Lie is now the defining principle of what was once the party of Lincoln."

The big picture: Schumer said he hoped Republicans will allow the chamber to debate future bills.

  • "Will our Republican colleagues let the senate debate the bill or will they engage in another partisan filibuster of urgent legislation? We will soon see," he said.

What to watch: House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) previously told reporters that Democrats would likely pursue a select committee if the bill fell short in the Senate.

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Why it matters: Toomey largely supported Trump and his agenda during his first term, but became one of seven Senate Republicans to vote to convict the former president after he was impeached for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

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Tesla is at risk of falling behind on one of the most critical products in the American auto industry: pickups.

Why it matters: Pickups are the most profitable segment in the business and account for the first, second and third best-selling vehicles in the country. Without a serious pickup strategy, Tesla could miss out on a huge source of future income.

Defense taking steps to mitigate civilian harm after botched airstrikes

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a directive Thursday to improve the U.S. military's approach to civilian harm mitigation and response, calling it a "strategic and a moral imperative."

Why it matters: The Pentagon has faced criticism for years for amassing civilian casualties in its missions, especially in the Middle East. New York Times investigations have found systemic failures in efforts to prevent civilian deaths, as well as a cover-up of a 2019 airstrike that killed dozens of women and children in Syria.