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A man carries a Confederate flag outside the U.S. Senate Chamber on Jan. 6. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Democrats in the Senate are looking to officially condemn the acts of Jan 6. by drafting a resolution expressing contempt for violent white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-government militias and fringe conspiracy theories.

Why it matters: The resolution is the first official measure to denounce last month's insurrection that resulted in five deaths and the second impeachment of former President Trump. It is unclear if it will receive a vote before his trial, or even be brought to the floor for debate.

The resolution also calls on the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community to conduct a review of any targeting and recruitment of former and current U.S. military and law enforcement into domestic terrorist groups.

  • At least 27 of the 140 of those charged in the Capitol riots have served or currently serve in the military, NPR reports.

That investigation would include a review of the use of social media to recruit members and engage in acts of violence, investigate sources of funding for domestic terrorists and the coordination of such groups with foreign actors, the resolution states.

The details: Democrats will introduce the resolution Tuesday, one week ahead of former Trump’s trial on the charges of “incitement of the insurrection.”

  • Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is lead sponsor.
  • Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and nine other Democrats have signed onto it, including Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
  • No Republicans have been asked to serve as cosponsors, a Schumer spokesperson told Axios.

Flashback: Both the House and Senate passed, and President Trump later signed, a joint resolution condemning the acts of white supremacists and neo-Nazis during the Charlottesville, Va., protest and violence in August 2017.

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Jan 31, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump announces new legal team for second impeachment trial

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Former President Trump announced on Sunday that lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor Jr. will lead his defense at his upcoming impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The hiring comes a day after news broke that South Carolina lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier had left the team, due in part to the fact that Trump wanted them to argue the election was stolen rather than focus on the constitutionality of the trial, CNN reported.

3 hours ago - World

Scoop: Iran preparing to enrich weapons-grade uranium, Israel warns U.S.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference. Photo: Presidency of Iran handout via Getty

Israel has shared intelligence over the past two weeks with the U.S. and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity — the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon, two U.S. sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: Enriching to 90% would bring Iran closer than ever to the nuclear threshold. The Israeli warnings come as nuclear talks resume in Vienna, with Iran returning to the negotiating table on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

Biden: Fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns"

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."

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