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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

A former New York City school teacher and his twin brother were arrested and charged on Thursday after FBI and NYPD officers found bomb-making materials at their apartment, according to officials, who said they attempted to make an explosive device.

Law enforcement officials said at a press conference late Thursday that the probe is in its early stage. Mayor Bill de Blasio said there’s no “imminent threat” to the city.

What we know, per officials:

  • The brothers are 28-year old Christian and Tyler Toro.
  • Christian taught at a charter school in Manhattan and resigned last month after a bomb threat complaint was made last December at the school. Officials said the threat triggered a wider investigation and interview with students.
  • When Tyler returned his brother’s school-assigned laptop, a review by the school found a document with bomb-making instructions on the device.
  • After additional investigation, authorities got a search warrant. During the search at the brothers' apartment in The Bronx Thursday, 30 pounds of explosive chemicals were found. The men where taken into custody. Two students were also at the apartment at the time, officials said.
  • Neither individual was on the radar nor do they have criminal history prior to the beginning of last year's probe, officials said.

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday a threat to veto a must-pass end-of-year $740 billion bill defense-spending authorization bill unless Congress repeals a federal law that protects social media sites from legal liability.

Why it matters: Trump's attempt to get Congress to end the tech industry protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the latest escalation in his war on tech giants over what he and some other Republicans perceive as bias against conservatives.

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With Bill Barr's "Et tu, Brute!" interview with AP, President Trump is watching the walls close in on his claims of fraud, hoaxes and conspiracies.

Why it matters: Trump and his legal team continue to claim election fraud. But the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia have certified their elections, a loyalist like Barr has weighed in, and lower-ranking officials have taken potshots.

Congress plots COVID pandemic-era office upgrades

oving crates outside Rep. Elise Stefanik's old office Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The House plans to renovate members' suites even though staff are worried about an influx of contractors and D.C. is tightening restrictions on large gatherings, some staffers told Axios.

Why it matters: The Capitol has been closed to public tours since March. Work over the holiday season comes as U.S. coronavirus cases spike, Americans beg for more pandemic assistance and food lines grow.