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Protesters gather near the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., in August ahead of the scheduled execution of Keith Dwayne Nelson, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering at 10-year-old Kansas girl. Democrats are pushing new legislation to outlaw federal executions. CREDIT: Michael Conroy/AP

Democrats Unveil Legislation To Abolish The Federal Death Penalty

The Democratic proposal, shared first with NPR, comes as the party will have unified control of Congress after victories in two Georgia Senate races, a change in fortunes for Democratic legislative priorities. The legislation would end capital punishment at the federal level and require the resentencing of all federal inmates on death row. Continue Reading Democrats Unveil Legislation To Abolish The Federal Death Penalty

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The Washington State Senate convened Monday, Jan. 11 to approve the rule that will allow them to meet mostly remotely during the session. In person, only eight people are allowed on the Senate floor, and all must wear facial coverings. CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

With More Security And 2 Arrests Outside, Washington Lawmakers Approve Rules For Remote Session

The Washington Legislature approved rules Monday that lawmakers to meet remotely because of the pandemic. The in-person votes in Olympia happened under tight security with strict COVID-19 protocols in place. The Washington State Patrol arrested two people outside the Capitol. Continue Reading With More Security And 2 Arrests Outside, Washington Lawmakers Approve Rules For Remote Session

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Poll showing 63 percent of adults says Trump is mostly or partly to blame for attack - 35 percent say not

Poll: Most Americans Blame President Trump For Capitol Attack But Are Split On His Removal

Nearly two-thirds of Americans place a good deal of the blame on President Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, but the country is evenly split over whether he should be removed from office before his term ends on Jan. 20, according to the latest PBS NewsHour-Marist poll. Continue Reading Poll: Most Americans Blame President Trump For Capitol Attack But Are Split On His Removal

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A first-grader raises her hand at Mary L. Fonseca Elementary School in Fall River, Mass., in November. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe via Getty Images

Where Is It Safe To Reopen Schools? New Research Offers Answers

Since the beginning of this pandemic, experts and educators have feared that open schools would spread the coronavirus further, which is why so many classrooms remain closed. But a new, nationwide study suggests reopening schools may be safer than previously thought, at least in communities where the virus is not already spreading out of control. Continue Reading Where Is It Safe To Reopen Schools? New Research Offers Answers

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Protesters gesture to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber inside the Capitol on Wednesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Several Well-Known Hate Groups Identified At Capitol Insurrection

The precise composition of the mob that forced its way into the Capitol on Wednesday, disrupting sessions of both houses of Congress and leaving a police officer and four others dead, remains unknown. But a review by a ProPublica-FRONTLINE team that has been tracking far-right movements for the past three years shows that the crowd included members of the Proud Boys and other groups with violent ideologies. Videos reveal the presence of several noted hardcore nativists and white nationalists who participated in the 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that President Donald Trump infamously refused to condemn. Continue Reading Several Well-Known Hate Groups Identified At Capitol Insurrection

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President Trump's Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has been permanently suspended, the company announced. CREDIT: Twitter/screenshot

Twitter Bans President Trump, Citing ‘Risk Of Further Incitement Of Violence’

Twitter has permanently suspended President Trump from Twitter over a pattern of behavior that violated company rules.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a statement announcing the ban. Continue Reading Twitter Bans President Trump, Citing ‘Risk Of Further Incitement Of Violence’

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Pro-Trump protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. On social media sites both fringe and mainstream, right-wing extremists made plans for violence on January 6. CREDIT: Jon Cherry/Getty Images

On Far-Right Websites, Plans To Storm Capitol Were Made In Plain Sight

The mob violence that descended on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was the culmination of weeks of incendiary rhetoric and increasingly feverish planning – much of which took place openly on websites that cater to far-right conspiracy theorists. Jared Holt spends a lot of time on those websites. He’s a visiting research fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, where he’s been focused on extremist online activity. Continue Reading On Far-Right Websites, Plans To Storm Capitol Were Made In Plain Sight

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