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The day mobs overran the Capitol

Politics | Chaos ensued inside the halls of Congress on Jan. 6, raising questions and leaving a country even more divided
by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/13/21, 06:30 pm

In the early hours of Jan. 7, Congress certified the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President–elect Kamala Harris.

But first lawmakers withstood evacuations, a lockdown, and a stampede of rioters storming the Capitol. So did staff, security forces, and journalists. I was one of those journalists, covering the proceedings from the Press Gallery above the floor of the House of Representatives. Here’s my firsthand account of the events of Jan. 6 and a survey of the national consequences.

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An American house divided

Politics | Democrats win the U.S. Senate and a unified government, but the country remains splintered
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/13/21, 04:57 pm

On the morning Congress prepared to tally Electoral College votes on Capitol Hill, Democrats in Georgia clinched two Senate runoffs and delivered the Democratic Party a coveted trifecta: control of the presidency, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate.

The celebration was short-lived: Hours after Democrats captured the Senate, rioters streamed to Capitol Hill after a larger Donald Trump rally nearby and captured physical control of the House and Senate floors, halting the Electoral College tally and plunging Washington, D.C., into stunning chaos.

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Justice Department: No evidence of antifa instigating Capitol riot

Congress | Social media rumors swirled following last week’s melee
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/11/21, 06:10 pm

Internet rumors continued to swirl among supporters of President Donald Trump who were in disbelief about what happened in Washington, D.C., last week. On Jan. 6, mobs marched from a rally featuring Trump to the Capitol, where many pushed past Capitol Police and took over the seat of government for several hours. Five died in the mayhem, including a Capitol Police officer whom rioters hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. 

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