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Blame for Capitol Evacuation Falls to FAA So Far

Pelosi criticizes agency while lauding quick thinking of Capitol Police

(Newser) - Update: No one accepted responsibility Thursday for the breakdown that led to an evacuation of the US Capitol as a small plane headed to a parachute demonstration the night before, but fingers were being pointed. The Army said it notified the FAA of its flight, but Capitol Police officials said...

Fox Euthanized After Allegedly Biting Congressman

DC authorities say animal bit 9 people and is being tested for rabies

(Newser) - Sad news from the Washington, DC Department of Health: A fox suspected of biting numerous people on the grounds of the Capitol has been euthanized. The mother fox was captured Tuesday , hours after Capitol Police warned that there had been reports of encounters with an "aggressive" fox. DC Health...

'Aggressive' Fox Captured on Capitol Grounds

Rep. Ami Bera was among at least 6 people bitten or nipped in recent days

(Newser) - An aggressive fox that had apparently been attacking people on the grounds of the Capitol is now in custody, police say. Capitol Police said Tuesday that they had received reports of "individuals being attacked or bitten by a fox" and there are "possibly several fox dens on Capitol...

Capitol Fencing Is Going Up for State of the Union Address

Washington prepares for truck convoys to disrupt traffic

(Newser) - Fencing that circled the US Capitol for months after the January 2021 insurrection will be put back up before President Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday, as concern grows about potential demonstrations or truck convoys snarling traffic in the nation's capital. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger...

Rioter Who Wore 'Camp Auschwitz' Shirt Pleads Guilty

Virginia man Robert Packer could get up to 6 months

(Newser) - Update: A Virginia man who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 last year wearing a "Camp Auschwitz" shirt has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of "parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building" and will face a maximum sentence of six months when he is sentenced in...

10 House Lawmakers Recount the Fear of Jan. 6 Riot

"I really thought ... 'We're going to die here'"

(Newser) - Around three dozen Democrats were trapped in the House gallery on Jan. 6, 2020, after the rest of their colleagues had been evacuated, ducking beneath their seats as supporters of then-President Trump laid siege. In interviews with the AP , 10 of the lawmakers who were there described their experiences in...

Feds: Radio Host Caught With Capitol Cop's Stolen Hat

Darrell Neely is facing numerous charges related to Jan. 6

(Newser) - Federal authorities say a right-wing radio host stole a baseball cap worn by a US Capitol Police officer during the Jan. 6 riot, then wore it during a live airing of his show. Three witnesses at the Global Enlightenment Radio Network , run by Darrell Neely, told the FBI that Neely...

Man With Swastika on Truck, Bayonet Arrested Near DNC

California man's father: 'He's not well'

(Newser) - Less than a week before a right-wing rally is scheduled to take place near the Capitol in Washington, DC, a man with a bayonet and machete was arrested near the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Capitol Police spotted a gray Dodge Dakota with swastika on a side mirror and an American...

Six Capitol Insurrection Officers Recommended For Discipline

'Violations were sustained'

(Newser) - The US Capitol Police said Saturday it has recommended disciplinary action in six cases after an internal review of officer behavior stemming from the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. The department's Office of Professional Responsibility opened 38 internal investigations and was able to identify 26 of...

Guy Who Dangled From Senate Balcony Takes Plea Deal

Josiah Colt will cooperate with prosecutors

(Newser) - A man photographed dangling from the Senate balcony and sitting in the presiding officer's chair during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack has pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of Congress in a deal that will see him cooperate with prosecutors. (You can see the photo from Getty via the Washington ...

Reminder of Capitol Riot Is About to Come Down

In the event of another attack, officials say fencing could go right back up

(Newser) - The fencing installed around the Capitol after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection will start being removed as soon as Friday, but most visitors are still not allowed inside the iconic building. That's according to the House sergeant-at-arms in a memo Wednesday to all members of Congress and staff, the...

House Votes to Remove Confederate Statues at Capitol

Measure now heads to the Senate

(Newser) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 285-120 to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol. Democrats voted unanimously for HR 3005, and 67 Republicans joined them, the AP reports. A statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, stands in Statuary Hall, and outside the Old Supreme Court Chamber...

Capitol Rioter Apologizes Ahead of First Sentencing

Indiana's Anna Morgan-Lloyd says she's learned from 'Schindler's List'

(Newser) - An Indiana woman, expected Wednesday to be the first of more than 400 people charged in the Capitol attack to be sentenced, has agreed to plead guilty to a single federal charge, saying movies and books have showed her what life is like for nonwhite people. In a letter to...

Capitol Officer's Mother Lobbies GOP Senators

Jan. 6 Commission lacks enough support from Republicans so far

(Newser) - The mother of the late Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack, met with several Republican senators Thursday to ask for their support of a commission to investigate the riot. Gladys Sicknick had requested a meeting with all GOP senators, Politico...

How a Teen's Fan Art Came to Be Displayed at US Capitol

Painting, inspired by 'Hannibal,' won a contest

(Newser) - A 17-year-old spent four weeks on a "casual art-class project" inspired by the TV show Hannibal, canceled by NBC in 2015—and now the fan art, titled Dolce after an episode of the show, will be going on display at the US Capitol. Kathleen Palmer's Cubist rendering of...

Democrats Nearly Sink Capitol Security Upgrade

Passed by a single vote, after objections over more funding for police, bill goes to Senate

(Newser) - Without any help from Republicans and a group of their own members, House Democrats on Thursday approved a $1.9 billion plan to improve security at the US Capitol by a one-vote margin. Several progressive Democrats either sat out the vote or voted no, arguing that the Trump supporters who...

Proposed Capitol Attack Probe Dealt 'Serious Setback'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy won't support it

(Newser) - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday he won't support bipartisan legislation to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, dealing "a serious setback" to the motion headed for a Wednesday vote, per Reuters . "Given the political misdirections that have marred this process,...

Lawmakers Agree to Deal to Investigate Capitol Attack

House could vote on proposed bipartisan commission next week

(Newser) - House lawmakers have reached a bipartisan deal to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, and it does not include a look at violence alleged to have come from left-wing groups last summer, as some Republicans had hoped. The proposed 10-person commission would focus only on the attack...

First Active-Duty Officer Charged in Capitol Riot

Marine Maj. Christopher Warnagiris broke through police at east doors, Justice Department says

(Newser) - For the first time, a service member on active duty has been charged in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. Marine Maj. Christopher Warnagiris was arrested Thursday, the Justice Department said, accused of forcing his way into the building. The charges against Warnagiris, 40, include assaulting, resisting or...

National Guard Soldier Charged in Capitol Riot

Abram Markofski is 4th active service member to face federal charges in connection with Jan. 6 attack

(Newser) - A soldier with Wisconsin's National Guard was arrested and charged for his role in the Capitol riot , after investigators say he drove with an associate to DC to attend a rally supporting then-President Trump. CNN reports that Abram Markofski, a private first class assigned to the 1st Battalion, 128...

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