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Takeaways: What Hearings Have Revealed About Jan. 6 Failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But after six congressional hearings, it's clear that the Capitol Police were unprepared and overwhelmed as hundreds of Donald Trump's... Read More

2021-03-03 16:43:19
by TWN Staff
Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches

WASHINGTON - Thirty years ago today, on March 3, 1991, a Los Angeles motorist named Rodney King was severely beaten... Read More

WASHINGTON - Thirty years ago today, on March 3, 1991, a Los Angeles motorist named Rodney King was severely beaten by four White police officers wielding metal batons, an event that would ultimately seal his place in recent civil rights history.  This... Read More

FBI Chief to Face Questions About Extremism, Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law... Read More

2021-02-26 15:04:26
by Tom Ramstack
Rep. Himes Says ‘The Threat is Real’

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel wants to cut off funding for the kind of White supremacists who raided the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel wants to cut off funding for the kind of White supremacists who raided the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6. They described the attack as the first of many against government targets unless they act promptly... Read More

2021-02-24 14:35:41
by Tom Ramstack
‘War’ Report from FBI Overlooked Before Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers repeated their conviction at a Senate hearing Tuesday that never again should insurrectionists be allowed to attack... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers repeated their conviction at a Senate hearing Tuesday that never again should insurrectionists be allowed to attack the U.S. Capitol like they did on Jan. 6 while acknowledging huge security lapses. They reviewed failures in intelligence reports,... Read More

2021-02-23 15:58:08
by Tom Ramstack
Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’

WASHINGTON -- Merrick Garland brought his middle-of-the-road opinions of justice to a Senate hearing Monday to help lawmakers decide whether... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Merrick Garland brought his middle-of-the-road opinions of justice to a Senate hearing Monday to help lawmakers decide whether to confirm him as the next U.S. attorney general. Garland is a federal judge who also is President Joe Biden’s... Read More

2021-02-11 19:57:42
by TWN Staff
Pelosi Says Capitol Protectors Will Receive Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will soon bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on the Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will soon bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on the Capitol Police and other law enforcement personnel who protected the Capitol when it was attacked by rioting Trump supporters on Jan.... Read More

2021-02-09 20:09:40
by Dan McCue
Columbus, Ohio, City Council Passes Police Reform Policy

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Less than two months after the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man by a Columbus police... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Less than two months after the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man by a Columbus police officer, the City Council last week passed a comprehensive police reform policy it hopes will reduce the number of police-involved... Read More

2021-02-04 22:24:03
by Tom Ramstack
Experts Tell Congress to Prepare for Conflicts with Domestic Terrorists

WASHINGTON -- Some domestic terrorism experts left no doubt during a congressional hearing Thursday they believe new laws and intelligence... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Some domestic terrorism experts left no doubt during a congressional hearing Thursday they believe new laws and intelligence procedures are needed to avoid the kind of violence displayed during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. They... Read More

Canada Designates the Proud Boys as a Terrorist Entity

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government designated the Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity on Wednesday, noting they played... Read More

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government designated the Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity on Wednesday, noting they played a pivotal role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The Proud Boys have faced increased scrutiny... Read More

Capitol Police Officer Who Died After Riot Lies in Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lay in honor in the building he died defending, allowing... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lay in honor in the building he died defending, allowing colleagues and the lawmakers he protected to pay their respects and to remember the violent attack on Congress that took... Read More

2021-01-30 19:31:48
by Dan McCue
Republicans Ask FEC If Campaign Cash Can Be Spent on Personal Security

WASHINGTON - The Republican fundraising arms for the House and Senate have asked the Federal Elections Commission whether members of... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Republican fundraising arms for the House and Senate have asked the Federal Elections Commission whether members of Congress can use campaign funds to pay for personal security personnel for themselves or their families. In a letter dated... Read More

2021-01-29 20:27:50
by Dan McCue
FBI Says RNC, DNC Pipe Bombs Placed Night Before Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON - Investigators now believe that pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees earlier... Read More

WASHINGTON - Investigators now believe that pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees earlier this month were actually placed at both locations the night before thousands of Pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. According... Read More

DOJ Rescinds ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a “zero tolerance” enforcement policy for migrants crossing... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a “zero tolerance” enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued the new memo... Read More

Capitol Police Chief Apologizes for Failures in Jan. 6 Siege

WASHINGTON (AP) — The interim chief of the Capitol Police apologized Tuesday for failing to prepare for what became a... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The interim chief of the Capitol Police apologized Tuesday for failing to prepare for what became a violent insurrection despite having warnings that white supremacists and far-right groups would target Congress. Yogananda Pittman, in prepared testimony before... Read More

2021-01-22 16:40:21
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Push Back on Reports National Guard 'Banished' to Parking Garage

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol Police on Friday pushed back at multiple media reports that the agency had banished National... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol Police on Friday pushed back at multiple media reports that the agency had banished National Guard troops to nearby parking garages following the Biden inauguration. According to Politico, thousands of National Guardsmen were allowed back... Read More

2021-01-21 20:24:12
by Dan McCue
FBI, ATF Increase Reward Leading to Arrest of Capitol Hill Pipe Bomb Suspect

WASHINGTON - The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have increased the reward for information that could... Read More

WASHINGTON - The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have increased the reward for information that could help identify a suspect who placed pipe bombs outside the headquarters of the Democratic and Republican National Committee offices Jan.... Read More

2021-01-19 20:36:45
by Dan McCue
12 National Guard Members Reportedly Removed from Inauguration Detail

WASHINGTON -- Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have reportedly been removed from the force providing presidential inauguration security after... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have reportedly been removed from the force providing presidential inauguration security after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online. Officials have yet to provide... Read More

FBI Tracking 'Extensive' Online Chatter About Armed Protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is tracking an “extensive amount of concerning online chatter,” including calls for armed protests leading... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is tracking an “extensive amount of concerning online chatter,” including calls for armed protests leading up to next week's presidential inauguration, Director Chris Wray said Thursday. Wray, in his first public appearance since the Jan.... Read More

2021-01-15 15:19:06
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Step Up Security Ahead of Inauguration

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol Police have significantly ratcheted up security throughout the Capitol Complex ahead of next week's presidential... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol Police have significantly ratcheted up security throughout the Capitol Complex ahead of next week's presidential inaugural ceremony. Measures include installing unscalable eight-foot tall fencing and the closing of several area roads. The department is also... Read More

Expecting Trouble, DC Locks Down a Week Before Inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — All through downtown Washington, the primary sound for several blocks was the beeping of forklifts unloading more... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — All through downtown Washington, the primary sound for several blocks was the beeping of forklifts unloading more fencing. There were no cars or scooters and seemingly no tourists Wednesday, just the occasional jogger and multiple construction crews... Read More

Capitol Investigators Try to Sort Real Tips from Noise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential threats and leads are pouring in to law enforcement agencies nationwide after the insurrection at the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential threats and leads are pouring in to law enforcement agencies nationwide after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The challenge is now figuring out what's real and what's just noise. Investigators are combing through a mountain... Read More

2021-01-12 14:28:32
by Dan McCue
FBI Warns of Potential Nationwide Protests, Downtown DC to Lock Down Wednesday

WASHINGTON - The FBI has issued an internal bulletin warning of plans for armed protests by extremists in all 50... Read More

WASHINGTON - The FBI has issued an internal bulletin warning of plans for armed protests by extremists in all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The bulletin, first reported by... Read More

2021-01-11 19:40:59
by Dan McCue
10,000 National Guard Troops Due in D.C. Saturday, Washington Monument Closed

WASHINGTON - The National Guard said Monday it will increase troops in DC to at least 10,000 by Saturday to... Read More

WASHINGTON - The National Guard said Monday it will increase troops in DC to at least 10,000 by Saturday to boost security ahead of the upcoming inauguration, and an additional 5,0000 could be requested from other states. The announcement came... Read More

2021-01-08 17:32:16
by Dan McCue
FBI Offers $50K Reward for Information On Pipe Bombs Found Outside RNC, DNC

WASHINGTON - The FBI's Washington field office is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the... Read More

WASHINGTON - The FBI's Washington field office is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for placing suspected pipe bombs outside the RNC and DNC headquarters Wednesday afternoon. According... Read More

2021-01-08 17:27:13
by Dan McCue
Flags to Fly at Half-Staff After Capitol Police Officer’s Death

WASHINGTON - Flags will fly at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol to remember the officer who died after he was... Read More

WASHINGTON - Flags will fly at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol to remember the officer who died after he was injured during this week's riot by Trump supporters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday. Officer Brian D. Sicknick died at... Read More

Capitol Police Rejected Offers of Federal Help to Quell Mob

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up... Read More

2021-01-08 15:38:52
by Tom Ramstack
Rioters at Capitol Face Long-Term Prosecutions As Police in Washington Pledge to Pursue Them

WASHINGTON -- Washington’s mayor and the FBI are pledging to track down and prosecute any protesters who broke the law... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Washington’s mayor and the FBI are pledging to track down and prosecute any protesters who broke the law during the riot at the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday. They are posting photos and videos from the mob violence on... Read More

2021-01-08 15:32:36
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Chief To Resign

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Thursday evening that he will resign later this month after a... Read More

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Thursday evening that he will resign later this month after a riotous mob of President Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol and caused havoc once inside. Word of Sund’s resignation coincided with... Read More

2021-01-07 17:47:14
by Dan McCue
What They're Saying About the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol is once again secure, though remnants of the mayhem that transpired Wednesday afternoon and evening... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol is once again secure, though remnants of the mayhem that transpired Wednesday afternoon and evening remain. Much of the trash left behind by marauding protestors had been swept into piles by Thursday morning, though shards... Read More

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