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Politics Apr 15WATCH: Capitol Police watchdog says force needs ‘cultural change’
The U.S. Capitol Police force needs “cultural change” after the broad failures of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the top watchdog for the department testified Thursday.
Politics Apr 13WATCH: Congress honors William Evans, 2nd Capitol Police officer slain this year
Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy" Evans was lauded for his dedication to country, love for his job and for a mischievous sense of humor as President Joe Biden.
Nation Apr 03Deadly breach could delay decisions about Capitol fencing
The latest deadly breach of the Capitol’s perimeter on Friday could delay the gradual reopening of the building’s grounds to the public just as lawmakers were eyeing a return to more normal security measures after the Jan. 6 riot.
Nation Mar 23WATCH: Biden says ‘we have to act’ after Colorado mass shooting
In brief remarks responding to the shooting, Biden urged Congress to move quickly to close the loopholes in the background check system and also to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Politics Mar 11House passes bill to expand background checks for gun sales
The House passed two bills Thursday to require background checks on all firearms sales and transfers and to allow an expanded 10-day review for gun purchases.
Politics Mar 10Senate confirms Ohio Rep. Fudge as housing secretary
This places the longtime Ohio lawmaker in charge of the agency just as Congress is poised to pass new benefits for renters and homeowners who have suffered economic losses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Politics Mar 03WATCH: Pentagon hesitated to send National Guard to Capitol riot, says general
Maj. Gen. William Walker, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, told senators that then-chief of the Capitol Police requested military support but that the Defense Department approval for that support was not relayed to him until hours later.
Politics Mar 02WATCH: FBI chief Chris Wray calls Jan. 6 ‘domestic terrorism,’ defends intel
He told lawmakers on Tuesday that information about threats to the Capitol were properly shared with other law enforcement agencies even though it was unverified and uncorroborated.
Nation Feb 25WATCH: Acting Capitol Police chief says riot much bigger than intel suggested
Three days before the riot, Capitol Police distributed an internal document warning that armed extremists were poised for violence and could attack Congress. But the acting chief said Thursday that the assault turned out to be much bigger than the…
Nation Feb 23WATCH: Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for security failures
The former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police has told lawmakers that he learned only after the attack that his officers had received a report from the FBI that forecast, in detail, the chances that extremists could commit “war” in…