News Wrap: Congress honors police who defended U.S. Capitol during Jan. 6 attack

Correction: The NewsHour misreported that the Georgia runoff will decide if Republicans control the a tied senate receive a 51 seat majority. The runoff will decide if Democrats will control a tied Senate or receive a 51 seat majority. We regret the error.

In our news wrap Tuesday, Congress paused to honor the police who defended the U.S. Capitol against the Jan. 6 assault, the suspect in a Colorado nightclub shooting was charged with murder and hate crimes, Chinese hackers have stolen at least $20 million in U.S. COVID relief funds, and an oversight board says Facebook's content moderation system needs a major overhaul.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The last U.S. Senate contest of the 2022 midterm elections is finally coming to an end. Today's run-off in Georgia pits incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock against Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

    The outcome will decide if Republicans (sic) control a tied 50/50 Senate or have a 51-seat majority. We will examine all this after the news summary.

    Congress paused today to honor the police who defended the U.S. Capitol against the January 6 attack.

    Lisa Desjardins has the story.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    In the Rotunda, where Capitol Police battled a violent mob, today, echoing recognition.

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):

    January 6 was a day of horror and heartbreak. It is also a moment of extraordinary heroism.

  • Tom Manger, U.S. Capitol Police Chief:

    I cannot thank our officers enough for their courage, for the resolve.

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

    The Capitol Police fought to defend not just this institution, but our system of self-government.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    A rare ceremony for those usually in the background, as officers today received Congress' highest award, the Congressional Gold Medal.

  • Barry Black, U.S. Senate Chaplain:

    For those who courageously defended this cathedral of freedom.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    For many listening, the high honor mixed with deep memory of being outnumbered by thousands on January 6, with wave upon wave of violence for hours.

  • Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee:

  • Robert Contee III, Metropolitan Police Department Chief:

    The air still thick with bear spray and other chemicals, making it difficult for officers to see and breathe.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Sergeant Aquilino Gonell, now close to retirement:

  • Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, U.S. Capitol Police Officer:

    Unless you were here that day, you will not understand what we went through. And that acknowledgement means a lot, because this — for some of the officers, this is the first time they hear that.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Afterwards, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell reached out, but the family of Officer Brian Sicknick, who died of stroke after the attack, pointedly did not shake hands with him or House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

    For the Capitol, solemn recognition of both the sacrifices of January 6 and its presence in many lives still today.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Lisa Desjardins.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The suspect in last month's nightclub shootings in Colorado Springs was charged today with murder and hate crimes. The attack on LGBTQ patrons left five dead and 17 wounded.

    Today, Anderson Aldrich appeared in court to phase 305 criminal counts. The district attorney said that including the hate crime charges was important.

  • Michael Allen, Colorado District Attorney:

    We're not going to tolerate actions against community members based on their sexual identity, those types of things. Members of that community have been harassed, intimidated and abused for too long. That's not going to occur in the Fourth Judicial District.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The state murder charges carry the toughest penalties, likely life in prison.

    The U.S. Secret Service reports that Chinese hackers have stolen at least $20 million in U.S. COVID relief funds since 2020. The agency says that the hackers belong to a group with ties to the Chinese government. They allegedly stole pandemic funds from unemployment and small business loan funds in more than a dozen states.

    The Parliament of Indonesia unanimously approved a sweeping revision of its criminal code today, banning sex outside marriage and insults to the president, among other things. In Jakarta, opponents of the new code gathered outside Parliament to protest changes that they call draconian and overly broad.

  • Adhitiya Augusta Triputra, Indonesian Protester (through translator):

    The government should focus on fulfilling people's civil rights, the economy and culture, such as job vacancies and health care. Instead, they passed a law that isn't democratic and controls our private lives. It's a setback for our country.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The laws will take about three years to fully roll out.

    A United Nations report has concluded that workplace abuse is pervasive, especially among young people, migrants and women. It's the first attempt to gauge the extent of on-the-job violence and harassment around the world. Nearly 75,000 workers were surveyed. More than 20 percent reported facing abuse at work.

    An oversight board says that Facebook's content moderation system needs a major overhaul. The board today criticized exemptions given to high-profile users. It said the result has been unequal treatment and lengthy delays in taking down improper content.

    And, on Wall Street, inflation worries sent the stock market sliding again, with major indexes down 1 to 2 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 350 points to close at 33596. The Nasdaq fell 225 points. The S&P 500 slid 57.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": a Ukrainian Nobel Peace Prize winner works to hold Russian forces accountable for invading her country; a newly elected Republican reflects on the GOP's performance in the midterm; the largest ever strike by higher education workers disrupt classes at the University of California; plus much more.

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