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Jan. 6, 2021 Violence in the Capitol

The Successes and Limitations of the First Congressional Report on Jan. 6

The Senate Rules and Administration Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee conducted a joint probe, and this week, they released their own joint report on the events of Jan. 6. The document is both a useful record and profoundly incomplete.

impeachment

Livestream: Senators Sworn in for Senate Impeachment Trial

On Jan.16 at 1:00 p.m., all 100 senators will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the first steps of the Trump impeachment trial. President Trump has been charged by the House of Representatives with abuse of power and obstruction of justice. The livestream of the Senate floor provided by PBS NewsHour is available here and below.

Congress

Video: FBI Director Chris Wray Testifies Before Senate on Bureau Budget

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifed on Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee about the Bureau's Fiscal 2020 budget. The questions covered a wide range of topics, including law enforcement and intelligence challenges, Russian interference in the 2020 election, the Mueller report and Attorney General Bill Barr's characterization of lawful surveillance during the 2016 campaign as "spying." The full video is available below.

Israel

Breaking Down the Combating BDS Act of 2019 and First Amendment Challenges to State Anti-BDS Laws

On Feb. 5, the Senate passed a package of Middle East policy bills, including the Combating BDS Act of 2019. The act, which would affect laws on the books in 26 states that prevent state and local governments from doing business with entities that boycott Israel, has reignited debate over whether lawmakers’ efforts to stymie the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel violate the First Amendment.

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