U.S. Capitol riot

COMMENTARY

Americans deserve answers about the Capitol attack, not more politics

BY: - June 1, 2021

Plenty of stray thoughts have been swirling through my noggin lately. Thoughts like: What would Americans and members of Congress think today if the federal government decided against creating the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John Kennedy? What would we think today if the House and Senate two decades ago rejected an […]

Liz Cheney ousted from U.S. House GOP leadership for rejecting Trump’s ‘big lie’

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position after her continued pushback against former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the presidential election. Saying they want to unite the party in an attempt to win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections, GOP […]

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In speech to Congress, Biden bet on democracy. It’s up to America to prove him right

BY: - May 1, 2021

During his anything-but-typical address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Joe Biden used the word “democracy,” over and over again. Some were run-of-the-mill evocations, as was the case when he spoke of “revitalizing” our democracy — a promise made by more than one more president, and a bromide meant to soothe […]

Republicans object to ban on guns in U.S. House committee room

BY: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee meeting devolved into taunts and lectures on Thursday when Republicans objected to a rule banning firearms from the hearing room. A meeting to organize the Natural Resources Committee and vote on its rules, generally a staid and dry procedural affair, went off the rails when U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, […]

Ernst: Impeaching former President Trump would be ‘unconstitutional’

BY: - January 26, 2021

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Tuesday she believes it would be unconstitutional to convict former President Trump of impeachment charges in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. “Yes, I do right now believe that it is unconstitutional,” Ernst told a reporter who asked about Sen. Rand Paul’s procedural move asserting that […]

President Biden urges a divided nation to ‘end this uncivil war’ in inaugural address

BY: - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Calling on Americans to bridge the widening divisions in the country, Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, completing the peaceful transition of presidential power on the same stage where a violent mob just two weeks ago sought to prevent him from taking office. Standing before an unusually […]

Biden takes the oath of office with troops on guard and towering challenges ahead

BY: - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has become the 46th president of the United States, taking the oath of office while standing on the same platform where insurrectionists swarmed just two weeks ago as they sought to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory. That violent mob of rioters damaged the U.S. Capitol, attacked police officers, and sparked […]

Iowa lawmakers address U.S. Capitol riot as 2021 legislative session opens

BY: - January 11, 2021

Last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol cast a shadow over the Iowa Statehouse during the opening day of the Legislature’s 2021 session. The state Capitol flags flew at half-staff Monday at the order of Gov. Kim Reynolds, in honor of fallen U.S. Capitol Police officers, as well as all other law enforcement across the […]

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Let’s not get fooled again: Fight the lies by learning to recognize the truth

BY: - January 11, 2021

We have a crisis of credulity in this country. We’ve become a nation of dupes. The inability of far too many Americans to separate fact from fantasy, and the people who are eager to take advantage of that failure, are the root of the rot in our country. The consequences, long evident, should now be […]

Multiple investigations opened into the death of U.S. Capitol Police officer in pro-Trump riots

BY: - January 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Capitol Police officer died late Thursday from injuries he sustained while a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were set to vote to certify the presidential election results. The officer, Brian Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. at a local hospital, according to U.S. Capitol Police. His death is being investigated […]

National Guard sent to D.C. as police defend response to mob takeover at Capitol

BY: - January 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — A day after a violent mob seeking to overturn the election forced its way into the U.S. Capitol, the chief of the law enforcement officers tasked with protecting that building and those who work inside said Thursday that “a thorough review” is underway of the incident and the security procedures that fell short. […]

Woman shot during U.S. Capitol violence dies

BY: - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — A woman was shot inside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday during a riot provoked by Trump backers and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Officials did not provide details on the woman, her hometown or which hospital she was taken to. U.S. Capitol Police did […]