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1/ A North Carolina man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol surrendered to law enforcement after an hours-long standoff on Thursday. The standoff was resolved peacefully after roughly five hours of negotiations, ending when Floyd Ray Roseberry crawled out of the truck and was taken into police custody. (Associated Press / CNBC / CNN)
2/ Trump’s deal with the Taliban is drawing ire from his former allies. The former president and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, are attacking President Biden over Afghanistan even as their own policy faces harsh criticism. (New York Times)
3/ Rep. Lauren Boebert pushed to loosen drilling rules but failed to disclose her husband’s income from energy consulting. Boebert’s husband made nearly $1 million from energy consulting in the last two years, the Colorado Republican belatedly disclosed this week. (Washington Post)
4/ Republican Rep. Diana Harshbarger failed to properly disclose more than 700 stock trades worth as much as $10.9 million in violation of federal transparency law. Harshbarger and her husband’s delayed disclosures involve trades in stocks of companies like Facebook, Walmart, Apple, and Lockheed Martin. (Business Insider)
5/ The FBI says it hasn’t found much evidence that the U.S. Capitol insurrection was coordinated. Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Trump. (Reuters)
6/ The White House is backtracking after Biden appeared to say the U.S. would defend Taiwan against China. A senior Biden administration official said U.S. policy on Taiwan had not changed after Biden appeared to suggest the U.S. would defend the island if it were attacked, a deviation from a long-held U.S. position of “strategic ambiguity.” (The Guardian)
poll/ 62% of Americans say the Afghanistan war was not worth fighting. 65% percent say they are extremely or very concerned about the dangers posed by domestic extremist groups, compared with 50% who are concerned about extremists from foreign countries. (Associated Press)
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