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Proud Boys member pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty Thursday to plotting with other members of the far-right Proud Boys to violently stop the transfer of presidential power after the 2020 election, making him the first member of the extremist group to plead guilty to a seditious conspiracy charge.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse likely to resign to become University of Florida president

In a statement released by the school, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said he was “thrilled about the opportunity to work alongside one of the nation’s most outstanding faculties.”

Biden pardons thousands for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana

President Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color.

Walker sticks to denials of abortion, fathering accusations

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker remained defiant Thursday after successive reports alleging that he encouraged and paid for the 2009 abortion of a woman and later fathered a child with her.

IBM investment to help in tech competition with China, Biden says

President Biden cited IBM’s commitment as part of a larger manufacturing boom, spurred by this summer’s passage of a $280 billion measure intended to boost the semiconductor industry and scientific research.

US hits Iran with more sanctions over Mahsa Amini death

The US designated seven high-ranking leaders for financial penalties due to the shutdown of Iran’s internet access, repression of speech, and violence inflicted on protesters and civilians.

US to begin screening travelers coming from Uganda for Ebola

The screenings will begin rolling out immediately, with full coverage from passengers from Uganda expected to be in place by the week’s end.

Jan. 6 committee schedules next public hearing for Oct. 13

It will be the panel’s first public session since the summer, when lawmakers worked through a series of tightly scripted hearings that attracted millions of viewers and touched on nearly every aspect of the Capitol insurrection.