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Senate passes Covid relief budget resolution after Harris uses casting vote – live

Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package can now pass Congress without needing Republican support

12.19pm GMT

Reports this morning suggest that court papers are gradually showing the co-ordinated and organised methods employed by members of the right-wing Proud Boys movement in the ransack of the US Capitol last month. This week Canada designated them a terrorist organization. Alan Feuer reports for the New York Times:

In a flurry of court papers filed in recent days federal officials have [been] assembling the first draft of a narrative that suggests the Proud Boys brought some coordination to the Capitol attack. While prosecutors have not issued an overarching indictment accusing the group of a detailed conspiracy to storm the halls of Congress, they have left hints in the record that they believe a measure of planning went into disrupting the certification of the presidential vote.

In a criminal complaint released on Wednesday night, prosecutors said that days before the Capitol attack, Ethan Nordean, the “sergeant of arms” for the Seattle Proud Boys, issued a call on social media asking for donations of “protective gear” and declared during his podcast, “We are in a war.”

12.11pm GMT

Giovanni Russonello writes for the New York Times On Politics newsletter this morning on the highly unusual move by the House yesterday to strip rightwing extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene from her positions on committees. He writes:

While party caucuses have from time to time stripped their own members of their committee assignments as a disciplinary measure, yesterday’s vote was the first time in modern US politics that the majority party had used a chamber-wide vote to depose a member from the minority.

Greene called her previous comments “words of the past” that “do not represent me” and said she should be given an opportunity to learn from her mistakes. “I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true, and I would ask questions about them and talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret,” she said.

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