William J. Walker, Sidelined on Jan. 6, Has New Job Securing Capitol

William J. Walker has testified about how his requests for approval to deploy the National Guard on Jan. 6 went unanswered. Now it falls to him to prevent another rampage.

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Biden, Still Grieving His Son Beau, Finds That Not Everyone Wants to Hear About It

Referring to Beau Biden with families of U.S. Marines killed in the Kabul airport bombing drew criticism, but the president remains haunted by memories of a son he described as “me, but without all the downsides.”

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F.B.I. Is Pursuing ‘Hundreds’ in Capitol Riot Inquiry, Wray Tells Congress

In two separate hearings, the F.B.I. director and Pentagon officials answered questions about the failure to adequately prepare for and respond to the Jan. 6 attack.

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Key Questions on Jan. 6 Capitol Attack May Go Unanswered

The demise of an independent panel to investigate the riot means that the country is unlikely to get a definitive accounting for one of the most serious domestic attacks on the government in history.

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No Charges for Kentucky National Guard Members in Shooting of Barbecue Chef

A county prosecutor says Guard members and Louisville police officers enforcing a curfew “reasonably believed” the victim, a popular restaurant owner, “posed an immediate threat.”

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House Narrowly Passes $1.9 Billion Capitol Security Bill

The one-vote margin of passage reflected opposition on the right and left. The measure faces long odds in the Senate, where it is likely to face a filibuster.

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Democrats Move Closer to Setting Up Jan. 6 Commission

House Democrats plan to vote on a bill to create an independent commission to investigate the Capitol riot, but whether Republican leaders would support it was unclear.

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Driver Rams Into Officers at Capitol, Killing One and Injuring Another

The attack shocked a Capitol slowly returning to normalcy after the Jan. 6 riot, raising new questions about securing the complex.

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House Taps Military Official to Lead Security

The selection of Maj. Gen. William J. Walker as House sergeant-in-arms will place the security of both chambers of Congress in the hands of accomplished military leaders after the Jan. 6 riot.

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After Capitol Riot, Lawmakers Chafe at Security Measures

There is bipartisan interest in removing fencing around the Capitol and dismissing the National Guard troops deployed there, but law enforcement officials fear new threats.

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Where Fitness Is the Job, Army Struggles to Be a Fair Boss With Female Troops

As the Army revises its physical test and otherwise rethinks fitness, it faces difficult questions: Do current requirements penalize women? Do they overshadow expertise and intellectual preparation?

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Don’t Give in to Terror

Closing up the House sends the wrong message to would-be insurrectionists.

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Officials Put ‘Unusual’ Limits on D.C. National Guard Before Riot, Commander Says

Maj. Gen. William J. Walker testified that he did not receive permission to deploy troops for hours on Jan. 6, as violence by pro-Trump supporters escalated.

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Younger Military Personnel Reject Vaccine, in Warning for Commanders and the Nation

About one-third of the troops have declined to take the vaccine. Many say they worry the vaccines are unsafe or were developed too quickly. Others want a sense of independence, even in uniform.

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National Guard Deployment at the Capitol Riot Was Delayed by Confusion and Inaction

As violence grew out of control on Jan. 6, the head of the Capitol Police made an urgent request for the National Guard. It took nearly two hours to be approved.

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3 National Guard Pilots Are Killed in a Helicopter Crash in Idaho

The pilots were on a training mission when their aircraft went down Tuesday night, the Idaho Army National Guard said. Their bodies were discovered on Wednesday.

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Pentagon May Send Troops to Assist With Vaccines, Enlarging Federal Role

The move would be the first significant sign that the Biden administration is taking more control of a vaccine distribution effort that states are struggling to manage.

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Capitol Police Detail Failures During Pro-Trump Assault

The acting chief of the Capitol Police told lawmakers that the department knew days ahead of time of the risk of violence targeting lawmakers but was unprepared when the mob attacked on Jan. 6.

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How West Virginia Became a U.S. Leader in Vaccine Rollout

West Virginia has used 83 percent of its allotted vaccines, among the best in the nation. But even efficient operations face a major problem: There simply are not enough shots to go around.

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Lawmakers Respond After Guard Soldiers Seen in Parking Garage

Photographs of Guard soldiers resting on the concrete floor of a parking garage prompted swift condemnation and apologies from members of Congress.

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National Guard Soldiers Seen Resting in Parking Garage Causes Outcry

Photographs of Guard soldiers resting on the concrete floor of a parking garage prompted swift condemnation and apologies from members of Congress.

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3 Die in National Guard Helicopter Crash Near Rochester

The helicopter, which was on a routine training mission, crashed in a field. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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A Call for Unity to a Nation Facing a Pandemic and Division

In his Inaugural Address, President Biden spoke of a return to the ordinary discord of democracy, with a reminder that “politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path.”

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12 National Guard Members Removed From Inauguration Duties Amid Extremist Threats

Two of them made threatening comments toward lawmakers, and one expressed support for President Trump. The others were removed for a wide variety of reasons.

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Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks

The nation’s military has a history of downplaying white nationalism and right-wing activism, but the siege of the Capitol has created a new urgency for dealing with them.

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Top Lawmakers Not Told of Police Request for Backup Before Riot, Aide and Others Say

The rejected request was another key breakdown in the security failure ahead of the violence at the Capitol.

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States Brace for Armed Protests in Wake of U.S. Capitol Attack

State officials are activating National Guard troops and closing off Capitol grounds in response to F.B.I. warnings that armed protesters are preparing to act.

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Inaugural Security Is Fortified in D.C. as Military and Police Links Are Eyed in Riot

Dozens of people in Washington on the day of the attack on the Capitol were said to be on a terrorism watch list.

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National Guard Provides Covid Vaccine Help in Overwhelmed States

At least 16 states and territories are using the National Guard to give shots, drawing on doctors, nurses, medics and other troops who are skilled in administering injections.

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Rare Pentagon Mission: Armed Troops in Capital

The troops will be the National Guard and not active-duty. But officials know such events are fraught with risk and cite Kent State in 1970, Tiananmen Square in 1989 and Tehran in 2009.

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Military Chiefs Remind Troops of Their Oath After Fallout From Assault on Capitol

The Joint Chiefs of Staff told the United States’ armed forces to defend the Constitution and reject extremism in a memo that condemned last week’s violence.

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Pentagon to Arm National Guard Troops Deploying to Capitol for Inauguration

The armed National Guard troops will be responsible for security around the Capitol building complex, officials said. About 15,000 Guard troops are expected to be deployed in the city.

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How a String of Failures Led to the Capitol Siege

Poor planning among a constellation of government agencies and a restive crowd encouraged by President Trump set the stage for the unthinkable.

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Leader of Proud Boys, a Far-Right Group, Is Arrested as D.C. Braces for Protests

About 340 National Guard troops are expected to deploy in support of local law enforcement before demonstrations against the election results.

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Leader of Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, Is Arrested as DC Braces for Protests

About 340 National Guard troops are expected to deploy in support of local law enforcement before demonstrations against the election results.

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National Guard Readies for Election Day Deployment

Communities are bracing for protests and potential violence.

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In Rural Virginia, a Militia Tries to Recruit a New Ally: The County Government

After Virginia passed gun laws, conservatives began invoking the state’s colonial-era constitution, which calls for a “well-regulated militia.”

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Military Police Considered Using Heat Ray on D.C. Protesters, Whistle-Blower Says

A National Guard officer called in to enforce the June crackdown on protesters testified that a top official sought out heat rays and sound cannons hours before a clash.

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Retired Colonel Criticizes ‘Solitary Confinement’ of Quarantined Soldiers at Guantánamo

Eric Kerska, whose daughter was deployed to the base, said he was alarmed by the isolation of young soldiers on their first tour as a coronavirus precaution.

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Harrowing Helicopter Rescues as California Wildfires Rage

The two pilots who led a weekend rescue, both military veterans, said it was the most challenging flying they have done in their careers.

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Live Updates: Jacob Blake Had Knife at Time of Police Shooting, Officials Say

Wisconsin’s attorney general also identified the Kenosha officer who shot Mr. Blake multiple times as Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran.

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Medics Save Lives. Let Them.

The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.

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Military Surveillance Planes Didn’t Spy on Protesters, Pentagon Report Finds

But the Air Force’s inspector general concluded that National Guard officials failed to obtain prior approval from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to use the planes.

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Despite Evidence, Park Police Chief Says ‘Tremendous Restraint’ Was Used in Lafayette Clash

Lawmakers repeatedly pressed Gregory T. Monahan to square his remarks with videos showing his officers attacking protesters. He declined.

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National Guard Officer Says Police Used ‘Excessive’ Force at White House Clash

An Army National Guard officer at Lafayette Square plans to tell lawmakers that the Park Police unleashed an “unprovoked escalation” on peaceful protesters last month.

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First Woman Joins Green Berets After Graduating Special Forces Training

The soldier’s graduation is a landmark moment for the Army, as the Special Forces were one of the last Army assignments without any women.

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The Pandemic and Protests Have Exposed the Truth About California

The Golden State is less exceptional and more like the rest of America than many would prefer to believe.

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Pentagon Denies Spying on Americans Protesting Police Killings

The Defense Department’s top intelligence official said that he had not been ordered to conduct surveillance on citizens, and that he supported their right to demonstrate peacefully.

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General Milley Apologizes for Trump Photo Op Role

President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square, current and former military leaders say, has started a moment of reckoning in the military.

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Aggressive Tactics by National Guard, Ordered to Appease Trump, Wounded the Military, Too

Some members of the D.C. Guard — comprising more than 60 percent people of color — have not told family they were part of the crackdown. Guard leadership, concerned about public opposition, even warned against buying food from vendors.

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