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House scraps plans for Thursday session after security officials warn of possible plot to breach Capitol

President Biden condemned on March 3 a move by Mississippi and Texas governors to end to their states’ mask mandates, saying, “These masks make a difference.” (Video: The Washington Post)

The House scrapped plans for a Thursday session after security officials warned of a possible plot by an unnamed militant group to breach the Capitol. The decision to move up votes on legislation to Wednesday night came after officials warned of credible threats of violence circulated by right-wing extremists that March 4 is the “true Inauguration Day” when former president Donald Trump will be sworn in for a second term. The Senate plans to be in session Thursday.

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President Biden on Wednesday criticized the governors of Texas and Mississippi for ending mask mandates and rolling back other coronavirus restrictions, saying “the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking.” His comments came during a bipartisan meeting at the White House on battling cancer that is a likely preview of what will be the centerpiece of Biden’s post-pandemic health agenda.

Here’s what to know:

  • New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said he will not resign, but he apologized and asked New Yorkers to await the state attorney general’s investigation before judging him on allegations from three women that he made inappropriate comments or engaged in unwanted touching.
  • Biden has agreed to narrow eligibility for a new round of $1,400 stimulus payments in his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, under pressure from moderate Senate Democrats who have pushed for more “targeted” spending in the bill.
  • Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Tex.), a former top White House physician to two presidents, bullied his staff, made inappropriate sexual comments about a female subordinate and exhibited other concerning behavior, according to a Defense Department inspector general report.
  • Internal reports and emails from the Homeland Security Department show that law enforcement authorities were alert to the potential for violence by extremist groups attending a pro-Trump rally in Washington on Jan. 6.
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