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Wednesday briefing: Oath Keepers guilty verdicts; same-sex marriage bill; China protests; World Cup; Alzheimer’s drug; and more

(Jordan Robertson for The Washington Post)


A jury handed out guilty verdicts yesterday in a major Jan. 6 trial.

  • The founder of the Oath Keepers, a far-right extremist group, along with a top deputy, was convicted of seditious conspiracy for helping plan the 2021 attack on the Capitol.
  • Why this matters: Stewart Rhodes is the most high-profile person yet to go on trial, and experts say it’s a key step in the larger Jan. 6 investigation.
  • What’s next? Two more seditious conspiracy trials are set to start next month.


The Senate passed a bill protecting same-sex marriage.

  • What to know: The legislation, which passed 61-36 yesterday, would enshrine marriage equality, including interracial marriages, into federal law.
  • Next steps: The bill goes to the House, then to President Biden to sign into law.
  • Also in Congress: Democrats could elect Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as House minority leader as soon as today. He would be the first Black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress.


China warned of a crackdown on “zero covid” protesters.

  • What’s going on? Rare protests erupted last week over years of strict pandemic rules.
  • The latest: Demonstrations largely fizzled yesterday, and security forces were sweeping streets of major cities.
  • What else to know: Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, who led the country after the Tiananmen Square protests, died today at 96.


New York City plans to remove more mentally ill people from its streets.

  • The details: Authorities will be directed to hospitalize people involuntarily if they are thought to be a harm to themselves, not just to others, the mayor announced yesterday.
  • It’s controversial: Mental health advocates questioned whether the policy was practical or legal and warned that forcing people into treatment won’t help them.


The U.S. men’s soccer team advanced to the World Cup knockout stage.


Biden plans to create a 700-square-mile national monument in Nevada.

  • Where? It would cover almost the entire triangle at the bottom of Nevada’s map (below Las Vegas) and include Spirit Mountain, a site several Native American nations consider sacred.
  • Why it matters: The land would become off-limits to developers, which some renewable energy companies aren’t happy about.
  • What to watch: The president is expected to announce his support for the monument today.


An Alzheimer’s drug showed promising results.

  • What is Alzheimer’s? A brain disorder that, over time, destroys memory and thinking skills. It affects millions of Americans, and there’s no proven cure.
  • The results: The experimental drug moderately slowed effects of the disease, a study published yesterday found. That builds on promising results from another trial. But the new study also showed that more safety tests are needed.
  • What’s next? The FDA could decide on approval early next year.

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