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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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