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Capitol Siege

While Congress tried to certify the presidential election, pro-Trump extremists wreaked havoc.

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Episode Notes

On the Gist, the Capitol is breached by pro-Trump extremists.

In the interview, Mike is joined by Slate’s senior politics writer, Jim Newell, from Washington, D.C. While sequestered from inside the Capitol Building, Newell discussed the safety measures put in place to protect those remaining in the House chambers and its locked corridors, while police made desperate attempts at corralling the violence.

In the spiel, the Georgia runoff and what this means for American politics.

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Podcast production by Margaret Kelley, Cheyna Roth, and Jasmine Ellis.


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  • Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.