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How the Capitol Riot Commission Died

Republican leadership made a simple choice: bad headlines now over an investigation during the midterms.

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After the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, Republicans proposed a bipartisan commission to investigate what took place, as an alternative to impeaching then-President Donald Trump. But last Friday, Senate Republicans led by Mitch McConnell killed the bill to establish that commission.

Why was the bipartisan commission dead on arrival? And is there a way for an investigation to move forward without one?

Guest: Jim Newell, senior politics writer at Slate.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz and Carmel Delshad.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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