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Tornadoes strike Texas and Louisiana
Severe thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast on Tuesday spawned numerous tornadoes that caused widespread damage across Texas and Louisiana. "Tornado Emergency in SE Harris County. Strongest rotation on radar approaching Deer Park as of 2:30 PM.," announced the National Weather Service.
 
White House announces new tenant protections and “Blueprint for a Renters Bill”
The Biden Administration is launching new actions with the aim of increasing fairness in the rental market and further principles of fair housing. Multiple agencies are expected to take part in improving conditions for renters, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the DOJ.
 
U.S. Treasury suspends some federal retirement funding to avoid debt limit breach
On January 24th, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sent a letter notifying Congress of the move to access the Government Securities Investment Fund (G Fund). The decision was made to avoid breaching the federal debt limit and would suspend daily reinvestments in a large government retirement fund that holds Treasury debt.
 
Classified documents found at Pence’s home
Classified documents were discovered in the Indiana residence of former Vice President Mike Pence, as reported by his lawyer, Greg Jacob. Jacob sent a letter to the National Archives requesting assistance in collecting and transferring the documents.
 
Hearing held on release of Georgia special grand jury report
A hearing was held in Atlanta on Tuesday to discuss whether to release a special grand jury report regarding former president Trump's actions during the 2020 elections. The special grand jury in question had investigated allegations that Donald Trump had broken the law while attempting to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia. A coalition of media organizations has argued for the release of the report. Meanwhile, prosecutors urged that the report remain under wraps until they decide whether or not to press charges.
 
Trump drops second lawsuit against New York Attorney General
Former president Donald Trump has voluntarily dropped a second lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James. The lawsuit concerned her office’s financial fraud probe into his business practices. In a filing, lawyers of both Trump and Letitia James said they jointly agreed to dismiss the appeal in the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals.
 
Google faces Justice Dept lawsuit for allegedly monopolizing digital advertising
The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Google on Tuesday over allegations that the company abused its dominance of the digital advertising business, harming website publishers, advertisers, and consumers. Through this lawsuit, NY Attorney General James, the DoJ, and a coalition of states are "seeking to stop Google’s anti-competitive practices and order it to sell off various ad tech tools to restore a competitive balance in digital advertising and end Google’s unfair advantage in the industry."
 
Four Oath Keepers found guilty of seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol attack
Four members of the Oath Keepers were convicted on Monday of seditious conspiracy for their role in the January 6, 2021, Capitol riots. This was the second major trial concerning defendants accused of plotting to forcibly keep President Donald Trump in power. The defendants included Roberto Minuta, 38, of Prosper, Texas; Joseph Hackett, 52, of Sarasota, Florida; David Moerschel, 45, of Punta Gorda, Florida; and Edward Vallejo, 64, of Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Retired top FBI Agent arrested for aiding sanctioned Russian oligarch
Retired FBI executive Charles McGonigal has been arrested on charges relating to his concealment of $225,000 in cash received from an outside source. He allegedly received the cash while serving as Special Agent in Charge of FBI counterintelligence efforts in their New York Office. The indictment stated the particulars: "From August 2017 until his retirement in September 2018, McGonigal requested and received at least $225,000 in cash from a foreign individual. The individual later served as an FBI source in a criminal investigation involving foreign political lobbying over which McGonigal had official supervisory responsibility."
 
Richard Barnett found guilty on eight counts in Jan. 6 attack
On Monday, the District of Columbia found Richard Barnett of Gravette, Arkansas, guilty of felony and misdemeanor charges for his participation in the Jan 6, 2021 Capitol Breach. Richard "Bigo" Barnett became one of the most well-known faces of the Jan. 6 Capitol Breach after being photographed with his foot on the table in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office.