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Barack Obama urged citizens to contact their members of Congress and urge action on the debt limit in his prime-time address last night, and that plea is apparently yielding dividends:

House telephone lines are still jammed this morning after President Barack Obama urged the public in his speech last night to contact their members of Congress on the debt-ceiling gridlock.

An e-mail from the House Call Center shortly before 10 a.m. says House phone lines are near capacity, leading callers to sometimes get a busy signal.

Last night, several House and Senate websites crashed after Obama’s prime-time speech had concluded. Many lawmakers urged constituents to contact them via Twitter because of downed websites.

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US Capitol riot on January 6, 2021

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Among the many right-wing groups who figured prominently in the January 6 insurrection was Oath Keepers, the far-right group of former policemen, former first responders, and former service(wo)men. One of their leaders, former Army Ranger Jessica Watkins, figured prominently in filings by prosecutors about just how far these domestic terrorists—and yes, these are terrorists—were willing to go. According to prosecutors, Watkins believed she came to Washington on Trump's direct orders.

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