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US Capitol Police believe militia groups want to "blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible" during Joe Biden's State of the Union.

Chief Yogananda Pittman made the warning in calling for the increased law enforcement presence at the Capitol ahead of the president's first address to Congress.

It comes as Biden revoked a Trump-era policy that blocked most green card applicants from entering the US, the policy aimed at protecting American workers was introduced during as pandemic lockdowns drove high unemployment.

Biden said the ban harmed businesses and prevented families from reuniting in the United States.

Trump, meanwhile, has given his tax returns to prosecutors in New York after the Supreme Court this week rejected the ousted president’s attempt to prevent them from being handed over.

While the ex-president has remained relatively silent, he is expected to announce a 2024 presidential run during CPAC, which began today.

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Graeme Massie has the scoop on that one.

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Even if all 50 Democratic and Democratic-caucusing Independents in the Senate voted in favour of the so-called “Equality Act,” it would still need the backing of at least 10 Republicans to clear the upper chamber’s traditional 60-vote threshold for final passage.

“I hope it will not be lost in the politics of the Senate,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Thursday shortly before the bill’s passage.

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