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California Gov. Gavin Newsom handily defeated the recall vote to remain in office. Senate and House Democrats continue to butt heads over the $3.5 trillion economic agenda. Finally, the Department of Homeland Security gears up for the Capitol rally this weekend.

Newsom holds off GOP takeover — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday emphatically defeated a recall aimed at kicking him out of office early, a contest the Democrat framed as part of a national battle for his party’s values in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and continued threats from “Trumpism.” Republicans had hoped for proof that frustrations over months of pandemic precautions would drive voters away from Democrats. However, Newsom will soon be campaigning again; he’s up for reelection next year.

Democrats duke it out over the $3.5 trillion spending bill — House Democrats unveiled a sweeping proposal Monday for tax hikes on big corporations and the wealthy to fund President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, as Congress speeds ahead to shape the far-reaching package that touches almost all aspects of domestic life. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., also cautioned there was “no way” Congress will meet the late September goal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for passage given his current wide differences with liberal Democrats on how much to spend and how to pay for it. But Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who chairs the Senate Budget Committee and is helping craft the measure, noted that he and other members of the liberal flank in Congress had initially urged an even more robust package of $6 trillion.

Trump supporters are heading back to the Capitol — Allies of former President Donald Trump are attempting to rewrite the events of Jan. 6 by calling those charged in the Capitol riot “political prisoners.” The brazen rhetoric ahead of a rally planned for Saturday at the Capitol is the latest attempt to explain away the horrific assault and obscure what played out for all the world to see: rioters loyal to the then-president storming the building, battling police and trying to stop Congress from certifying the election of Democrat Joe Biden. The Department of Homeland Security warned Thursday about the potential for violence from people involved in or opposed to the “Justice for J6” rally planned for Saturday, according to an unclassified intelligence briefing that was shared with state and local authorities and obtained by CNN.