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McConnell: Trump 'provoked' Capitol siege, mob was 'fed lies'

In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks from the Senate floor to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Now that the House has impeached President Donald Trump for the second time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must figure out the best strategy for arguing the case before the Senate. Senate rules say the trial must start soon after the chamber receives the article of impeachment, which cites “incitement of insurrection” after an angry mob of Trump’s supporters invaded the Capitol two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is placing blame on President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol

Trump leaves White House as he came in: Isolated, unpredictable

In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The most improbable of presidents, Donald Trump reshaped the office and shattered its centuries-old norms and traditions while dominating the national discourse like no one before. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump exits the White House after four years of tumult much as he arrived, with only a handful of loyalists and family members at his side.

Census Bureau director to resign amid criticism over data

U.S. Census Director Steven Dillingham speaks as he joins Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey as they hold a news conference to urge Arizonans to participate in the nation's once-a-decade census population count Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

U.S. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham is planning to resign with the change in presidential administrations

Harris prepares for central role in Biden's White House

FIL - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del. Harris will make history Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, when she becomes the nation’s first Black, South Asian and female vice president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office

Trump pushed the limits of the US legal system; here’s how it held up

In his four years in the White House, Donald Trump gave the U.S. Constitution an unprecedented workout, challenging norms and laws in ways that left few parts of America’s foundational legal document untouched.

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Heavily fortified statehouses around U.S. see small protests

Armed protesters, who identified themselves as Liberty Boys, pose for fellow demonstrators' pictures outside the Oregon State Capitol on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Salem, Ore. The group said they want reduced government and do not support President Donald Trump or President-elect Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Heavily fortified statehouses around the U.S. are seeing small and peaceful protests, despite widespread fears of another burst of right-wing violence like the attack on the Capitol in Washington

Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat Monday

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduces members of the incoming White House Science team Jan. 16 in Wilmington, Del. (Washington Post photo by Demetrius Freeman)

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat Monday, stepping down four years after she was elected California's junior senator.

Democrats build Trump impeachment case, alleging 'dangerous crime'

In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt delivers remarks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Democrats are building their case for convicting President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial

State capitols tighten security, brace for unknown as far-right groups plot shows of strength

Members of the National Guard are seen behind a security fence at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. (Washington Post photo by Salwan Georges)

State capitols nationwide locked down Saturday, with windows boarded up, National Guard troops deployed and states of emergency preemptively declared as authorities braced for potential violence Sunday mimicking the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol...

Analysis: Will GOP decide to sideline Trump for good?

President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington. The president is traveling to Texas. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert )

What's evident is that we're headed for an impeachment trial not for a president - but for a former president. And there's reason to believe that could change the political calculus for Republicans, even if Trump's conviction might remain unlikely.

QAnon note to Pence called evidence of 'assassination' plot before prosecutors walk back claim

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a briefing about the upcoming presidential inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, at FEMA headquarters, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

As federal law enforcement officers sift through evidence tied to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, they have tried to determine what compelled rioters to force their way into the building. Namely, did any of them plan to kill or capture lawmakers or...

McConnell tells senators to vote their 'conscience' on whether to convict Trump

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is likely to begin after Joe Biden’s inauguration next week

Perks for former presidents: Congress tried to curb them before Trump

The presidency comes with a lot of perks: a house, a private jet, a vacation spot next to Maryland’s world-famous Catoctin Mountain (elevation: 1,900 feet), butlers, chefs and, for a lucky few, a bottomless supply of loyalty in Congress.

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The prosecution of Kevin Blacker, critic of Gov. Lamont's port authority, continues

The port authority, which got Blacker arrested on a felony charge, is trying to keep him from...

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Preston woman facing charges in incident involving firearm

Police said a Preston woman is facing charges after she reportedly displayed a firearm.

New London coalition renews calls for better scrutiny of police funding

Members of the local activist organization Hearing Youth Voices has formed a coalition to renew its call for a shift in city budget priorities away from “traditional forms of policing.”

State seeking permanent custody of horses from Montville farm

Laurel Ledge Farm owner Michelle Wilson is facing nine charges of animal cruelty after eight “malnourished and severely neglected” horses were seized from her Oakdale farm.

UPDATED: Rhode Island man killed in North Stonington head-on crash

North Stonington Volunteer Fire Company Rescue Lt. Ryan Burdick, left, and firefighter Thomas Marsh operate the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver of a minivan involved in a head-on crash Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, on Pendleton Hill Road just south of Interstate 95.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A Rhode Island man was killed and another person injured in a head-on crash Monday on Pendleton Hill Road.

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Residents look for hope and pray against violence on Inauguration Day

Federal K-9 units prepare to sweep in preparation for the inauguration ceremonies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president on Wednesday. The vast majority of The Day's respondents in southeastern Connecticut say they feel there would be some level of political violence on Wednesday but said there would likely be a proper response from law enforcement this time. Many said if there are demonstrations, violent or not, they will likely be muted. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

Voters from throughout the region weighed in on their expectations for Inauguration Day and what message they think President-elect Joe Biden should deliver.

Dredging underway at DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme

The dredge operator spins dredged materials to remove excess water Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, as workers with Patriot Marine LLC dredge the dock area at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Marine Headquarters on the Connecticut River in Old Lyme.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Workers with Patriot Marine LLC marine contractors are dredging the dock area at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Marine Headquarters on the Connecticut River.

East Lyme school district reports additional COVID-19 cases

The East Lyme superintendent reported on Tuesday cases associated with Flanders Elementary School, Lillie B. Haynes, East Lyme Middle School and East Lyme High School.

Members of Claude Chester, S.B. Butler schools tested positive for COVID-19

Members of Claude Chester and S.B. Butler schools have tested positive for COVID-19.