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Reflections on the January 6 Insurrection

Political leaders give their recounts of that tragic day on Capitol Hill and what the way forward looks like.

Insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.
AP Photo / Julio Cortez, File
Insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.


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The one-year anniversary of the January 6 insurrection was a day of looking back and remembering not only what took place on Capitol Hill – but also a day of wondering what has transpired since then and what lies ahead for those in Congress.

President Joe Biden's speech focused on the push for holding Trump and others accountable as the priority. Although several arrests have been made, there's still lots of pending legal action on the horizon.

How do we find balance in being angry about what happened on Capitol Hill that day, while trying to think positively about the future government? Our local government leaders who experienced the insurrection first-hand seem to have the answers on where we should focus.

In this episode, local leaders from Congress and in higher education give their recounts and opinions of the insurrection. We also continue updates on COVID, omicron, boosters, and the new Army vaccine.


Dr. Peter Hotez

  • Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Co-director of the Texas Children's Center for Vaccine Development

Zoe Tillman

  • Senior reporter at Buzzfeed News, covering courts, justice, and the intersection of law and politics

Mark P. Jones

  • Fellow in political science at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy

U.S. Congressman Al Green

  • Representing the 9th Congressional District of Houston, Texas

U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

  • Representing the 18th Congressional District of Houston, Texas

USA Today op-ed by U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger

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