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The House voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., for posting a violent video to social media. Jurors returned for another day of deliberations in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial. And if you’re ready to reevaluate your life, you aren’t alone.

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Gosar censured over violent video

The House of Representatives censured Gosar for posting an anime video that was edited to show him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and attacking President Joe Biden. The House voted 223-207 to censure Gosar, with one “present” vote and three abstentions. The vote largely fell along party lines, with two Republicans voting alongside all Democrats voting for censure. This is the most serious action the House can take to punish a lawmaker, short of expulsion from Congress. Gosar will be stripped of his committee assignments but will remain a House member. 

Rittenhouse lawyers ask for a mistrial as jury deliberates

Rittenhouse’s defense attorneys asked for a mistrial Wednesday after prosecutors conceded drone video of the shooting was sent to the defense in a lower quality before it was played for jurors during the trial. The issue came up after jurors requested to review video evidence as they deliberated for a second day over whether Rittenhouse was guilty of homicide or acted in self-defense in shootings during police brutality protests in 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse’s lawyer’s motion would allow for the case to be retried and is different from a previous motion they requested for a mistrial with prejudice, which would not allow for a new trial. Catch up on the latest from the trial. 

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QAnon shaman sentenced for role in Capitol riot

Jake Angeli, the Phoenix man who joined the riot of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with his face painted and his head topped with a fur hat with horns was sentenced on Wednesday to 41 months in prison. Given the 11 months he has already served since his January arrest, Angeli will serve about 2½ more years in federal prison. Prosecutors said Angeli played a key role at the Capitol by goading on the crowd through shouts blasted from his megaphone. Angeli also took the dais of the U.S. Senate and left a note for then-Vice President Mike Pence that warned him: “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming!” Before the judge passed the sentence, Angeli addressed the court for about 30 minutes and accepted responsibility for his crime but said he was not a danger to society.

Why are gas prices soaring? Biden wants answers

 What is going on with the price of gas? Biden on Wednesday called for federal regulators to investigate whether oil and gas companies are engaging in “illegal conduct” by profiting from high gas prices that have skyrocketed during the pandemic. Biden, facing increasing pressure politically as inflation has soared to a 31-year high, requested the probe in a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan, claiming “mounting evidence of anti-consumer behavior by oil and gas companies.” The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.41. That is $1.29 more than a year ago, according to the American Automobile Association, and a seven-year high. Biden noted the price of oil is down more than 5% over the recent high of $84 per barrel last month, while gas prices have gone up 3% over the same period. He said prices at the pump typically respond to changes in the prices of unrefined gasoline.

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Stressed workers seeking better work-life balance amid COVID-19

Ready to reevaluate your life? You aren’t alone. The pandemic has spurred many workers to reevaluate their lives and the role work plays in them, leading some to set fresh boundaries, find new jobs or maintain the side hustles that got them through the shutdowns and layoffs. Nearly 6 in 10 American workers in a LinkedIn survey said they had gone through a career awakening during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it was a desire for better work-life balance, deciding to pursue a promotion, or redefining their meaning of success. The survey also found a majority of American workers who say the pandemic has altered the way they feel about their careers.

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