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House Democrats opened their first day of arguments in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with searing footage of the U.S. Capitol riot as they painted Trump as an “inciter in chief” who systematically riled up his supporters and falsely convinced them the election had been stolen, culminating in the deadly attack.

For years conservative groups and especially the National Rifle Association have been warning that the government would find a way to confiscate the guns of law-abiding Americans. Many people dismissed what they regarded as a scare tactic designed to raise money.

Here in the state's southeast, which calls itself the Bootheel and nurses a genial distrust of Missouri's metropolitan fleshpots (St. Louis, Kansas City), the loudspeaker is blasting out John Mellencamp's "Small Town" as Josh Hawley's cowboy boots alight from his campaign bus at this stop on the "Stop Schumer Fire Claire Tour." Before he became a Senate candidate, and before he became Missouri's attorney general – after Stanford, Yale Law School (where he met his wife, Erin; they clerked together for Chief Justice John Roberts) – Hawley grew up in a rural Missouri county.

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