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I'm Elsa Chang. The Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump ended Saturday night with his acquittal. He had been charged with inciting the January 6th assault on the U. S Capitol. The trial's end, of course, did not put to rest a number of tough political questions. And in fact, May have underscored how difficult they will be to answer questions like Where does the Republican Party go from here? NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins us now to talk about what is next. Hey, Tam. Hey, all right, so let's start with the right at the Capitol. I mean, these impeachment proceedings are over. But then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends a letter to House Democrats calling for a bipartisan investigation into what happened on January 6th. Can you just talk about? How would that be different from what happened all last week? Well, the idea would be to establish a bipartisan commission like was created after 9 11 to go into the security failures that led to the capital being overrun as well as the causes of the right and the response once it was going There were a number of fax from the day of the attack that house impeachment managers talked about, but we're based on news reports. The idea here would be to establish a historical record of that terrible day and the events around it and hopefully answer some of the unanswered questions left by the impeachment trial. This would require legislation to establish the commission. And it would also take some bipartisan agreement on who should be on it. Or the scope of the investigation, too. Okay, so it could be a long time coming Well, one thing that was very clear. Watching these impeachment proceedings unfold is that there are huge riffs in the Republican Party right now. We just talk a little bit about that. How much do you think this party will try to distance itself from Trump going forward? That is the big question, And I think it's pretty safe to say that this trial did not solve it for them or for us trying to trying to figure out what's going on. Trump remains popular with Republican voters. Maybe not all 74 million of them who voted for him, but a lot of them. And the debate among Republicans is really spelled out by what happened with minority leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate, who gave a speech completely blasting Trump after voting to acquit him. And then Kevin McCarthy, who in the immediate aftermath of The January 6th attack, gave a speech on the house floor laying blame at President Trump but has since gone down to mar a Lago to make peace with him. You know, they both want to be The leaders of you know, they want to be in the majority again in 2022. They likely are going to need trump and they're definitely going to need his base to get there. Well, do we know at this point anything about what Trump's next move would be Well, we know he's in Florida. He is laying low. His aides tell me that at this point, he is not immediately planning to hold post acquittal event or press conference. But that could change. He hinted in the statement He put out over the weekend that he wants to continue to have a voice in politics. And if the past is a guide, he will likely try to exact revenge on those who weren't totally loyal to him. 100% of the time. I'm also thinking about a year ago when he was acquitted the last time and he had this big rally type of end in the East Room of the White House. And there were people there, including Mitch McConnell and Senator Bill Cassidy, who were shouted out as you know, great guys. And now Cassidy voted against Trump. He voted to convict him right well. President. Biden, meanwhile, had tried to keep his distance from the impeachment process, saying it was up to Congress to deal with all that. Now that impeachment is over, Tam, Where does Biden's agenda stand? Well, he is still pushing to get Congress to pass is $1.9 Trillion covert relief package. He'll be essentially campaigning for this week in Wisconsin with the town Hall style event televised tomorrow and also visiting a Fizer facility in Michigan later in the week. Democrats in the House are working through a draft of that bill that could then be sent to the Senate. It looks like they all likelihood are going it alone on will not be seeking broad bipartisan Republicans support for it. That is NPR. White House correspondent Tamara Keith. Thank you, Tam. You're welcome. The U. S is on track for the deadliest avalanche season in half a decade. Three more people died in the back country in Colorado and Montana over the weekend. NPR's Brian Mann reports. Dave's in is an Avalanche forecaster in the Gallatin National Forest in Montana. He says two people set out yesterday on snowboards to ride an area called Beehive Basin. As they were climbing up to the ridge line, and they triggered the avalanche of the slope fractured and cracked around them. One was able to fight his way off the slab. Grabbing trees. Zen says the second border couldn't fight free and died after being swept down the slope. He impacted a tree, and that's where he came to rest to others. The skier and a snowmobiler also died Sunday in separate incidents in Colorado. Experts say Avalanche conditions are particularly treacherous this winter because of snow fall patterns across much of the West through Hardisty is an avalanche forecaster in Utah. My 21 year career forecasting. I have not seen that we're we've issued an Avalanche Warren for the entire state. It's common for 11 or 12 people to die each winter in backcountry avalanches in the U. S. This year. The toll is already 25 1 thing. Setting the season apart. Hardest, he says, is the number of avalanches killing more than one skier this year alone throughout the western Alaska, there have been multiple fatality events..

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