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Good morning now, 8 30. Lie from NPR news. I'm Laxmi saying days away from Joe Biden's inauguration. The level of security in the nation's capital this hour is unlike anything we've seen in modern history. There's word, the National Mall maybe shut down entirely. Federal, state and local law enforcement are shoring up defenses against potential violent responses to President Trump's second impeachment for his role. In last week's insurrection at the U. S Capitol. The violence cost the life of it least one Capitol Hill Police officer Brian Sick. Nick also served with the New Jersey National Guard. His comrades are now in D. C. Many of them seen camped out at night on the floors of the People's House. MPR's Windsor Johnston has more Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed to Washington, D C and have been stationed inside and around the perimeter of the Capitol building. In a video message On Wednesday, President Trump said there must be and no violence, no law breaking and no vandalism of any kind. National Corona virus Vaccination campaigns off to a slow start. Cage's Katherine Davis Young has an update on how mega vaccination sites in Arizona are faring. There are big tents set up and the cars pull through. People stay in their cars, and they get the vaccine right through the window. They have to wait a while before they drive away to make sure they don't have any negative reaction after getting the vaccine. You're listening to NPR knees live from KQED News. I'm Brian what the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is putting together a task force to focus on right wing terrorism. This comes after two state senators said they plan to introduce legislation that focuses on domestic terrorism by white nationalists and other hate groups. Moves, which followed the recent attacks on the capital and threats of further violence raised concerns for some experts cake you ladies, Alex Hall explains. Assigning task forces to focus specifically on investigating, thwarting and prosecuting domestic terrorism is tricky. Was ethically and an illegal sense. One reason supporting extremism is not illegal in the United States, obviously plotting attacks. Well, that is Seth Jones, with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says there is no domestic terrorism statute in the United States. Whether that should change he thinks will soon be the subject of debate. The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups and other extremism and is opposed to creating a list of domestic terrorist organizations. Chief of staff, Li Sha Brooks says. Instead, authorities should work with people who want to get out of extremist groups. If lawmakers wanted to address the problem and put some real resource is behind it, we recommend that they put those resources into deradicalization programs. Brooks's concern is that expanding the domestic terror code would criminalize protected speech. Exposed protesters to surveillance and investigation. I'm Alex Hall, KQED news,.

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