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J6 Updates:

Mike Pence testifies before special counsel’s 2020 election grand jury: Sources

Former Vice President Mike Pence appeared Thursday before a grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s role and efforts to overturn the 2020 election, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Pence was inside the courthouse in Washington for more than seven hours and his vehicle was later seen leaving by ABC News.

A spokesperson for special counsel Jack Smith declined to comment.

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Reproductive Freedom:

Abortion bans fail in conservative South Carolina, Nebraska

In Nebraska, where abortion is banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy, an effort to ban abortion about the sixth week of pregnancy fell one vote short of breaking a filibuster. Cheers erupted outside the legislative chamber as the last vote was cast, with opponents of the bill waving signs and chanting, “Whose house? Our house!”

In South Carolina, lawmakers voted 22-21 to shelve a proposed near-total abortion ban for the rest of the year. Republican Sen. Sandy Senn criticized Majority Leader Shane Massey for repeatedly “taking us off a cliff on abortion.”

“The only thing that we can do when you all, you men in the chamber, metaphorically keep slapping women by raising abortion again and again and again, is for us to slap you back with our words,” she said.

Gun Violence:

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Sen. Hawley says the FBI is anti-Catholic. How a divide in the Church became a flashpoint in Congress

State News:

Arizona lawmaker caught on video hiding Bibles in state capitol building, issues apology

An Arizona House Democrat and ordained minister recorded on video hiding Bibles at a lounge at the state capitol apologized to her peers for her actions.

“I hold Scripture very dear to my heart,” state Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton, D-Tucson, said Wednesday, following the moment of prayer that begins every House floor session. “I recognize my actions could have been seen something as less than playful – and offensive.”

Stahl Hamilton described her actions as a type of protest regarding the separation of church and state.

“The intent was never to be destructive, to never desecrate or to offend,” she said.

Santa Monica pays $122M to victims of city employee accused of sexually assaulting children

The city of Santa Monica will pay out an additional $122 million to 124 victims who alleged they were sexually assaulted by a city employee when they were children.

The employee, Eric Wess Uller, 50, served as a volunteer at Santa Monica’s Police Activities League program between the late ’80s and possibly through 2010, officials said.

Over 200 people have since come forward with allegations against Uller.

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