WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress as the second trial of former President Donald Trump nears.,That’s according to a U.S. official briefed on the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday.,Part of the concern is ominous chatter about killing legislators or attacking them outside of the U.S. Capitol.,The threats and concern armed protesters could return to the Capitol have prompted federal law enforcement officials to insist that thousands of National Guard troops remain in Washington in the coming weeks.,Trump’s Senate trial on a charge of inciting a violent insurrection is set to begin the week of Feb. 8.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has given initial approval to a bill preventing abortions on fetuses when a heartbeat can be detected. Just one Republican joined Democrats in a 29-17 vote Wednesday. The proposal likely faces a final vote in the Senate on Thursday before being sent to the House. Democrats promised a tough fight both through filibuster and any legislative machinations, but their chances appear dim. Fetal heartbeats are usually around the sixth week of pregnancy and before most women know they’re pregnant. The bill does now have exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape and incest and when the mother’s life is in danger. The House has passed similar bills previously and Gov. Henry McMaster says he’ll sign it immediately.