There were roughly 25,000 National Guard members in Washington for the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The deployment was in large part an overreaction to the Capitol riot of January 6. But now, 5,000 are still here. The inauguration was two weeks ago, it went off without incident, and there is no need for troops in Washington. Yet here they are — along with a tall, razor-wired-topped fence encircling a huge area around the Capitol. Today: Why is there a standing army in Washington? Plus, an update on the COVID relief fight, with a look at just how weak President Biden is, despite his party’s control of the White House, House, and Senate.

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