After the siege these would be my newsroom priorities:

* What's going on behind the scenes to get him out.
* More sieges at state capitals and in DC before Jan. 20
* How could the Capitol have been left undefended?
* If this had been Black people gathering...


My post siege story priorities, cont.

* Who planned this? What drove these events?
* The investigation: Where are we on the arrests?
* U.S. military reacts to an unstable commander
* Tech platforms recoil at a world they helped create


My post siege story list, cont.

* When prophecy fails: where Q and Trump cults go now * Frankenstein hour for some in the GOP while others re-commit to the crazy
* Experts in authoritarian rule on the dangers in a crumbling regime's final days
* ...

What's on your list?

My post siege story priorities, cont.

* Role of cops and ex-military in the siege itself and the movement from which it sprang
* A win for white supremacy: gained a martyr and a potent myth— the Jan. 6 rebellion
* Implications for the international order when US melts down

My post siege story priorities, MUST TO AVOID:

* No Trump voters still support Trump
* No Jared and Ivanka were alarmed
* No one cares about White House staffers wondering if anyone will hire them after this
* That rats leave a sinking ship is not news, includes Hope Hicks


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