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President Trump has become the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives delivered the historic rebuke to Trump on Wednesday afternoon — exactly one week after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in a rampage that led to five deaths, including that of a Capitol Police officer.

The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol is "the darkest day" of his career in Congress, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said in his opening statement Wednesday as the House prepared to take up a resolution to impeach President Trump.

But pursuing impeachment, Cole said, would only further divide the country. And he noted that the effort comes one week before Trump is set to leave office.

The Democratic-controlled House approved a resolution Tuesday night calling on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to assume the powers of the presidency.

Heading into Wednesday's joint session of Congress to tally the Electoral College vote results, lawmakers anticipated a long day peppered with objections hinged on baseless allegations of election fraud. More than a dozen Republican senators had said they would object to at least one state's election results.

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A record number of Oklahomans voted this year. More than 1.5 million Oklahomans cast ballots during the 2020 general election, beating 2016's number of about 1.4 million. Oklahoma also saw about an 175% increase in mail and absentee voting compared to 2016.

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Chickasaw Citizen and Republican Tom Cole is seeking re-election in Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District. Cole was first elected in 2002 and if he wins, this will be his 10th term in office. The co-chair of the Native American caucus touts his willingness to work across the aisle on issues affecting Indian Country. KOSU's Allison Herrera talked with the congressman on some of the issues his constituents are facing.

Republicans are rejecting a short-term spending bill released Monday after Democrats chose not to include federal farm assistance in the legislation which is meant to avert a government shutdown at the end of September.

There has been bipartisan agreement for weeks on the need for a basic spending stopgap. The disagreement over the bill released Monday means lawmakers have less than two weeks to reach an agreement before federal funding runs out.

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In the face of Republican opposition, House Democrats have backed off plans to consider unprecedented rule changes to allow members to vote and hold hearings remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Congresswoman Kendra Horn and Congressman Tom Cole are going under self-quarantine.

In a press release, Horn says she is moving forward with this two-week precaution after contact with Utah Representative Ben McAdams who tested positive for COVID-19. Cole says in his press release that he had contact with Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, who has also tested postivie for COVID-19.

Horn and Cole both say they are not showing any symptoms of illness, but are self-quarantining on the advice of the House of Representatives Attending Physician.

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