Roll Call | February 16, 2021
By Patrick Pexton
Last week was a sobering one for Congress.
The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump served as the backdrop, the vivid videos of the angry mob of Jan. 6 underscoring all that could have been lost that day, and all that divides Americans.
In the House committee rooms, meanwhile, lawmakers worked on a giant economic relief package as we head into the second year of a deadly, isolating, growth-killing pandemic.
Sue Gordon, a former deputy director of national intelligence, told the committee that criminal hacking, by crooks and nation states, is “a global commodity now, everyone can cause harm. Formerly just the province of great powers, now it is available to anyone. … In a digitally connected world, one need not travel great physical distance or expend great resources to achieve malign outcome.”