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Defense Secretary Austin extends National Guard deployment at Capitol

Roughly 2,300 National Guard troops will support Capitol Police efforts in Washington, D.C. through at least May 23 after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved a request to extend their deployment on Tuesday.

The state of play: It's a nearly 50% reduction to the current number of troops at the Capitol, which has been occupied by Guard troops since the Jan. 6 attack by pro-Trump supporters.

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