10 things you need to know today: February 24, 2021

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1. Capitol security officials testify on security failings

Former U.S. Capitol security officials testified before Senate committees on Tuesday in the first hearings about the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by a mob of former President Donald Trump's supporters seeking to overturn his election loss to President Biden. Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned after the insurrection, said inadequate intelligence left police unprepared to deal with the attack. "A clear lack of accurate and complete intelligence across several federal agencies contributed to this event, and not poor planning by the United States Capitol Police," Sund said. Sund — who said he regrets resigning in the riot's aftermath — testified that he requested assistance from National Guard troops two days before the attack, but was shot down by former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving because of concerns about "optics."

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.