10 things you need to know today: May 26, 2023

Oath Keepers leader Steward Rhodes gets 18 years in prison, Biden and McCarthy near a deal to raise the debt limit, and more

Kevin McCarthy speaking to reporters
Biden said he and McCarthy were still discussing where to make the cuts in their debt ceiling talks
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1. Oath Keepers leader sentenced to 18 years for seditious conspiracy

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes to 18 years in prison for his conviction on seditious conspiracy charges, the most severe penalty imposed yet in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Rhodes was found guilty of rallying members of the right-wing militia group to go to Washington, D.C., to violently prevent Congress from certifying President Biden's election victory and keep then-President Donald Trump in power. Rhodes, 58, said before his sentencing that he was a "political prisoner." Judge Amit Mehta said Rhodes had been "prepared to take up arms in order to foment a revolution," simply because his candidate lost the election, and presented "an ongoing threat" to the nation "and the very fabric of our democracy."

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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.