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Every Friday, Law Decoded provides an analysis of the week’s critical policy, regulatory and legislative stories.

Editor’s Note

Armed National Guardsmen are building concentric perimeters of black barricades around the Capitol and the entire neighborhood of federal buildings in preparation for Biden’s inauguration and are protesting Wednesday. That inspires a déjà vu, whether it is last week or last summer.

However much history repeats itself, the present time seems to be stuck in its own course. Remember last week’s Decoded Act was mostly about the transfer of presidential power in the US? This is also going to be about that. Excuses; I also hope this no longer dominates the news.

In the same vein, today’s main stories will feature a cast of characters eerily similar to last week’s. If it’s any help, their main role in today’s plot is that they’re all about to change.