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On our radar: Biden tours South Korea; Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary still not called
This just in: Pentagon spokesman John Kirby takes job at White House
Noted: Biden says Finland and Sweden’s decision to join NATO as a ‘watershed moment’
First lady’s trip to Latin America sets stage for next month’s Summit of the Americas
Analysis: Biden’s top line of defense against covid? Few ‘close’ contacts.
The latest: Nearly 200 Republicans voted against bill to ease baby formula shortage
Analysis: Supreme Court could soon drastically expand right to carry guns
The latest: Pentagon announces Operation Fly Formula to import supplies amid shortage
This just in: Jan. 6 panel seeks interview with GOP House member to discuss Capitol tour
Noted: Tucker Carlson once needed a favor from Hunter Biden
One on one: Schneider says Congress can no longer wait on measure targeting domestic terrorism
Noted: Fetterman raises $1.6 million after Pennsylvania primary win
The latest: Van Hollen says he’s on track for full recovery, remains hospitalized
The latest: How close the race remains between Oz and McCormick
This just in: Senate approves Ukraine aid bill; Biden will sign
On our radar: Biden tours South Korea; Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary still not called
This just in: Pentagon spokesman John Kirby takes job at White House
Noted: Biden says Finland and Sweden’s decision to join NATO as a ‘watershed moment’
First lady’s trip to Latin America sets stage for next month’s Summit of the Americas
Analysis: Biden’s top line of defense against covid? Few ‘close’ contacts.
The latest: Nearly 200 Republicans voted against bill to ease baby formula shortage
Analysis: Supreme Court could soon drastically expand right to carry guns
The latest: Pentagon announces Operation Fly Formula to import supplies amid shortage
This just in: Jan. 6 panel seeks interview with GOP House member to discuss Capitol tour
Noted: Tucker Carlson once needed a favor from Hunter Biden
One on one: Schneider says Congress can no longer wait on measure targeting domestic terrorism
Noted: Fetterman raises $1.6 million after Pennsylvania primary win
The latest: Van Hollen says he’s on track for full recovery, remains hospitalized
The latest: How close the race remains between Oz and McCormick
This just in: Senate approves Ukraine aid bill; Biden will sign
Today, House Democrats approved legislation that would bolster the federal government’s ability to target gas price-gouging. The bill seems unlikely to pass in the evenly divided Senate but was intended to send a message that the party cares about the pinch Americans are feeling at the pump and from ongoing inflation. The Senate voted to send a $40 billion Ukraine aid bill to President Biden’s desk.
Biden, meanwhile, is headed to Asia on his first trip to the region since becoming president following a meeting with the leaders of Sweden and Finland in a show of support for their bids to join NATO. Vice President Harris plans to meet virtually with a group of abortion providers from the White House complex as the Supreme Court weighs the fate of Roe v. Wade.
It’s been a long election week, and we still don’t know who will get the Republican nomination in the Pennsylvania Senate race. As of Thursday evening, Mehmet Oz, Trump’s candidate, is leading businessman David McCormick by only a tenth of a percent — a difference of 1,123 votes.
We’ll keep an eye on that race Friday. Here’s what else we’ll be tracking:
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby will move to the White House in a senior communications role, two people familiar with the personnel move told The Post’s Tyler Pager.
His new title and role remain unclear.
Before leaving to Asia on Thursday afternoon, Biden said Finland and Sweden’s decision to apply for membership in NATO signals the Western alliance’s growing strength in the face of Russia’s threats.
“Sweden and Finland have strong democratic institutions, strong militaries, and strong and transparent economies, and a strong moral sense of what is right,” Biden said. “They meet every NATO requirement, and then some. And having two new NATO members in the High North will enhance the security of our Alliance and deepen our security cooperation across the board.”
First lady Jill Biden stood in the Presidential Palace in Quito, Ecuador, on Thursday and urged the U.S. ally not to ignore the brutality on display in Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“We’ve seen countries rise up against tyrants and offer shelter to their neighbors,” the first lady said, all but naming Russian President Vladimir Putin, as she spoke of her experience visiting Ukrainian refugees and meeting with Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, less than two weeks before. “Yes, we are connected — especially in the Americas. If one nation is vulnerable to authoritarianism, or a health crisis, or poverty, it won’t be long before those same problems reach all of us.”
These days, it seems as if everyone around Biden has contracted covid-19. Vice President Harris got it late April, and so did Secretary of State Antony Blinken, a few days later. The president’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, also caught it.
In all these instances, however, the White House assured Americans that the president was not at risk of catching the virus — because none of these figures were considered “close contacts” of his, Annie Linskey writes.
House Republicans have spent days accusing the Biden administration and the Food and Drug Administration of not doing enough to ease the baby formula shortage. But, on Thursday, 192 Republicans, including House GOP leaders, voted against a measure that would give $28 million to help the FDA address the crisis.
As Eugene Scott and Felicia Sonmez report, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) voted late Wednesday against the measure to provide the funding.
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is potentially poised this summer to take down one of the nation’s oldest and most restrictive gun-control laws: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.
As Amber Phillips writes, it will be the court’s first major Second Amendment case in more than a decade and happens to be coming amid rising gun violence in the nation and an uptick in gun sales in recent years. The justices’ decision could unravel laws across the nation restricting who can carry guns in public.
The Pentagon announced Thursday that it would be launching Operation Fly Formula to accelerate imports of baby formula into the United States, provided that it meets federal safety standards.
The U.S. Transportation Command will be coordinating with other departments and agencies “to find these inventories” and “accelerate” bringing them to the United States, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “It’s evident … that there’s a significant shortage out there,” he added.
The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol requested an interview Thursday with Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), citing evidence the panel has obtained regarding a tour he led through parts of the Capitol complex the day before the attack.
The committee’s leaders, chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and the vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), requested to meet with Loudermilk next week — just weeks ahead of public hearings scheduled to start on June 9.
Tucker Carlson may be the leading Fox News host peddling debunked claims against Hunter Biden, the president’s son, and attacking him constantly on air.
But once, not too long ago, he and his wife were looking to get their son a leg up in his college application to Georgetown University. They turned to a well-connected Washington friend who had an even better-connected father, Matt Viser writes:
Every week, Post Politics Now will publish a conversation with a newsmaker or expert. Our guest this week is Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), who introduced a House bill aimed at curbing domestic terrorism. The House passed the legislation Wednesday, with only one Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), joining Democrats. This interview has been edited for clarity.
PPN: You first introduced a version of this bill in 2017; what’s the significance of the House picking up the measure this week, days after the racist mass shooting that left 10 dead in Buffalo?
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who clinched the Democratic nomination in the state’s U.S. Senate race Tuesday, raised more than $1.6 million in the 24 hours after his victory, his campaign said.
“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support,” Fetterman said in a statement. “I am deeply honored to be your nominee, and I am looking forward to turning this seat blue in November.”
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who suffered a minor stroke over the weekend, said in a statement Thursday that he’s on track for a “full recovery.”
“I’d like to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone for the outpouring of well-wishes and kind messages,” Van Hollen said. “Following my doctors’ orders, I’ll begin to ease back into my schedule.”

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