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President Joe Biden waves as he walks to speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One at Des Moines International Airport, in Des Moines Iowa, Tuesday, April 12, 2022, en route to Washington. Biden said that Russia's war in Ukraine amounted to a "genocide," accusing President Vladimir Putin of trying to "wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian."(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Today, in a Post Politics Now interview, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said that the House select committee probing the Jan. 6 insurrection will issue a report that will be “profuse in setting forth crimes that have not yet been alleged” and that the panel, on which he sits, is planning public hearings in May and June. The aim, Raskin said, is “to prevent coups and insurrections going forward.” Look for more from Raskin below.

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Meanwhile, President Biden announced a new batch of federal judicial nominees, bringing the total for his tenure to 90. Biden has maintained a remarkable pace, securing Senate confirmation in his first year of more district court and court of appeals judges than any president since John F. Kennedy, even as several of Biden’s high-profile legislative initiatives remain stalled.

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6:19 p.m.
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Annie Linskey: NAACP pushes for executive action — The NAACP is putting new pressure on President Biden to produce and sign a long-promised executive order to overhaul policing in the country as new police footage has been released showing the final moments of a deadly exchange between a Black man and police in Michigan.“President Biden, sign the police reform executive order now,” NAACP chief executive Derrick Johnson said in a statement. “We must do everything in our power to protect our community. This executive order is not sufficient, but it is necessary.”As Biden and the Democrats turn to November’s midterm elections, Democratic strategists have said they need to work harder to keep Black voters motivated to cast ballots for Democrats. And civil rights leaders were sorely disappointed that Congress didn’t pass a policing overhaul in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
Annie Linskey, National reporter covering the White House.
6:02 p.m.
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Michael Scherer: Where will the first Democratic presidential contests be in 2024? — Democrats in every state can apply this summer for a chance to displace Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina as the first voting contests in the 2024 presidential nominating process, under a plan approved Wednesday by the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee.The document lays out three general qualities the party is looking for in an early state: electoral diversity, an inclusive nominating processes and a competitive general election contest. Those criteria are widely seen as endangering Iowa’s historical position as the first Democratic contest.The resolution also says the costs of campaigning in a particular state, and a desire to represent different regions of the country will be factored into the final decision.“What I like about this framework is that it is more of a statement of values,” committee member Mo Elleithee said before the vote.Democratic officials in several states, including New Jersey, Michigan and Nebraska, have already signaled an interest in joining the early-state group, which could grow to five states under the new rules. Nevada Democrats have been pushing to go first, and the other three early states are expected to ask to maintain the place they had in the 2020 cycle.States have been asked to signal their interest in applying by May 6, and formal applications are due by June 3. A final vote on the calendar is expected in July.
Michael Scherer, National political reporter covering campaigns, Congress and the White House
3:20 p.m.
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Lena H. Sun: CDC decision splits the difference — The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decision appears to strike a balance between pressure by critics who want to have the mask mandate removed and those who want to keep it. The CDC is only extending this mask mandate for 15 days, which suggests to me that this is their way of splitting the baby. The latest rise in cases is not taking place uniformly across the country. Unless there are significant developments in more cases and a rise in hospital admissions, it’s unclear whether this will get extended again.
Lena H. Sun, National reporter focusing on health
7:44 a.m.
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Karoun Demirjian: New U.S. military assistance reflects evolving war — The Biden administration is preparing to amplify its military assistance to Ukraine with what is potentially shaping up to be another $750 million package, including new systems that could augment the Ukrainians’ current capabilities.The preliminary plans circulating among government officials in Washington include armored Humvees. They also include howitzer cannons, coastal defense drones, and gear to safeguard personnel in the event of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack.While the details are subject to change, they paint a picture of an evolving war. The sea drones seem to anticipate that Russia could be planning more amphibious assaults, while the biological, chemical and nuclear safety gear is a signal that Ukrainians fear Russians may launch such attacks going forward. Mi-17s and howitzers, meanwhile, would increase Ukraine’s firepower against Russian forces from air and land.All of these could prove important as the war in Ukraine enters a critical phase, as Russia regroups its forces in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, and both sides brace for a long and bloody fight for its control. U.S. leaders have expressed urgency about supplementing Ukraine as this shift is underway.
Karoun Demirjian, Pentagon, Capitol Hill, foreign affairs