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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn on April 18. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)
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Today, the White House is taking aim at a tax plan unveiled by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) that would result in an increase in federal income taxes for roughly half of Americans. In a “fact sheet” released early Monday morning to coincide with Tax Day, the White House sought to use Scott’s proposal — which his GOP colleagues have hardly embraced — as a contrast with President Biden’s plans for the middle class.

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Biden, meanwhile, presided Monday over the return of the White House Easter Egg Roll after a two-year hiatus due to the covid pandemic. He’s scheduled to hit the road again later this week to try to make the case that he and fellow Democrats are getting things done in Washington. Congress remains in recess this week.

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  • 10:15 a.m. Eastern: Biden delivered remarks at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Watch coverage here.
  • 4 p.m. Eastern: White House press secretary Jen Psaki briefed reporters. Watch coverage here.
  • 5:15 p.m. Pacific: Vice President Harris delivered remarks while visiting Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

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11:04 a.m.
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Senior congressional correspondent and columnist
What’s being spent to defend Murkowski — There’s a fascinating number buried inside the new outline of midterm ad spending from the super PAC trying to secure a GOP Senate majority: $7.4 million. That’s the amount reserved for advertising to defend Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) as she seeks to win a fourth full term after years of bucking a new GOP establishment that has hitched its wagon to former president Donald Trump.The number, first reported Monday morning by Politico, is considered an initial investment and will probably grow as the race draws closer — but it is already larger than the $6.4 million the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) spent in 2020 to defend Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) in what was considered a more competitive race.Most of this SLF money will probably go toward helping Murkowski fend off her Trump-endorsed opponent, Kelly Tshibaka, a little-known former state official. This puts Trump and his allies on notice over how expensive it will be to take out the incumbent senator, who made a public break with Trump in June 2020 after federal security officials cleared out protesters from Lafayette Square before the then-president marched over for a photo op with a Bible outside a church.Murkowski wrote in another candidate in her November 2020 presidential ballot, then voted to convict Trump in the February 2021 impeachment trial. She has voted for most of Biden’s Cabinet picks as well as Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
9:51 a.m.
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Senior political reporter, writing for The Fix
Cuomo would be in good company if he attempts comeback — Former New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) on Monday sent one of his strongest signals to date that he might run for the office he resigned in August amid sexual harassment allegations. And if he were to run, he would have some company among recent governors who resigned during controversies.Cuomo’s New York Daily News op-ed is titled “There’s a better way forward for New York State.” Though he doesn’t allude to his own plans, the headline pretty much says it all. Cuomo’s main point is that Democrats need to take “dramatic action” to halt “the New York City crime spree” — an issue Cuomo could surely make the centerpiece of a campaign.And if he were to run, it would make him the third former governor to resign amid controversy — out of the last five — to run for statewide office in 2022.Former Missouri governor Eric Greitens (R) is running for Senate just four years after resigning during a political and personal scandal, the latter of which involved alleged unwanted sexual contact with his hairdresser.Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) announced this month that she would run for the state’s at-large House seat. She resigned in 2009 for reasons that weren’t entirely clear, but she faced a number of ethics investigations.Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer (D), who resigned amid a prostitution scandal in 2008, tried to run for New York City comptroller in 2013 but lost a primary.Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) did not resign in 2009 amid his admitted sex scandal, serving out his term. He was later elected to the House.
9:00 a.m.
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White House reporter
The week ahead at the White House — President Biden will head to the West Coast later this week for only the second time during his presidency, as he continues an accelerated pace of domestic travel.The president will begin his week by participating in the annual Easter Egg Roll, during which thousands of children are expected to descend on the South Lawn. The event comes as the White House is starting to reopen its grounds to the general public after visitors have largely been prohibited from the president’s home for more than two years because of the coronavirus pandemic.On Tuesday, the president will travel to Portsmouth, N.H., to tout the bipartisan infrastructure law. His trip will take him to the district of Rep. Chris Pappas (N.H.), one of the most vulnerable House Democrats, and to the state of Sen. Maggie Hassan (D), who is up for reelection in what is expected to be a tightly contested race.Biden will meet with U.S. military leaders, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, at the White House on Wednesday and then host the leaders and their spouses for dinner.On Thursday, Biden will fly to Portland, Ore., for another infrastructure-related event. He will then head to Seattle to celebrate Earth Day and discuss his administration’s work to combat climate change.The hectic schedule follows last week’s trips to Iowa and North Carolina, which came after Biden went nearly a month without any domestic travel outside of weekend trips to Delaware.