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President Biden delivers remarks along side Swedish Prime Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Rose Garden at the White House on Thursday. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)
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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.

And counting continues in Pennsylvania in the too-close-to-call Republican primary for U.S. Senate in which celebrity physician Mehmet Oz has a narrow lead over rival David McCormick. Former president Donald Trump has urged Oz to declare victory.

Your daily dashboard

  • 10:30 a.m. Eastern: Biden, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto delivered remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House. Watch it here.
  • 10:30 a.m. Eastern: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a weekly news conference. Watch it here.
  • 11:30 a.m. Eastern: Biden departed the White House en route to Asia with a stop in Alaska. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre gaggled with reporters on Air Force One. Listen here.
  • 2:05 p.m. Eastern: Harris met virtually with abortion providers from the White House complex. Watch here.

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A tale from a bygone era in Washington — Many of the emails on a device copied from Hunter Biden’s purportedly dropped-off laptop are illuminating. Some show the business deals with a Chinese energy conglomerate, as we’ve written, or confirm some of his dealings on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.But it also serves as a time capsule of an earlier version of Washington. And few highlight that better than the exchanges between Biden and Fox News host Tucker Carlson. The messages capture a moment when both were on-the-rise figures.It was a time before Donald Trump came to dominate politics. And while divisions were still deep, it allowed for a conservative commentator to be friendly with the son of a Democratic vice president. And while they were far from politically aligned, they did have something resembling friendship.The thing that surprised me in this story was how close these two men were then, and how far apart they are now. It’s a story that tells us something about each of them and how they operated — and it also tells us something about national politics and how much it has shifted.