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A day before voters go to the polls, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp holds a rally with former vice president Mike Pence in Kennesaw, Ga. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)
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Today, on the eve of another round of key primaries, former vice president Mike Pence campaigned with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who faces a primary challenge from David Perdue, the former senator recruited to run by former president Donald Trump. Monday night, Trump held a “tele-rally” for Perdue on Monday night. The race, in which Kemp is heavily favored, could be among Trump’s biggest defeats of the cycle. On Tuesday, there are also races on the ballot in Alabama and Arkansas, as well as runoffs in Texas.

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Meanwhile, President Biden continues his first trip to Asia since becoming president. In a news conference Monday, Biden said the United States would defend Taiwan militarily if it came under attack by China, comments the White House immediately sought to clarify. He also said he did not believe a quarantine to prevent the spread of monkey pox in the United States would be necessary.

Your daily dashboard

  • 1:15 a.m. Eastern: Biden spoke at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Watch here.
  • 2:45 p.m. Eastern: Vice President Harris visits Children’s National Hospital in Washington to discuss mental health and wellness.
  • 6 p.m. Eastern: Pence appeared with Kemp at a get-out-the-vote rally in Kennesaw, Ga.
  • 7 p.m. Eastern: Trump participated in a “tele-rally” with Perdue. Supporters could call in to hear the former president’s message.

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3:04 p.m.
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Cawthorn under yet another investigation — The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it was launching an investigation into embattled Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) following allegations of insider trading and an improper relationship with a staffer in his D.C. office.All 10 Democrats and Republicans voted unanimously to establish the investigative subcommittee.“The Committee notes that the mere fact of establishing an Investigative Subcommittee does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred,” the committee said the announcement.Cawthorn has denied wrongdoing, but it was not enough for GOP voters who rejected him from serving another term after citing his lack of maturity. Cawthorn has run afoul of the law for carrying a weapon at the airport and traffic violations.The investigation would probably run until the end of the term, which is when Cawthorn would return to private life. It could end before then if Cawthorn decides to resign from office early, but it would not prevent the committee from releasing its findings.
11:44 a.m.
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The politics at play on the domestic terrorism bill — The Senate is expected to vote on one major legislative item this week, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which requires the FBI, Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to create offices dedicated to combating domestic extremism and to report regularly to Congress on their efforts, with a special emphasis on “White supremacists and neo-Nazis.”It passed the House last week on a 222-203 vote, but in the Senate it will need to pick up significant bipartisan support to vault a filibuster, and that support appears unlikely to materialize.Several GOP senators last week said they were either unfamiliar with the bill or skeptical that it was necessary. And on Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) showed in a tweet just how politicized the bill has become: “This week a democrat party infiltrated by marxists & left wing extremists will try to pass a bill giving them the power to go after anyone they decide to label as racists or extremists,” he wrote.
11:00 a.m.
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The week ahead on the Hill — The House is out of session this week, leaving all eyes on the Senate ahead of the Memorial Day recess.On deck, the Senate will vote on the Domestic Terror Prevention Act, which would bolster government agencies to counter acts of domestic terrorism. House Democrats — with the help of one Republican — passed it last week in a direct response to the racially motivated shooting in Buffalo. It’s unclear whether 10 Senate Republicans will sign on to the bill by Thursday to pass it.Now that a judge has ruled that Biden must keep Title 42 in place, one question on the minds of congressional Democrats is whether they can pass another coronavirus funding bill. The GOP was blocking any movement on sending another package to Biden, arguing that the border pandemic provision should be included. With the threat now gone, Democrats may try to pass legislation again.Also expect Democrats to continue hammering Republicans on abortion this week in the Senate. On the campaign trail, House Democrats will amp up their conversations with women, a significant voting bloc they hope to keep in their corner by arguing that the GOP is not the party of abortion rights or maternal care.
9:00 a.m.
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The week ahead at the White House — Following his return this week from his first presidential trip to Asia, Biden will participate in commencement season. He is scheduled to deliver remarks at the graduation and commissioning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on Friday and then at the University of Delaware on Saturday. Over the course of his long career in politics, Biden has delivered four commencement addresses at the University of Delaware, his alma mater, but this — his fifth — will be his first as president.Biden plans to hold a “Quad” meeting on Tuesday with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Biden is to return to Washington on Tuesday night.