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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) addresses the media outside his office at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Today, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is pursuing “political vengeance” by blocking him and Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) from serving on the Intelligence Committee. At a news conference, Schiff accused McCarthy of doing the bidding of “his master at Mar-a-Lago,” a reference to former president Donald Trump. Schiff was a key player in Trump’s first impeachment. McCarthy has also vowed to block Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee, a move that would require a vote of the full House. Omar accused McCarthy of a “political stunt.”

At the White House, President Biden has detailed plans to send 31 of the United States’ premier battle tanks to Ukraine to aid in the fight against Russian aggression. Vice President Harris is in Monterey Park, Calif., to mourn the victims of the mass shooting that left 11 dead over the weekend.