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Thursday briefing: What’s next at the Jan. 6 hearings; gas tax pause; monkeypox testing; Westminster Dog Show winners; and more

(Jordan Robertson for The Washington Post)
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The Jan. 6 committee will hold its fifth public hearing today.

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There are doubts about President Biden’s gas tax pause idea.

  • What he wants: For Congress to suspend the federal gas tax of 18.3 cents per gallon for three months.
  • Opposition: Democrats and Republicans criticized the idea yesterday. Even White House officials said privately that the pause probably wouldn’t make a huge difference.
  • What else can be done? Not much. Many economists say the only thing that will bring prices down is a general economic downturn.

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The Uvalde school police chief was put on leave yesterday.

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Two “hellish battles” are happening in Ukraine’s east.

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The U.S. is dramatically expanding its testing for monkeypox.

  • What is monkeypox? A rare and sometimes serious disease that causes lesions and rashes. The U.S. has counted 156 cases, but the outbreak is probably much bigger than that.
  • The latest: Commercial labs will be authorized to test for it, the Biden administration said yesterday, which could allow the U.S. to conduct tens of thousands each week.

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The NBA draft is tonight, and there’s no clear top pick.

  • Selecting first: The Orlando Magic, followed by Oklahoma City and Houston. There are at least three players in the mix: Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Auburn’s Jabari Smith.
  • Player to watch: Holmgren, a highly skilled 20-year-old, whose 7-foot, 195-pound frame both intrigues and frightens NBA teams.
  • Where to watch: ABC and ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Trumpet the bloodhound won top prize at the Westminster Dog Show.

  • Best in Show: Trumpet was commended for his facial folds and floppy ears, although his handler noted that, at home, he “has a lot of attitude and he’s a little crazy.”
  • Other finalists: Winston the French bulldog was the runner-up, and a silky-haired Maltese named Hollywood won the toy group. (Need more photos? Of course you do.)

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John Taylor contributed to today’s briefing.

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