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A 2017 Chevy Malibu at the 2017 Washington Auto Show in Washington. Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The 2018 Washington Auto Show begins on Tuesday, and will be displaying a variety of electric vehicles, as well as allowing lawmakers and regulators to discuss "unique challenges and opportunities" surrounding new transportation trends in the MobilityTalks International forum.

Why it matters: This year's show will have the most all-electric vehicles to date, according to the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association communications manager Mike Bushnell.

  • There will be a Senate Energy Committee hearing on the sidelines of the auto show events on Thursday, and a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday.
  • Guest speakers include Senate Commerce chairman John Thune; Michigan Sen. Gary Peters; Lyft's director of government relations Rob Grant; General Motors' director of corporate finance Rachel Bhattacharya; and Jack Weast, the chief systems architect of autonomous driving solutions for Intel.
  • Bill Wehrum, who is EPA's top air pollution official, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will be taking questions from the press on Thursday.
  • Cars that will at the consumer show include the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the e-Golf, the zero-emission BMW i3, the Honda Clarity fuel cell car, and the Chevy Volt and Bolt

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Why it matters: The European Commission has threatened to withhold over $40 billion in pandemic recovery funds after Poland's constitutional tribunal — stacked with loyalists from the ruling right-wing populist party — rejected the principle that EU law has primacy over national law.

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Why it matters: The nine Republicans who voted to hold former Trump aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress are now in peril of becoming political pariahs. They've opened themselves up to potential primary challengers and public attacks from their party's kingmaker — former President Trump.