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Alex Brandon / AP

A source close to Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who is recovering from gunshot wounds that almost killed him, texted me this encouraging note:

"Whip Scalise called into tonight's Whip Team meeting to thank the whips for their hard work and let them know he is looking forward to working through the rehab process and returning to the Capitol once he is ready. He was in good spirits and was particularly happy that the House will pass the Wounded Officers Recovery Act noting, 'Crystal and David saved our lives.'"

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.