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The national average for a gallon of gas has fallen below $4 for the first time since early March. President Biden and his fellow Democrats welcome the drop in gas prices. Donald Trump's circle is spreading a baseless claim in response to the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. At least one-third of Republican primary candidates for House and Senate seats have embraced Donald Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was stolen, with many winning their party's nomination. Got a question about politics? Submit it to CNN Politics at 3 p.m. weekdays, return to this space and we'll address what's on the mind of readers each weekdays at this time of the week. Back to the page you came from. Back to

Brad Finstad will be sworn in to the U.S. House by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday. Finstad won the special election for Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District, defeating Democrat Jeff Ettinger in a closely watched race. The 46-year-old Minnesota native was appointed to the position by then-President Donald Trump. The House is expected to approve the Inflation Reduction Act on Friday that includes a minimum tax rate of 15 percent on highly profitable companies. The tax would help pay for large investments across climate and health care. The next challenge will be selling the public on a package the party believes will lower health costs for many Americans, even as some of the major changes won’t have a tangible impact on voters’ pocketbooks.

Rep. Liz Cheney decries the “poisonous lies” of former president Donald Trump about the 2020 presidential election. Rep. Steve Scalise suggested that some of the FBI agents involved in the search of Donald Trump’s Florida residence had gone “rogue” during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” The GOP House Minority Whip didn’t provide evidence that the agents went rogue, prompting a Fox News host to press Scalise for more evidence. Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) would not have played such an outsize role in determining what was in the bill, Schumer suggested. “So please focus on the 2022 elections,” Schumer said.

Fewer members than usual could be passing through the chamber to cast votes Friday when the House returns to Washington from its August recess. House Democrats are flying back to Washington on Thursday so they can vote Friday on the $740 billion climate, health-care and tax bill that passed the Senate on Sunday. Russia confirmed Thursday that negotiations between Washington and Moscow on a prisoner exchange were underway. Beto O'Rourke was not amused by a cackling heckler heckler at a campaign event in Texas on Wednesday, but he responded with a profanity-laced response to the heckler. You can read more on the episode here from The Post's Jonathan Edwards.