On Politics: Trump Says He Believes Khashoggi Is Dead

Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.


President Trump said he believed that the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dead, and expressed confidence in intelligence reports that suggested a Saudi role. But he stopped short of saying the crown prince was responsible. Read the story.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has withdrawn from a Saudi investment conference after bipartisan backlash over his plans to attend despite the Khashoggi disappearance. Read more about his cancellation.

Mr. Trump has taken an interest in the F.B.I. headquarters in Washington, which had been set for redevelopment. Democrats wonder if he is trying to protect his hotel.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative group that has helped push courts to the right, also cultivates law students and young lawyers. But legal experts say its closed-door “training academy” has raised serious ethical questions.

Ahead of the midterms, Republican candidates are softening their tone on the Affordable Care Act even as current party leaders vow to revisit a repeal. Here’s how the message is changing.

Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, is running as a progressive. But he has close ties to lobbyists, one of whom is a top campaign adviser.

Pete Stauber, a candidate in Minnesota, could be the only Republican to win a Democratic House seat next month.

In Iowa, the Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, and her Democratic opponent, Fred Hubbell, are fighting over one question: Which candidate is really more Iowan?

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