Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• President Trump told the acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want a war with Iran, officials said, in a message to his hawkish aides that an intensifying pressure campaign against Iran must not escalate into open conflict.
• “It’s about impeachment as a congressional constitutional purpose.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, facing Mr. Trump’s stonewalling of documents and witnesses, suggested that opening an impeachment inquiry would aid House investigations.
• President Xi Jinping of China miscalculated Mr. Trump’s willingness to accept a changed deal. Now, angry rhetoric and an unwillingness to compromise could complicate efforts to return to negotiations.
• The Trump administration has all but snuffed out the sales of Huawei, the Chinese tech giant, in the United States. But now that Washington has announced restrictions on the company’s access to American technology, it has directly targeted Huawei’s ability to do business anywhere in the world.
• Mr. Trump’s tariffs, which increased to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods last week and could extend to an additional $300 billion of imports, could increase prices in the United States. But a Federal Reserve governor has said the central bank could use the inflation to its advantage.
• Revenues were mixed in 2018 at some of Mr. Trump’s major properties — from Mar-a-Lago to the Trump International Hotel in Washington — at a time when the Trump family faced a barrage of scrutiny from government investigators.
• As he enters his re-election campaign, Mr. Trump, through his appointment of judges who oppose abortion rights and his graphic language, is taking a stance on abortion that evangelicals can embrace.
• With grisly claims that Democrats are “the party of death,” Republicans have aggressively reset the terms of the debate on abortion, forcing Democrats to reassess how they combat misinformation and thwart attacks that portray the entire party as extremist.
• In a new report from the Brennan Center, both liberal and conservative politicians and activists — including presidential candidates — proposed sweeping prison reforms and shared a particular stance: They were both wrong before about criminal justice reform.
• Bill de Blasio, the Democratic mayor of New York City now running for president, is seeking to show that his brand of urban progressive leadership can be a model for the rest of the nation. Here is where he stands on the issues.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Margaret Kramer in New York.
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