Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• Attorney General William P. Barr said on Wednesday that he would scrutinize the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation, asserting that American intelligence agencies had spied on the Trump campaign. His remarks are certain to please President Trump, who has alleged that his campaign was targeted out of political malice.
• Mr. Barr also said that after releasing a partly blacked-out copy of the special counsel’s report, he would work to share some of the more sensitive redacted information with Congress.
• As a married gay man and a Scripture-quoting Christian, the Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has challenged the religious right on its own turf, confronting evangelicals over gay rights and questioning the moral authority of those who have stayed silent on Mr. Trump’s conduct.
• In an appearance in San Antonio, Mr. Trump laid out what is likely to be a key issue in his re-election campaign, saying migrants pouring across the border with Mexico were dying in great numbers while gang members from Central America threatened American ranchers. And he made clear that he would try to put the blame on Democrats.
• For years, both political parties have tried — and failed — to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, mindful that someday the government would reach a breaking point. That moment has arrived.
• Senator Bernie Sanders reintroduced his Medicare for All Act on Wednesday, the latest example of how he has used his Senate standing to bolster his presidential platform.
• How much would a plan like Mr. Sanders’s cost? The Times asked a handful of economists and think tanks with a variety of perspectives to estimate total American health care expenditures in 2019 under such a system.
• Federal Reserve officials were worried about slowing economic growth abroad when they decided to pause interest rate increases and cut economic growth forecasts for 2019, according to minutes from the March meeting released on Wednesday.
• The Treasury Department said it would not immediately comply with a congressional request to hand over President Trump’s tax returns, setting up a protracted legal battle.
• Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts raised more than $6 million in the first quarter of the year. That fell short of what several other Democratic presidential candidates received, but she had a strong finish.
• Mr. Pence urged the United Nations to revoke the credentials of Venezuela’s ambassador to the world body, portraying him as a loyalist to a government that has allowed crime, violence and starvation to rise.
• Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left open the possibility of entering a conflict with Iran without first seeking explicit congressional approval, telling senators “there is no doubt there is a connection” between Al Qaeda and Iran.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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