Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• The global economy is under increasing stress as growth cools and trade tensions with China take a mounting toll. The warning signals, from Germany’s possible coming recession and China’s overall slowdown, are not only a measure of the trade war’s significance — they could also complicate President Trump’s ability to wage it.
• Mr. Trump insists China is paying the full cost of his tariffs. But his decision to push some of them off until December is an admission of their consequences for American consumers.
• With the deadline to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debates just two weeks away, candidates on the bubble are mounting some of their final offensives, urgently seeking supporters who can help them make the cut.
• Stacey Abrams, who announced this week that she would not run for president, told The New York Times in an interview that she would be “honored to be considered” for vice president.
• As Mr. Trump considers action on gun control, he is facing pushback from gun rights advocates and some of his advisers. But the discussion is still largely theoretical, and the president could follow his established pattern of abruptly dropping the idea after talking about it for weeks.
• Representative Steve King, an Iowa Republican with a history of making racist and divisive remarks, questioned whether there would be “any population of the world left” were it not for rape and incest. At least one Republican called for him to resign.
• Newly unearthed documents reveal how an environmental-minded socialite and banking heiress became an ardent nativist whose money helped sow the seeds of the Trump anti-immigration agenda. Here’s more on the investigation, and here are some takeaways.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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