Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• In an extraordinary step to punish his political opponents, President Trump successfully urged Israel to bar Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — both vocal in their support for Palestinians and the boycott-Israel movement — from entering the country and visiting the West Bank.
• Against the backdrop of mounting evidence that the global economy is weakening, Mr. Trump is caught between his desire to pursue the trade war with China and his need to keep the economy humming as the 2020 election approaches.
• At a rally Thursday night, Mr. Trump doubled down on his economic argument for re-election, declaring that even Americans who hate him “have no choice” but to vote for him because otherwise the stock market will collapse.
• Despite ringing declarations of support for the protesters from leading Democrats and Republicans, Mr. Trump has shown little sympathy for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. That has left him politically isolated from both parties in Congress, the State Department, European allies and his most hawkish advisers at the White House.
• Elizabeth Warren inspires intense enthusiasm among Democratic voters. But she also inspires concerns. For all of Ms. Warren’s strengths, she faces persistent questions about whether she could beat Mr. Trump.
• The United States is participating in secret talks between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to confront threats posed by Iran, a shared adversary among the three countries.
• The 2020 field has started to shrink. John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor, announced that he was ending his struggling presidential campaign.
• Beto O’Rourke, who has run a pretty traditional campaign thus far (to little success) is switching things up. He plans to abandon his focus on early-voting states, instead embracing the freewheeling style that embodied his Senate run and “taking the fight to Donald Trump.”
• The president thinks that Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manger, would be a “fantastic” senator for New Hampshire. Mr. Lewandowski is reportedly considering a run, but has not yet declared his candidacy.
• The White House is seeking reauthorization of a law that lets the N.S.A. gain access to logs of Americans’ phone and text records — while acknowledging that the program has been indefinitely halted.
• The president has been urging aides to explore a way to buy Greenland from Denmark, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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