Good Monday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• President Trump, who once called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “one of the most effective generals that we’ve had in many, many decades,” gave him a more inauspicious label in a “60 Minutes” interview broadcast Sunday: “Democrat.” Read the story.
• As the world recoils at reports that the Saudis sent agents to Turkey to kill Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident journalist, Mr. Trump has rebuffed pressure to punish the Saudis by canceling arms sales that he secured during a visit last year. Here’s why that approach could put the president on a collision course with Congress.
• The media was happy to sing Mohammed bin Salman’s praises in the spring, when the Saudi crown prince met with Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley titans. Then came the story about Mr. Khashoggi. Read our media columnist’s take.
• Confidential documents reviewed by The Times indicate that Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, probably paid little or no income tax from 2009 to 2016. Here’s how he did it.
• Republican candidates across the country are painting Democrats as the ones pursuing an extreme immigration agenda that would fill the country with “sanctuary cities.” The strategy may be working.
• Suburban women favor Democrats in the midterms by large margins. But suburban white men are a potential bulwark for Republicans in battleground races that will decide the House majority. Read why.
• Wisconsin Democrats want to retire Gov. Scott Walker in November, but he has a big card to play: the state’s booming economy. Will voters give him a third term?
• Few things have appeared to test the bond between Mr. Trump and the South, a region where Republicans have forged a deep, personal connection to the man they saw on television for years. Mr. Trump’s recent visits show why.
• Seeking to counter China’s growing geopolitical influence, Mr. Trump is embracing a major expansion of foreign aid that will bankroll infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Read more about the plan.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Noah Weiland in Washington.
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