On Politics: Behind Florida Recount Furor, a G.O.P. Strategy

Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.


Republicans’ push to discredit the vote recount in Florida reflects a cold political calculation, aimed at securing the party’s Senate majority and its agenda. Here’s more on the strategy.

A judge in Florida urged lawyers involved in the recount battle to “ramp down the rhetoric” and take accusations of electoral fraud where they belong: to the police. Read about the controversy.

Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, was declared the winner in the Senate race in Arizona, a Republican bastion. Read about what her groundbreaking win means for the Senate.

A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal to rewrite the nation’s sentencing and prison laws for the first time in a generation, which would ease mandatory sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. Lawmakers are now hoping to convince President Trump to embrace the deal.

The State of Maryland is expected to ask a judge to declare that by law, the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, is the rightful acting attorney general — not the president’s choice for the role, Matthew G. Whitaker. Here’s more on the story.

The freshman class of House Democrats is the most diverse and most female in history, and it spans the party’s ideological spectrum. Here’s what we know about the incoming lawmakers.

Amid the recounts and recriminations surrounding the midterms, there was a wave of actions aimed at making voting easier and fairer. Read about the ballot measures.

Mr. Trump’s promise to quickly pass a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement has been upended, as Democrats who will soon control the House vow to extract greater protections for workers.

“Tell your boss”: The recorded words of one of Jamal Khashoggi’s killers are seen as further evidence of the Saudi crown prince’s involvement. Here’s more on the recording.

Mr. Trump renewed his attacks on longtime American allies on Monday, saying on Twitter that the United States pays “for LARGE portions” of other countries’ military protection while losing to them on trade. Here’s more on his criticism.

The United States was one of a few Western nations that chose not to join an international call to protect civilians against cyberattacks and discourage digital meddling in elections. Read more about the declaration.

Can a fired transgender worker sue for job discrimination? The Supreme Court is considering whether to weigh in on the issue.

Nearly a year after Mr. Trump’s tax cut, economic growth has accelerated but wage growth has not. The cut was supposed to change corporate behavior, but here’s what has happened instead.


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Margaret Kramer in New York.

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