Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is prepared to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, so long as senators offer “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” her lawyer told the committee. [Read the story]
• Evangelicals say religious conservatives may feel little motivation to vote in the November elections unless Senate Republicans defend and confirm Judge Kavanaugh. [Read the story]
• For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of Russia’s attack on the 2016 election — hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected espionage — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means. [Read the story]
• The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates running for office this year is higher than ever. But there is a partisan split among the nominees. [Read the story]
• The American military in Afghanistan has been widely publicizing body counts of Taliban and Islamic State fighters killed in battle. In response to questions from The New York Times, the practice abruptly stopped. [Read the story]
• At a rally in Las Vegas, Mr. Trump expressed support for Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, who vehemently opposed Mr. Trump during the 2016 campaign but is facing a steep re-election battle. [Read the story]
• White House Memo: Congressional Republicans have voiced concerns that Mr. Trump has not maintained a focus on the party’s message ahead of the midterm elections. [Read the story]
• When Mr. Trump makes his second visit to the United Nations next week, he will confront tensions with allies in Europe and Asia. His rift with Europe over Iran, administration officials argue, is overstated. But the fissures with South Korea over North Korea, these officials acknowledge, may only widen. [Read the story]
• Mr. Trump has authorized new, classified orders for the Pentagon’s cyberwarriors to conduct offensive attacks against adversaries more freely and frequently, wiping away Obama-era restrictions that his advisers viewed as too slow and cumbersome. [Read the story]
• Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer, has been interviewed repeatedly in the past month by prosecutors for the special counsel investigating whether the Trump presidential campaign conspired with Russian operatives in the 2016 election. [Read the story]
• President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged the United States to declare an end to the Korean War as an incentive for North Korea to denuclearize, a call that could put the Trump administration in a bind as it tries to revive stalled talks with Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader. [Read the story]
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Emily Cochrane in Washington.
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