Good Monday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• Republican leaders worry that candidates for governor and Senate are in trouble in several key battleground states, and that difficulties could spill into House races. Read about Republicans’ struggles in those states.
• The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, which could roll back federal protections for transgender people. Read the story.
• President Trump shifted his tone on Saudi Arabia again over the weekend, expressing doubt about the Saudi government’s claim that the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed accidentally in a fistfight with Saudi operatives. Read more about Mr. Trump’s changing response.
• A review of public records and internal documents reveals how chaotic Josh Hawley’s tenure as Missouri attorney general has been. Now a Republican candidate for Senate in the state, his time in office has been costly for state taxpayers. Read about it.
• The Florida governor candidates Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum delivered fiery exchanges in their first debate, showing strikingly opposite positions on policy and also on matters of personal integrity and character. Read about the debate.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Noah Weiland in Washington.
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