Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• President Trump said he believed that the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dead, and expressed confidence in intelligence reports that suggested a Saudi role. But he stopped short of saying the crown prince was responsible. Read the story.
• Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has withdrawn from a Saudi investment conference after bipartisan backlash over his plans to attend despite the Khashoggi disappearance. Read more about his cancellation.
• Mr. Trump has taken an interest in the F.B.I. headquarters in Washington, which had been set for redevelopment. Democrats wonder if he is trying to protect his hotel.
• The Heritage Foundation, a conservative group that has helped push courts to the right, also cultivates law students and young lawyers. But legal experts say its closed-door “training academy” has raised serious ethical questions.
• Ahead of the midterms, Republican candidates are softening their tone on the Affordable Care Act even as current party leaders vow to revisit a repeal. Here’s how the message is changing.
• Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, is running as a progressive. But he has close ties to lobbyists, one of whom is a top campaign adviser.
• Pete Stauber, a candidate in Minnesota, could be the only Republican to win a Democratic House seat next month.
• In Iowa, the Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, and her Democratic opponent, Fred Hubbell, are fighting over one question: Which candidate is really more Iowan?