Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• Beto O’Rourke, whose near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, joined the race for president this morning. In the crowded and competitive primary field, his entrance adds to the mix a relentless campaigner with a small-dollar fund-raising army. Here’s where he stands on the issues.
• Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, will serve seven and a half years in prison, after a federal judge nearly doubled his sentence, denouncing him as a man who “spent a significant portion of his career gaming the system.” It’s still far less than he could’ve served.
• Mr. Manafort has also been charged in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies, in an effort by the Manhattan district attorney to ensure he will still face prison time if Mr. Trump pardons him for his federal crimes.
• The United States grounded Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, the plane in the deadly crash in Ethiopia, after days of mounting pressure.
• When Mr. Trump selected David Malpass to lead the World Bank, he made one thing abundantly clear: The bank, under his watch, must put America first. But as Mr. Malpass canvasses the world to seek support for his candidacy, he is trying to distance himself from his boss.
• The Defense Department, after months of litigation and controversy over the issue, is setting a new policy for transgender troops: They can enlist and serve, but only if they stick to their biological sex. No transitioning allowed.
• The Senate again rebuked Mr. Trump for his continued defense of Saudi Arabia after the killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, voting for a second time to end American military assistance for the kingdom’s war in Yemen.
• This year’s State Department report on human rights abuses condemned China’s treatment of Uighurs and other minorities, comparing it to atrocities not seen “since the 1930s.” But the report does not directly confront intelligence regarding the Saudi crown prince’s responsibility in Mr. Khashoggi’s death.
• Mr. Trump tends to reserve a specific viewpoint when publicly addressing matters around technology advancement: Older is better.
• Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter and a top White House adviser, was not directly targeted in the blitz of 81 document requests sent out by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month. But, 52 of those letters did seek information on her.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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