Good Wednesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• The Trump administration is considering limiting the ability of a Chinese video surveillance giant, Hikvision, to buy American components. It’s a step that would widen President Trump’s campaign to counter Beijing’s technological ambitions and punish Chinese companies for their role in the surveillance and mass detention of Muslims.
• New divides opened among House Democrats over how to uphold Congress’s oversight powers in the face of Mr. Trump’s stonewalling. Democrats were at odds over how to fight the latest defiance of a House subpoena, this time by the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II.
• While some of the 2020 Democrats have sworn off big donors, Joe Biden and his campaign have welcomed them into the fold. Will there be a political cost?
• Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign has spent heavily on Facebook ads, reprising a strategy that was central to his 2016 victory. So far this year, Mr. Trump has spent about $5 million on Facebook advertising, far more than any single Democratic candidate.
• In an interview with The Times, Anita Hill said she was worried that women were not being taken seriously in the 2020 race — particularly the presumption by some that a woman would become vice president.
• As conservatives in states like Alabama race to pass some of the strictest abortion restrictions in decades, states like Vermont are going in the opposite direction, doing whatever they can to protect abortion rights.
• The Fed’s struggle to coax inflation to its 2 percent target signals the faltering of a foundational economic relationship. That could create a problem in the next recession.
• John Walker Lindh, the man known as the “American Taliban” captured during the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, is set to be released from prison this week, highlighting questions about his reintegration into society.
• Lawmakers are divided ahead of intelligence briefings on Capitol Hill focused on rising tensions with Iran and America’s deployments to the Middle East. But the Trump administration says that the military moves taken to deter Iran are working.
• Kentucky Democrats nominated the state’s attorney general, Andy Beshear, to run against embattled Gov. Matt Bevin, who fended off a surprisingly strong challenge in a Republican primary that illustrated his general election vulnerability.
• Same-sex couples who have babies abroad through assisted reproductive technology face a major complication: Their children may not be American.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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