Good Monday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• President Trump said in an interview aired on Fox News on Sunday that he most likely would not sit for an interview with the special counsel, Robert Mueller, saying, “We’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is, probably, we’re finished.” Read what else he said.
• As evidence piles up pointing to the Saudi crown prince’s responsibility in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Mr. Trump has only hardened his refusal to concede that the prince had a hand in the crime. Read why.
• As much as some House Democrats say they want to shake up the party’s leadership, would-be challengers to Representative Nancy Pelosi are keenly aware of the immense power she wields, and are fearful of retribution if they step forward to challenge her. Read the story.
• Gov. Rick Scott became Florida’s next senator on Sunday, a feat delayed by a grueling 12-day recount. After all the vote -tallying, accusation -trading and lawsuit -filing, Mr. Scott’s opponent, Senator Bill Nelson, accepted defeat once a manual recount showed him still trailing. Read more about the recount.
• The legal and political skirmishing in Florida, Republicans and Democrats say, has been an ominous dry run for messaging and tactics about fraud and vote stealing that threaten to further undermine confidence in the electoral system. Read the story.
• California Democrats completed their sweep of the congressional delegation in Orange County as Gil Cisneros defeated Young Kim, a Republican, to capture a seat in what had once been a Republican bastion. Read more about the Democratic rout.
• Tech giants have found key allies among Democrats for years, a bond strengthened through mutual interests and campaign donations. But a year of scandals has forced a reckoning in Washington. Read the story.
• The governor of Kansas is among several officials calling for a white county commissioner to resign after he used the term “master race” while addressing a black consultant at a public meeting this week. Read the story.
• Was it an insult or just a typo? A tweet from Mr. Trump called Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, “little Adam Schitt.” Some thought Mr. Trump deliberately misspelled Mr. Schiff’s name.
• Mr. Trump said California could learn from Finland about fire management. But Finland has colder winters, wetter autumns and different types of trees. “The whole comparison is a bit wild,” a Finnish forest fires researcher said. Read more about why California forests are different.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Noah Weiland in Washington.
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