Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
• Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, is close to a plea deal with federal prosecutors, people familiar with the case said. [Read the story]
• Mr. Trump denied that nearly 3,000 people had died in Hurricane Maria, claiming that Democrats had made up the number to make him look bad. [Read the story]
• Safiya Wazir, 27, who fled the Taliban in Afghanistan with her family in 1997, won an upset victory in a Democratic primary for New Hampshire state representative. [Read the story]
• Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she had referred an unspecified matter involving Judge Brett Kavanaugh to federal investigators. [Read the story]
• Brock Long, the FEMA chief, has been forced to divert attention amid Hurricane Florence preparations to personal damage control over an investigation into his possible misuse of agency vehicles. [Read the story]
• The National Labor Relations Board is set to publish a proposed rule redefining a company’s responsibility for workers engaged at arm’s length, such as those hired by contractors or franchisees. [Read the story]
• Economists say relatively modest gains over the last few years are endangered by the Trump administration’s policies and are vulnerable to a downturn. [Read the story]
• Mark Zuckerberg published a roughly 3,300-word blog post cataloging steps that Facebook has taken to prevent election interference. [Read the story]
• Companies and business groups are mounting a last-ditch effort to convince Mr. Trump that his trade policies are hurting his base. [Read the story]
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Emily Baumgaertner in Washington.
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