Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• President Trump threw his support behind a substantial rewrite of the nation’s prison and sentencing laws on Wednesday, opening a potential path to enacting the most significant criminal justice overhaul in a generation. Read the story and six takeaways on what the rewrite would do.
• From immigration to tax cuts, there is very little that Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on these days. But there may be one thing: the need to repair the criminal justice system.
• Thousands of ballots have been rejected in Florida because voters’ signatures don’t match what’s on file, and Democrats are calling it disenfranchisement. Here’s more on the status of the ballots.
• A day after Melania Trump issued an extraordinary statement condemning Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser, the White House said Ms. Ricardel was leaving her post but would still work in the administration.
• Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday defended Mr. Trump’s order to deploy up to 15,000 troops to the southwest border to confront an incoming migrant caravan. But the long-term goals for the mission remain unclear.
• Europe’s top trade diplomat said the European Union was preparing to strike back against American industries should Mr. Trump follow through on his threat to impose auto tariffs. Here’s more on the trade fallout.
• Trade disputes have been the focus of souring relations between the United States and China. But efforts on both sides to dominate the Pacific have also become a volatile source of conflict — and tensions are rising.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Margaret Kramer in New York.
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