On Politics: Trump ‘Not Happy’ With Border Deal

A government audit found that because of the recent shutdown, fewer taxpayer calls to the Internal Revenue Service were answered, wait times grew longer and the processing of 87,000 amended tax returns was delayed. The issue was especially acute since it followed Mr. Trump’s tax overhaul, which left many people with questions about filing their returns.

Tens of thousands of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to toxic substances from open-air trash fires, which some believe caused long-term health problems. Members of Congress want to force the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs to deal with the issue.

The acting defense secretary, Patrick M. Shanahan, arrived in Baghdad for an unannounced visit, amid questions about whether some of the American troops slated for withdrawal from Syria might be sent to Iraq.

Mr. Trump said he would consider delaying a March 2 deadline for a trade deal with China if negotiations with Beijing went well. He said that if the two countries were close to a deal, he could let the issue “slide for a little while” and not impose higher tariffs on Chinese goods.

Less than two weeks ago, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia was on the verge of becoming governor. But his upward career trajectory took a sharp turn when two women came forward with sexual assault allegations.