Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• Two Senate bills to end the government shutdown — one with border wall funding, one without — failed, sending lawmakers from both parties into frenzied efforts to forge a compromise. Federal workers are about to miss a second consecutive paycheck on Friday.
• The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to compel Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, to formally correct false testimony he gave last year about a proposed Trump Organization project in Moscow.
• Democrats are making the most of gaffes about the shutdown from Trump administration officials, some of whom have been less than careful about their messaging.
• The Trump administration says it will start blocking a small number of asylum seekers from entering the United States from Mexico, moving forward with a new policy to turn back immigrants applying for refugee status.
• After making friends with autocrats around the world, Mr. Trump has drawn a red line with Nicolás Maduro, demanding that the Venezuelan president give up power — the first such intervention in an anti-interventionist presidency.
• Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is running for president, is expected to propose a new tax on the 75,000 wealthiest families in the United States. It’s another example of how Democrats are looking to tax the rich to reduce inequality.
• Joni Ernst, the Republican senator from Iowa, said she was a survivor of sexual assault, speaking out reluctantly after personal details from her divorce were made public. Her story drew expressions of shock and support from lawmakers of both parties.
• Michael Ertel, Florida’s newly installed secretary of state, resigned after a newspaper obtained photos of him wearing blackface in 2005, dressed as a “Katrina victim” for Halloween.