On Politics: Two Bills to End Shutdown Fail

Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.

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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.