Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• For nearly two decades, President Trump relied on Deutsche Bank to lend to him when others wouldn’t. The bank, eager to expand in the United States, lent him $2 billion over the years — and once he was elected president, employees were told not to utter his name. Here’s what The Times found in an investigation, and here are four takeaways from our reporting.
• Expanding access to insurance animated the Democrats’ 2018 congressional campaigns. But as House Democrats sit down to draft their vision of health care policy, lawmakers find themselves badly divided on an issue that helped deliver their majority.
• Beto O’Rourke raised more than $6 million online in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign last week, outpacing his rivals for the Democratic nomination and making an emphatic statement about his grass-roots financial strength.
• Democratic candidates for president are importing grass-roots activism into their campaign by bringing a new generation of staff members into the fold who are more diverse and issue-driven than in years past.
• A long-running federal investigation into a White House counsel in the Obama administration is reaching a critical stage, presenting the Justice Department with a decision about whether to charge a prominent Democrat as part of a more aggressive crackdown on illegal foreign lobbying.
• Almost 17 years since Lee Malvo participated in sniper attacks that killed 10 people around the Washington area, the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether he may challenge his sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
• Next week, a year after the Supreme Court last heard arguments over whether extreme partisan gerrymandering can cross a constitutional line, the justices will again consider the question.
• Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary, said that cyberthreats against the United States were her top national security priority — not the situation at the southwestern border.
• American intelligence spending could rise to nearly $86 billion, an increase that reflects a renewed focus on threats from Russia and China.
• Top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence and judiciary committees have asked the F.B.I. to open investigations into the activities of a Chinese-American woman suspected of trying to sell access to Mr. Trump.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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