Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• Florida concluded the first phase of the tumultuous recount of its midterm election on Thursday, as the Republican Ron DeSantis appeared to have enough votes to become governor. But officials ordered a manual recount for the hotly contested Senate seat.
• The Trump administration sanctioned 17 Saudis accused in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, as it faced pressure for stronger action. Here’s more on the sanctions, and on how Saudi Arabia is threatening five of its agents with the death penalty (while changing its account of the killing yet again).
• Senator Sherrod Brown, one of the few Democratic victors in Ohio’s midterms, seems to have solved the mystery of how to win in a right-leaning Midwestern state. But is that a viable path to success in 2020?
• Bruce Poliquin, New England’s lone House Republican, lost his bid for re-election in Maine. Democrats added another House seat with the victory of Jared Golden, a Marine Corps veteran.
• Nancy Pelosi says she’s confident she has the votes…