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


President Trump backed off plans to introduce a Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act after Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, warned him that the Senate would not revisit health care before the election. The about-face all but ensured that health care would take a central place in the 2020 campaign, elevating an issue that Democrats consider one of their strengths.

Two more women told The Times that Joseph R. Biden Jr. touched them in ways that made them uncomfortable, more evidence that the former vice president’s style of politicking is proving to be a liability in the #MeToo era.

Despite calls for the resignations of Virginia’s governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general over scandals involving blackface and sexual harassment, they are all still in office — and the state is trying to muddle on.

Mr. Trump repeated his threat to shut the border if Mexico cannot restrict a flow of asylum seekers trying to cross into the United States. The president’s economic team said it was looking for ways to limit the damage from such a move.

Mr. Trump has vowed to cut aid to Guatemala, Honduras and…