Jan 31, 2017

Ivanka and Jared's first 11 days

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Vanity Fair has a look at how the first 11 days of the Trump presidency have affected Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Some of the most interesting bits:

  • Keep an eye on Saturdays: Trump's most controversial moments — the CIA speech, Sean Spicer's crowd size briefing, the immigration executive order — came when Kushner, seen as Trump's moderating influence, was observing Shabbat and away from work and technology. VF's source: "To me, that's not a coincidence."
  • Trump puts up a wall: Kushner personally brokered the meeting between Trump and Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto. Upon hearing of Trump's combative tweet that ultimately canceled the meeting, Kushner was "furious."
  • Ghost in the machine: VF's source says that Kushner has noticeably lost weight and become pale.
  • Dealing with the pressure: As the nation seethed over Trump's ban on citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries, Ivanka and Jared stepped out to the swanky Alfalfa Dinner and posted the above photo on Instagram. She feels terrible about her timing, but it shows her "naiveté in not understanding her surroundings or circumstances."

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Sign of the times: A pro-Warren super PAC

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Why it matters: Warren has spoken adamantly against the influence of unlimited spending and dark money in politics. But these supporters have concluded that before Warren can reform the system, she must win under the rules that exist — and that whether she likes it or not, their uncoordinated help may be needed to keep her viable through this weekend's contest and into South Carolina and Super Tuesday.

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Pentagon policy chief resigns amid reported discord with Trump

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John Rood, the Pentagon's top policy official, will resign from his post on Feb. 28, CNN first reported and President Trump confirmed.

The state of play: CNN said Rood "was perceived as not embracing some of the changes in policy the White House and senior Pentagon officials wanted," such as peace talks in Afghanistan with the Taliban and a decision to cut back on military exercises with South Korea as the president courted North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Coronavirus cases rise, as warnings of global pandemic grow

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We may be "at the brink" of a global pandemic, warns a top U.S. public health official, as cases continue to spread despite containment efforts. Meanwhile, the global economy is being affected, including the tech manufacturing industry.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,000 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 136 new deaths since Tuesday.

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