Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Friends of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump tell us they have the strong impression they are now preparing to stay in D.C. as long as the president does, meaning they'll outlast almost everyone in the West Wing.

What we're hearing: A White House official with direct knowledge of the situation told Axios that in recent months, Jared and Ivanka have spent a good deal of time with the president in the private dining room adjoining the Oval Office and in the residence.

  • West Wing watchers note that they weren't accompanied by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a rival power center to "Javanka."

Ivanka's announcement this week that she's shutting down her fashion brand — and the messaging that accompanied her decision — sent a clear signal they're not going anywhere.

  • These two children of real-estate moguls are liking Washington, according to friends.
  • And the president has become such a pariah in many Manhattan social circles that it's not as if a hero's welcome awaits them back home.

Why it matters: Javanka have had some epic internal fights — Steve Bannon and Rex Tillerson were their two most savage — but it's now clear it would take an event of extraordinarily damaging proportions to blow them out of this White House.

  • Jared getting his security clearance obviously helped. But it's also true that we in the media — in reporting their potential fates as a rollercoaster narrative — sometimes forgot perhaps the most stable truism of Trumpworld: It's a family business.

After a burst of publicity in the opening months of the administration, both have been working much more quietly on specific issues rather than serving as de facto Secretaries of Everything, as their rivals jabbed in the early days:

  • Jared wants to see through the Israeli-Palestinian deal and NAFTA negotiations, and is working on government tech modernization and prison reform.
  • Ivanka remains focused on promoting paid family leave and childcare development. She is an architect of workforce development plans, announced last week, that are designed to help employees and employers prepare for the coming wave of automation.
  • Given that the couple's policy passions include Democrat-friendly issues — especially prison reform and child care — the value of their portfolio could rise if voters choose divided government in November.

Both will also play roles in the midterms and 2020 presidential campaign:

  • Jared will continue his behind-the-scenes role working on politics with reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel and Eric Trump.
  • Ivanka will likely be onstage at key moments and in strategic locations, such as the suburbs where Trump is vulnerable with college-educated women.

One thing about Jared and Ivanka that has deeply frustrated Kelly — as a general as well as chief of staff — is that they enjoy family privileges and live outside his chain of command, even though as staff they are technically under his authority.

  • Jared and Ivanka's internal opponents have largely either been fired (Bannon and former Secretary of State Tillerson being the prime examples), or have less sway these days (Kelly).
  • Javanka also have some powerful allies remaining in the administration's top ranks: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Be smart: Whenever Kelly departs, Javanka will be further empowered. They have outlived their enemies, and have a firmer grip on power than ever. No wonder friends say they are feeling emboldened, and aren't going anywhere.

Subscribe to Axios AM/PM for a daily rundown of what's new and why it matters, directly from Mike Allen.
Please enter a valid email.
Please enter a valid email.
Server error. Please try a different email.
Subscribed! Look for Axios AM and PM in your inbox tomorrow or read the latest Axios AM now.

Go deeper

Justice Department sues Google over alleged search monopoly

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

The Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets.

Why it matters: The long-awaited suit is Washington's first major blow against the tech giants that many on both the right and left argue have grown too large and powerful. Still, this is just step one in what could be a lengthy and messy court battle.

Updated 36 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting.
  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 5 million infections.

In photos: Florida breaks record for in-person early voting

Voters wait in line at John F. Kennedy Public Library in Hialeah, Florida on Oct. 19. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images

More Floridians cast early ballots for the 2020 election on Monday than in the first day of in-person early voting in 2016, shattering the previous record by over 50,000 votes, Politico reports.

The big picture: Voters have already cast over 31 million ballots in early voting states as of Tuesday, per the U.S. Elections Project database by Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida.