May 23, 2018

Jared Kushner granted security clearance after year-long delay

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Jared Kushner has received a permanent security clearance, after it was downgraded in February from "Interim Top Secret" to "Interim Secret," first reported by the New York Times and confirmed by Axios.

Why it matters: The background check of Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, took over a year due to his foreign contacts and financial history. It was a point of contention between Chief of Staff John Kelly and Kushner, and there were questions of whether the delay was due to evidence special counsel Robert Mueller had found, which a source told the Times was not the case.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

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Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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