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The Trump family — and the president's oldest son, Don Jr., in particular — was angry about the overwhelmingly negative TV coverage about Jared Kushner last night, and feels White House Chief of Staff Kelly is hanging Jared out to dry, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios' Jonathan Swan:
How the battle played out publicly ... "Kelly downgraded Jared Kushner's security clearance [last Friday] from 'Interim Top Secret' to 'Interim Secret,'" per Axios' Alexi McCammond:
Article of the day ... WashPost lead story, "Foreign officials sought leverage over Kushner":
A majority of Americans are now concerned that the government won't do enough to regulate how U.S. technology companies operate, according to an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll:
P.S. Former President Obama said last week at a sports analytics conference at MIT that companies like Google and Facebook need to have a conversation about their business model and "recognize that they are a public good as well as a commercial enterprise," Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Adm. Mike Rogers, director of both the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, told lawmakers yesterday that he has not been granted the authority by President Trump to disrupt Russian election hacking operations ,
Be smart: This is a very important, very consequential story. This is the top cyber official saying Trump, despite overwhelming and unambiguous proof Russia continues to meddle in our elections, isn’t retaliating.
Hope Hicks and her lawyer, Robert Trout, arrive at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center yesterday before her closed-door testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
"Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, told House investigators [yesterday] that her work for President Trump, ... had occasionally required her to tell white lies," per N.Y. Times' Nicholas Fandos:
"Republican leaders of the U.S. Congress said ... they would not raise the minimum age for gun buyers, in a sign that one of President Donald Trump’s proposals likely will not get far on Capitol Hill," per Reuters.
Happening today ... Two weeks after the massacre, "Students will return to the Parkland campus at 7:40 a.m. to find police officers with heavier artillery and teachers with open arms," per the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Sam Massell, a Democrat who was Atlanta mayor from 1970 to 1974, on Georgia lawmakers' threat to kill a tax break for jet fuel after Delta said it was ending an NRA promotional discount:
Both the Trump administration and members of Congress announced steps that could make a real difference in both law enforcement and public health, Axios health care editor Sam Baker writes in the lead of his newsletter, Vitals:
The Justice Department announced that it will try to join a lawsuit, led by several state and local governments, against drugmakers and distributors that sell or sold prescription opioids.
On Capitol Hill, Sens. Rob Portman and Sheldon Whitehouse introduced the sequel to the opioids bill they helped pass in 2016.
"The House ... passed a bill [388-25] that gives victims and prosecutors more power to sue websites that knowingly aided sex trafficking, adding a new level of accountability for internet companies," the N.Y. Times Cecilia Kang reports:
"Apple Inc. is preparing to release a trio of new smartphones [this fall]: the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X and a less expensive model," per Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu:
Why the West should worry about this week's announcement of new powers for China President Xi Jinping, from the N.Y. Times lead editorial:
Air Force One departs from Dallas Love Field Airport in Dallas in 2016. (Ashley Landis / Pool / Getty Images)
President Trump has reached an informal deal with Boeing to provide the next generation of presidential aircraft, AP reports:
The best part: Trump has been pushing to get the planes airborne by 2021, in time for a possible second term.
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