China and Kushner

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Good Monday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, is deeply involved in China relations, including preparations for a visit this week by President Xi Jinping. His role reflects the highly personal and bluntly transactional relationship between the United States and China, a risky strategy, experts say.
  • As cash has flooded Washington from a variety of groups, even the anti-establishment activists and operatives who sided with Mr. Trump have been enriched.
  • Joe Donnelly of Indiana is the third Senate Democrat to back the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, but Republicans are still five Democratic votes short of breaking any filibuster.
  • Much of the corn Mexico consumes comes from the United States, potentially making it a useful lever in negotiations over Nafta.
 The First Draft Team

How Much People in the Trump Administration Are Worth

By LARRY BUCHANAN, ANDREW W. LEHREN, JUGAL K. PATEL AND ADAM PEARCE
The Trump administration is considered the wealthiest in United States history. Here is a look at the value of assets held by some top officials at the time they joined the administration, based on financial disclosure filings.
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China Learns How to Get Trump’s Ear: Through Jared Kushner

By MARK LANDLER

Mr. Kushner’s role reflects the highly personal and bluntly transactional relationship between the United States and China, a risky strategy, experts say.

Now in White House, Trump Couple Can’t Escape Conflict Laws

By ERIC LIPTON AND JESSE DRUCKER

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are walking on perilous legal and ethical ground, according to several prominent experts on the subject.

Trump Aides’ Disclosures Reveal Surge in Lucrative Political Work

By STEVE EDER, ERIC LIPTON AND ANDREW W. LEHREN

As cash has flooded Washington from a variety of groups, even the anti-establishment activists and operatives who sided with the president have been enriched.

Wealthy in the White House: President Trump’s Inner Circle

By ELI ROSENBERG AND ANDREW W. LEHREN

Many of the president’s advisers have sprawling assets and income sources, according to their financial disclosure forms.

Gorsuch Nomination Gains More Democratic Support

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT AND NOAH WEILAND

Joe Donnelly of Indiana is the third Senate Democrat to back Neil M. Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, but Republicans are still five Democratic votes short of breaking any filibuster.

Ohio County That Backed Trump Now Fears Housing Cuts

By YAMICHE ALCINDOR

Some people in Trumbull County say they will suffer if home repair, rental assistance and other programs are eliminated as the president has sought.

Mexico Ready to Play the Corn Card in Trade Talks

By KIRK SEMPLE

Much of the corn Mexico consumes comes from the United States, potentially making it a useful lever in negotiations over Nafta.

For April Ryan, White House Beat Brings a New Kind of Prominence

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

A run-in with the White House press secretary this week has thrust a veteran reporter into a debate over the Trump administration’s attitudes toward gender and race.

Flynn Failed to Disclose Income From Russia-Linked Entities

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG

The former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn initially did not list income from companies linked to Russia on a financial disclosure form released by the Trump administration.

Trump Plans Have Deal Makers Dreaming Big

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED

At an annual conference at Tulane University, lawyers, bankers and even activist investors agreed that mergers and acquisitions should boom to new levels under the president.