Kushner’s Clearance Downgraded

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Good Wednesday morning,
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • Jared Kushner, the president’s adviser and son-in-law, lost his top-secret clearance. The decision came after John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, moved to overhaul the clearance process after an aide resigned amid abuse allegations.

  • With 980 days to go until the next presidential election, President Trump said he would run again in 2020, a statement aimed at ending speculation that he might not run for re-election at all.
  • Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, told House investigators that her work for Mr. Trump had occasionally required her to tell white lies. But she insisted she had not lied about matters material to the investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Lawmakers in both parties are reframing their positions as the debate shifts toward action on firearms restrictions in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
  • China’s rise and its more recent embrace of repressive tactics that recall the Mao era have fractured a deeply rooted consensus in Washington about the long-term direction of its relationship with Beijing.
— The First Draft Team
The Upshot

Trump Losing College-Educated Whites? He Never Won Them in the First Place

After Donald J. Trump’s upset victory in the 2016 presidential election, one data point from the network exit polls jumped out at analysts: his two-point win among college-educated white voters.
Many pre-election polls had suggested they would favor Hillary Clinton. And now, more than a year later, polls again show Mr. Trump with striking weakness among well-educated white voters, implying he has alienated many who backed him in 2016.
But it is increasingly clear that there’s another explanation: The exit polls were wrong. Mr. Trump never won college-educated white voters, and therefore he hasn’t lost nearly as much ground among the group as it seems.
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