10 things you need to know today: February 28, 2018

The White House downgrades Jared Kushner's security clearance, Hope Hicks dodges some of House panel's questions, and more

Jared Kushner in Washington
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1. Kushner's security clearance downgraded

The White House has downgraded the security clearance of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior aide, and other aides who have been working with the highest-level security clearance on an interim basis, Politico reported Tuesday, citing three people with knowledge of the situation. The move came as the White House tries to contain criticism after the resignation of former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who was accused of spousal abuse by two ex-wives. The scandal revealed that dozens of high-ranking Trump aides still have not received permanent security clearance. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that officials in at least four countries have privately discussed trying to use Kushner's business debts and lack of experience to manipulate him, heightening concerns over his access to sensitive information.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.