Photo: White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner listens during President Donald Trump's joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 17, 2017. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)
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News recently broke that Jared Kushner tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. The idea was to skirt established diplomatic channels of communication and the U.S. intelligence agencies that monitor them. The president’s son-in-law is now a focus of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
John F. Kennedy and his brother had regular, secret communication with Russia. Historian Timothy Naftali writes, “The Kennedy brothers’ Russian conspiracy was designed not for personal benefit, and at personal risk, to test the limits of Soviet desire in avoiding the mutual annihilation that seemed so plausible at the time.”
Chef René Redzepi of Noma fame brought his latest pop-up experience to Tulum, Mexico. Reservations were coveted at Noma Mexico, where for $600 you could try the Russian caviar with coconut cream, green tomato mezcal, and ant larvae tostadas. But the price tag was out of reach for most Tulum locals, where the average income is in the bottom third of the country. New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells explains why he decided not to review Noma Mexico.
Luxury developer Mohamed Hadid has spent years building a mansion in Bel Air. But it turns out that multiple parts are not built to code, like the IMAX theater hidden under the driveway. Hadid never got permission to build the estate, and now he faces criminal charges that could land him in jail.
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