Jared Kushner, SpaceX, Baseball: Your Weekend Briefing

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The most recent: It emerged that two White House officials helped provide the congressman leading the House inquiry, Devin Nunes of California, above, with the intelligence reports that incidentally involved Trump associates.

And Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, offered to testify before Congress in exchange for immunity. The ethics filings show that he failed to list some payments from Russia-linked entities.

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3. But enough about Earth for a bit. We’ll get back to politics soon enough.

SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, successfully launched a commercial satellite into space, the first with a partly used rocket. That’s considered a crucial step in reducing the cost of spaceflight and sending humans to Mars.

A portion of the rocket successfully landed on a platform in the Atlantic — so it could conceivably be reused.

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4. In a sign that winter is really behind us, baseball is officially back. The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays kick off the regular season at 1:10 p.m. Eastern today, while the Chicago Cubs begin their title defense against the St. Louis Cardinals at 8:35 p.m.

Elsewhere, college basketball will soon crown its champions. Mississippi State ended Connecticut’s 111-game winning streak in the N.C.A.A. semifinal and takes on South Carolina in the women’s final at 6 p.m. Eastern, while Gonzaga, making its 19th consecutive N.C.A.A. appearance but its first trip to the Final Four, advanced to the men’s final on Monday with a four-point victory over South Carolina.

Here’s our full coverage of the tournament.

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5. In other college news, 550,000 people relying on a promise that their student loans would be forgiven if they worked 10 years in public service are facing the possibility that the government may not hold up its end of the bargain.

Thousands of approval letters for the federal program are not binding, the Education Department said last week. Four borrowers have filed a lawsuit against the department.

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6. Looking abroad, Venezuela paused at the brink of one-man rule.

The country’s Supreme Court reversed parts of a decision that effectively dissolved the elected legislature, arguably the last counterbalance to the leftist president, Nicolás Maduro. But it was unclear how much of the legislature’s powers will be restored.

Our Interpreter column explains how populism can turn authoritarian.

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7. The U.S. is deepening its involvement in complex wars in the Middle East.

A military shift that began under the Obama administration is gaining momentum under President Trump, who has vowed to intensify the fight against extremists abroad.

The Islamic State’s counterpunch: herding civilians together and baiting airstrikes. Above, a scene in Mosul, Iraq, after an ISIS mortar struck.

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8. In memoriam: the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who was internationally, but not universally, acclaimed for expressing Russians’ struggle to free themselves from repression after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.

His “Babi Yar” evoked the Nazi-era massacre of Jews in a Ukrainian ravine:

“The leaders of the tavern mob are raging/And they stink of vodka and onions./Kicked aside by a boot, I lie helpless./In vain I plead with the brutes/As voices roar:/‘Kill the Jews! Save Russia!’ ”

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9. Shifts on international trade, as a two-year clock started ticking on Brexit.

A top E.U. official warned that trade negotiations with Britain could be “confrontational,” and made it official that talks would not begin until terms of the divorce were clear.

Mr. Trump appears to be backing off his threat to abandon Nafta, the North American pact he once derided. In fact, on several trade issues, there’s a widening gap between his talk and his action.

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10. Mr. Trump nullified his predecessor’s climate change efforts, turning climate change denial into national policy. “You’re going back to work,” he told coal miners.

But energy economists say the policy shift is unlikely to restore lost coal jobs or increase the nation’s energy independence.

And the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, chose not to ban an insecticide linked to health problems in children and farm workers.

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11. Looking ahead: A possible showdown looms over Neil Gorsuch, Mr. Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

Democrats, who have not forgotten how Republicans blocked consideration of President Barack Obama’s nominee, are considering a filibuster. But Republicans are considering a rule change to overcome one.

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12. Amid the shouting, it can be hard to hear how the other side thinks.

We’ve collected some of the week’s best partisan writing, from the right, left and center.

Or, if that doesn’t appeal, you could read 15 great stories that have nothing to do with politics.

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13. Finally, we offer a point of broad consensus: Dinosaurs are cool.

In the latest news, scientists think they’ve unmasked new features of the Tyrannosaurus’s face, like sensitive snouts and jaws that may have made them efficient killing machines.

As one paleontologist put it: “Bone-crunching predators bigger than a school bus, their faces covered in mangy scales, using not only their nose to smell you out, but their snouts to literally sense you out in a way that we can’t even comprehend.”

Have a great week, and don’t let the Tyrannosauruses bite.

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