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Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch, NCAA Tournament: Your Monday Briefing
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The financial statements of Trump administration officials offer insight into the lucrative private political work that's available in Washington, enriching even those who are vocally anti-establishment. The forms, which the White House released Friday

While Chinese officials have been bewildered by Mr. Trump, they have learned that his son-in-law, Mr. Kushner, is the man to know in Washington.

• Cutbacks in a region that voted for Trump.

We visited Trumbull County in Ohio, where residents overwhelmingly supported Mr. Trump. Some also rely on rental assistance and other programs that the president’s proposed budget would eliminate.

“I don’t think people realize how much we rely on these services,” one county official said.

• Bill O’Reilly thrives as harassment settlements add up.

The longtime Fox News host has built the No. 1 program in cable news. He has also faced accusations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior.

Our investigation found five women who received payouts, totaling about $13 million, from Mr. O’Reilly or the company. They agreed not to sue or speak about their accusations, which he says have no merit.

The Daily, your audio news report.

On today’s show, our reporter discusses her investigation of harassment allegations against Mr. O’Reilly of Fox News.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.

Business

• Uber is using psychological inducements and other techniques unearthed by social science to influence when, where and how long its drivers work.

• Can computers be offended? After complaints that ads appeared alongside offensive material on YouTube, Google engineers are trying to teach machines to consider context in determining what’s objectionable.

• Here are the business stories to watch this week, including the release of the monthly jobs report on Friday.

• U.S. stocks were down on Friday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

• Center yourself by practicing deep mindfulness and concentration.

• If you like pizza, try this recipe for skillet chicken with tomatoes, pancetta and mozzarella.

Over the weekend

A third Democratic senator announced his support for Judge Neil Gorsuch, Mr. Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. The Republicans are still a few votes short of being able to break any filibuster the Democrats might mount.

Here’s what to watch today as the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its deliberations.

• South Carolina won its first women’s N.C.A.A. basketball championship, defeating Mississippi State on Sunday night. (It was the first time since 2012 that the winner wasn’t UConn, whose 111-game winning streak ended on Friday.)

Gonzaga and North Carolina play for the men’s title tonight.

• Baseball is back. The Yankees lost their sixth consecutive game on opening day, one of a handful of games to begin the major league season.

• “The Boss Baby” didn’t have good reviews, but the DreamWorks Animation movie did have the voice of Alec Baldwin and $49 million in ticket sales. It led the North American box office, unseating “Beauty and the Beast,” which earned $395 million in the U.S. over the past three weeks.

Noteworthy

• A border town’s fragile revival.

Today’s 360 video visits Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico, which was virtually abandoned after a nearby border crossing closed in 2001. The checkpoint reopened in 2012, and the town has since become a tourist attraction. But Mr. Trump’s proposed wall could pose a threat.

• The Met’s insular culture.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a vaunted collection and a $332 million budget, but it is largely run by a dozen or so people, with little transparency or accountability. We looked into the hushed departure this year of its director, which revealed a system that is showing cracks.

• In memoriam.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko was an internationally acclaimed poet whose defiant verse inspired a generation of young Russians in their fight against Stalinism during the Cold War. He was 83.

James Rosenquist helped define Pop Art in its 1960s heyday with his boldly scaled painted montages of commercial imagery. He was 83.

Gilbert Baker, a self-described “gay Betsy Ross,” stitched together eight strips of vibrantly colored fabric into a rainbow flag in 1978, creating an enduring international symbol of gay pride. He was 65.

Back Story

The mission was straightforward: pilot the first flight over Mount Everest. The logistics were anything but.

With two open-cockpit biplanes equipped with only the basics and limited fuel, the Houston Mount Everest Expedition took off from India on this day in 1933.

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Douglas Douglas-Hamilton at an airfield near London in February 1933. Credit Associated Press

Led by Douglas Douglas-Hamilton (better known as Lord Clydesdale) and Lt. David McIntyre, the two planes reached an altitude of 31,000 feet, clearing the mountain by just over 100 feet.

“Mount Everest, the world’s loftiest peak, has been conquered,” The Times declared in its report about the British aviators. Reaching the pinnacle was a feat that would not be accomplished by foot for another 20 years.

The flight was also notable for testing human endurance. Members of the expedition were dressed in sheepskin to protect from the extreme cold, and they used oxygen tanks. The first aircraft with a pressurized cabin was built four years later.

The Guardian called the Everest flight “a splendid achievement — not for any material gains, any additions to aeronautical knowledge that it brings, for it brings few or none, but simply because it was one of the few last great spectacular flights in aviation which remained to be done.”

Inyoung Kang contributed reporting.

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