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But the arrangement could undermine the perception of the U.S. as an independent broker in the region. “I think it’s reasonable for people to ask whether his business interests are somehow affecting his judgment,” a lawyer who specializes in government ethics said of Mr. Kushner.

A search for security in Mexico

• It is a quiet but telling trend across the country: Towns and cities are policing and governing themselves, hoping to increase protection against drug cartels — and against the Mexican state.

We visited three enclaves that have created havens of relative safety. But their gains are fragile and have come at significant cost.

The areas “are exceptions that prove the rule,” our columnists write. “Mexico’s crisis manifests as violence, but it is…

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