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Some Trump nominees missing crucial ethics paperwork as confirmation hearings begin

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JUDY WOODRUFF: The last day has seen a rise in both concern over and defense of President-elect Trump's Cabinet nominees after news that some of them have not completed ethics reviews. LISA DESJARDINS: The president-elect walked out of Trump Tower with a business leader, Jack Ma of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, but his words were about politics and his Cabinet nominees. DONALD TRUMP (R), President-Elect: I think they will all pass. LISA DESJARDINS: That after Trump met with a key ally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who dismissed concerns about vetting. MITCH MCCONNELL, Majority Leader: Yes, everybody will be properly vetted, as they have been in the past, and I'm hopeful that we will get up to six or seven picks of the national security team in place on day one.

When will Trump address possible conflicts of interest?

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JUDY WOODRUFF: We take a broader look at the latest twists and turns in the Trump transition now with our Politics Monday team, Tamara Keith of NPR and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report. It's good to see you. So, Tamara, we have some, I think, breaking news. We had expected Donald Trump this week to announce how he's going to handle all of his businesses. And what have you learned?

Does Trump's presidential effort amount to 'campaign malpractice'?

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Tam Keith, we have been listening to this report. TAMARA KEITH, NPR: It's unclear that this is going to dramatically change anything for the Trump campaign. In some ways, the idea of some connection to Russia or something has long existed, especially around Paul Manafort, who has a relatively long career of working for not just Yanukovych, but other, you would say, unsavory characters or people who have fallen out of political favor with the U.S. government over the decades. JUDY WOODRUFF: And, Susan Page, I mean, we heard some pretty strong language there from The New York Times reporters speaking about venal corruption. SUSAN PAGE, USA Today: You got 84 days until the campaign, and every day you spend talking about anything except Hillary Clinton's record or what your own vision of the country is, is a day that's lost.

How Trump is doing on staffing, legislation and messaging

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JUDY WOODRUFF: Today is February 20, one month into the new Trump administration. It's an early moment to pause and ask where things stand. We are already a month, as we just said, Amy and Tam, into this administration. So, let's take a little bit of stock. Tam, you have been looking at the president's appointments for big, important positions, the positions that have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Political battle begins for Gorsuch confirmation

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JUDY WOODRUFF: President Trump has named his Supreme Court nominee, and now the battle begins for his confirmation. Senators form both political parties began lining up today, and Mr. Trump warned Democrats not to filibuster. LISA DESJARDINS: The president was out early today, touting the man he wants on the high court, Neil Gorsuch. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: He is just a spectacular man. I think he will be a spectacular -- you tell me, how would they go about opposing him?