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Ivanka and Jared caught vacationing after shutdown cancels time off for federal employees

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Presidential advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have faced criticism for taking a beach vacation during the shutdown of the federal government, reports Yahoo News.

Although their typically active social media accounts have been uncharacteristically quiet about their holiday plans, the president’s daughter and her husband are sunning themselves at Mar-a-Lago.

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Federal employees who are not subject to furlough are required to work during a government shutdown. There is a “no exceptions” rule which required non-furloughed federal employees to cancel their vacations and show up to work on Wednesday.

“Employees who aren’t furloughed during a shutdown can’t take any time off for vacation, illness or religious obligations, according to the government’s Office of Personnel Management rules,” Bloomberg reported. “Effectively, this means that employees who were planning to take time off between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays have to cancel their plans.”

However, as Yahoo noted, the president’s daughter and her husband, who are employed as advisers to him, appear to have been exempted.

“While countless people are taking time off from work for the holiday, the couple are facing scrutiny because their government jobs should require them to be working back in D.C.,” writes Yahoo. “Kushner in particular was reportedly involved in negotiations to resolve the shutdown over funding for Trump’s proposed border wall.”

Instead, Ivanka was spotted out for a jog with Secret Service protection. Jared was spotted walking around in the Florida sun in flip-flops.

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Impeachment ‘threatens to consume’ Trump’s presidency: Nicolle Wallace breaks down the ‘battle lines’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace updated viewers on the latest political dynamics in the impeachment inquiry that had the first public hearings on Wednesday.

Wallace said, "the impeachment proceedings into Donald Trump threaten to consume his presidency."

"The public phase of that effort and the investigative aspect of the impeachment process are now speeding down two parallel tracks," she explained. "The second public hearing is underway at 9:00 A.M. tomorrow morning -- while the closed-door investigative track of the impeachment proceedings presses on gaining new steam with yesterday’s dramatic revelation from Ambassador Bill Taylor about a previously unknown phone conversation between Donald Trump and his ambassador to the E.U. in which Trump asks specifically about the investigations."

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Ohio GOP bill may bar teachers from penalizing students who give creationist answers on biology tests: ACLU

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A bill that passed Ohio's House of Representatives this week is being criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union for vague language that could prevent biology teachers from penalizing students who give creationist answers to questions about evolution.

Local news station WKRC reports that the legislation, which passed the House and is now awaiting debate in the Ohio Senate, states that "students can't be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong as long as the reasoning is because of their religious beliefs."

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Trump-loving Kentucky governor finally concedes after his recanvass bid falls flat

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Matt Bevin, the Trump-loving governor of Kentucky, admitted on Thursday that he will soon be a former governor.

Local news station Lex 18 reports that Bevin has now conceded his race to Governor-elect Andy Beshear after a recanvass bid resulted in him still being short of votes.

"I just want to be clear, we’re going to have a change in the governorship based on the vote of the people," Bevin said in acknowledging his defeat. "I love this state, I love this country."

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