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RantCrush Top 5: January 10, 2017

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Today is Jared Kushner’s birthday, and apparently he got quite the gift from his father-in-law! Read our rants of the day to find out exactly what that was, and have a great Tuesday! Welcome to RantCrush Top 5, where we take you through today’s top five controversial stories in the world of law and policy. Who’s ranting and raving right now? Check it out below:

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Trump Names His Son-In-Law as an Adviser

Yesterday, President-elect Donald Trump’s aides said that he would make his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a White House adviser. Trump himself didn’t confirm this news explicitly, but told reporters who asked him, “We’ll talk about that on Wednesday,” when he is scheduled to hold a news conference. “The president has the right to appoint who he wants if you look at the law,” said Kellyanne Conway.

Kushner is only 36 years old, and has been married to Ivanka Trump since 2009. This move could create some conflicts of interest, as Kushner is a media mogul and real estate developer. He also has no experience in foreign policy. It’s not entirely clear what exactly the law says about the situation, as it is formulated vaguely, but it is sure to be analyzed closely in the coming weeks. And there have already been a lot of strong reactions:

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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