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President Joe Biden speaks before signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At least five children of President Biden's top aides got jobs in the administration, per The Washington Post.

Why it matters: Ethics and diversity experts say Biden has not deviated far enough away from the practices of President Trump, who they say engaged in nepotism and cronyism, per the Post.

Flashback: Biden on the campaign trail promised that no member of his family would be involved in government, departing from President Trump, who hired his daughter and son-in-law to work as unpaid senior advisers.

  • As of now, none of Biden's direct family members serve in the administration.

Driving the news: Among those hired who have personal ties to the administration include two sons and a daughter of Biden's counselor and longtime aide, Steve Ricchetti, as Axios previously reported.

  • It also includes the daughter of a deputy White House chief of staff and the daughter of the director of presidential personnel, per the Post.
  • Other relatives of top Biden aides who have been hired include the wife of White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and the sister of White House press secretary Jen Psaki, per the Washington Post.

There is no evidence that Biden’s aides have influenced the hiring of their children or other relatives, per the Washington Post.

  • Federal law generally prohibits government officials from hiring close relatives or encouraging their hiring.

What they're saying: The Biden administration has maintained that every new hire has been qualified for the role.

  • “The president has instituted the highest ethical standards of anyone to ever hold this office,” deputy White House press secretary Andrew Bates told the Washington Post. “And he’s proud to have staffed the most diverse administration in American history with well-qualified public servants who reflect his values.”

Go deeper: Ricchettis spread across administration

Go deeper

Mike Allen, author of AM
Jun 17, 2021 - World

Biden unplugs in trip's last hour

President Biden ends his press conference in Geneva. Photo: Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP

After eight days of talking on the world stage, President Biden got prickly — then blunt, then reflective — in the final minutes before Air Force One lifted off for home.

Why it matters: One wish that aides to generations of presidents have in common is that when their boss walks away from the podium, he'll keep walking. And reporters know that the most revealing comments often come when an interview or press conference is "over": The newsmaker drops the talking points and is more likely to be real.

22 seconds ago - Technology

Ad boom rains billions on Big Tech

Data: Company filings; Chart: Axios Visuals

Advertising growth was the chief driver of tech's blowout quarter, as the economy snapped back from the pandemic and a long-term shift to digital went into overdrive.

By the numbers: Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google all posted record ad revenue growth rates in earnings reports for 2021's second quarter.

Updated 3 mins ago - Sports

The Olympic events to watch today

Suni Lee on the uneven bars during the women's gymnastics team final. Photo: Berengui/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

5 events to watch today...
  • 🤸‍♀️ Women's gymnastics: Team USA’s Suni Lee and Jade Carey will compete in the individual all-around. Carey replaces Simone Biles, who pulled out of the event for mental health reasons. Coverage starts at 6:50 a.m. ET on nbcolympics.com (watch the replay at 8 p.m. ET on NBC).
  • 🏐 Women’s volleyball: The women’s team, who is 2-0 in pool play, will meet Turkey at 8:45 a.m. ET on USA Network.
  • 🏊 Swimming: Finals in the women’s 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle, as well as the men’s 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley. Coverage starts at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • 🚲 BMX racing: Live coverage of the men and women’s semifinals and finals starts at 10 p.m. ET on CNBC.
  • 🏃‍♀️ Track and field: Round 1 of the women’s 100m race begins at 11:15 p.m. on NBC.