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CTA head Gary Shapiro and Ivanka Trump. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Speaking at CES, Ivanka Trump said Tuesday that Americans should be able to carry their diplomas and other important records on their smartphones, much as they are starting to be able to carry health records and other data.

Why it matters: The presidential daughter and adviser says that, too often, data is hard for hiring companies to obtain.

Driving the news: Trump's conversation with Consumer Technology Association CEO Gary Shapiro focused on knocking down the barriers to employment and preparing workers for a rapidly changing economy.

  • Trump talked about the need for a greater focus on apprenticeships as the nation seeks to prepare for the jobs of the future.
  • "It's just not part of the American DNA outside of the skills trade," Ivanka Trump said.
  • About the new rules for paid family leave for federal workers that were included in last month's funding bill, she said, "We cannot ask all of you to offer this benefit to your workforces if we are not willing to do it ourselves and we must lead by example. We're not stopping there."

On immigration, Trump said the president thinks it's "absolutely insane" that America educates people from around the world but kicks them out just as they are ready to start businesses and employ people.

  • She did not address the administration's efforts to end a visa program for foreign-born entrepreneurs.

Between the lines: Ivanka Trump was a controversial choice for a CES speech, with many noting that if organizers were looking to diversify their mostly male keynote lineup, there were plenty of women with more tech expertise.

  • Shapiro and Trump largely stayed on comfortable turf as the crowd listened politely, applauding at the start and finish and sparingly during the 40-minute talk, with no booing.

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to note there was applause during Ivanka Trump's talk.

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Scoop: Trump-backed Perdue says he wouldn’t have certified Georgia 2020 results

Perdue at a December 2020 campaign event in Columbus, Ga. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue wouldn’t have signed the certification of the state’s 2020 election results if he had been governor at the time, the former Senate Republican told Axios.

  • “Not with the information that was available at the time and not with the information that has come out now. They had plenty of time to investigate this. And I wouldn’t have signed it until those things had been investigated and that’s all we were asking for," he said.

Why it matters: There has been no evidence widespread fraud took place in Georgia's elections last year and the November results were counted three times, once by hand.

Beijing Olympics: These countries have announced diplomatic boycotts

Photo: Zhang Qiang/VCG via Getty Images

Several countries, including Canada and Australia, have announced they will join the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to protest human rights abuses committed by China's government.

Driving the news: Leaders have faced pressure from human rights groups and others to boycott the Games, pointing to the ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's Xinjiang region and other abuses.

Biden directs federal government to become carbon neutral by 2050

President Biden speaking to reporters outside of the White House on Dec. 8.

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that requires the federal government achieve multiple goals related to reducing its carbon emissions, including achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Why it matters: Meeting the objectives of the order would require a massive investment by the federal government to buy electric vehicles, upgrade buildings and change how it procures electricity.

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