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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner now both have full security clearance. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump's security clearance was upgraded to full Top Secret at the same time as Jared Kushner's upgrade on May 1, according to a person briefed on the matter. The White House declined to comment on this story.

Why it matters: Ivanka's security clearance status hasn't always been known, and there was speculation she wouldn't obtain full security clearance after CNN reported the FBI was investigating one of her international business deals back in March.

The details:

  • Ivanka Trump was only ever granted interim Top Secret security clearance last June.
  • She was upgraded to full Top Secret clearance on May 1.
  • Jared Kushner's security clearance was downgraded by Chief of Staff John Kelly to "interim secret" in February. He now has full Top Secret security clearance.

Background: FBI background checks are known to take a long time, and the completed checks by DOJ, FBI and other relevant entities of Kushner and Trump took more than a year after their security clearance forms were submitted. The New York Times was first to report Kushner getting clearance.

What this means: They will now be able to sit in on high level White House meetings, and access information like foreign intelligence and the president's daily intelligence briefing.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect the proper clearance classification from “permanent” to “full.”

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Democrat Mark Kelly sworn in to U.S. Senate

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Astronaut Mark Kelly (D) was sworn in to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday after defeating incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) last month for the seat once held by the late Sen. John McCain.

Why it matters: Kelly's swearing-in by Vice President Mike Pence narrows the Republican majority and moves the Senate balance to 52-48.

Senate Armed Services chair dismisses Trump threat to veto defense bill

Sen. Jim Inhofe. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Wednesday that he plans to move ahead with a crucial defense-spending bill without provisions that would eliminate tech industry protections, defying a veto threat from President Trump.

Why it matters: Inhofe's public rebuke signals that the Senate could have enough Republican backing to override a potential veto from Trump, who has demanded that the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Scoop: Uber in talks to sell air taxi business to Joby

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Uber is in advanced talks to sell its Uber Elevate unit to Joby Aviation, Axios has learned from multiple sources. A deal could be announced later this month.

Between the lines: Uber Elevate was formed to develop a network of self-driving air taxis, but to date has been most notable for its annual conference devoted to the nascent industry.

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