Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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One name was notably absent from the President-elect’s Monday night tweet announcing that he would turn the Trump Organization’s management over to his adult children: Ivanka Trump.

The omission of his eldest daughter, compounded with reports that she and her husband Jared Kushner are house hunting in Washington, D.C. and Donald Trump’s recent remark that he would “love” to have both in his administration, fueled speculation that he intends to give her an official White House role.

CNN added another dash of gasoline in a Wednesday tweet citing a transition source who claimed that Ivanka Trump would receive an office in the space traditionally reserved for the first lady, although Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told Business Insider that "no decisions regarding Ivanka's involvement have been made."

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Since the Islamic Center of Culpeper was founded in northern Virginia in 2011, worshippers met for daily prayers and holidays at a cramped, ill-equipped house located on the site of a used car dealership.

After a five-year effort to find a permanent site that was economical and large enough to house its congregants, the ICC applied for a sanitation permit to begin construction on a mosque on a stretch of land on Rixeyville Road. But in April, after receiving a flood of complaints from residents, county supervisors voted to block the permit, effectively blocking construction of the building.

According to a lawsuit the U.S. Justice Department filed Monday in federal court in Virginia, that decision represented a discriminatory effort on the part of Culpeper County to keep Muslim worshippers from having a permanent place to gather and to pray.

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