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David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Federal workers who are without pay as the government shutdown drags on actually have it pretty good, according to Kevin Hassett, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

He told PBS’ “NewsHour” Thursday that a lot of federal employees were already planning to take time off between Christmas and the New Year — and so the government shutdown essentially gives them a vacation for free.

“A huge share of government workers were gonna to take vacation days, say, between Christmas and New Year’s,” Hassett said. “And then we have a shutdown, and so they can’t go to work, and so then they have the vacation, but they don’t have to use their vacation days.”

He added: “And then they come back, and then they get their back pay. Then they’re, in some sense they’re better off.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) condemned the comments Friday afternoon:

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President Donald Trump isn’t a fan of Democrats’ line about the situation at the border.

Democrats have called Trump’s fervor for a border wall and ramped-up rhetoric about illegal immigration a “manufactured crisis.” During a trip to the border on Thursday, Trump said the word “manufactured” is … manufactured.

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No collusion!

That was Rep. Tom Reed’s (R-NY) reaction when asked about the revelation that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared internal campaign data with a Russian associate — reportedly with instructions to pass it along to pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarchs Manafort had worked with. The New York Times initially reported that Manafort wanted the data sent to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, but issued a correction to that reporting. Manafort instructed the information be sent to Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov, both of whom Manafort had worked with.

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