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Parker: Country Gets It Wrong on the Minimum Wage

https://media.breitbart.com/media/2018/09/Ocasio-Cortez-and-Bernie-Sanders.pngElaine Parker of Job Creators Network writes in The Hill about the fallacies perpetuated by those on the left regarding raising the federal minimum wage – especially as it affects employers and entry-level...

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Gaetz: My ‘Informed Guess’ Is Kushner Will Be Next Chief of Staff

https://media.breitbart.com/media/2018/01/Matt-Gaetz-Alex-WongGetty-Images-.jpgOn Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered Overtime,” Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made an “informed guess” that Jared Kushner will be the next White House chief of staff. Gaetz said, “Let me make a prediction for you, Jared Kushner will be the next White House chief of staff. I believe that the president views this kind of conflict period coming up with House Democrats as one where he needs the loyalist people closest to him. And I think if it wasn’t going to be Kushner, it probably would have been my colleague, Mark Meadows (R-NC).” Gaetz further characterized his prognostication as an “informed guess.” Follow Ian Hanchett on...

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Federal Court Blocks Trump Admin’s Religious Exemption for Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

https://media.breitbart.com/media/2018/12/pharmacist-birth-control-box-ap.jpgThe decision allows the states of California, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, and New York to ignore the Trump administration’s rules that protect employers with religious or moral objections to abortion-inducing drugs and birth control from being forced to provide them to...

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Special Counsel Investigation Has Cost Taxpayers $25.2 Million

The special counsel investigation into the 2016 election has cost taxpayers over $25 million and counting. Robert Mueller’s office released its latest expenditures spanning from April 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2018, finding the special counsel racked up over $8.4 million in five months. The statement of expenditures reveals Mueller and his team of lawyers cost over $4.5 million for salaries and rent, and an additional $3.9 million in resources from the Department of Justice. Personnel compensation and benefits cost taxpayers $2,886,270, including $1 million for special counsel office employees, and $1.9 million for Department of Justice employees who have been detailed to the investigation. Between April and September, Mueller spent $580,098 on travel and transportation; $779 on “transportation of things”; $942,787 on rent and utilities; $15,618 on printing; $310,732 on contractual services; and $43,334 on supplies. Expenditures reported by the Department of Justice that were attributable to the Russia investigation totaled $3,906,000. The total cost during the five-month period was $8,473,533. President Trump has complained about the cost of the investigation to taxpayers before, decrying the probe as a “Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats.” The investigation has now cost taxpayers $25,215,852. Mueller and his team previously reported spending $6,759,695 from May 2017 to September 2017, and $9,982,624 from October 2017 through March 2018. The post Special Counsel Investigation Has Cost Taxpayers $25.2 Million...

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Warren in College Commencement Speech: ‘I Am Not a Person of Color’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) lamented the racism of her fellow white Americans Friday in a commencement speech at Morgan State University, a historically black college. Admitting she is “not a person of color” after years of identifying as Cherokee, Warren focused on her economic message and how it ought to help disadvantaged minorities, the Washington Post reports. At the Baltimore college, she blamed America for failing to open doors for everyone and even overtly harming black people. “As a country, we need to stop pretending that the same doors open for everyone, because they don’t,” Warren said. “I’m not a person of color. And I haven’t lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin.” Warren released a video earlier this year discussing the pride she has in her Native American ancestry and touting a DNA test result showing she had one Native ancestor 6-10 generations ago. She has seemed to backtrack from her initial message about this finding, which was that it vindicated her claim to being Cherokee in the face of criticism from President Donald Trump and others. Warren’s speech at Morgan State hit on her familiar themes, such as reining in Wall Street, but she couched them in terms of racial injustice in America. One of her...

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Tim Ryan: Agreement With Pelosi ‘Institutes the Kind of Change We Want’

Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio) said this week that an agreement between Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and her Democratic critics in the House will bring about “the kind of change we want.” Ryan was one of the leaders of a group of Democratic rebels who opposed Pelosi’s bid for House speaker. Earlier this week, the current minority leader reached a deal that will likely ensure she takes the speaker’s gavel in January. “I think it institutes the kind of change we want,” Ryan told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson on Thursday. “It’s the kind of change the American people asked for in this past election and now it’s going to be formalized in our caucus policies. We have so much young talent, and I think Leader Pelosi recognizes that and wants to begin the process of bringing those people into leadership positions.” According to the agreement, Pelosi will limit her time as speaker to a maximum of four years in return for support from enough Democratic critics in a January House floor vote, Politico reported. Her deputies, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D., S.C.), will also be limited in how long they can remain in their positions. The term limits on Pelosi and her deputies are retroactive, including their time leading the House Democrats from 2007 to 2011, meaning they could at most serve until...

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