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White House Learns Its Tip-Robbing Plan Will Rob Waiters. Guess What Happened Next.

(New York) The Trump administration is changing labor law so as to allow restaurants to control their employee tip pool. When you’re enacting a regulatory change like this, you have to follow procedures, which include an analysis of its effects. The analysis showed that the thing anybody could guess would happen when you let the boss control the tip pool would happen: The employees would get a lot less of it. In this case, waiters, waitresses, and dishwashers would lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars.

What happened next? If your guess is, the Trump administration decided not to implement this change because it doesn’t want to steal from working-class people, you probably haven’t been following the Republican Party very closely for the last few decades. No, the real response was to omit the analysis.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney sided with Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to keep the study of the effects of this change on workers out of the rulemaking process. This, reports Bloomberg Law, “allowed the department to delete from the proposal internal estimates showing businesses could take hundreds of millions in gratuities from their workers.”


Adam Schiff re: Bolton... "Heaven help us"

Adam Schiff

John Bolton once suggested Russian hack of DNC may have been a false flag operation by Obama Admin. He joins Joe diGenova, another Fox contributor, who thinks the FBI conspired to frame the President. Glad to see @POTUS surrounding himself with rational thinkers. Heaven help us.

7:38 PM - Mar 22, 2018


"DNC hacker" Guccifer 2.0 was, in fact, an officer of Russia's military intelligence

(Daily Beast) Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), The Daily Beast has learned. It’s an attribution that resulted from a fleeting but critical slip-up in GRU tradecraft.

That forensic determination has substantial implications for the criminal probe into potential collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia. The Daily Beast has learned that the special counsel in that investigation, Robert Mueller, has taken over the probe into Guccifer and brought the FBI agents who worked to track the persona onto his team.


Trump Says He Could Beat Up Joe Biden

(The Daily Beast) The president of the United States has challenged former Vice President Joe Biden to a fist fight, and he thinks he’s going to win. Perhaps it was an inevitable response to Biden’s comments on Tuesday, when he said: “If (he and Trump) were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.” Just after 6 a.m. ET, Trump mocked the “mentally and physically weak” Biden and insisted that he would leave him in tears if the two men were to actually have a fight. Trump tweeted: “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!”


Behind the scenes: Fox News analyst's stunning note hit network 'like a bombshell'

(CNN) On Tuesday afternoon, Fox News employees gathered in Studio F, the opulent new set on the ground floor of the company's Manhattan headquarters, for the network's quarterly meeting.

Executives at the meeting boasted about the network's high ratings. They bragged about the outlet's increased digital presence. As one employee told CNN, "The theme was all very positive."

But the positive feelings coming out of the meeting soon subsided. A note sent by retired Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters, a longtime Fox News analyst, leaked to BuzzFeed. In the note to a handful of colleagues, Peters said that he could not in good conscience renew his contract with the network, explaining that he believed Fox News had become a "propaganda machine" for President Donald Trump.

"The thing hit like a bombshell," a longtime Fox News employee, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter, told CNN.


Fired FBI official (McCabe) authorized criminal probe of Sessions, sources say

(ABC) Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a "lack of candor," McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly accused Sessions of misleading them in congressional testimony and called on federal authorities to investigate, but McCabe's previously-unreported decision to actually put the attorney general in the crosshairs of an FBI probe was an exceptional move.


Hispanic Caucus lashes out at Gohmert over Cesar Chavez comments

(The Hill) Hispanic Democrats on Wednesday panned a Texas lawmaker's proposal to declare Latino civil rights pioneer César Chavez's birthday "National Border Control Day."

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) released a statement calling out Rep. Louie Gohmert's (R-Texas) proposal as "shameful."

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