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Almost Three Quarters Of Economists Say A $15 Minimum Wage Is A Bad Idea

Nearly three-quarters of economists oppose raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, according to an Employment Studies Institute (ESI) study released Tuesday, as House Democrats continue to push the issue in Congress. House Democrats advanced the Raise the Wage Act out of committee Wednesday on a 28-20 party-line vote, priming the bill for a vote on the House ...

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Black Journalists Association Puts CNN On ‘Special Media Monitoring List’ For Lack Of Diversity

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The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) placed CNN on a “special media monitoring list” Tuesday for lacking diversity at the network’s most senior positions, the NABJ announced. The NABJ made the decision to place CNN on the list after the network’s president Jeff Zucker declined an invitation to meet with representatives from the organization. As part of being monitored, ...

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Whole Foods Is Just A Tip Of The Iceberg As Sources Say Amazon Has Plan To Dominate The Food Market

Amazon.com buying Whole Foods Market

Amazon is planning to open a new string of grocery stores separate from its Whole Foods Market brand to offer a wider and cheaper selection of goods, sources told The Wall Street Journal. The company is planning dozens of locations in the largest cities in the U.S. The first store will open in Los Angeles potentially by the end of ...

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Texas Town’s Oil Boom Has Barbers Earning $180,000

Barbers are earning as much as $180,000 a year cutting hair in West Texas, one of the hottest job markets in the country, The Wall Street Journal reports. An oil boom that has taken hold over the Permian Basin is leading to so much economic activity and expansion, the area can barely keep pace. In Pecos, Texas, Barbers charging a ...

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Robots Are Flooding US Industries

U.S. companies purchased 35,880 robots in 2018 in what amounted to a 7 percent increase over the year before, according to the Robotics Industry Association. Factories and businesses in industries such as transportation, electronics and food service are buying tens of thousands of machines to cut costs and improve quality control, Axios reports. “Robots are getting better, cheaper and more ...

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California Utility Put Off Power Line Maintenance For Years Before Deadly Wildfire

California’s largest utility for years neglected to repair the aging power line thought to have sparked the state’s deadliest wildfire ever last year, The Wall Street Journal reports. Pacific, Gas & Electric (PG&E) proposed repairs to the Caribou-Palermo line that runs near the town of Paradise, Calif., in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, according to filings with state regulators reviewed ...

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Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ Agenda Is Breaking Russia’s Grip On Poland

Donald Trump success

Natural gas from the U.S. is flooding Polish markets as the European country seeks to loosen Russia’s grip on its energy security, The New York Times reports. Russia supplies roughly half of Poland’s fuel, but contracts spanning decades that Poland’s state-owned gas giant PGNiG has recently signed with American companies could displace all of Russia’s supply. U.S.-based companies Cheniere Energy, ...

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Cohen Congratulated For Being First Witness To Testify Before Congress After Being Convicted Of Lying To Congress

GOP Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia said former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is the first person to testify in front of Congress after being convicted of lying to Congress. Cohen appeared in front of the House Oversight Committee Wednesday to testify that President Donald Trump implicitly instructed him to lie to Congress about events relating to the Russia investigation. Hice ...

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Congress Passed The Biggest Lands Package In A Decade, But Not A Way To Pay For It

A lengthy lands package passed the U.S. House Tuesday and now just needs President Donald Trump’s signature before becoming law. The package, roughly 660 pages and composed of 118 different bills, passed the House in a bipartisan vote of 363 to 62. The Senate version passed overwhelmingly on Feb. 12 in a 92 to 8 vote. The entire package is ...

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Obama Holdovers Are Trying To Expand An Agency Trump Wants To Eliminate

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), run by officials appointed by former President Barack Obama, is attempting to fill a vacancy in one of the agency’s top career positions. Board members Manuel Ehrlich, Rick Engler and Kristen Kulinowski joined the CSB under the Obama administration and each is nearing the end of a 5-year term. Engler on Monday sent out ...

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Conservatives Push Right-To-Work Laws As Unions Hemorrhage Thousands Of Members

The Mackinac Center, a free-market think tank, is stepping up efforts to promote right-to-work policies and regulations nearly a year after the Supreme Court banned union agency fees in the public sector. Mackinac is expanding its operations from informing public sector union workers and fee payers of their rights secured by the June 2018 decision in Janus v. American Federation ...

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Congress Wants Thousands More Acres Under Federal Control, but US Can’t Afford It

A lengthy public lands package sitting in Congress adds hundreds of thousands of acres of federally protected wilderness without securing funding to manage it. The House is preparing to vote on a bipartisan land package next week that is roughly 660 pages and composed of 118 different bills. The Senate version passed its version, the most comprehensive land package in ...

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Oil Is Piling Up In Venezuela After Trump Slapped Sanctions On Maduro

Nicolas Maduro Venezuela

Oil in Venezuela is piling up after U.S. President Donald Trump placed sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro’s regime to force Maduro into stepping down, The Wall Street Journal reports. Oil stockpiles in the South American country have risen to the highest levels in at least five years, reaching 32.8 million barrels of oil last week, research firm Orbital Insight estimates ...

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Southwest Grounds Hundreds Of Flights Amid Union Fight

Southwest Airlines saw an unusual spike in maintenance issues on its aircrafts “just days after our last negotiations session” with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA). Southwest first noticed maintenance delays Feb. 12 concentrated in four locations, “despite no change in our maintenance programs, no changes in leadership, and no changes in our policies and procedures,” Chief Operating Officer Mike ...

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Venezuela’s Military Attache Recognizes Guaido As President

Venezuela’s military attache to the United Nations has recognized opposition party leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president, according to John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser. Pressure is mounting on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as more Venezuelan officials defect from the Maduro regime and support Guaido for president of the National Assembly. Venezuela’s military attache, or diplomat, to the ...

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