• In Surprise Visit to Texas, First Lady Looks After Children at Border

    In Surprise Visit to Texas, First Lady Looks After Children at Border

    After media fallout and heightened emotions over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the southern border, first lady Melania Trump decided to see for herself.

    The first lady touched down Thursday morning in the border town of McAllen, Texas, pulling off an impressive surprise visit that was not leaked beforehand.

    “I’m here to learn about your facility, [where] I know you house children in a long-term basis, and I’d also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible,” Trump said to officials at Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, which is run by Lutheran Social Services of the South. READ MORE...

  • New Minimum Wage Law Puts DC Restaurants in a Bind

    New Minimum Wage Law Puts DC Restaurants in a Bind

    If a 10 percent tax on restaurant meals wasn’t enough to jack up the cost of dining in Washington, D.C., city residents just voted for a 275 percent increase in the minimum wage for tipped workers.

    Currently, the minimum wage for workers who also receive tips is $3.33 an hour in the district. Initiative 77, which passed with 55 percent approval on Tuesday, will raise that to the same rate as the district’s standard minimum wage of $12.50, and it will rise further to $15 by 2020.

    But tipped workers in D.C. already receive at least $12.50 in minimum wage because restaurants have to make up the difference if a worker’s earnings (tips plus wages) fall below the minimum wage. READ MORE...

  • Pride Month Has Become a Time for LGBT Activists to Pursue Political Enemies

    Pride Month Has Become a Time for LGBT Activists to Pursue Political Enemies

    In 2014, high-tech executive and CEO of Mozilla Brendan Eich was forced to resign from the company he helped found and build, because he made a $1,000 contribution to support traditional marriage in the California marriage referendum.

    According to accounts, Eich was subject to vicious attacks through social media for his contribution in the marriage campaign.

    Mozilla chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, observed, “Mozilla believes in both equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.” READ MORE...

  • Mercedes Schlapp on Trump Successes and Media Bias

    Mercedes Schlapp on Trump Successes and Media Bias

    Mercedes Schlapp, assistant to the president and senior adviser for strategic communications at the White House, spoke exclusively to The Daily Signal’s Ginny Montalbano on Friday during the Young Women’s Leadership Summit organized by Turning Point USA in Dallas.

    Schlapp described the Trump administration’s successes, what the president expects from his team, and how the media covers powerful women in the administration. The transcript of the on-camera interview has been lightly edited for style and clarity. READ MORE...

  • How Immigration Officials Cooked the Books and Fooled Congress for Years

    How Immigration Officials Cooked the Books and Fooled Congress for Years

    A recent Justice Department report on U.S. immigration courts provides a rare glimpse into the difficulties faced by the Trump administration as it repairs the damages inflicted on these tribunals over the last 20 years.

    But give credit to the courts’ new executive, James McHenry. Early on, he identified the need for transparency and has made accurate disclosure of court business one of his agency’s highest priorities. Candor, if not reform, demands no less.

    It’s a good start for an executive whose predecessors often avoided—and sometimes denied—the truth about the courts’ troubling dynamics. Yet the courts limped along, their annual reports masking a systemic dysfunction never shared with Congress. READ MORE...

  • After Being Caught Red-Handed, Comey Fires Back At Hillary: “Even At This Late Date She Doesn’t Understand What The Investigation In Her Case Was About”

    After Being Caught Red-Handed, Comey Fires Back At Hillary: “Even At This Late Date She Doesn’t Understand What The Investigation In Her Case Was About”

    That was not what it was about. It was about communicating about classified topics on that system.

    Last week Hillary Clinton took a shot at James Comey after the IG report showed his use of a private email account for official FBI business.

    Comey is not one to accept criticism from a woman he issued a “get out of jail free” card toand fired back during an interview on Tuesday.

    After being asked if he was ready to apologize to Hillary Clinton, Comey replied: READ MORE...

  • How Restrictive Labor Laws Keep Puerto Rico's Economy Down

    How Restrictive Labor Laws Keep Puerto Rico’s Economy Down

    An economic crisis has engulfed Puerto Rico.

    The Financial Oversight Management Board, a federally-mandated advisory group, has worked to help Puerto Rico deal with its financial crisis and establish policies that will lead to long-run growth. The board says Puerto Rico must reform its labor market to have a bright future.

    While the oversight board has direct authority to enact certain fiscal reforms, it needs the Puerto Rican legislature’s approval to enact most of its proposed labor market reforms. Puerto Rico’s governor has agreed to most of the board’s proposed reforms, but the island’s legislature is trying to block the labor reforms that Puerto Rico’s people need. READ MORE...

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