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Study: Obama has regulated business less than Bush

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As Republicans accuse President Barack Obama of regulating businesses right out of their ability to create jobs, a new study by Bloomberg News seems to have knocked their talking point down.

The agency reported this week that President Obama has written even fewer business regulations than George W. Bush did when he was president, and Obama’s regulations aren’t as costly as those written by Bush Sr.

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The costs of complying with Obama’s regulations, however, is slightly over the costs leveraged by prior administrations’ regulatory efforts, but not by much. Bloomberg estimated that Obama’s rules cost just “three one-hundredths of a percent of the total economy.”

The study also found that the costs for compliance have gone up mostly due to monetary inflation, and not because of additional burdens placed on companies.

Overall, in his first three years, Obama has approved 613 new federal rules, while Bush approved 643.

Bloomberg News’s figures do not take into account cost savings from the benefits of regulations, such as fewer health issues arising from cleaner air and water, or fewer automobile accidents from safer roadways.

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Bill de Blasio learned of federal investigation — and suspended his 2020 bid the next day: report

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that he was ending his campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

There may have been more to the timing than previously reported.

"Federal election officials asked Mayor de Blasio for more information about his presidential campaign fundraising after he used a state political action committee to pay for expenses related to the bid – seemingly against the law," the New York Daily News reported Friday. "The Federal Election Commission demanded that de Blasio 2020 clarify a debt the campaign owed his NY Fairness PAC in a letter Thursday – the day before Hizzoner dropped out of the race."

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White House Counsel busted working to keep whistleblower report from Congress: report

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President Donald Trump's White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

"The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president," The Washington Post reported Friday. "The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint."

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Watch Ex-CIA official break down the ‘three crimes’ Trump committed if Ukraine scandal is true

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President Donald Trump could be charged with committing three federal crimes if the whistleblower reports involving the White House seeking campaign interference from Ukraine are correct.

MSNBC "Deadline: White House" anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Jeremy Bash on Friday -- and worried about the safety of the whistleblower.

"The stakes could not be any higher, the risk to his career -- or her career -- and reputation and perhaps legal standing could not be any higher for this whistleblower. That's why we’re glad to be joined by national security analyst, former chief of staff of the CIA and Department of Defense, someone I wanted to talk to about this story all week, Jeremy Bash," Wallace said.

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