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Romney: Government workers just look for ‘places they can interfere’

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday suggested that most government workers were a waste of taxpayer dollars because they spend their days looking for “places they can interfere.”

At a campaign event in San Diego, California, the former Massachusetts governor told supporters that there were a “class of individuals” in Washington, D.C. — including President Barack Obama — who did not understand how the American economic system worked.

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“What’s happening today in Washington is an attack on free enterprise, an attack on economic freedom unlike anything we have ever seen before, partially as a result of the perspective of the president, partially as a result of the perspective of the many bureaucrats, the thousands upon thousands of bureaucrats that work in Washington,” Romney explained.

“During the president’s term so far, he has added 140,000 more government workers,” he continued. “Not only do we have to pay for them, but they have to do something every day. So, they look at things they can do, alright? Places they can interfere.”

Romney seems to be repeating a Bureau of Labor Statistic claim (PDF) promoted by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and other conservatives that 140,000 government jobs were added during President Barack Obama’s first 1,000 days in office.

While many federal jobs were temporarily added to conduct the U.S. Census in 2010, Think Progress estimated last year that over 500,000 government jobs had actually been eliminated by in the public sector since the president took office.

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Watch this video from CNN, broadcast March 26, 2012.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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