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Romney team releases new version of widely discredited welfare ad

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Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on Monday released a new advertisement that repeats claims that have been widely been denounced as untrue.

“Since 1996, welfare recipients were required to work. This bipartisan reform successfully reduced welfare rolls. Only July 12, Obama quietly ended the work requirement, gutting welfare reform. One of the most respected newspapers in America called it ‘nuts,'” the ad says. “Mitt Romney will put work back in welfare.”

The newspaper referenced in the ad is the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which on August 15 accused President Barack Obama of gutting welfare reform.

Romney’s latest ad is very similar to another released earlier this month. Romney’s ad claimed the Obama administration had waived the work requirement in the Temporary Assistant for Needy Families (TANF) program.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last month encouraged states to experiment with better ways to administer the TANF program, informing state officials that the department was willing to grant waivers to states that wished to opt-out of provisions of the welfare law.

Romney and other Republicans have claimed that the waivers were an attempt to undermine the welfare program’s work requirement. But PolitiFact rated those claims “Pants on Fire,” noting that the waivers were actually “designed to improve employment outcomes.”

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Two states with Republican governors, Utah and Nevada, have already asked for waivers. Other states, including California, Connecticut and Minnesota, have also inquired about waivers, according to the HHS.

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Hatch Act hearing erupts in chaos as House Republicans fume over threat to subpoena Kellyanne Conway

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A House Oversight Committee hearing erupted in chaos after Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) angrily defended Kellyanne Conway from allegations that she broke federal law by advocating for GOP candidates during TV appearances.

The independent Office of Special Counsel sent the Trump administration a letter earlier this month detailing Conway's "numerous violations" of the Hatch Act, which forbids most executive branch employees from using their positions for political advocacy, and recommended her firing by the White House.

"Mr. Chairman, this subpoena, one, is not necessary," Meadows told committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD). "Quite frankly it is not following the law. I can tell you that what we have here is a political spectacle. We're talking about keeping politics out of government. This subpoena is nothing more than a political spectacle. We are better than this, Mr. Chairman."

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GOP’s Jim Jordan gets shut down after raging at Trump appointee who called for Kellyanne Conway’s firing

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Wednesday got absolutely shut down by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) after he interrupted the testimony of Henry Kerner, whom President Donald Trump appointed to lead the Office of Special Counsel.

During his opening statement ahead of Kerner's testimony, Jordan bitterly complained about the way conservatives are purportedly "censored" on social media and he said Kerner's recommendation that Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be removed from office for repeated Hatch Act violations was an effort to "silence" an effective surrogate for President Donald Trump.

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Trump attacks his own Fed chairman in unhinged Fox interview: ‘Nobody ever heard of him before — I made him!’

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President Donald Trump bitterly attacked Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for refusing to cut interest rates during an interview with Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo.

When asked about the state of the economy, Trump claimed that the economy is doing terrific but he said that Powell should nonetheless aggressively pump money into the economy via rate cuts.

"We should have [European Central Bank President Mario] Draghi instead of our Fed person!" the president said. "We have a man who doesn't do anything for us!"

Bartiromo then noted that Powell has made a point of preserving the Federal Reserve's political independence by refusing to obey the president's orders to lower rates, but Trump replied that Powell should just do what he's told.

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