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Newt Gingrich meets with Trump to discuss Kelly replacement — as rumors swirl that he may take the job

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Newt Gingrich has reportedly moved to the top of the dwindling list to replace White House chief of staff John Kelly.

The former House Speaker visited the White House on Wednesday, where he told a reporter from the conservative Daily Signal he was advising President Donald Trump on a replacement for Kelly, whose last day on the job is expected to be Dec. 31.

The president spent most of the day in his executive residence meeting with friends and senior aides about dozens of candidates for chief of staff, according to the Washington Post.

Trump stayed mostly silent on Twitter and arrived for work in the West Wing around noon, as his longtime attorney and fixer Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison after implicating his old boss in campaign finance violations.

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Gingrich at first claimed he had visited the White House to see the Christmas decorations, but later said he’d been meeting with Trump about the search for Kelly’s replacement.

His name has been floated as a potential replacement by conservative media outlets, but Gingrich told an Atlantic reporter that he was not interested in the job.

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Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today

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On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.

This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.

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Black GOP strategist called on the carpet by Joy Reid for trying to sidestep Trump’s racist rally as ’empowering’ voters

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An "AM Joy" panel on MSNBC descended into talking over each other as host Joy Reid confronted a black GOP consultant over Donald Trump's racist rally in North Carolina.

Presenting the conservative point of view, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister was asked point-blank by the host, "Lenny, hold on a second, because you as a man of color yourself -- do you feel comfortable in a party that does rallies like that?"

McAllister pushed back saying he had walked away from just those type of events, before admitting, "To the greater point. They're using racism as an avenue through which people feel empowered, they lend you the loyalty, they give you the vote. What Republicans need to do is continue to empower people, but not by using racism and not by using phobia."

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Do politicians actually care about your opinions? This researcher says no

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Earlier this month, a New York Times op-ed written by two political science professors, Ethan Porter of George Washington University and Joshua Kalla of Yale, discussed their troubling research findings: State legislators, the two claim, don't much care about the opinions of their constituents, even if they're given detailed data regarding their views.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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