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Budget Analysts: Bill Targeting Official Time Would Cost More than It Saves

Budget experts have concluded that a bill that would cut the pension benefits of federal employees who are compensated by the government for union representational work would not be successful in saving agencies money.

Backlash as federal workers warned not to discuss Trump impeachment 

New guidance warning federal workers not to discuss Donald Trump’s potential impeachment, or the so-called “resistance” movement, has sparked controversy, with some ethics advocates voicing concerns over what they see as an effort to crack down on free speech and limit dissent. 

Advocate for Pay Freeze and Federal Job Cuts to Become Top Republican on Oversight Panel 

A fierce defender of the Trump administration and adversary to the federal workforce is poised to become the top Republican on the House’s oversight panel, lawmakers announced this week.

Republican-led Wisconsin legislature approves bills to diminish executive power after Democratic election wins 

Wisconsin Republicans moved overnight to strip power from newly elected Democratic leaders, advancing legislation that would limit early voting, enact Medicaid work requirements and potentially block the incoming attorney general from withdrawing the state from a lawsuit over Obamacare. 

It smells like vote fraud, the real kind, in North Carolina 

In Bladen County, Harris hired one Leslie McCrae Dowless — previously convicted of felony fraud — to oversee absentee-ballot collection. Forty percent of absentee ballots there, overwhelmingly from minority voters, were never returned to election officials. Meanwhile, signed voter affidavits allege that McCrae Dowless forged and destroyed multiple ballots. 

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