Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Boomerang: Ocasio-Cortez Accidentally Slips and Explains Why Minimum Wage Hike Is Terrible Policy  
Matt Vespa / Townhall Tipsheet 

When it comes to media manipulation and messaging, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a perennial playoff favorite. I will admit she knows what she’s doing. When we venture into public policy, well, she still gets ahead of her skis. Will that matter, given that she has a cohort of voters that will not be swayed no matter what? Let’s wait until her eventual presidential run. For now, she went on a bit of a lecture that exposed why hiking the minimum wage is a bad idea.

This proposal, a key item on the progressive agenda, is already being trashed for the phased-in approach. By 2025, the minimum wage will be $15/hour. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has already said he will not support a minimum wage hike in the pending $1.9 trillion COVID relief package that will be taken up after the sham Trump impeachment trial. That is earning him the ire of the progressive Left. But remember, Manchin can afford to anger these people; there aren’t enough of them in his home state for him to worry. Also, the Biden White House made a serious boo-boo in sending Kamala Harris, a California liberal, to do an interview with a local West Virginia station, where she referred to the state’s coal mines as land mines. No one told Manchin she was dropping by — and the miscalculation even had CNN saying that something has to be done to smooth this over; Biden cannot afford to have Manchin as an enemy (via Daily Caller):

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Trump impeachment trial's six most interesting first-day moments

Day one of the Trump impeachment trial drew to a close in the Senate after four hours of emotional testimony and bitter debate -- and the proceedings will pick up again Wednesday afternoon.  

As observers debate the performance of both sides the day after the trial kicked off, here's a recap of six key moments from Tuesday's session: 

Senate votes trial is constitutional

The Senate voted to move ahead with the historic impeachment trial, despite some Republican concerns that impeaching a president already out of office would be unconstitutional. 

The vote was 56-44.

The six Republicans who joined with the Democrats on voting to continue the trial were Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

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