Peter Ferrara

former staffer, White House Office of Policy Development

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Director of Budget and Entitlement Policy at the Institute for Policy Innovation and general counsel for the American Civil Rights Union; staffer in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan and as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Justice Department under President George H. W. Bush

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President Obama ended his first full week in office with an appeal to America's Middle Class, appointing a  task force  to be headed by Vice President Biden.

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