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‘All-star’ design teams named for $3 billion Water Street Tampa project

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Design teams were named Tuesday for Water Street Tampa, the much-touted plan for the city’s Channelside area from Jeff Vinik‘s Strategic Property Partners and Bill Gates‘ asset management firm Cascade Investment. The group also released a new conceptual illustrated video that shows how the district will come together over the next few years along the Tampa waterfront.

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Ken Hagan has now raised 300K for re-election

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When it comes to fundraising, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan is killing it. The Carrollwood Republican raised more than $100,000 in June, the third consecutive month he’s posted a six-figure number, and now has raised more than $300,000 in his bid to win back his former seat in District 2 in 2018.

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Immigration reform group launches Florida chapter

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An immigration reform group founded by tech billionaires is launching in Florida to push for common sense economic reform and a pathway to citizenship for people in the United States illegally. FWD.us, founded by Mark Zuckerburg and Bill Gates among others, is gathering a coalition of business, community and faith leaders to push for immigration reform. The group favors equipping law enforcement with the tools necessary to stem further illegal immigrants from coming into the US so they can focus on more dangerous criminals…

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Jared Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny

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Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he’s found that even the president’s son-in-law takes his turn in the spotlight. In a matter of days, Kushner, a senior Trump adviser, drew headlines for leaving Washington for a ski vacation while a signature campaign promise fell apart. The White House then confirmed he had volunteered to be interviewed before the Senate intelligence…

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Marco Rubio, bipartisan Senate group call for U.S. help for starving North Africa

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After a hearing on a humanitarian crisis with millions of lives at stake in northeast Africa, U.S. Rep. Marco Rubio joined a bipartisan group of senators Thursday asking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to intervene by leading an “urgent and comprehensive” diplomatic effort. Rubio and eight other senators signed a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump‘s secretary of state saying that political obstacles in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are significantly to blame for humanitarian aid from getting in, and consequently millions…

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Americans say Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton most admired in 2016

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President Barack Obama is the man most admired by Americans 2016. In a new Gallup Poll, 22 percent of respondents mentioned Obama in response to the open-ended question. Coming in second was President-elect Donald Trump at 15 percent. This marks Obama’s ninth consecutive time at the top of the most-admired list, but with a margin of only seven percentage points, it was his narrowest victory yet. Often, incumbent presidents are ranked highest — in the 70 times Gallup asked the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.21.16 – Can Ban Ki-Moon get enough buy-in to deny a President Trump the opportunity to renounce the Paris agreement?

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The New Yorker magazine has a story this week on what a President Donald J. Trump would do if elected in November. Writer Evan Osnos reports that Trump’s advisers are weighing several options for the “First Day Project” – where he would spend hours on inauguration day next January signing papers that “erases the Obama Presidency,” in the words of Stephen Moore. “We want to identify maybe twenty-five executive orders that Trump could sign literally the first day in office.” Among the executive orders being contemplated…

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