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Donald Trump in Paris: The curious case of his friend Jim

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For all things Paris, President Donald Trump’s go-to guy is Jim. The way Trump tells it — Jim is a friend who loves Paris and used to visit every year. Yet when Trump travels to the city Thursday for his first time as president, it’s unlikely that Jim will tag along. Jim doesn’t go to Paris anymore. Trump says that’s because the city has been infiltrated by foreign extremists.

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Ben Albritton rolls out Charlotte County endorsements for SD 26 bid

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Republican Rep. Ben Albritton announced endorsements from several Charlotte County officials for his campaign to take over for Senate District 26 Republican Denise Grimsley, who is running for Ag Commissioner in 2018. Among the endorsements was a nod from Florida House colleague Mike Grant, and former Rep. Ken Roberson, whose time in the Legislature overlapped with Albritton’s for three 2-year terms.

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‘Morning Joe’ host Joe Scarborough explains why he’s leaving GOP

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“Morning Joe” host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough is blaming the GOP’s loyalty to President Donald Trump and its failure to live up to its promises for his decision to leave the party and become an independent.

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As Russia scandal touches his son, Donald Trump privately rages

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The snowballing revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year’s presidential campaign have broadsided the White House, distracting from its agenda as aides grapple with a crisis involving the president’s family. The public has not laid eyes on the president since his return from Europe Saturday. But in private, Trump has raged against the latest Russia development, with most of his ire directed at the media, not his son, according to people who have spoken…

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ACLU, others sue Trump voting commission in Florida

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The American Civil Liberties Union and civil rights leaders have filed a lawsuit in Miami federal court challenging President Trump‘s commission on election fraud. The lawsuit filed Monday is the latest legal challenge to the commission over its request that all 50 states submit information about voters. The Florida lawsuit asks a judge to halt the commission’s work until it complies with federal laws and to stop transmission of voter data.

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Analysis: Donald Trump remains unpredictable force among U.S. allies

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On President Donald Trump’s second trip abroad, there were fewer of the bull-in-a-diplomatic-china-shop moments that had solidified European leaders’ skepticism during his maiden overseas tour. Less public berating of allies, no pushing to the front of photo opportunities. But Trump still departed Europe on Saturday in the same position as he started: an unpredictable force on the world stage and an outlier among longtime American partners. For the president’s backers, his posture is the fulfillment of his campaign promise to…

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Gwen Graham comes away frustrated with health care policies after ‘workday’ at center

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham spent her recent “workday” event Friday at a community health care center in Jacksonville; she came away even more aware of the health care issues at stake in public policy. “Community health centers are a vital safety net for working families across our state. In addition to providing care, they lower costs for hospitals and for all Floridians,” Graham stated in a campaign news release issued afterward. “Unfortunately, Rick Scott‘s failure to expand Medicaid has…

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