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At Florida Dems Leadership Gala, Joe Biden argues progressives can still win working class vote

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HOLLYWOOD — In the immediate aftermath of Hillary Clinton‘s stunning Electoral College loss to Donald Trump for the presidency last November, Democrats took to writing think pieces and conducting heated arguments about how they lost working-class white voters. Questions like: Was it too much of “identity politics”? Were they too elitist? Joe Biden has heard and read about those discussions, and he’s sick of them. “This phony debate going in the Democratic Party, the Hobbesian choice that we’re given — we either become…

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David Jolly still appearing on Bill Maher’s show Friday; says Al Franken should too

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David Jolly fully intends to appear on “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night, as do previously scheduled guests Ice Cube and Symone Sanders, the former national press secretary for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. This despite the controversy circling around the comedian, who used the N-word during his show last Friday night, prompting widespread condemnation and calls for HBO to oust him from the gig. As it stands now, the only previously scheduled guest on the comic’s weekly program who won’t appear is U.S. Sen. Al Franken; Jolly…

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Gus Bilirakis hears plea from conservative groups to block hearing aid regulation

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At the center of a battle over excessive government regulation is an unlikely source — hearing aids. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and a handful of Republicans are crafting a Senate bill to create an over-the-counter category of hearing aids known as personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). The hearing aid industry has come out strongly against the “Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act,” but further opposition has emerged from another unexpected coalition — Tea Party-aligned organizations such as Frontiers of Freedom, Conservative Leadership PAC,…

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Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Donald Trump’s secretary of labor

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The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The 60-38 vote confirms Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation’s 27th Labor secretary, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., spoke for many Republicans with a statement issued just after…

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More Republicans say AG Jeff Sessions should recuse himself

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The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ talks with the Soviet ambassador (all times local): 11:25 a.m. attorneyAttorney The top House Democrat says Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath when he told the Senate Judiciary that he had no contacts with the Russian government and says he should resign. Nancy Pelosi says, “Perjury is a crime.” In the meantime, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida joined a growing chorus of Republicans calling upon…

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Groundhog Day for Democrats: Selecting the Party chair

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Democrats in Florida and at the national level have a similar problem. In both cases, there are more Democratic voters than Republicans, but in both cases, the Republican candidates have trounced the Democrats. Between 2009 and 2016, which coincides with the terms of Barack Obama as president, Democratic candidates suffered heavier casualties than many military divisions. Democrats lost 11 Senate seats (-16 percent), lost 62 House seats (-24 percent) and, in the biggest surprise, lost control of the White House.…

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Is Bill Nelson’s re-election race really a “Lean Democrat” in 2018?

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is set for a tough reelection battle next year, but for some reason Sabato’s Crystal Ball decided look past that and peg him as the likely victor in 2018. The blog post lists Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s seat as leaning toward the Democrats and even goes so far as to give Nelson “the benefit of the doubt” due to him winning statewide several times. Sure, that’s true, but if you can’t see the Nelson’s weaknesses and the many paths Republicans could use…

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