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Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump buff foreign policy bona fides on debate eve

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were meeting separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday, giving the each candidate fresh bragging rights about their knowledge of foreign policy and readiness to lead the nation on the eve of their first presidential debate. Trump and Netanyahu discussed “at length” Israel’s use of a fence to help secure its borders, an example Trump frequently cites when he’s talking about the wall he wants to build between the U.S. and Mexico. “Trump recognized…

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Venturing to Mexico, Donald Trump defends right to build huge wall

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On Mexican soil for the first time as the Republican presidential nominee, a firm but measured Donald Trump defended the right of the United States to build a massive border wall along its southern flank, standing up for the centerpiece of his immigration plan in a country where he is widely despised. Trump, who previously derided Mexico as a source of rapists and criminals, praised Mexicans Wednesday as “amazing people” following a closed-door meeting at the official residence of the…

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Donald Trump speech will focus on ‘foreign policy realism’

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Donald Trump will declare an end to nation-building if elected president, replacing it with what aides described as ‘‘foreign policy realism’’ focused on destroying the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations. In a speech the Republican presidential nominee was scheduled to deliver Monday in Ohio, Trump will argue that the country needs to work with anyone who shares that mission, regardless of other ideological and strategic disagreements. Any country that wants to work with the United States to defeat ‘‘radical…

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Joe Biden asserts Donald Trump could trigger surge in anti-Americanism

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Warning of a potential surge in anti-Americanism, Vice President Joe Biden is tearing into Donald Trump’s views on foreign policy and urging the country not to follow the presumptive Republican nominee down a path of isolationism and bigotry. Biden, in a speech Monday to the Center for New American Security, planned to deliver a point-by-point rebuttal of Trump’s ideas on immigration, terrorism and relations with Russia. In excerpts of his speech released in advance by the White House, Biden cautioned…

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Senate panel OKs call for “use of military force” against ISIL

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Florida lawmakers continued to dabble in foreign policy on Monday, when the Senate panel unanimously passed a bill calling for an authorization of force against Al-Qaeda and Islamic State groups in Iraq and the Levant. The Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security approved SB 1710 by Sen. Greg Evers, which calls on Congress for the “authorization for the use of military force” against the groups. The bill originally called on federal lawmakers to “declare that a state of war…

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Conference on World Affairs coming to St. Pete

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The St. Petersubrg Conference on World Affairs is coming to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg next week. The three-day event beginning next Wednesday is “a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersdents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.” It includes several panels consisting of diplomats, members of the military, media and academia who discuss important international issues currently dominating conversations. The event is free and open to the public on a first come, first…

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Where they stand: Jeb Bush on key topics of 2016 campaign

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, aides say, and plans to announce that June 15. Here’s where he stands on some of the issues likely to be debated in the campaign. IMMIGRATION Bush supports a system that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to stay, if they plead guilty to illegal entry, pay penalties and past-due taxes, learn English and perform community service. Bush views such a system as vital to accelerating…

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