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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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Donald Trump takes aim at Dodd-Frank financial overhaul

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The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 1:28 p.m. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will direct the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul. It’s Trump’s first step at scaling back regulations on financial services. Trump has called the law a “disaster” and said it failed to address some of the causes of the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The president has also signed a presidential memorandum related to retirement planning. The administration’s move…

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Tom Jackson: Reeling from horror that is no longer unimaginable

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There is no shortage of terms to describe what happened on the Riviera promenade in idyllic Nice, France, Thursday night. Grisly. Barbaric. Hateful. Unforgivable. Monstrous. The list goes on. The one word that no longer applies, however, is this: Unimaginable. We passed the threshold of the inconceivable years ago, probably in September 2001, when Islamist terrorists shrieking “Allahu akbar” slammed hijacked passenger jets terrorists into iconic American buildings. Every depraved act that followed in the name of this strange, vengeful…

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Today on Context Florida: Sympathy, solidarity and unity with France after the Paris attacks

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman reminds us about “freedom fries,” and how Americans expressed spite towards France after they wisely declined the opportunity to participate in George W. Bush’s ego-driven war in Iraq. But in Paris on Friday, France paid a terrible price for the chaos we created when we invaded Iraq and destroyed its government with no thought of history or of the consequences beyond the premature boast, “Mission accomplished.” The evil we didn’t know proved to be worse…

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Why wasn’t the White House lit in solidarity with France?

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The Tower Bridge in London. The Sydney Opera House. The 408-foot spire of One World Trade Center in New York. The Empire State Building. San Francisco’s City Hall. The CN Tower in Toronto. Even the High Roller Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. Each of these iconic buildings – and many others – were all bathed in bold blues, whites and reds as an eloquent expression of fraternity with Paris, the French capital. Conspicuously absent from the list of…

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Authorities investigate threat made against mosque in St. Petersburg

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Federal authorities are investigating a threat made against a mosque in Florida. Local news agencies report a caller left a threatening phone massage to the Islamic Society of St. Petersburg Friday night, following the terrorist attacks in France. Hatem Jaber, a volunteer and teacher at the mosque, says he received a voicemail which threatened to “firebomb” the mosque and shoot people in the head. Jaber says the caller also referenced Friday’s attacks in Paris, saying, “This act in France is…

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Democratic candidate for the Minnesota House ends campaign after tweeting Islamic State “isn’t necessarily evil”

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A Democratic candidate for the Minnesota House ended his campaign Sunday, hours after he tweeted that the Islamic State group “isn’t necessarily evil” and its members were doing what they thought was best for their community. Dan Kimmel, 63, announced the end of his bid for office on his campaign website and Twitter account. He said Saturday evening’s tweet was in response to a statement made during a candidate debate, not in response to Friday’s violent attacks in Paris that…

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