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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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Charlie Crist calls for Jeff Sessions to resign after reports of meeting with Russian ambassador surface

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St. Petersburg Democratic Representative Charlie Crist is calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, a day after published reports surfaced that Sessions met twice with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. during the president campaign last year, and yet said last month that he had not done so. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that one of the meetings between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S.…

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Marco Rubio not ready to say Jeff Sessions should recuse himself regarding Russian meetings

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Marco Rubio wants to know more about why Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose that he met twice with the Russia’s U.S. Ambassador during the presidential campaign. Despite that, the Florida senator isn’t willing to say that he should recuse himself from investigating ties between Donald Trump‘s surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government. Not yet anyway, despite the fact Sessions said in his Senate confirmation hearing last month that he’d never met any Russian officials during Trump’s campaign. “We’re not at that stage yet,”…

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Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series offers ways to make a difference

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NPR’s first full-time TV critic Eric Deggans will present his lecture “Media and Politics: How the Average Person Can Make a Difference,” as part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series. The Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series of Temple Beth-El is presenting the lecture in partnership with the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. Deggans was the TV/media critic for the Tampa…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.3.15 — The DNC’s non-debate strategy

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There’s excitement in some quarters this week as it now appears that Carly Fiorina will appear in the second Republican presidential debate taking place in 13 days in Los Angeles (OK, Simi Valley, officially). Meanwhile, we’re still more than five weeks away before the first Democratic presidential debate — and why is that? While some may say that the reason Martin O’Malley is making such an issue out of the paucity of announced forums that might help him climb over two percent in the…

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Team Rubio not impressed by Hillary Clinton’s soft opening

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The political media world was abuzz about Hillary Clinton’s expected announcement on Sunday that she would be declaring her candidacy for president. CNN even had foreign policy maven Fareed Zakaria broadcast live on his Fareed Zakaria GPS program, with a graphic on the side of the screen with the words, “Awaiting Hilary Clinton announcement.” But the Rubio camp indicated that they weren’t breathlessly awaiting the announcement. “We like the contrast between Hillary Clinton’s virtual announcement and Marco Rubio’s real announcement,”…

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