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Orlando top spot for residents leaving Puerto Rico’s capital

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Central Florida was the top destination of Puerto Ricans moving from metro San Juan to the mainland two years ago. New data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 6,200 Puerto Ricans moved to metro Orlando from the island’s capital in 2013. The New York metro area was the next most popular destination, with 3,800 former San Juan residents moving there. Puerto Ricans have been leaving the island in the wake of a severe economic crisis. Unlike the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.6.15 — Partying like it’s 1999

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Good morning, y’all, and welcome to the second half of 2015. So what do we have going on this morning? The biggest story in the world remains what happens in Greece, after the public overwhelmingly said yesterday that they don’t want more austerity regarding their financial situation. Last week the European Central Bank cut off access to more money, meaning Greek citizens have been limited to getting the equivalent of about $67 a day from their ATMs. What does the…

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Look who’s speaking Spanish: Republican 2016 contenders bring bilingual abilities to campaign

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Republicans are bringing something unique to the 2016 presidential campaign: an ability to speak to Americans in both of their main mother tongues, Spanish as well as English. Democrats can’t match it. Previous GOP candidates couldn’t. But now, paradoxically, the party that’s on the outs with many Hispanic voters over immigration is the party that has serious presidential candidates who are surefooted in their language. It remains to be seen how much Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio will use their…

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Bill banning smoking in car with young children moves through Senate

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Smokers beware: there may be one less place you can light up in the Sunshine State. The Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday gave the nod to state Sen. Jeff Clemens‘ bill that makes it illegal to smoke cigarettes in a car if there’s a child under 13 traveling in the vehicle. The bill — SB 548 — isn’t limited to just the driver, though. Anyone who chooses to  to light up with young children in tow could be charged with a…

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Palin-backed GOP candidate, who thinks Puerto Rico is a foreign country, plagiarizes Obama’s 2004 speech

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From WaPo’s Dave Weigel: Lucas Baumbach, a Republican activist who is running for the state Senate in Idaho, has put together a wince-inducing video of Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward and accuses him of plagiarizing chunks of Barack Obama’s career-making speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Ward — an Iraq War veteran last seen refusing to back down from his belief that Puerto Rico is a foreign country — has benefited from support from Sarah Palin. Continue reading here.

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Palin-backed GOP candidate, who thinks Puerto Rico is a foreign country, plagiarizes Obama’s 2004 speech

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From WaPo’s Dave Weigel: Lucas Baumbach, a Republican activist who is running for the state Senate in Idaho, has cut together a wince-inducing video of Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward and accuses him of plagiarizing chunks of Barack Obama’s career-making speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Ward — an Iraq War veteran last seen refusing to back down from his belief that Puerto Rico is a foreign country — has benefited from support from Sarah Palin. Continue reading here.

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DMB’s Big Whiskey leaks, sort of

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In a leak that could only happen in the Dave Matthews Band community, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King leaked. Sort of. And in Puerto Rico. A fan on vacation in Puerto Rico got a chance to hear a portion of the album in a Starbucks of all places. He produced a dicey recording of Lying In The Hands of God that seemingly confirmed that, yes indeed, Starbucks had a copy of the album. Naturally, every Starbucks in the free…

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