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Chinese composer Du Yun stunned by Pulitzer win

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The Latest on the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts (all times local): 6 p.m. When Chinese composer Du Yun heard she won the Pulitzer Prize for music, she thought it was a prank. Yun had just returned from a day of panels at The Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi, and her librettist texted her the good news, which arrived close to midnight for Yun. Thirty-nine-year-old Yun won the prize Monday for “Angel’s Bone,” about a financially struggling couple…

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WaPo: Donald Trump pays IRS penalty for Pam Bondi contribution

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Lost amid Hurricane Hermine coverage, the Washington Post reported Donald Trump ponied up a $2,500 penalty to the IRS after his charitable foundation broke the law by giving a contribution to one of Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s political fundraising panels. The Post last Thursday reported that the Republican presidential nominee “filed paperwork informing the IRS of the political gift and paid an excise tax equal to 10 percent of its value.” The news comes after Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog, asked…

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Joe Henderson: Supporters of MaryEllen Elia now get chance for revenge at ballot box

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Things really got nasty around the Hillsborough County School Board in early 2015. That’s when four of the seven members voted to fire Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. They didn’t like her brusque and dismissive style. They felt Elia believed the board worked for her, not vice versa. The move was, to understate matters, highly controversial. Oh, who am I kidding? I can think of few things the board has ever done that created the stir that did. Those who voted in…

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Beat the press: Donald Trump’s contempt for media is calculated

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Donald Trump‘s favorite nickname for the news media is the “dishonest press.” He swaps in “disgusting press” from time to time. And sometimes, he puts it all together: “disgusting, dishonest human beings.” The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has a whole menu of takedowns for individual reporters and news organizations. In recent weeks, he’s used his microphone and his tweets to label them “third-rate,” ”not nice,” ”disgraceful,” ”phony,” ”low-life,” ”very unprofessional” and “bad people.” Or, for extra emphasis in a tweet,…

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Pam Bondi’s March evasion on Donald Trump contribution becomes June admission

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Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s admission this week that she personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump comes months after she evaded questions about it. That was in March, when — instead of directly answering — Bondi said she “hadn’t heard” about Trump’s representatives saying she asked for the money. The recent revelation came from Bondi’s spokesman to The Associated Press, according to a Monday story. Trump is now the GOP’s presumptive nominee for president, and Bondi has endorsed him. The question is whether there was…

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Whoops: Donald Trump reps say 2013 contribution to Pam Bondi was mistake

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A 2013 re-election contribution to Attorney General Pam Bondi from Donald Trump‘s charitable foundation was an error, aides to the Republican presidential candidate said this week. The Washington Post reported Tuesday morning that Trump’s representatives said the $25,000 check to a fundraising panel benefiting Bondi went out when a clerk confused it with a similarly-named organization. Foundations like Trump’s are banned under federal rules from political activity, including giving contributions. It also wasn’t clear whether Bondi has to or would return the money to…

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Poll: Support for Donald Trump remains strong

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Donald Trump may have the best chance of getting elected president, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The poll found 56 percent of Republican-leaning voters said Trump had the best chance of getting elected in November 2016, followed by  Ted Cruz with 17 percent. No other candidate cracked double digits when asked which Republican candidate had the best chance of winning in November. The poll, released Tuesday, shows Trump leads the Republican field with 37 percent support. Cruz…

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