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Martin Dyckman: Our ‘flawed’ Electoral College, mistrusting the people

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When the news flashed on Facebook before the election that Queen Elizabeth II had offered to take us back, some people failed to recognize it as one of Andy Borowitz‘s deft satires from the New Yorker. And some, I’m sure, now wish it were true. Afterward, a friend in Britain wrote to offer refuge — many thanks, Bob, but not yet — and remarked that “there must be a flaw in a system which produces such an outcome.” He was…

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Marco Rubio disappointed by ‘politicization of Zika’

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Marco Rubio said he was disappointed a $1.1 billion Zika funding plan did not clear the Senate before summer recess, as the number of cases in Florida rose to more than 300 this week. “One of the most disappointing things I’ve ever seen is the politicization of Zika,” said Rubio, a Miami Republican, during a stop in Fort Myers Monday. “I voted for every Zika bill. Every one of them. I just want the money to flow so we can…

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Bill Nelson asks U.S. Olympic Committee how it’s preparing for spread of Zika

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With less than 75 days until the Summer Olympics, Sen. Bill Nelson wants to make sure the United States Olympic Committee is prepared to protect its athletes from the spread of Zika. The Florida Democrat was one of 10 senators who signed a letter sent to the chairman of the United States Olympic Committee on Monday. In the letter, Nelson and others said they were inquiring about what steps the committee was taking to “assist and protect our athletes against…

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After Colorado Springs killings, Kathy Castor calls on Paul Ryan to disband Planned Parenthood probe

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Tampa Bay area U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is the latest Democrat to ask House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to disband the select committee investigating Planned Parenthood. She argues in a letter addressed to the speaker that GOP-rhetoric-incited anger toward the group led in part to Friday’s deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Citing the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s findings this week that Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida had not broken the law, the fifth-term congresswoman…

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ADLF files ethics complaint against Marco Rubio

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The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) has filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against Marco Rubio for potential violations of Senate ethics rules as well as federal law. In a letter to Senate Ethics Chairman Johnny Isakson from Georgia and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Boxer from California, ADLF says that, based on news reports, they believe Rubio has violated: (1) 31 U.S.C. § 1301(a), which provides that official resources made be used only for the purposes for…

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Activists go to Kathy Castor’s office calling on her to reject food labeling law

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Over two dozen anti-GMO activists crowded into U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s West Tampa District office on Tuesday, calling on her to oppose legislation that would prevent states from imposing their own laws requiring mandatory GMO labeling laws. GMOs are genetically modified organisms, a source of genetically modified foods. “We want those members of Congress, especially those on the commmitees, that we want labeling,” Dessa Stone-Pividal with March Against Monsanto told aides to Castor, as the congresswoman was not in the office.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.21.15 — A comeback for Rand Paul?

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It may not have actually been the definition of a filibuster, but Rand Paul worked his ass off last night on the Senate floor yesterday, calling attention to the dangers of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. He spoke for 10 and a half hours, beginning at 1:18 p.m. and lasting nearly until midnight, calling it a day at 11:49 p.m. It was the second filibuster or near filibuster that Paul has performed in his first term in the Senate, and…

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