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From Homeland to hair: Hillary Clinton emails peek into the personal

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The latest release of Hillary Clinton‘s private emails show her, as secretary of state, dealing with the complicated politics of the Arab Spring, fending off questions about her role in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks and attempting to navigate an intensifying conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. But they also give a glimpse into the private side of one of the world’s most public people. Clinton’s notes show her searching for videos on how to do a “fishtail bun” hairstyle…

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Regarding Islamic terrorists, Lindsey Graham says he’d “kill every bastard he could find”

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham gave an extremely low-key speech at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando on Friday afternoon, concentrating on foreign policy and his concern that the Republican Party could be blowing the Hispanic vote with candidates’  tough talk on immigration. Graham isn’t going anywhere in the GOP presidential race, and he essentially acknowledged that in his speech, talking more about how the Republican Party can win the presidency, not how he can personally. He spent a considerable amount…

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Today on Context Florida: Bear meat & Whole Foods, GOP bluster, bizarre politics and the Salt Shaker Test

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Today on Context Florida: Doing research about Florida’s “astonishingly efficient” bear hunt, Tom O’Hara came across an equally astonishing analogy. The chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wrote this about hunting: “Hunting is the first and original organic and natural grocery store, offering locally-grown and harvested protein from the land. Think of it as nature’s Whole Foods. Health-conscious families value living off the land.” But after some investigation, O’Hara learned the analogy isn’t quite appropriate. Republican antics may…

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Day after debate, Marco Rubio looks beyond primary toward Hillary Clinton

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Marco Rubio tried to build on his well-reviewed performance in the GOP debate by lashing out at Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday, turning toward the general election with a focus on the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Given the chance to follow-up on the clash between still-large field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, and most notably a memorable exchange with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Rubio said in a series of interviews he’d rather talk about Clinton.…

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GOP, Dems moving in opposite directions after a pivotal week

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After a pivotal week, the presidential race has become a tale of two parties on sharply different trajectories: Hillary Rodham Clinton has tightened her grip on the Democratic nomination while Republican concern is reaching new heights. Some officials are even considering what could turn into a GOP civil war to stop Donald Trump — with no fallback option. Clinton took what was essentially a victory lap on Friday, cheered by excited Democrats a day after her strong performance during an…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.22.15 — Freedom Caucus hearts Paul Ryan?

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Today could be an interesting day locally and nationally, or it could just be another day of unfulfilled hype: The St. Pete City Council gets together once again to decide on proposals that would allow the Tampa Bay Rays to talk to officials in Hillsborough County, a subject we’ve visited more than a few times over the past five years or so. And in Washington, Hillary Clinton goes before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. It’s supposed to last for at least eight…

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David Jolly focused on how to change Washington

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In his short year-and-a-half stint serving as a congressman in Washington, David Jolly has on occasion voted against the majority of his party because of what he says is typical Washington dishonesty. While that attitude works in representing his moderate Pinellas County district, it’s a danger in running in a Republican primary election for Senate, something he appears to be keenly aware of. Take for example, his vote last week against supporting a fourth committee in the House to investigate…

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