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Donald Trump’s 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out

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Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It’s also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn’t raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice — no small feat — and call these promises kept. But where’s that wall? Or the promised trade punishment against China — will the Chinese get off scot-free from “the greatest…

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Barack Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

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In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than any other president in U.S. history, the White House said. During his presidency Obama ordered free 568 inmates who had been sentenced to life…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.7.16 – The Hillsborough County DEC melts down

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“Image is everything” that great philosopher, Andre Agassi, once said in a series of television ads for Canon in the early 1990’s. Though a bit of an exaggeration, there’s no question that the image of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee has taken a significant body blow following its reorganization meeting on Monday night. To recap: Party Chair Ione Townsend concluded that the party’s by-laws precluded Democrats elected to nonpartisan positions from voting in the local DEC elections. The upshot was that the local party, in effect, “disenfranchised” some of the…

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Vern Buchanan doesn’t want Obama to pardon Bowe Berghdahl

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Vern Buchanan is urging President Obama in his last weeks in office not to pardon Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, saying the search for Bergdahl may have led to the deaths of several American soldiers. White House and Justice Department officials say Bergdahl has submitted the clemency request. If granted, it would allow him to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for next April. Bergdahl faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. “It has been seven years since Sgt. Bergdahl chose to abandon his fellow…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.11.15 — Bowe Bergdahl speaks

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Since he began campaigning for president this year, one part of Donald Trump’s stump speech that has remained intact is when he attacks Bowe Bergdahl, calling him a traitor and saying he should be executed for deserting. “We’re tired of Sgt. Bergdahl, who’s a traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed,’ Trump said in Las Vegas last month. “Thirty years ago, he would have been shot.” The lines always gets huge cheers, another example of the so-called lack of political…

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In Sarasota, Donald Trump says the world is abusing the United States

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Donald Trump has flirted with running a serious presidential campaign four times in the past 18 years — in 1988, when he was arguably at the zenith of his popularity as his Art of the Deal memoir topped The New York Times best-seller list, as well as 2000, 2004 and four years ago. So even though he says he’s going to surprise some people when he makes his announcement about 2016 next month, it’s best to remain skeptical. Trump was in Sarasota on Thursday night, speaking…

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