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Why won’t Donald Trump condemn white nationalism?

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Why doesn’t President Donald Trump just unequivocally condemn white supremacists? It’s a jarring question to ask about an American president. But it’s also one made unavoidable by Trump’s delayed, blame-both-sides response to the violence that erupted Saturday when neo-Nazis, skinheads and members of the Ku Klux Klan protested in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Let them eat steak – Part 2: Rick Scott edition

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While Melissa McCarthy-impersonator Sean Spicer was confiscating his staff ‘s cellphones in search of leakers to fire, somebody tipped Independent Review Journal’s Benny Johnson to President Trump’s Saturday night dinner plans. Johnson identifies his tipster as a “trusted source.” Obvious suspects include Trump-whisperer and former Breitbart News big shot Steve Bannon. Bannon might have a soft spot for Young Mr. Johnson, who began his new media career as a contributor to Breitbart and fell, briefly, upon hard times when he…

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Donald Trump makes first ad buys in battleground states, including Florida

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With his new leadership team promising a sharper message, Donald Trump on Thursday moved to invest nearly $5 million in battleground state advertising. The investment over the coming 10 days in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania marks the Republican presidential contender’s first major general election expenditures in the swing states, which are considered critical to his narrowing path to the White House. The advertising plans, confirmed by Kantar Media’s political ad tracker, come a day after Trump announced another…

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Donald Trump campaign: manager “absolutely innocent” of assaulting reporter

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The Donald Trump campaign issued a swift response to the criminal charges which came down on campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Monday, saying he is “absolutely innocent” of misdemeanor battery. Police allege Lewandowski grabbed former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a press conference in Florida earlier this month after Fields attempted to ask Trump a question. According to first-hand accounts of the incident, Fields was “clearly roughed up” and fell to the ground after Lewandowski grabbed her by the arm. “Mr. Lewandowski was issued a Notice to Appear and…

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Assault charges filed in Jupiter against Donald Trump campaign manager

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Legal troubles may be in the offing for the often surly Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for Donald Trump, after assault charges were filed against him in Jupiter on Friday. Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields claims, and witnesses corroborate, that Lewandowski handled her roughly after a Trump rally in Jupiter, grabbing her arm and leaving bruises. “Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards,” she wrote Thursday. “Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me…

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Today on Context Florida: Assignment of benefits, primary Karma, human trafficking, dirty caucusing and water law facts

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Today on Context Florida: When consumers experience water damage unconnected to hurricanes, Alan Daley says they usually call a plumber, a roofing specialist or their insurance company to repair the damage. The plumbing or roofing contractor will probably suggest that the consumer assign the insurance benefits, so that payment for any work will go directly from the insurer to the contractor – a process known as “assignment of benefits” (AOB). Like in 49 other states across the U.S., the process is…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.6.15 — Who’s down with the TPP?

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After nearly six years of discussions, negotiators announced finalized terms for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Monday. Although it will take months before it can wind its way through Congress, the question is: Will it pass and become a feather in the cap for President Obama’s legacy? Note that I didn’t ask whether or not  it should pass. There are plenty of folks on both sides of the aisle who say it should not. In a close vote earlier this year, Congress…

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