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Cyprus businessman suing BuzzFeed for unproven Donald Trump dossier

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A businessman based in Cyprus is suing the BuzzFeed online media outlet for defamation over its publication of an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump‘s purported activities involving Russia and allegations of Russian interference during last year’s U.S. election. The businessman, Aleksej Gubarev, claims he and his companies were falsely linked in the dossier to the Russia-backed computer hacking of Democratic Party figures. Gubarev, 36, is seeking unspecified damages from BuzzFeed and its top editor, Ben Smith, for the lawsuit’s…

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Tampa Bay Times’ Anthony Cormier leaving to work for BuzzFeed News

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Tampa Bay Times Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Anthony Cormier is leaving the paper to join BuzzFeed News in New York next month. Along with the Times’ Leonora LaPeter Anton and the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Michael Braga, Cormier shared in taking home the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series on Florida’s unsafe system of state-run mental hospitals. The 2015 series uncovered nearly 1,000 assaults or injuries in mental hospitals during a period in which $100 million was slashed from the state’s mental health budget. That forced staffing…

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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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Email insights: Taxi association ad targets Uber, Lyft for “lax background checks”

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The Florida Taxicab Association announced in a Monday email that it had released its second ad attacking ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft for their “lax driver background check procedures.” “The release comes just hours after a bombshell news report by BuzzFeed that leaked internal documents from Uber show the company may have over 6,000 rape complaints, 5,827 sexual assault complaints and a policy that advises customer service reps handling non-consensual sexual contact cases to ‘determine media interest’ before taking more serious action,” the email states.…

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Jeb Bush announces 228-member Hispanic Leadership Committee

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Among the assets that still make Jeb Bush a formidable general election candidate is his ease and connection with the Latino community, something that no other Republican brings to the table. Illustrating that connection is the Bush campaign’s announcement on Thursday of his Hispanic leadership committee, consisting of 228 people spread out over 20 states, as well as in Puerto Rico. “I’m honored to have these great Hispanic men and women join the fight for all American families, working to lower taxes…

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Ben Carson supporters meet in Tampa to spread the word about his candidacy

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This past Saturday afternoon, two dozen supporters of Dr. Ben Carson gathered at the Quality Inn and Suites in East Tampa to hear how they can help get the recently declared Republican presidential candidate elected president — or at least much better known in Hillsborough County. And while the retired neurosurgeon may not be as well known or considered by elites to be in the top tier of GOP presidential candidates for 2016, there is no doubt that those who know his story…

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Will Jeb Bush opt not to compete in Iowa caucus?

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Jeb Bush has had his roughest week on the campaign trail, and it’s only Thursday. The former Florida governor has been getting hammered all week by critics for his fumbling of a question regarding the Iraq war, prompting New York Times columnist Gail Collins to title her piece on Thursday, “Wow, Jeb Bush is Awful.” Meanwhile, a 19-year-old college student in Reno got in Bush’s face on Wednesday to tell him that his brother, George W. Bush, was responsible for the creation of…

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