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Fueled by Donald Trump opponents, Rachel Maddow’s popularity rises

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Rachel Maddow can trace the mood of her audience by looking at the ratings. Her MSNBC show’s viewership sank like a stone in the weeks following Donald Trump‘s election, as depressed liberals avoided politics, and bottomed out over the holidays. Slowly, they re-emerged, becoming active and interested again. Maddow’s audience has grown to the point where February was her show’s most-watched month since its 2008 launch. Maddow has emerged as the favorite cable news host for presidential resistors in the…

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Florida Legislature OKs more than $400 million in tax cuts

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Floridians will get a 10-day tax break on school supplies, computers and clothes under a more than $400 million tax cut package approved by the Florida Legislature. The Senate on Monday passed the tax cut bill by a 34-2 margin. The Florida House also approved it by a 91-2 margin and sent it to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott. The tax holiday will be held Aug. 7 to Aug. 16. The legislation also contains a cut in the state…

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House wants to cut taxes on cellphones and textbooks

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With a budget stalemate still possible, the Republican-controlled Florida House on Tuesday rolled out a hefty package of tax cuts and tax breaks that it wants to push through during this year’s session. House leaders are pitching nearly $700 million in tax cuts, including a substantial cut in the taxes charged on cellphones and cable television, a three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday, and exempting college textbooks from sales taxes. “We want to send that money back to the kitchen tables…

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