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Marco Rubio, bipartisan Senate group call for U.S. help for starving North Africa

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After a hearing on a humanitarian crisis with millions of lives at stake in northeast Africa, U.S. Rep. Marco Rubio joined a bipartisan group of senators Thursday asking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to intervene by leading an “urgent and comprehensive” diplomatic effort. Rubio and eight other senators signed a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump‘s secretary of state saying that political obstacles in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are significantly to blame for humanitarian aid from getting in, and consequently millions…

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Marco Rubio to chair commission on China

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Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he has been appointed chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The commission was created in 2000 to monitor human rights and legal issues in China and submit an annual report to the president and Congress. Rubio previously served as chair of the 23-member body, which includes nine senators, nine representatives and five senior administration officials appointed by the president. “I am honored to continue leading the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and…

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At town hall in Ybor City, Darryl Rouson says climate is good for “true” criminal justice reform

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At a town-hall meeting in Tampa’s Ybor City, newly-elected Senate District 19 Democrat Darryl Rouson said he feels that, finally, a serious attempt at criminal justice reform is going to take place in the Florida Legislature in 2017. “It’s my intention to change the Black Caucus this year so that all 28 members … really stand up and do something,” he said when queried by one new constituent, who told him that the only way to stop gun violence was to provide…

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Shark industry, lobbyists take sides in shark finning debate

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Competing interests in Florida’s debate over shark fishing are taking sides in Washington D.C., lobbying lawmakers over a bill that seeks to ban trading shark fins. Timothy Cama of The Hill reports on a trade group called the Sustainable Shark Alliance, a new ad hoc industry player in the $2.2 million business which works primarily in Gulf and East Coast waters around Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, and New Jersey. The alliance is battling the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act, which would…

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Lady Gaga hits stage for invite-only show for DNC delegates

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Lady Gaga hit the stage at an invitation-only concert Thursday for delegates to the Democratic National Convention, covering classic songs from Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, the Beatles and others. Gaga opened with a jazzy version of Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” and then Young’s “Old Man.” She was introduced by Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who called her a star who’s not afraid to speak out about sexual violence and mental health. She closed out her set with the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.26.16 – A hot mess in Philly

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Day One of the #DemsinPhilly was something of a hot mess — sometimes chaotic, but ultimately rewarding. But enough of what went on with me before or after entering the Wells Fargo Center yesterday afternoon. The highlight was Michelle Obama‘s address, described by some pundits as one of the finest in recent vintage, and certainly the most memorable from any First Lady that I can think of. Cory Booker was also strong, though I agree with David Axelrod‘s helpful criticism that if he can modulate…

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Bob Graham tells Florida delegates Debbie Wasserman Schultz ‘deserves our recognition’

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Cory Booker is one of the most dynamic speakers in American politics. But the appearance of soon-to-be-departing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the Florida delegation breakfast at the Marriott in Philadelphia Monday was an impossible act to follow. Despite his passionate and funny delivery, the room was still abuzz over the massive disruption Wasserman Schultz had provoked in Bernie Sanders delegates in particular at the breakfast, angry with her for the perception she wasn’t playing fair in handling the…

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