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Today on Context Florida: Iran nuclear deal, energy diversification and patience

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Today on Context Florida: Political opportunists and wannabes worldwide are working their mouths and typing fingers overtime this week, Daniel Tilson says, trying to turn American public opinion against the Iran nuclear deal in hopes Congress refuses to approve it this summer. And they’re not all seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination either — not yet anyway. In fact, the leader of the pack of peace-busters is a foreigner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Whether or not one agrees about the…

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Today on Context Florida: Pope Francis saves the world, Donald Trump and the phony ‘tax-cut tour’

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Today on Context Florida: Pope Francis’s encyclical on saving the world — “our common home” — from what we are doing to it is a powerful appeal to everyone, not just to those who belong to the church he leads. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism — the denomination of Martin Dyckman — praised Francis for having “shone a Catholic spotlight on an issue of importance to people of all faiths and no faith around the world. …” Regrettably, there…

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Today on Context Florida: Smiling Marco Rubio, fracking and Democratic Tea Party

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio must be smiling, says Chris Timmons. The baby-faced U.S. senator and presidential hopeful is having the best two weeks of his life. Not only did he get needlessly razed by the arch-liberal New York Times in two attack pieces, he’s also receiving the cold shoulder by everybody’s who’s somebody in Florida’s Republican establishment. According to CNN, 11 of the 17 Republicans in Florida’s congressional delegation support Bush. Nevertheless, Rubio’s gotta be thinking: It’s 2010 all over again.…

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Today on Context Florida: High-functioning Democrats, Escambia ZIP Codes and identity theft

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Today on Context Florida: According to Daniel Tilson, the 99 percent of us who haven’t benefited from — and in many cases have been harmed or held back by — almost 20 years of increasingly conservative Republican domination of Florida government and public policy, deserve and desperately need a high-functioning opposition party with a specific plan and timeframe for restoring political and legislative balance to our state. After all, independent and Republican 99-percenters benefit just as much as Democrats do from…

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Today on Context Florida: Politics of make-believe, psychological slack, collective autism and a public safety crisis

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Today on Context Florida: In the eyes of Daniel Tilson, this week’s “Economic Growth Summit” hosted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott is all about the politics of make-believe, so anything goes. If life was fair, Scott’s summit would feature explanations and apologies to middle-class Floridians who’ve remained loyal to his hardcore conservative economic policies for years now. But life is often as tricky and unfair as…well, as hardcore conservative economic policies. Dale Brill says those of us with the financial resources…

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Today on Context Florida: Shutdown talk, big government, hating runners and knowing our place

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Today on Context Florida: Next week the Florida Legislature returns for an overtime session to fulfill their sole constitutional requirement of passing a budget. Not a Washington budget, says Bob Sparks, but one where bean counters must have the same number of beans on the expense side as well as the revenue side. Conversations containing the word “shutdown” have gained a little momentum in recent days. Doomsayers from both parties, including Gov. Scott, have offered their views on the dire effects…

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Today on Context Florida: Long hot Florida summer, fix-it plans, semester goodbyes and the truth

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Today on Context Florida: With the special session imminently upon us, it is only a warm-up to what Peter Schorsch says will be a hot political summer in Florida. He ponders 10 questions that will shape the immediate future for the state and – in some cases – the nation, including: What does Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign roll-out look like? Can Marco Rubio remain in the top-tier of presidential candidates? Is Florida ready for Hillary? Daniel Tilson says it’s time to…

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