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Donald Trump, government is not a business. Reject Rex Tillerson.

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If it is to be believed, as Donald Trump evidently does, that government is just another business, then Rex Tillerson is a plausible nominee for secretary of state. Hasn’t he been running one of the most powerful and profitable businesses in this corner of the universe? But government is not a business. The duty of a business is to produce profits for its owners. Period. How it’s done rarely matters so long as there are profits. Whether a business treats…

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Backers of Jeb Bush nonprofit include banks, schools, lottery

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Big-time donors to a nonprofit educational group founded by Jeb Bush, disclosed for the first time Wednesday, highlight the intersection between Bush’s roles in the worlds of business, policy and politics years before he began running for president. Bush provided the names to The Associated Press. After leaving the Florida governor’s office in 2007, Bush formed the Foundation for Excellence in Education, with a mission “to build an American education system that equips every child to achieve their God-given potential.”…

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Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

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The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table. Friends linked arm-in-arm on the sands of a Cuban beach. Men in suits and women in evening gowns at a Havana nightclub. And in almost every frame, a dapper American man with a salt-and-pepper mustache and a raven-haired woman with the arched eyebrows of a 1950s movie star — Chester’s father and mother…

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No oil money on the hands of Kathy Castor

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Even before the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Kathy Castor had opposed expanded drilling closer to Florida’s shores. So if you’re connecting the dots, you’ll find that the oil and gas industry, and individuals who work in it, have given no money to Castor, since she was first elected in 2006, according to data compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. In the current election cycle, oil and gas-related PACs have contributed more than $4.7 million to members of…

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