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Fort Lauderdale woman seeks right to trial in Trump University case

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A Fort Lauderdale woman asked this week to be excluded from a proposed settlement with President Donald Trump over fraud allegations at his now-defunct Trump University, setting the stage for a possible trial if a federal judge agrees. Attorneys for Sherri Simpson said in a court filing that lawyers for former students in class-action lawsuits promised in 2015 that they could ask to be excluded from any future settlement. A settlement announced less than two weeks after Trump’s election allows…

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Martin Dyckman: Pam Bondi’s mess too pungent to ignore

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Assume that Pam Bondi were a judge. That’s a dismal prospect but bear with it. Assume further that she asked for a campaign contribution from a big shot businessman who was being sued in her court — and that after getting the money, she dismissed the case. If she was a judge, instead of Florida’s attorney general, she could be kicked out of office simply for asking anyone for a campaign contribution, even without a pending case being involved. The…

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Patrick Murphy asks when will Florida’s U.S. Senate candidates un-endorse Donald Trump

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Patrick Murphy asks a simple question of the Florida Republicans running for U.S. Senate: Will they jump on the bandwagon and start un-endorsing Donald Trump? Last week, the presumptive GOP nominee outraged both sides of the political aisle when he blasted federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, questioning his Mexican ancestry for decisions in the Trump University lawsuits. As a result, support for Trump – including that of House Speaker Paul Ryan – is beginning to show signs of strain. In an email…

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Darryl E. Owens: GOP revolt – too little, too late to stop Donald Trump

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From Congress came stunning news this week of a mutiny on the “Trumpy.” After Donald Trump recently judged Mexican-American U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel unable to adjudicate impartially a lawsuit involving Trump University, his latest bid at political self-immolation made Republican Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk want to holler, throw up both his hands. “I cannot and will not support my party’s nominee for president,” Kirk, the first GOP Senator facing re-election to rescind his endorsement. “After much consideration, I have…

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Trump University plaintiff seeks to withdraw from lawsuit

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Tarla Makaeff has had enough of Donald Trump after spending six years fighting him in court. The Southern California yoga instructor wants to withdraw from a federal class-action lawsuit that says Trump University fleeced students with an empty promise to teach them real estate. Her lawyers said the Republican presidential front-runner and his team have put her “through the wringer” and made the prospect of a trial unbearable. A judge will consider the request Friday, four days before Florida and…

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