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Dennis Ross co-sponsors bill to prohibit ransom payments to Iran

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Last month, the Wall Street Journal first reported that the Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran. The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran over a long-held dispute over a failed arms deal just before the Shah of Iran lost power in 1979. After that news broke, White House spokesman Josh Earnest rejected suggestions the money transfer to…

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Todd Wilcox brings ground-level view of foreign affairs to U.S. Senate race

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If companies want to know who to trust to do business in civil-war-torn Ukraine, they might contact Maitland-based Strategic Risk Management LLC. for privately-researched background intelligence reports. Companies that need to move goods through the dicier parts of Afghanistan might call on Winter Park-based Innovative Logistics LLC to handle the planes, warehouses, trucks and security. And if the U.S. Department of Defense, or a trusted American ally, wants special operations training and support services to prepare missions in some other unstable backwater nation, they might turn…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.19.16 – The yin and yang of Donald J. Trump

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Let’s talk about somebody I assiduously generally eschew writing about in this space, Donald Trump. (That’s not to make any editorial point at all. It’s just that there’s so much going on in news and politics right now, and you can get your Trump fill a thousand other places on the internet). On Tuesday, Trump told Reuters that he’s willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program, which, as the Reuters…

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David Jolly: Iran’s threat to Israel is a threat to the U.S.

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Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly is reacting to news that, for a second day in a row, Iran has test-fired ballistic missiles capable of reaching the nation’s archenemy and the U.S.’s strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel. The two missiles fired Wednesday are said to be capable of reaching 2,000 km — plenty of distance to reach Tel Aviv. Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency issued unsubstantiated claims that the missilies were inscribed with the words “Israel should be wiped from the pages…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.5.16 – GOP candidates defend Saudi use of Sharia law

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For nearly a year that they’ve been campaigning, the Republican candidates for president have focused on what they contend is how Barack Obama‘s bumbling foreign policy has led to the U.S.’s loss of stature around the world. While there could be some truth to some of the rhetoric, there’s also a lot of hyperbole and lack of nuance that has only been exacerbated in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris in November. Take, for instance, their views on…

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In final year, Barack Obama seeks to stave off lame-duck status

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In June, during one of the best stretches of his presidency, Barack Obama strode through a West Wing hallway exclaiming, “Offense! Stay on offense!” It was a rallying cry for a White House that suddenly seemed to find its footing in the final quarter of Obama’s tenure. An Asia-Pacific trade agreement was moving forward, as was the diplomatic opening with Cuba and work on an historic nuclear accord with Iran. The Supreme Court upheld a key tenant of the president’s…

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Today on Context Florida: Kim Davis, Vern Buchanan & Iran, hate mail & freak outs

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Today on Context Florida:           Bob Sparks talks about Kim Davis, the county clerk of Rowan County, Ky., who decided to flout the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling providing same-sex couples with the right to marry. Her refusal to follow that oath by denying marriage licenses led U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning to lock her up for contempt. Sparks is among the law-and-order conservatives who do not wish to see Davis in jail. It is solely within her power to…

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