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Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump buff foreign policy bona fides on debate eve

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were meeting separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday, giving the each candidate fresh bragging rights about their knowledge of foreign policy and readiness to lead the nation on the eve of their first presidential debate. Trump and Netanyahu discussed “at length” Israel’s use of a fence to help secure its borders, an example Trump frequently cites when he’s talking about the wall he wants to build between the U.S. and Mexico. “Trump recognized…

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Pew Research: Republicans, Democrats have starkly different foreign affairs priorities

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A new comprehensive study on American views on foreign affairs finds to no surprise that Republicans are from Mars and Democrats from Venus, but also finds Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s supporters more isolationist than anyone. The survey, released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, finds that Democrats consider the nation’s biggest global fears to be climate change, ISIS, cyberattacks and disease pandemics, and few lose much sleep over threats to the United States from Syrian refugees, China or Russia. Republicans, on…

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Rick Scott to sign Israel anti-boycott bill in Boca Raton

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Gov. Rick Scott will hold a formal bill-signing ceremony in Boca Raton on Wednesday afternoon to laud a bill that will keep the state of Florida from doing business with firms who boycott Israel. Scott will meet with Jewish and pro-Israel Floridian stakeholders at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, where he will signal his public approval of SB 86, which prohibits state pension money and other state funds from flowing to companies who economically protest Israel. Specifically, the bill mandates the…

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Florida has new laws on Confederate statue, gay marriage

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Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith‘s time representing Florida in the U.S. Capitol is coming to an end while clergy will be able to say no to gay weddings under new laws approved by Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday. Scott signed a bill that requires Smith’s statue in the National Statuary Hall be replaced. Another among the more than two dozen he signed puts into law language that specifies clergy don’t have to marry same-sex couples – a right many said…

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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 2.25.16 – Greatness comes to O-Town

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Well, Carlos Beruff is now officially about to get into the GOP Senate race. Our interview this week with current leader David Jolly  has his take. Can we talk about greatness? In Orlando, the Golden State Warriors come to town at 7 p.m. to play the Magic at Amway Center. You may have heard about the Warriors in the past year. With their victory in Miami Wednesday night in a gritty, 6-point victory over the Heat, the defending champions are now…

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Legislature bans state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel

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A bill that bans the state of Florida from doing business with any company that boycotts the nation of Israel has passed through both houses of the Legislature, and will soon go to Governor Rick Scott’s desk. The legislation is a shot at at the growing international movement to boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. The movement is particularly strong on college campuses, including USF in Tampa. Lawmakers claim the BDS movement is anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish,…

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