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Can we just get 2016 over with, please?

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When the news came on Christmas Day that singer George Michael had died, well … can we get this year completed, please? Just this month alone, we have lost actor Alan Thicke, astronaut/hero John Glenn, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, former Florida Lieutenant Gov. Jim Williams, broadcaster Craig Sager and musician Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer fame. This was after Keith Emerson of the same band died in March. We had to say goodbye this year to former first…

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John Glenn was celebrity for all seasons

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John Glenn couldn’t get to first base as a presidential candidate in 1984. Even then, America was more easily dazzled by Ronald Reagan, who had played a hero in the movies, than a man who flew 149 combat missions in World War II and Korea before becoming the first person to orbit the earth. Long before game show host Donald Trump took the presidential plunge, we were well on the way to redefining words like “hero” and “celebrity” so that…

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Steve Ryan: John Glenn, Senator and hero. Things the public didn’t always see.

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John Glenn is my hero and America’s hero, but he was also my boss. Sen. Glenn always acted with integrity: in his marriage to his sweetheart, in his devotion to his country, in his work with his colleagues. He was always a gentleman in the best sense. I had the good luck as a young child to have the measles during his February 1962 flight. We all marveled at his flight, and his coolness under pressure. Subsequently, we saw all…

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Self-proclaimed ‘taxpayer hero’ Ron DeSantis carries most debt in Florida’s U.S. Senate race

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For Ron DeSantis, fixing the national debt is a cornerstone of his U.S. Senate campaign, as his rhetoric reflects. The North Florida Republican has even gone so far as to decline his congressional pension after taking office. Nevertheless, boasting a reputation as a “leading fiscal conservative in the House,” DeSantis doesn’t quite walk the same walk in his own campaign. As he frequently rails against the national debt, comparing a recent budget deal to “giving a shopaholic an unlimited credit card,”…

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Eric Lynn’s campaign team includes high-profile Obama staffers

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CD 13 Democratic candidate Eric Lynn, the only declared candidate in the Pinellas County congressional race, announced his campaign team today, and it includes two nationally known figures who played important parts in getting Barack Obama elected president twice. Bill Burton and Anita Dunn from the political communications firm SKDKnickerbocker have signed on to the campaign as Lynn’s media consultants. Burton has been acting as the press spokesperson role ever since Lynn got into the race. He was the national spokesman for…

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Five minutes with astronaut Mike McCulley on Lewis & Clark, the final frontier, and human nature

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Humans are a strange species. One can be pushing 60 and a chance encounter with a childhood hero turns him into a little boy. I outed an astronaut today. I’m standing in a crowded elevator and next to me is Mike McCulley, a space shuttle Atlantis commander. You’re humble correspondent immediately blurted, “You’re an astronaut,” unleashing a shower of questions from the other riders: When? Who? You? Can I take your picture? Poor guy could barely get out of the Capitol building. I…

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