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Charlie Crist serves up grab bag of issues: Seniors, Head Start and pipeline protest

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It’s been a busy week for Charlie Crist. The freshman Democratic congressman from St. Petersburg served up a medley of issues Friday, both local and national. In a letter to Ann Linehan, Acting Director of Head Start for the Administration for Children and Families, Crist voiced his support for Lutheran Services Florida’s grant application to expand its “highly successful” Early Head Start Programs in Clearwater, Largo and South St. Petersburg. All three cities are contained in Florida’s 13th Congressional District,…

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Sean Spicer cites ‘studies’ to back Donald Trump voter claim

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The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 2 p.m. A spokesman says President Donald Trump’s belief that there were millions of illegal votes cast in the November election is based on “studies and evidence.” But spokesman Sean Spicer did not provide examples of that evidence. Trump first made the false claim during the transition. He reiterated the statement in a meeting Monday night with lawmakers, blaming illegal ballots for his loss of the popular vote. Spicer says Trump…

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Hillary Clinton brings in Al Gore as closer on climate change

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Al Gore laid out the environmental stakes of the presidential race in stark terms during a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton Tuesday, arguing that electing her opponent would lead to “climate catastrophe.” Vice president during Clinton’s husband’s eight years in the White House and a longtime environmental activist, Gore served as a closer for Clinton on climate change as the Democratic candidate seeks to appeal to activists and to young people, who consider this a key issue. “The choice in…

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NextGen Climate blasts Marco Rubio on climate change record

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After 100 days of the 114th Congress, where Republicans control the Senate, three GOP senators, each presidential hopefuls — including Marco Rubio – have begun White House bids. As the campaign trail heats up, NextGen Climate scrutinized Rubio’s record on environmental issues, as well as that of recently announced presidential candidates U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. What the progressive activist group discovered was the trio of conservative lawmakers consistently failed to stand up for…

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John Kerry speaks out on Florida’s ‘climate change’ ban

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that elected officials who ban the words “climate change” are unwilling to face the facts, a non-so-subtle dig at Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration. Kerry, a longtime champion of combatting climate change, said the officials were ignoring the scientific facts. “Now folks, we literally do not have the time to waste debating whether we can say ‘climate change,’” Kerry said during a speech at The Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. “Because no…

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Bill Day’s latest — the REAL pipeline

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As President Barack Obama vetoes a bill forcing approval of the long-planned and highly contentious Keystone XL pipeline this week, editorial cartoonist Bill Day shows us the REAL pipeline in politics. Money; and lots of it. Blocking such a high-profile energy project, environmental activists had a crucial victory in Keystone, which proved they can overcome strong opposition from Republican supporters, a handful of members of the Democratic Party and the will of many voters. In recent opinion polls, most Americans…

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Calling for cooperation, Barack Obama engages in confrontation

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Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington’s political realignment. Sensing a Republican retreat, Obama was headlining a Miami town hall on Wednesday, enlisting his Latino base of support to increase pressure on GOP lawmakers who want to tie spending on the Homeland Security Department to repeal of his immigration…

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