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Donald Trump answers call of crisis with familiar bluster, spontaneity and norm-breaking risk that defined his political rise

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A nuclear showdown. The world’s most unpredictable foe. A world on edge. What will the new president do? Be Trump.

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Charlie Crist says missile defense might be necessary to stop North Korea missiles

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With diplomacy a seemingly lost cause for addressing North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Charlie Crist says it’s time to put our trust in the military to protect the country from a possible attack from Kim Jong Un‘s regime.

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Blake Dowling: Wise Kim meets Leon County

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The “Leon Consulate of Florida” was overthrown this week, thanks to the chumps at the Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail. I suppose they meant Leon County, since this hacking wing of ISIS hasn’t quite mastered English. What they refer to is the Leon County (North Florida) website; it was indeed hacked for a couple of minutes, replaced with this creepy message: County officials responded immediately that the attack was only “surface level” and all sensitive data was protected behind a firewall. Perhaps…

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No trial balloons: Donald Trump flips script with startling ideas

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Washington policymakers have a time-tested method for rolling out new ideas: float a trial balloon. Spread rumors of a policy change or selectively leak it to the press, then see how it plays and proceed only if it looks doable. President Donald Trump has flipped that script. Big and startling ideas fly out of his mouth or from his Twitter feed. Then the rest of his administration scrambles to catch up — and to figure out when his statements signal…

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Bill Nelson: If China can’t deter North Korea’s nuclear plans, it could mean war

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According to North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador, the standoff over his country’s nuclear program will end only when the U.S. withdraws its “hostile policy” toward the northeast Asian nation. In an interview with The Associated Press Friday, Kim In Ryong says his government will not attend “any type of talks which would discuss its nuclear abandonment.” That includes the U.N. Security Council meeting Friday on the North Korean nuclear issue. He called it “another abuse” of U.N. authority, acting on instructions of the United…

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The new civics course in schools: How to avoid fake news

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Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news — and why they should care that there’s a difference. As Facebook works with The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and other organizations to curb the spread of fake and misleading news on its influential network, teachers say classroom instruction can play a role in deflating the kind of “Pope endorses Trump” headlines that muddied the waters during the 2016 presidential campaign. “I think only…

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Mary Jo Melone: Hillary Clinton, without apology

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Like Donald Trump’s narcissism, the misogyny driving the vitriol aimed at Hillary Clinton is bottomless. The best that can be said of the legions of her critics is that some, women among them, don’t know history. Worse yet, few who are puzzled by the vitriol directed at Clinton bother to see her through the lens of her experience as a woman. Clinton is part of the last generation of women who could only gain access to political power through their…

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