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Tom Jackson: At our time of choosing, will we guess wrong?

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And so, at last, it is upon us. Election Day. Time, fence-sitters, to decide. We’ve been counting down so long, all the way back to the spring of last year; it sometimes seemed we’d never get here. Great nation that we (still) are, however, propelled by momentum and time-honored systems that guide truer than any GPS, we’ve navigated the distance: From the GOP’s scrum-debates of last fall through the frigid caucuses and first primaries, through the snooze-fest conventions and the…

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Dennis Ross returns to Washington after heart surgery rehab

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, who underwent heart surgery Aug. 9, is returning to Washington Monday to resume his congressional work. “We have votes at 6:30 p.m. (in full session) then it is business as usual Tuesday with a Financial Services Committee meeting,” the Lakeland Republican said. Ross, who turns 57 Oct. 18, has been recuperating from the surgery in Orlando to repair a heart defect he has had since birth. He missed the first week of Congress’ reconvening after its…

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton turn to battleground states in the South

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With Labor Day behind them, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are pushing ahead in top presidential battlegrounds in the South. Trump, the Republican nominee, is set to campaign in Virginia and North Carolina on Tuesday, two critical states in his path to the presidency. Clinton, the Democrat, is campaigning in Florida in search of an advantage in the nation’s largest swing state. A Clinton victory in Florida would make it virtually impossible for Trump to overcome her advantage in the…

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What’s on Hillary Clinton’s to-do list before Election Day?

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Hillary Clinton will celebrate Labor Day with an edge over rival Donald Trump in any number of the most competitive states, even as she struggles with the challenge of sealing the deal with large groups of voters who consider her dishonest and untrustworthy. Clinton’s experience as secretary of state and her handle on domestic policy make her the favorite in three presidential debates beginning later this month. She has appeared in more than 30 as a presidential candidate in 2008…

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Like Zika, other major unfinished business as Congress left for summer is TPP

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Anyone paying attention to Florida politics right now knows that Congress is on summer recess until Labor Day. We know this because we are constantly being reminded by Democratic politicians that Congress broke for six weeks without passing a Zika funding bill. While Zika is the current football being passed to and fro in our politics, it is worth noting that Congress adjourned without passing another piece of legislation with big, long- and short-term consequences: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement,…

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Florida State’s QB Deondre Francois focused on himself, not Jameis Winston

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Deondre Francois realizes he isn’t going to escape comparisons to Jameis Winston. But as Florida State wraps up its first week of preseason practices, Francois is trying to gauge his progress by the expectations he has set. “If people want to compare me to Jameis they can do that. I’m not comparing myself to anyone,” Francois on Sunday. “I’m just trying to go out there and do the best that I can.” With Sean Maguire out four weeks due to…

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Today on Context Florida: Tom Brady & the NFL union, Labor Day and Peter Schorsch responds

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Today on Context Florida: For Labor Day, Jac Wilder VerSteeg talks of that “poor, mistreated middle-class worker” Tom Brady. The NFL superstar, backed by the players union, overturned in federal court the four-game suspension NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had imposed for Brady’s role in Deflategate. Because his union rescued him, Brady and family will not find themselves penniless and on the streets. Today is our Labor Day, and Pat Fowler, like many others, received a peppy greeting of Happy Labor Day…

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