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Kathy Castor: Graham-Cassidy health care bill would ‘devastate’ Florida families

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If the latest Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act passed in the U.S. Senate next week, Kathy Castor believes it would be “devastating” to Florida families.

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Charlie Crist: ‘Horrible’ GOP health care bill ‘like they don’t care about people’

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Three days after House Republicans passed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a group of St. Petersburg residents, joined by Congressman Charlie Crist, is organizing some voter pushback against  the “horrible bill.” Approximately 70 citizens met up with the St. Petersburg Democrat in North Straub Park Sunday afternoon to announce that they intend to “stand up and fight back” against the bill, viewed by many as the biggest legislative victory in the young Trump presidency. “It was a horrible bill then —…

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Kathy Castor visits USF College of Medicine, pledges to fight Donald Trump’s NIH funding cuts

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Over five years, the University of South Florida received more than $260 million in federal funding from the National Institutes of Health; money which helped propel the Tampa campus as a leader in medical research. But officials with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Congresswoman Kathy Castor say that the innovative breakthroughs throughout the USF medical system would be seriously in peril if President Donald Trump gets his way in his recently unveiled budget and cuts funding to the NIH…

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Betsy DeVos clears Senate hurdle toward becoming ed secy

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Betsy DeVos cleared a major hurdle in the Senate to become the next education secretary despite vigorous opposition from Democrats. Senators voted 52-48 to cut off debate at dawn Friday, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote next week on President Donald Trump‘s nominee. DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor, has faced fierce criticism from labor unions for her promotion of school choice. Democrats and labor unions have accused her of seeking to dismantle public education and divert funds to…

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Sean Spicer says 20 percent tax on Mexican imports just an option

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The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 4:50 p.m. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer now says slapping a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico is just one of several options on the table for paying for a wall along the southern border. Spicer says President Donald Trump has yet to make a final decision about how the U.S. will recoup the costs of his proposed border wall. Spicer had said earlier Thursday that Trump wanted to…

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Florida House leaders support Betsy DeVos in letter

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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and state Reps. Jose Oliva and Jose Felix Diaz have signed on to a letter supporting Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump‘s pick for Education Secretary. They’re among nearly 150 “state-level elected leaders in all 50 states” who say they support DeVos, a wealthy Republican donor who carries financial and political clout. Oliva is expected to become speaker in 2018-20 following Corcoran; Diaz chairs the House’s Commerce Committee. Both are Miami-Dade Republicans. The letter, dated Tuesday,…

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Martin Dyckman: Is Ted Cruz eligible to be president? The question needs to be resolved

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Had a modern Rip Van Winkle, who happened to be a Republican, fallen asleep 20 years ago, he might think that he had awakened now in hell. His choice in the 1996 party primaries for president would have been among a 10-person field including Bob Dole, the senator and eventual nominee; Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, Gov. Pete Wilson of California, and former Gov. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, all of them firmly mainstream. There were rivals to the right, but…

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