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Wrong number? Donald Trump’s TV telephone interviews in spotlight

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In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump‘s fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while challenging political traditions. Two organizations are circulating petitions to encourage Sunday morning political shows to hang up on Trump. Some prominent holdouts, like Fox’s Chris Wallace, refuse to do on-air phoners. Others argue that a phone interview is better than no interview at all. Except in news emergencies, producers usually avoid phoners because television is a…

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Today on Context Florida: The case against Donald Trump, Hobson’s choice, Cuban political prisoners and Mark McKinnon

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Today on Context Florida: Darryl Paulson makes the case against Donald Trump. Paulson has been a Republican and a conservative his entire life, not an easy feat as a university professor, and he will never vote for Trump. Among the reasons, Paulson says Trump is neither conservative nor Republican, and his political views are much more aligned with Democrats than the GOP. And that’s not the most important reason. Bob Sparks says the Republican establishment is facing a serious quandary; essentially…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.23.16 – Will Hillary Clinton’s speech on how to contend with ISIS be a critique of Obama?

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Hillary Clinton is scheduled to give a speech at Stanford University today detailing her plans to defeat the Islamic State. “We live in a complex and dangerous world and we need a commander in chief who can provide leadership that is strong and smart,” Clinton said last night in Everett,Washington. She also said the U.S. should keep on doing what it’s already doing, saying we should stand ““in solidarity with our European allies,” tighten the visa and passenger-list systems, and…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.17.16 – Can 2016 begin the decline of negative political advertising?

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Negative television advertising against Donald Trump meant nothing in Florida this week. Several Super PACs including American Future Fund, Club for Growth, and Our Principles PAC spent $7.4 million in anti-Trump ads, according to Vox. Meanwhile, native son Marco Rubio spent over $8 million, and got his clock cleaned by the Manhattan mogul. The Trump phenomenon is leading some of the top political consultants in the country to say that this could be the breaking point in the madness that are negative…

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