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Fox announces date, team for Iowa debate

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Fox News Channel says it will host the seventh Republican presidential debate, taking place next month in Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of that state’s caucuses. Fox said Monday that the two-hour debate on Jan. 28 will be anchored by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace. That’s the same team that moderated the campaign’s first GOP debate in August, which drew a cable news record audience of 24 million people. The sixth debate will be shown on the Fox Business…

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Ben Carson’s home smacks of Ben Carson

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If you haven’t seen the photos released earlier this month of presidential hopeful Ben Carson’ lavish home, you’re missing out. Images shot in 2014 by photographer Mark Makela portray the eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom home as homage to Carson himself and, well, Jesus. First of all, there’s an inscription of a Bible proverb etched into the wall above a fireplace with what appears to be gold flaking of some sort. It’s from Proverbs 22:4 – “By Humility And The Fear Of The Lord…

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Off the air: Donald Trump boycotts Fox News over campaign coverage

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Donald Trump says he’s done appearing on Fox News shows for the “foreseeable future” because he doesn’t like the network’s coverage of his presidential campaign. The billionaire businessman and leading Republican candidate tweets that Fox News has been treating him “very unfairly” and that he’s stop appearing on its shows. Trump has been feuding with the network since first GOP primary debate, when he objected to the moderators’ questions. There was a brief detente. But the feud escalated this week,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.16.15 — Sam Rashid ignores Rick Scott’s call to step down from Aviation Authority

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Sam Rashid is still a member of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority as of 7 a.m. this morning, despite the fact that by doing so, he is directly snubbing Gov. Rick Scott, the man who appointed him to the agency last year and is now calling on him to resign from the board. “Governor Scott expects him to resign and would accept his resignation,” spokeswoman Jackie Schutz tells the Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Contorno in this morning’s paper. The reason why the governor is telling Sam Rashid…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.11.15 — Bobby Jindal’s moment

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So the field is set for the two GOP debates scheduled for next Wednesday night in Simi Valley — and they’re the exact same lineups as were displayed in Cleveland last month, with two exceptions. One is that Carly Florina, who became the darling of the media following her impressive debate performance in the “Happy Hour” debate last month, has been able to squeeze into the prime-time matchup on CNN, though her poll numbers have remained stagnant, topping out at 3…

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Dominating TV, Donald Trump a ratings draw

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Opinion polls are one thing, but Nielsen numbers speak more loudly to television executives: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump‘s ability to pull in viewers makes him catnip for news programs and wins a level of coverage that feeds on itself. NBC’s “Meet the Press” had its biggest audience in more than a year for its Trump interview on Aug. 16, leading that show’s biggest competitors — ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” — to feature phone interviews with…

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Donald Trump leads Jeb Bush, 24 percent-13 percent, in new CNN national poll

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A CNN/ORC national poll released Tuesday morning shows that even after his uneven performance at the first GOP debate and subsequent controversy with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump remains the dominant candidate in the Republican presidential race, getting 24 percent of the vote. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is second with 13 percent. Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is third with 9 percent. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are next at 8 percent. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is at 6 percent. U.S. Sen.…

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