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Reporter mocked by Donald Trump says they knew each other well

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Donald Trump said he couldn’t have been making fun of a reporter’s disability because he doesn’t know the man. Not so, says the reporter. Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times says he has met Trump repeatedly, interviewing him in his office and talking to him at news conferences, when he worked for the New York Daily News in the late 1980s. “Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years,” he said in a Times story about the…

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Today on Context Florida: Refugees past and present, Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and IT buzzwords

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Today on Context Florida: With the news of Jeb Bush and other politicians calling for discrimination against Muslims in admitting Syrian refugees to the United States, Martin Dyckman is reminded of a parallel in history – American opposition to admitting Jewish refugees in the 1930s. Then, the pretext was that the Jews might include German spies. Never mind that the U.S. abounded with native-born, German-speaking Nazi sympathizers. Any form of religious discrimination is an insult to the American flag, Dyckman says.…

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Donald Trump says he saw people celebrating 9/11 in Jersey City

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he saw people cheering the Sept. 11 attacks across the river in New Jersey – a claim officials strongly deny. Trump first told the story Saturday at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama, as he pressed the need for greater surveillance, including monitoring certain mosques, in the wake of the Paris attacks. “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of…

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Jeb Bush open to letting in properly vetted Syrian Muslims

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is making it clearer that his call for the U.S. refugee program to give preference to Christians fleeing Syria does not exclude Muslims. His campaign says Bush supports accepting women and children regardless of their religion and does not exclude Syrian Muslims broadly, as long as the refugees can be effectively vetted. President Barack Obama has rebuked what he called a “shameful” religious test in the refugee policies of some Republican candidates. Both Bush and…

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Martin Dyckman: Will Florida Senate recognize that every child has the right to be loved?

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In May 1957, people across the nation were anxious over a decision that Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins was about to make in a legal controversy unlike any other. It concerned an extradition request for a fugitive couple from Massachusetts, but one that was far from routine. The charge was kidnapping, but the real issue, as Collins came to see it, was whether a child has “the right to be loved.” Nearly 58 years later, the same question underlies an emotional…

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