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Mitch Perry Report for 9.21.16 – Can Ban Ki-Moon get enough buy-in to deny a President Trump the opportunity to renounce the Paris agreement?

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The New Yorker magazine has a story this week on what a President Donald J. Trump would do if elected in November. Writer Evan Osnos reports that Trump’s advisers are weighing several options for the “First Day Project” – where he would spend hours on inauguration day next January signing papers that “erases the Obama Presidency,” in the words of Stephen Moore. “We want to identify maybe twenty-five executive orders that Trump could sign literally the first day in office.” Among the executive orders being contemplated…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.19.16 – Donald Trump’s short attention span theatre

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If I’m Joni Ernst, I’m a little p.o.’d this morning. The Iowa Senator and some others came on to the stage at “The Q” last night at 11:15 p.m., as delegates were flooding out of the arena. They were leaving after hearing a very hawkish Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn rail against political correctness, among other things, all after the event should have climaxed with the night’s featured speaker, Melania Trump, giving her 15-minute speech. Isn’t Paul Manafort supposed to be…

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Tampa Bay Times Mike Van Sickler named Government & Politics Editor

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Michael Van Sickler, the talented Tampa Bay Times investigative reporter behind numerous must-read stories for more than a decade before moving into an editing position in 2015, has received a promotion. The Cleveland native has been named Government & Politics Editor, replacing Jeff Harrington, who is returning to business reporting. “I’m pretty excited about teaming up again with an incredibly talented Times/Herald staff as we enter the home stretch of the strangest political cycle in my lifetime,” he wrote to FloridaPolitics.com in an email.…

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In Florida’s prisons, fear and loathing

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When a prisoner told former Dade Correctional Facility counsellor Harriet Krzykowski about how the prison guards starved him and his fellow inmates, Krzykowski thought he must be paranoid. But as Eyal Press in the New Yorker writes, that wasn’t the half of it. Krzykowski worked in the facility’s “Transitional Care Unit,” or T.C.U., which, in theory was “designed to provide mentally ill inmates with a safe environment in which they would receive treatment that might allow them to return to the main compound.”…

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Mitch Perry Report 4.7.16 – Gay Talese, meet Twitter

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Gay Talese is one of the great American reporters of our time. Now 84, Talese was considered part of the New Journalism that took the country by storm in the 1960s. I’m going to write about his new book in a moment, but I confess that I’m a little late to the party regarding the contretemps he started up last weekend. That’s when he was asked at a conference at Boston University about women writers who had inspired him and replied,…

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Jeb Bush says President Obama’s judicial nominees have been “way out of the mainstream”

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Jeb Bush says it’s within Barack Obama‘s constitutional powers to nominate a candidate to succeed Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, but says there’s no way that person should be approved by the U.S. Senate. “There should not be an appointment, based on the record of President Obama’s selection of judges,” Bush told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on the “Today Show” on Monday. “They’re way out of the mainstream, and this should be an important point that we have in…

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Harry Cohen says that stormwater plans of some sort will come back to Tampa City Council

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Last November, the Tampa City Council narrowly rejected a plan by Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s administration that aimed to alleviate the Cigar City’s epic problems with stormwater runoff. But Councilman Harry Cohen suggested on Friday that there will be a new plan to vote on sometime in 2016. “I’m confident that the city is going to put forth a new proposal this year that will be funded differently and that will look at dealing with the same problems, but perhaps come…

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