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Vern Buchanan calls for Senate to pass his bill on harsher punishment of cop killers

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Vern Buchanan is seizing on heavy media coverage of a New York City police officer’s execution Wednesday, calling for the U.S. Senate to pass legislation making the murder or attempted murder of a police officer an “aggravating” factor in death penalty determinations. New York City Police Officer Miosotis Familia was sitting in the back of a marked van writing in her memo book when she was shot and killed with no warning by a gunman at around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.20.16 — Bill de Blasio’s big moment?

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In New York City today, Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to give a “major speech” on the presidential election’s impact on the city. De Blasio wants help from the feds to pay for the additional security costs in dealing with the fact that the president-elect’s home is literally in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The NYPD has already put about an additional 50 officers on each shift during daytime hours to manage the flow of traffic in the immediate…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.18.16 – Can bill to allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudis’ go forward?

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Good Monday morning. I’ve a quick question for you. Is Saudi Arabia really one of our allies in the Middle East? Some conservatives, like MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, insist they are, and says that one of many reasons why we should be angry at Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is because it upset the Saudis, allegedly one of our true friends in that region. This issue is about to be revisited, after the NY Times reported on Friday that the Saudi Arabian government…

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NY Post: Michael Bloomberg & Jeb Bush’s bromance

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Insiders are buzzing over the intense mutual admiration society that has formed between Mayor Bloomberg and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and wondering what the two are planning for the future. “There’s something going on there,” said one City Hall veteran. “This is a lot more than, they’re on the same side when it comes to education.” The conservative Bush and the moderate ex-Republican mayor have hit it off. Bloomberg appointed Bush to the board of his foundation and has…

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NY Post: Michael Bloomberg & Jeb Bush’s bromance

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Insiders are buzzing over the intense mutual admiration society that has formed between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and wondering what the two are planning for the future. “There’s something going on there,” said one City Hall veteran. “This is a lot more than, they’re on the same side when it comes to education.” The conservative Bush and the moderate ex-Republican mayor have hit it off. Bloomberg appointed Bush to the board of his foundation and…

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NY Post: Dem strategists turning to Charlie Crist in Senate race

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Top Democratic strategists are abandoning their party’s frontrunner in the Florida Senate race in favor of Independent Charlie Crist, who bolted the Republican Party over the state party’s rightward lurch toward the Tea Party. SKDKnickerbocker, a leading Democratic political strategy and communications firm, has agreed to work on Crist’s up-hill campaign as an independent for the U.S. Senate. The decision will be widely viewed as a slap at Democratic frontrunner Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is trailing badly in the polls…

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