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U.S. Senate will consider blocking rule on guns and mentally ill

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The Republican-led Senate is moving to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. The Obama administration had sought to strengthen the federal background check system with a rule requiring the Social Security Administration to send in the names of beneficiaries with mental impairments who also need a third-party to manage their benefits. With a Republican ally in the White House, the GOP is moving aggressively on…

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White House: All GOP candidates should disavow Donald Trump

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The White House says any Republican presidential candidate too scared of the GOP political base to condemn Donald Trump shouldn’t be president. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from entering the U.S. is disqualifying. He says every Republican presidential candidate should say that they wouldn’t support Trump if he is the GOP nominee. Earnest described Trump’s campaign as a “carnival-barker routine.” The White House is deeming Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims as harmful to the United…

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Florida wants feds to delay Atlantic oil exploration

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Florida wants the Obama administration to delay its permitting to companies who want to use seismic air guns off of the state’s Atlantic Coast for oil and gas exploration. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection sent a letter on April 20 to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management saying the state is concerned that not enough is known about whether the seismic tests are harmful to marine life. The air guns emit canon-like air blasts underwater, the sound from which…

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Obama uses hospital funds to push Medicaid expansion

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The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul. The leverage comes from a little-known federal fund that helps states and hospitals recoup some of the cost of caring for uninsured patients. The administration says states can just expand Medicaid, as the health care law provides, and then they wouldn’t need as much extra help with costs for the uninsured.…

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to attend Cuba forum in Tampa

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Just a couple of hours after the Florida Senate nearly unanimously approved a resolution denouncing the Obama Administration’s recent diplomatic breakthrough with Cuba, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s office announced that a forum will look at the president’s recently announced policies and what that will mean for travel and trade in the Tampa Bay area next week. The event, called the “Cuba Forum–Tampa at the Forefront of Historic Change,” takes place next Monday at the Tampa Airport Marriott. The keynote speaker will be…

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Bill Day’s latest: Marco Rubio and his shaky grasp of foreign policy

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Bill Day’s latest casts a critical eye on Marco Rubio, the 2016 presidential wannabe who has a serious issue with his grasp of foreign policy, namely in regards to Iran. The Republican senator from Florida, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was part of a recent hearing entitled “The President’s Request for Authorization to Use Force Against ISIS: Military and Diplomatic Efforts.” Secretary of State John Kerry was on hand to testify. That topic of ISIS lasted nearly…

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U.S. sets new record for denying, censoring government files

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The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn’t find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.…

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