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Kathy Castor vows Cuba-Tampa Bay engagement will continue, despite Donald Trump’s rollback

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President Donald Trump told a crowd in Miami Friday he was keeping a campaign promise to roll back the “terrible and misleading deal” the Obama administration made with the Castro government in Cuba in 2014. Two hours later, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor told reporters that the work of engaging the Tampa Bay area and the communist island will continue. “I think President Trump’s new policy is regrettable and it takes us backward, because what it will do will really complicate our neighbor’s ability to…

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More Republicans say AG Jeff Sessions should recuse himself

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The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ talks with the Soviet ambassador (all times local): 11:25 a.m. attorneyAttorney The top House Democrat says Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath when he told the Senate Judiciary that he had no contacts with the Russian government and says he should resign. Nancy Pelosi says, “Perjury is a crime.” In the meantime, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida joined a growing chorus of Republicans calling upon…

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Jeff Sessions spoke with Russian envoy in 2016, Justice Dept says

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked twice with Russia’s ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign, the Justice Department confirmed, communications that spurred calls in Congress for him to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election. Sessions, an early supporter of President Donald Trump‘s candidacy and a policy adviser to the Republican, did not disclose those discussions at his Senate confirmation hearing in January when asked what he would do if “anyone affiliated” with…

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Bill Nelson asks U.S. Olympic Committee how it’s preparing for spread of Zika

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With less than 75 days until the Summer Olympics, Sen. Bill Nelson wants to make sure the United States Olympic Committee is prepared to protect its athletes from the spread of Zika. The Florida Democrat was one of 10 senators who signed a letter sent to the chairman of the United States Olympic Committee on Monday. In the letter, Nelson and others said they were inquiring about what steps the committee was taking to “assist and protect our athletes against…

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‘Engage Cuba’ officially launches with TV ad

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While advocates for the U.S. liberalizing relations with Cuba have hailed President Obama‘s overture to the Castro-led government, they say there is still much more to be done, such as liberalizing travel restrictions that still exist. Today Engage Cuba, a group created to push for the end of the 53-year trade embargo, has a new ad that will begin airing on Fox News, CNBC and MSNBC. “Since December, we’ve heard from Americans around the country who can’t believe the U.S. government is denying us the right…

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Marco Rubio leads all U.S. Senate candidates across the country in Facebook ‘likes’

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Marco Rubio has the most Facebook “likes” for Republican (GOP) candidates with 84,409 (3,376/CD) while Barbara Boxer leads the way for Democrat (DEM) candidates with 29,451 (556/CD).  GOP candidates account for 7 of the top 10 rankings for total “likes” including the entire top 5, according to research compiled by Targeted Research. John Thune has the most Facebook “likes” per congressional district for GOP candidates with 69,246 (69,246 total) while Patrick Leahy leads the way for DEM candidates with 3,907 (3,907 total).  GOP candidates account for 7 of…

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Marco Rubio leads all U.S. Senate candidates across country in Facebook ‘likes’

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Marco Rubio has the most Facebook “likes” for Republican (GOP) candidates with 84,409 (3,376/CD) while Barbara Boxer leads the way for Democrat (DEM) candidates with 29,451 (556/CD).  GOP candidates account for 7 of the top 10 rankings for total “likes” including the entire top 5, according to research compiled by Targeted Research. John Thune has the most Facebook “likes” per congressional district for GOP candidates with 69,246 (69,246 total) while Patrick Leahy leads the way for DEM candidates with 3,907 (3,907 total).  GOP candidates account for 7 of…

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