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In Tampa, retired Army General Stanley McChrystal says the U.S. isn’t in a position to fix Syrian situation

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Retired General Stanley McChrystal said if the Islamic State could be effectively blown away tomorrow, the world’s problems in the Middle East would not be immediately solved. “There’s a temptation today to simplify things,” the retired Army general told a crowd of several hundred people who gathered to hear him speak at the Tampa Waterside Marriott Monday afternoon. He mocked the notion made by Donald Trump (though not by name) that the U.S. could just “bash them and we’re going to bomb…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.11.16 — R.I.P., David Bowie

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Good morning, everyone. What a weekend it’s been. On Saturday, I saw “The Revenant,” the quasi-true story of Mountain Man Hugh Glass, who was part of an expedition attacked by Indians in 1823. He was nearly torn to pieces by a bear near present-day Lemmon, S.D., and left for dead by two companions. Then there was the “The Revenant: The football game,” on Sunday, as the Seattle Seahawks battled the Minnesota Viking in subzero temperatures. We also had the release…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.11.15 — Bobby Jindal’s moment

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So the field is set for the two GOP debates scheduled for next Wednesday night in Simi Valley — and they’re the exact same lineups as were displayed in Cleveland last month, with two exceptions. One is that Carly Florina, who became the darling of the media following her impressive debate performance in the “Happy Hour” debate last month, has been able to squeeze into the prime-time matchup on CNN, though her poll numbers have remained stagnant, topping out at 3…

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Band of teenage Tampa wrestlers was 3-man pill mill

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Doug Dodd and his friend “the Little General” aka Lance Barabas began like a lot of high school kids in Tampa and outlying Pasco County these days: At get-togethers after wrestling practice they would drink beer, smoke a little pot and maybe dabble in something harder. Hardly wholesome to be sure, but as Guy Lawson in Rolling Stone writes, the boys didn’t stop at procuring substances for personal use. Not by a long shot. The Little General’s behavior was increasingly erratic, like the day…

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Video of Charlie Crist admitting he supported Obama’s stimulus plan

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Charlie Crist: “I reiterated my support for the federal stimulus package.” Update: November 16 Rolling Stone is reporting that when asked if he would have voted for the stimulus, Crist responded: “Absolutely.”

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Rolling Stone: 4 stars for new DMB album

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Big Whiskey, though, is a lot like a New Orleans funeral parade — mourning and zest balled into big, brawny music. “We’ll be drinking big whiskey while we dance and sing,” Matthews crows in “Why I Am.” “And when my story ends, it’s gonna end with him/Heaven or hell/I’m going down with the GrooGrux King.” I’m betting on heaven — and that Moore will be quietly waiting for him. Saxophonist LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band was a famously…

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