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Conservatives bashing ‘Hollywood’ depends on which actors do the talking

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Meryl Streep must have known what she was in for when she spoke out against Donald Trump at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. Conservatives were outraged that, during her acceptance speech for a lifetime of excellence in Hollywood, she referenced Trump’s mocking of a disabled reporter during the campaign. Trump, indeed, emphasized the “bully” part of his public “pulpit” many times during his successful bid for the White House. Streep used her pulpit to call him out. “And…

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Dennis Baxley files Senate bill for Ronald Reagan specialty license plate

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A Republican State Senator is proposing that former President Ronald Reagan be honored with his own Florida specialty license plate. On Friday, Sen. Dennis Baxley of Ocala filed bill SB 284 for the upcoming Legislative Session, which begins March 7. If approved, the bill will take effect Oct. 1, and a portion of the proceeds will be used to fund educational programs about the late leader. “The word ‘Florida’ must appear at the top of the plate, and the words ‘President…

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Push is on to decriminalize minor youth offenses

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Let’s say you’re a teenager and you do something stupid. I know, hard to believe, right? Maybe you get caught with a small amount of pot, or you’re in the wrong place when a fight breaks out. Maybe you’re out with the guys and ended up someplace you shouldn’t, or you committed a petty theft. You’ve never broken the law before, but someone called the cops and soon you’re handcuffed in the back of a squad car with a record…

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John Glenn was celebrity for all seasons

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John Glenn couldn’t get to first base as a presidential candidate in 1984. Even then, America was more easily dazzled by Ronald Reagan, who had played a hero in the movies, than a man who flew 149 combat missions in World War II and Korea before becoming the first person to orbit the earth. Long before game show host Donald Trump took the presidential plunge, we were well on the way to redefining words like “hero” and “celebrity” so that…

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Vern Buchanan writes GOP congressional leaders to push for tax reform

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Sarasota Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan is hoping when the GOP-led Congress returns for a new session in January with President Donald Trump ensconced in the White House, congressional leaders will push hard to reform the tax code. “Tax reform will help Americans get a job, make more money and spend less time doing their taxes,” Buchanan writes in a letter issued Monday to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “It’s time to give the American people a break…

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Donald Trump bucks protocol on press access

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President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday refused to let a group of journalists travel with him to cover his historic first meeting with President Barack Obama, breaking a long-standing practice intended to ensure the public has a watchful eye on the nation’s leader. Trump flew from New York to Washington on his private jet without that “pool” of reporters, photographers and television cameras that have traveled with presidents and presidents-elect. Trump’s flouting of press access was one of his first public…

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Dennis Ross: Reuniting America

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Throughout this election, throughout all the senseless infighting and finger-pointing, throughout the deepening polarization of our country, one thing has become abundantly clear: we have to heal our wounds and reunite as a nation. How are we supposed to lead a free world, protect Americans, and promote strength and growth when we cannot seem to work together in achieving these goals? How are we supposed to teach our children and our next generations to be civil, respectful, and mature when…

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