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Mitch Perry Report for 12.13.16 – It’s Rex Tillerson at State. Now what?

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Now that Donald Trump has selected Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of ExxonMobil, as his Secretary of State, perhaps we can take a moment in recent history to look at how influential – or not-  these men and women have been in presidential administrations. When I think of Madeleine Albright’s tenure with Bill Clinton, I think of her impassioned advocacy for the U.S. intervention into Kosovo. Remember Time Magazine’s cover story, calling it “Madeleine’s War”?  How about Colin Powell? Sadly, one of the first few paragraphs of…

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Ralph Fernandez convinced Obama policy on Cuba a major factor in Florida going red

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Did President Obama’s latest executive actions regarding Cuba policy in October incite hardline exiles to vote for Donald Trump in large enough numbers to help him win Florida? That belief was pushed by some in the immediate days after the election, and is getting more life from a Hillary Clinton supporter who knows the Cuban exile community very well in the wake of Fidel Castro’s death over the weekend. Ralph Fernandez is a lifelong Democrat who helped raise money for Clinton’s campaign in…

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43 Democrats to miss Netanyahu speech — but Kathy Castor won’t be one of them

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Thirty-eight Democratic House members and five senators intend on boycotting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, but Kathy Castor won’t be one of them. A list of those Democratic representatives who won’t be attending the speech include some of their most progressive members, a list that at times the Hillsborough County-based congresswoman would be right at home with. But not this time. “I have so much respect for my neighbors and the state…

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