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Donald Trump’s 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out

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Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It’s also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn’t raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice — no small feat — and call these promises kept. But where’s that wall? Or the promised trade punishment against China — will the Chinese get off scot-free from “the greatest…

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Florida committee passes bill that aims to ban Syrian refugees

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In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined over two dozen other governors around the nation in saying he didn’t want any refugees fleeing war-torn Syria coming into his state. He also said that the federal government wasn’t providing him any information about who was coming in, or where they might being placed in the state. Jacksonville Republican Lake Ray‘s “Prevention of Acts of War” bill (HB 1095) would attempt to address that issue. The bill…

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After blast in Turkey, Vern Buchanan again seeks ban on Syrian refugees

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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican from Sarasota, is joining the list of conservatives including GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump in calling on the U.S. to block Syrian refugees from seeking asylum on American soil. He’s asking the Senate to pass the American SAFE (Security Against Foreign Enemies) Act that would bar Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. until there’s a more thorough vetting process in place. The bill has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives, but is stalled…

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Jeb Bush: Donald Trump “scary,” too “uninformed” to be president

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Jeb Bush once again criticized rival presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling the Republican front-runner “scary” and suggested was too “uninformed” to lead the nation. Louis Nelson of POLITICO reports that Bush, in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” blasted the billionaire real estate tycoon for changing positions on Syrian refugees and how to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. “The simple fact is that he’s been wrong on Syria and on the refugees pretty consistently,” Bush said.…

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Today on Context Florida: Thanksgiving & refugees, testing the American experiment and distracted driving

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Today on Context Florida: Thanksgiving is America’s holiday season, when we are supposed to give thanks for our blessings, gather around tables laden with festive food, and commemorate a bedraggled boatload of refugees who just showed up one day needing a decent meal and a safe place to crash. Diane Roberts says Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rick Scott take a radically different view. They want to slam the door on everyone, especially Syrians fleeing the horrors of ISIS.…

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Today in Context Florida: Rick Scott’s xenophobia, Wild West family and No Party Affiliation voters

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Today on Context Florida: The governor of Florida has permanently foreclosed the possibility that people will ever take him as anything other than a fool, says Chris Timmons. Gov. Rick Scott says it would be dangerous for Florida to accept 425 (though that is, in fact, unknown but Scott clings to it) Syrian refugees because of the recent attacks in Paris by jihadists (though these jihadists are European nationals). Scott’s kind of xenophobia is not unusual, Timmons adds. Thanksgiving is a…

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Today on Context Florida: Refugees past and present, Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and IT buzzwords

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Today on Context Florida: With the news of Jeb Bush and other politicians calling for discrimination against Muslims in admitting Syrian refugees to the United States, Martin Dyckman is reminded of a parallel in history – American opposition to admitting Jewish refugees in the 1930s. Then, the pretext was that the Jews might include German spies. Never mind that the U.S. abounded with native-born, German-speaking Nazi sympathizers. Any form of religious discrimination is an insult to the American flag, Dyckman says.…

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