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Kathy Castor says she’s weary of having moments of silence in gun tragedies without any action

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Tampa Bay area Rep. Kathy Castor says when she returns to Congress Monday night, there’s likely to be a moment of silence on behalf of the 49 people killed in an Orlando LGBT nightclub on Sunday morning. But she says the times call for something bigger than that. “I’m pretty tired of having moments of silence without action, and without a plan to prevent these kinds of tragedies from happening again,” Castor told reporters Monday morning at a news conference inside the…

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Personnel note: Vern Buchanan hires Gretchen Andersen as new press secretary

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Sarasota Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan said Wednesday that Gretchen Andersen will be the new press secretary for his Washington, D.C., office. Andersen previously was press secretary for U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Murphy also wrote a sweeping mental health reform bill co-sponsored by Buchanan. Before her stint in Murphy’s office, Andersen was press secretary for New York City-based Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, as well as an intern for NBC…

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Title hopes on line for some, rivalries on tap for others

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For many, it’s all about the playoffs. Who’s in? Who’s out? Will a Big 12 team make it? What’s up with Michigan State-Ohio State? Well, when it comes to some of college football’s most cherished rivalries, let’s take a national title break. There are a few games Saturday offering something else: braggin’ rights – and trophies! So while Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame try to maintain their spots in the College Football Playoff ranking, here’s a look at…

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