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Once critical of global deals, Donald Trump slow to pull out of any

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The “America First” president who vowed to extricate America from onerous overseas commitments appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal’s a deal. From NAFTA to the Iran nuclear agreement to the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump‘s campaign rhetoric is colliding with the reality of governing. Despite repeated pledges to rip up, renegotiate or otherwise alter them, the U.S. has yet to withdraw from any of these economic, environmental or…

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Repeal and replace — The end of traditional conservatism

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As a lifelong Republican and a former Fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, I have always preferred voting for the Republican and conservative candidate. Preferably, the candidate is both Republican and conservative, although that is not always the case. For only the second time in my life, I did not vote for the Republican presidential nominee:  I found him neither Republican nor conservative. I know there are different strands of conservatism: classical, neo-cons, libertarians, religious and economic conservatives. I found…

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Donald Trump looking at top Marco Rubio backer as U.S. Trade Representative

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President-elect Donald Trump is considering major Republican fundraiser Wayne Berman as the U.S. Trade Representative. That’s according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. Berman is a senior adviser at the Blackstone Group and was a strong supporter of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio‘s failed 2016 presidential campaign. He served in the Commerce Department during President George H.W. Bush‘s administration. Trump made his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact and other multilateral trade deals a central part of his campaign.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.28.16 -While USF football soars, attendance doesn’t

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For the first time time since September of 2011, the University of South Florida’s football program is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. This comes after the Bulls defeated cross I-4 rival UCF at Raymond James Stadium. They’re tied at 24, and have finished their regular season at 10-2, their most impressive record since beginning their program 20 years ago. It’s good times on Fowler Avenue, particularly for those folks who have hopes of building a new stadium on…

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Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy trade blows in first debate

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Neither Sen. Marco Rubio nor Rep. Patrick Murphy debated primary opponents. So it stood to reason their debate Monday night would be one to watch. And indeed it was. For an hour in Orlando at the University of Central Florida, the Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger traded shots on issue after issue, finally bringing to life the cyberspace sniping between their operatives and partisans. Murphy won the coin flip, and got the opening statement. **** After reviewing his accomplishments thus far in Congress,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.12.16 – Is there still no crying in baseball?

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It’s painful today for me, folks. I stayed up past midnight this morning to see the Chicago Cubs come from behind with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants, 6-5, and advance to the National League Championship Series this weekend, where they’ll play either Washington D.C. or Los Angeles. When I was a kid in the 1970’s, baseball was my favorite sport, just like it was America’s. But over the course of…

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Analysis: In debate, Hillary Clinton was prepared, Donald Trump was Trump

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She was at her best. He was not at his worst. Weeks of Super Bowl-style hype aside, Monday night’s 90 minutes of heated clashes between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump probably didn’t shove many undecided voters off the fence. If Clinton aimed to push her famously unpredictable opponent into a made-for-sharing disqualifying moment, she didn’t quite get there. If Trump set out to show America — particularly women — he’s completed the transformation from cartoonish pop culture staple to leader…

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