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Democratic hopeful Ray Pena says voters in CD 15 ‘not happy with Dennis Ross’

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Although Ray Pena Jr. worked in law enforcement his entire life, he resents that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is “ripping families” apart deporting undocumented immigrants under the Donald Trump administration. “We need a fair and just immigration reform policy right now because what we have is unfair and unjust,” says Pena, who became the first Democrat to file to run for Florida’s 15th Congressional District seat earlier this year. That’s the seat comfortably held for the past six years by…

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Donald Trump nominee decried criticism of judges, senators agree

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President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that comments by his Supreme Court nominee criticizing his own attacks on the judiciary were “misrepresented,” even as Republican and Democratic lawmakers vouched for the veracity of the remarks. Trump responded after private rebukes from Judge Neil Gorsuch, who said in meetings with lawmakers on Wednesday that the president’s comments about federal judges were “disheartening.” Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump last week to the nation’s highest court, made the comments in meetings with senators…

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World jittery about Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ inaugural speech

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President Donald Trump‘s inaugural speech promised “America first” policy led by a forceful executive, in contrast to the coalition building and international conferences which have featured strongly in past administrations. The billionaire businessman and reality television star — the first president who had never held political office or high military rank — promised to stir a “new national pride” and protect America from the “ravages” of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs. “This American carnage stops right here,” Trump…

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Gus Bilirakis: Keeping our nation’s promise to Veterans

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Each time I have the privilege of meeting the heroes who wore our nation’s uniform, I am reminded they represent the very best of America. From World War II and Korea, to Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan, we would not be the nation we are today without those who served. Veterans Day is an important time to pause and give thanks to the men and women, most of whom we will never personally know, who sacrificed on our behalf. However,…

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Mary Jo Melone: A day for forgetting

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The coals in the backyard grill are cold, and the beer cans have been recycled. The patriotic songs are over, and the hyper-inflated political speeches are done. Memorial Day has passed. There is no more contradictory day on the calendar, no day when so much oratorical fiction replaces those disturbances called facts. Here’s what we say:  Memorial Day is for remembrance, for the living and dead, who served and did what they were called upon to do, no matter the…

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Mark Bircher says he wouldn’t be running if he didn’t think he could win CD 13

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Florida’s Congressional 13 seat based in Pinellas County has received a lot of attention in recent years. The special election to replace the late C.W. Bill Young in 2014 was one of the most expensive congressional elections in U.S. history. And after the Florida Supreme Court ordered the state Legislature to redraw the district last year which resulted in a more Democratic-friendly district, incumbent David Jolly announced he was ditching it to run for the U.S. Senate, while former Governor Charlie Crist…

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Today on Context Florida: Syrian refugee showdown, skin in the war game and it’s still the economy

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Today on Context Florida: President Obama and the GOP are headed for a high-stakes showdown on the issue of Syrian refugees, says Bob Sparks. Europe is absorbing large numbers of those refugees, but many more seemingly have nowhere to go. This country, as we usually do, pledged to help by taking some. That was before Paris. With as much humanity as we can muster, the influx must be postponed. Not cancelled, but postponed until the identities and intentions of those entering…

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