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Joe Henderson: What damage could follow as Frank Artiles’ rant reverberates around the globe?

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The damage wrought by state Sen. Frank Artiles’ racist rant has ripples that extend far beyond the seats of power in Tallahassee. All it took to confirm that was to type his “Senator Frank Artiles” into Google. Within seconds, a collection of stories popped up that confirms how much impact the bile from his bigoted psyche had when he called African-American colleagues … aw, you know what he said by now. You know what else though? Readers who follow the…

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Pasco GOP official in trouble after social media posts go national

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Pasco County Republican Executive Committee Secretary Bill Akins is under fire  after a story about his history of pushing out racist jokes and conspiracy theories on social media was published Sunday by the Washington Post. The reason that the previously little-known local Republican even earned the interest of the Post was because of what happened on Saturday at Congressman Gus Bilirakis raucous town hall meeting in New Port Richey. That’s where Akins told a crowd of mostly supporters of the Affordable Care Act that it was a fact…

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How can we respect the presidency, when Donald Trump clearly doesn’t?

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When President Harry S. Truman threatened in December 1950 to punch out a Washington Post music critic who had panned his daughter’s singing, he wrote the letter in his own hand, affixed his own postage stamp, and did not make it public. Neither did the Post. But America knew all about it once it had leaked to the Washington News. “It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful,” the president…

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Martin Dyckman: In post-truth America, responsible news more important than ever

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There’s a scene in the musical “Chicago” that could be adopted virtually intact when they make the one I’d call “Trumpistan.” It’s the number in which a cunning criminal defense attorney, Billy Flynn, works the press as a chorus of puppets, dangling from strings, as they dance to his tune and parrot his words. That Donald Trump did that with much of the media is, aside from the result itself, one of the two most uncomfortable truths about the 2016…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.4.16 — What will be this year’s decisive October surprise?

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It was the Thursday night before the 2000 general election when Fox News’s Carl Cameron reported George W. Bush had been arrested in 1976 in Maine on a DWI case. It was definitely an “October surprise,” and it definitely seemed to stop Bush’s momentum in that contest — a contest in which he ultimately lost the popular vote, but took the Electoral College after a 36-day recount. On the Friday night before the 2004 election, the late Osama bin Laden released…

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David Brooks on Donald Trump voters, Colin Kaepernick and growing loss of connection in U.S.

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With his twice-weekly forum on The New York Times Op-Ed page, along with weekly gigs on NPR’s All Things Considered and the PBS NewsHour, David Brooks is regarded as one of the pre-eminent political pundits in the country. So when I had the opportunity to speak with him about an hour-and-a-half before his scheduled appearance at the Palladium in St. Petersburg Wednesday evening, I asked him what he thought the greatest challenge facing the U.S. in 2016. He believes it’s our increasing social…

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Dan Gelber: No prosecutor would do what Pam Bondi did with Donald Trump’s donation

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For the second time in a week, Florida Democrats blasted the campaign donation Donald Trump‘s foundation made to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s committee. This time, it was Dan Gelber saying Wednesday he knows of no prosecutor who would do what she did. Gelber is a former federal prosecutor and a former Democratic member of the Florida House and Senate, who lost the 2010 election to Bondi in the attorney general’s race. He said it’s conceivable that she was unaware, as…

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