Today on Context Florida: Ali & Liston, CPAC & Bush, feminism & marriage, and military spending

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Today on Context Florida: Daniel Tilson discusses the lessons learned from the 50th anniversary of the upset victory of Cassius Clay over World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston in Miami Beach February 25. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was still five months away, and Florida was in the throes of the same civil rights upheaval occurring across so much of the rest of the U.S.

Next week, the conservative movement receives its annual appraisal, says Bob Sparks, when the three-day CPAC features a Who’s Who of conservatism. Likely candidates for 2016 will be either speaking or glad handling the crowd, except for one – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is not slated to speak (yet).

Has feminism weakened marriage, asks Julie Delegal in the last of a series on the changing tradition of matrimony. “I think the feminists have been responsible for destroying the family,” antifeminist icon Phyllis Schlafly once said.

It is high time the U.S. discusses military spending, writes Steve Kurlander, just as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced an initiative by the Obama Administration to reduce the military budget significantly over five years. Described as “draconian,” Hagel’s proposal is surely just the beginning of an acrimonious debate over how big our military should be in a 2020 world.

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