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Trump Did The Alt-Left A Big Favor, Too. But Not The Alt-Left You Think

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:54:32 +0000

COMMENTARY By now everybody knows the bigly favor President Trump did the Alt-Right this week. On Tuesday, like a bad parent defending his skinhead bully kid in the principal’s office, Trump insisted the deadly mayhem that torch-carrying white supremacists wrought in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend wasn’t all their fault. Hey, the Alt-Left was also to blame, he said. (And by the way, Stonewall Jackson was a great American hero too.) But what’s gotten lost in all the shouting on both sides, many sides, all sides (did we leave any sides out, Mr. President?) is that Trump also did a yuuuuge favor this past weekend for the Alt-Left. Not the so-called Alt-Left Trump was talking about. Not the Antifa counter-protesters in Charlottesville (some of whom admittedly didn’t help their own cause by carrying clubs). I’m referring to the real Alt-Left – the Alt-Left that’s just as brutal and ideologically warped as the Alt-Right. The Alt-Left that’s just as devoted to evil icons like

White House: Gov't To Make Health Law Payments This Month

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:46:00 +0000

The government will make this month's payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday.

Gov Scott Distances Himself From Trump's Comments But Not Trump

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:44:41 +0000

Florida Governor Rick Scott is repudiating President Donald Trump’s comments but not the president himself. Trump in recent days has equated the actions of white nationalists with those of the men and women who marched in opposition.

AG Bondi Defends Decision Not To Join South Carolina Opioid Lawsuit

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:44:20 +0000

This week South Carolina decided to sue the maker OxyContin for deceptive marketing.

Some Left-Wing Protesters Were Ready To Trade Blows In Charlottesville

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:44:00 +0000

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Highway Patrol Assures Cabinet There's No Ticket Quota

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:43:50 +0000

The Florida Cabinet gave a tongue lashing to the head of Florida’s highway patrol after a North Florida major told his troopers he expected two citations an hour. State law prohibits ticket quotas. Attorney General Pam Bondi criticized the directive.

Volunteer Florida CEO Bids Farewell As He Heads To Trump Admin To Lead AmeriCorps

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:43:31 +0000

The head of Volunteer Florida bid a final farewell to Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet Wednesday. Chester Spellman will be taking over a similar job in the Trump Administration.

Former Correctional Officers Linked To KKK Convicted In Murder Plot To Kill Black Inmate

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:42:53 +0000

Three former Florida correctional officers linked to the Ku Klux Klan have been convicted of first degree murder for planning to murder a black inmate in North Central Florida .

Not So Fast: Tampa Confederate Statue May Not Be Relocated

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:42:34 +0000

Click here to listen to the story The Confederate statue at the county courthouse in downtown Tampa may not be moving after all. Hillsborough County Commissioners are now asking the public to pay for it.

Security Threat Leads State To Cancel Prison Visitation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:41:56 +0000

State prison officials cited a security threat in canceling visitation at all of its 149 facilities.

Phoenix Mayor Asks Trump To Delay Visit, Hoping For 'More Sound Judgment'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:28:00 +0000

Shortly after President Trump posted a link for tickets to a rally in Phoenix, the city's mayor issued a statement asking the president not to come, saying, "our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville." Mayor Greg Stanton continued , "If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation." Stanton, a Democrat, is in his second term as Phoenix's mayor, having won re-election last November. Trump's announcement of an Aug. 22 rally at the Phoenix Convention Center didn't mention Arpaio, but it immediately renewed speculation that he might use the event to pardon the controversial former sheriff who became famous for his tough stance on illegal immigration. Trump's responses to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., have been widely criticized. After a deadly attack led to a murder charge and prompted

Man Against Clock In Transition Before Trump Ends Transgender Insurance Protections

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:26:00 +0000

Jamie Kruger transitioned years ago to life as a man, both at home and at work. He got surgery four months ago, a mastectomy and reconstruction to give him a more masculine chest.

Public Input Sought For Building Memorial To Pulse Victims

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:13:00 +0000

Officials from other national memorials will be on a panel during the first public meeting to discuss what should be in a memorial to the victims of the Florida nightclub massacre.

Bill Would Protect Mother Bears In Hunts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:07:00 +0000

Black bears mothering cubs under 100 pounds would be off-limits if the state conducts bear hunts in the future, under a measure filedWednesdayby Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando.

Steve Bannon Called 'American Prospect' To Talk About Politics

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:51:00 +0000

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Joint Chiefs Denounce Racism After Trump's Comments

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:34:00 +0000

Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, high-ranking military officials who advise the president, appeared to distance themselves from President Trump by publicly condemning racism in the aftermath of Trump's comments about the attack in Charlottesville. Five of the country's top uniformed leaders — of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and National Guard — have all sent tweets critical of "racism," "hatred" and "extremism," after a man who reportedly expressed admiration for Nazism allegedly drove a car into a crowd of people protesting against white supremacy Saturday. One woman, Heather Heyer, was killed, and 19 others were injured. Trump has blamed "both sides" for the violence. "The shameful events in Charlottesville are unacceptable and must not be tolerated," the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson wrote on Facebook and echoed on Twitter Saturday night, after President Trump first blamed "many sides" for violence. "Our thoughts and prayers go to those who were

Driver Faces 5 Charges — And Potential Death Penalty — Over Immigrants' Deaths

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:33:00 +0000

A federal grand jury has indicted James Matthew Bradley, Jr., on five counts related to the discovery of dozens of immigrants who were crammed into a semi's trailer in a Walmart parking lot during hot weather in San Antonio last month. Ten immigrants died ; Bradley is charged with crimes ranging from conspiracy to transport and harbor undocumented aliens for financial gain resulting in death to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, the charges could result in life imprisonment or death. Bradley, 60, was found in the cab of the truck with a .38 caliber pistol. In the trailer behind him, some of the 39 people who were still there told agents that many more people — at least 70, and perhaps up to 180 or more — had been in the trailer when they were smuggled over the border. From San Antonio, Joey Palacios of Texas Public Radio reports: "Of the 10 people who died, seven are from Mexico. Another is from Guatemala. One was a juvenile and the last of the deceased has not

Republicans Try To Move Forward With Their Tax Overhaul Plans

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:19:00 +0000

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How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:00:00 +0000

I spent two years dreaming of sun-warmed tomatoes, towering sunflowers and home-grown salad greens before a spot opened in my community garden in Washington, D.C. When I first met plot 56 in September of 2015, it was a mound of grasses, vines, and cilantro gone to seed. I had no experience with a vegetable garden of my own, but I knew I was just the person to tame this 4-by-8 foot raised bed. I grew up watching my dad grow veggies. I worked on a flower farm in high school. And I trained as a plant biologist. So I know something about encouraging a seed to grow. Here I am in 2015 confidently posed by the weeds I was ready to conquer. And here's a photograph of the same plot, one year later — sent to me by the president of our community garden, along with a friendly reminder that if I didn't tend to my plot ASAP, it would go to someone else. Yeah, my first year was a miserable failure, and not just because I let the weeds win. Community gardens are rapidly gaining popularity. In my city

Where Will You Be Watching The Eclipse?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:44:00 +0000

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