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Sen. George LeMieux, Statesman

If Republican George LeMieux is a lame duck in the U.S. Senate, he didn't get the message. Or, he got the message and decided, hey, what do I have to lose? I'm going to do the right thing.

LeMieux was one of two Republicans who broke with the party and cleared the way for Thursday's passage of a plan that's probably the best news small businesses have had in two years. The plan, if it clears the House, will make more tax breaks available and loosen up more credit for them.

Here's what the Orlando Sentinel said Friday morning:

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Alex Sink vs. Rick Scott: Costliest Governor's Race in Florida History

Yahoo! News calls Florida's gubernatorial race the costliest of all time in the Sunshine State. And why not, with millionaire Rick Scott, the Republican, in the contest. Have a look at the story.

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Sen. George LeMieux Helps Propel Small-Business Bill Toward 'Yes' Vote

Florida's Sen. George LeMieux was one of two Republicans Tuesday who voted for the U.S. Senate's long-stalled small-business bill. LeMieux -- along with Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio -- probably will be credited with getting it passed probably later this week.

LeMieux said he'd always favored the bill, which President Barack Obama was pushing to create jobs. The idea was to provide credit-starved small businesses with borrowing opportunities. But, said the Florida Republican, "I was waiting for more Republican amendments to be considered."

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CNN's 'State of the Union': Former Sen. Trent Lott Tips His Cap to Marco Rubio

Former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss. turned CNN commentator Candy Crowley's attention from skepticism on tea-party-supported candidates to excitement for them by praising Florida U.S. Senate nominee Marco Rubio.

"Wait a minute here. Let's look at another candidate who has the tea party's support, Marco Rubio. I've been impressed with Marco Rubio for a long time," Lott said of the Miami Republican. "Now, here's a guy who was the speaker of the House in Florida. He already understands how to move policy along. He's not going to come in here cold ..."

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Who Are Those Urging a Halt to 'Burn a Koran (Quran) Day'? Let's Look ...

Who is calling for a moment of rational thought from Pastor Terry Jones of the evangelical Dove World Outreach Center, asking him to please reconsider burning copies of Islam's holy books? Who are folks trying to get through to this man?

Speaking from throughout the world:

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Angelina Jolie Condemns Quran Burning

Angelina Jolie, who sees the world of Islam close-up in her capacity as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N.'s refugee agency, spoke outWednesday in Islamabad, Pakistan to condemn Gainesville Pastor Terry Jones' plan to hold a Quran burning on Sept. 11.

"I have hardly the words that somebody would do that to somebody's religious book," Jolie told reporters after visiting refugee camps in northwestern Pakistan, one of the areas hardest hit by floods.

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Kendrick Meek Cake-Walks Through MSNBC Interview

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Kendrick Meek described himself to an MSNBC "Morning Joe" audience Tuesday morning as a true David against two Goliaths. Apart from highlighting the differences between himself and his opponents, Republican opponent Marco Rubio and independent Gov. Charlie Crist, he re-established his I'm-a-nice-guy credentials by repeating sympathy for Rubio, whose father died during the weekend. There were no hardball questions.

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Vanity Fair Peeps, Too: Mike Bennett 'Porn' Video Just Won't Die

It keeps turning up, that maybe not-so-porny video of state Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, sitting at his seat on the Florida Senate floor, checking out a line of lusty, barely clad beach babes on his computer. What a punctuation mark it put on the last day of the 2010 session of the Legislature.

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Glen Beck, Journalist? It's Happening ... Check Out The Blaze

Here comes Glen Beck -- fresh back from his controversial but wildly successful "Restoring Honor" rally -- diving straight into the world of new media.

His theblaze.com. was up and running and pulling in Beckies by the thousands Tuesday.

"Too many important stories are overlooked," Beck said in a column in his inaugural edition. "And too many times we see mainstream media outlets distorting facts to fit rigid agendas. ..."

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Bill McCollum: No Support, No Class

Attorney General Bill McCollum, who lost the Republican gubernatorial primary to Rick Scott last week, told an Orlando TV station over the weekend he wouldn't -- because he just couldn't -- support Scott against Democrat Alex Sink. He apparently has too many questions about Scott's past at the helm of Columbia/HCA.

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