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August 3, 2015 - 11:00pm
If ever there was a ferociously fishy foregone conclusion, it's Florida Development Finance Corp.'s impending decision to approve $1.75 billion in tax-exempt, private activity bonds so All Aboard Florida can get funding. FDC has already gleefully included its share in its draft budget for the current fiscal year. Check out the $1.8 million under "pending revenue." (All Aboard Florida on June 19 received a six-month extension to sell the tax-exempt bonds.)
August 4, 2015 - 7:00am
"Faute de mieux." That means "for want of something better" in Secretary of State John Kerry's second language. It's also the best case made by its journalistic defenders for approval of the nuclear weapons deal Kerry negotiated with Iran. Or to be more exact, for rallying 34 votes in the Senate or 146 votes in the House to uphold a presidential veto of a congressional vote to disapprove. 
August 3, 2015 - 8:00pm
Recently there was a big news story in Oklahoma: lobbyists spent $300,000 on legislators. Is that too much? Too little? We don't know from the story.
August 3, 2015 - 3:45pm
Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days.
August 3, 2015 - 12:00pm
With the recent Florida Supreme Court decision on congressional redistricting requiring lawmakers to return to Tallahassee, it seemed inevitable that the Senate would likewise want a “do over” on i
August 3, 2015 - 7:00am
Executives of Planned Parenthood's federally subsidized meat markets -- your tax dollars at work -- lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill.
July 31, 2015 - 11:45pm
U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy should be congratulated for urging the Coast Guard to continue its search for Palm Beach County teenagers Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen. Though the search has officially been called off, urging authorities to go the extra mile to save children is the right thing to do.
August 1, 2015 - 7:00am
In November of 2002, Washington Post reporter-editor Bob Woodward unveiled excerpts of his latest book, "Bush at War," and created a big stir by revealing that Fox News boss Roger Ailes had sent a "back-channel message" to the Bush White House shortly after 9/11. He had insisted the president talk tough against the terrorists.
July 31, 2015 - 10:00am
Blaise Ingoglia and Hillary Clinton
Today at Florida International University, Hillary Clinton called for the lifting of the U.S.
July 31, 2015 - 7:00am
All through the Cold War, the Turks were among America's most reliable allies. 
July 30, 2015 - 12:45pm
Ron DeSantis and John Boehner
The latest conservative effort to boot John Boehner as speaker of the House could impact a Republican congressman running for the Senate in Florida. 
July 28, 2015 - 11:00pm
The Florida Senate violates the Constitution, lies about it, then admits what it did ... but don't worry, we'll call another special session and fix it ... I don't care which party is in the majority -- even my own, as it happens -- the Senate has acted reprehensibly and, more important, illegally.
July 29, 2015 - 7:00am
Forty-seven years ago, the musical "Hair" opened on Broadway. Elderly mavens -- the core theater audience then, unlike the throngs of tourists flocking to cheap movie adaptations today -- were instructed that America was entering an "Age of Aquarius." The old moral rules were extinct: we were entering a new era of freedom, experimentation and self-expression. 
July 28, 2015 - 3:00pm
Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days.
July 27, 2015 - 10:30pm
Can you imagine what fear a trip to a state park struck in a physically disabled person in Florida 25 years ago? 
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