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January 4, 2019 - 10:00pm
Facts are stubborn things, and facts should absolutely be used in discussing the merits of seismic testing on the Atlantic coast. Unfortunately, there seems to be more misinformation and baseless claims rather than actual scientific analysis when it comes to the topic of seismic surveying in particular. Hopefully, fact-based arguments will prevail over the fear mongering tactics used by those who will blindly oppose any action towards domestic energy production. 
January 4, 2019 - 6:00am
Robert Runcie and Scott Israel
Ten months after 17 people were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Scott Israel and Robert Runcie are still looking for redemption. Certainly neither one of them -- the Broward County sheriff nor the superintendent of schools -- found it in the MSDHS Public Safety Commission initial report released Wednesday.
January 3, 2019 - 3:00pm
Marco Rubio
For the past two weeks, Americans have watched petty partisan bickering in Washington, D.C. result in a partial government shutdown. And while that may go on for some time, I am optimistic this new Congress can deliver important victories for Floridians and our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.
January 2, 2019 - 12:30pm
Action was hot, attendance was not
The abject failure of Hillsborough County to provide a sensible location and realistic financing for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium has emboldened two western cities that yearn for Major League Baseball.
January 2, 2019 - 7:00am
In his second year in office, the list of extraordinary things President Trump has done, for good and ill, continued to grow. Today, I offer my annual list of the 10 best things Trump has done in office. (In my next column, I will give you my list of the 10 worst.)
January 1, 2019 - 6:00am
Wonder why, even on Jan. 1, you have already broken all your New Year's resolutions? Do not blame yourself -- heaven forbid. Enlist modern sophistication and blame your brain's frontal cortex, affluence, the Internet (the "collapse of delay between impulse and action") and "the democratization of temptation."
December 31, 2018 - 7:00am
I was arrested for having nunchucks in New York. I'm glad the law was overturned.
December 31, 2018 - 6:00am
Attorney Barry Richard
All for Transportation (AFT) created the 5-page tax-hike charter amendment that led to Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White's lawsuit, case #18-CA-011749. 
December 29, 2018 - 7:00am
President Trump's decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria is already having unintended consequences. The U.S. departure could lead to the release of 1,100 Islamic State fighters now held in detention camps in northeastern Syria -- creating a dangerous new terrorist threat to the West.
December 29, 2018 - 6:00am
Barack Obama and Andrew Gillum
The biggest story of the year in Florida in 2018 wasn't necessarily one of the stories we choose to present to you here. The biggest story was the personal one, the one that shook you to your foundation wherever you were, whatever you were doing, however it left you and your family. But we believe that years from now, when historians reflect on this dramatic year, these five events or conditions will go a long way toward defining our state and its people and how they responded together.
December 28, 2018 - 6:00am
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Despite being a state since 1845, Florida hasn’t exactly been prominent on Capitol Hill throughout most of that time. Most senators and representatives from Florida simply failed to left much of an impression on the national stage though there are a handful of exceptions ranging from David Levy Yulee to Duncan Fletcher to Claude Pepper. 
December 27, 2018 - 6:00am
David Straz and Ed Turanchik
A Tampa media entity suffered amnesia last week, denying three city mayoral candidates the opportunity to participate in a Jan. 9 debate it is sponsoring.
December 24, 2018 - 7:00am
'Tis not the season to be jolly, thanks to Donald Trump.
December 24, 2018 - 6:00am
Brian Mast, Melanie Peterson and Mark Perry
The Stuart News (TCPalm/Treasure Coast Newspapers) doesn't regularly cover South Florida Water Management District Governing Board meetings, but heaven forbid its editors would let a little thing like ignorance of Board policy stand in the way of furthering a slanted agenda. 
December 20, 2018 - 6:00am
All of Washington is focused on the political peril President Trump faces from Robert Mueller's investigation. But the Mueller probe could very well turn out to be a disaster, not for Trump, but for the Democrats.
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