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U.S. Must Provide Constructive Criticism to Egypt

June 16, 2016 - 9:45am

From her perch as chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., chaired a hearing on “Egypt: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Policy” on Wednesday. Her opening statement is below:

This is the third hearing of our subcommittee that we’ve had on Egypt in a little over a year, demonstrating the importance of, and our subcommittee’s commitment to, Egypt’s role in a volatile region, as well as the concerns our members may have on our current U.S. policy toward our ally.

Committing to WIN the War Against Florida's Public Records Law

June 16, 2016 - 6:00am

(Editor's Note: This is the acceptance address of Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald senior investigative reporter, delivered June 9  in Lake Mary, after she had been presented with the 2016 Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism. The Hansell is the highest award the Florida Society of News Editors gives. Marbin Miller won for a body of work, including "Bitter Pill," on how Florida rations care to children in need. What she said to Florida's editors and reporters hits home with arresting clarity this week. Read on:)

What Florida Horsemen Are Up Against: Become Engaged

June 14, 2016 - 6:00am

Decoupling currently is and has been a hotly contested subject and remains on the legislative menu for this coming year.  We expect the issue to quickly boil to the surface again during the next legislative session.

This is the Week We Mourn Together

June 13, 2016 - 9:00am

This is our Paris. This is the week we mourn together. As one nation. This week we know no party, we know no prejudice. This is the week we all as Americans suffer loss together, come together, and resolve together that we will not fall to the architects of terror.

HIV Congressional Candidate 'Outs' Himself, but Why?

June 10, 2016 - 1:30pm

Bob Poe revealed in the video on this page that he is HIV positive. 

While I applaud Mr. Poe, Democratic candidate in CD 10, for having the courage to reveal this information on the one hand, there is another nagging part that asks the question, why now? 

Why, during a congressional campaign in which he is losing? Is it for free publicity? He sure as hell is going to get that. 

Is it for voter sympathy? If so, I'm not so sure this was the way to go. 

Swapping Cuban Spy For American Cop Killer A Non-Starter

June 11, 2016 - 6:00am

With reports that the U.S. government and Cuban regime have discussed the possibility of releasing convicted Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes in exchange for Joanne Chesimard, who killed a New Jersey police officer and has been living in Cuba for decades, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., expressed his firm opposition to the idea this week:

Why I'm Leaving the Libertarian Party and Joining the GOP

June 8, 2016 - 12:30pm

I will always espouse the ideals of libertarianism. I am a libertarian by nature and could not comprehend another way to bring about positive change in our society. However, I have learned over the course of several years that while the ideology is sound and right, the party that surrounds the ideology is no better than any other and in some ways can never bring about the change we need.

Donald Trump: My Side of the Trump University Story

June 7, 2016 - 5:00pm
Donald Trump

It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage. I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. The American justice system relies on fair and impartial judges. All judges should be held to that standard.

Woefully Run Keys Marine Sanctuary Won't Restore Paradise

June 7, 2016 - 2:00pm

Your readers, in fact all the people of Florida, should know the entire Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is an embarrassment for all of the good it hasn’t done.

Congressional Black Caucus PAC Can’t Help 'Debt-Trap Debbie' Wasserman Schultz

May 28, 2016 - 1:00pm

On Thursday the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, with a 20-member board including 11 lobbyists, 7 elected officials, and 2 people who work for the PAC, endorsed Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The CBC-PAC is the political arm of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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