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Americans Favor More Restrictions on NSA Surveillance Program

Americans favor putting more restrictions on National Security Agency surveillance programs of tracking Americans' telephone calls, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Tuesday. Forty-six percent of likely U.S. voters favor such restrictions, while 36 percent oppose any additional restrictions on the program.

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Dream Defenders Plan Their Own Special Session

Tuesday marks the beginning of the third week of the Dream Defenders' protest at the Florida Captiol, and the protesters haven't given up on a special session to discuss the Stand Your Ground laws in Florida. Since lawmakers have refused to hold a special session, the protesters will be holding one of their own on Tuesday afternoon.

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Hillary Clinton Group Raises $1 million

A political action committee working to support Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has already raised $1 million, prompting speculation that Clinton will be headed for the campaign trail in 2016.Clinton resigned as secretary of state in February, and has not officially announced whether she will seek the presidency in 2016, but it appears she is gathering broad financial support early on in the game.

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Don Gaetz: No Special Session for 'Stand Your Ground'

Senate President Don Gaetz said on Monday that there would not be a special session to discuss or repeal Stand Your Ground laws in Florida, nor is there any need for a special session to discuss the controversial law.

"I'm not sure what a special session would accomplish," Gaetz, R-Niceville, told reporters. He cited a lack of any consensus on how to change the law.

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Americans Believe More Big City Bankruptcies on the Horizon

Detroit declared the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history on July 18, but most Americans believe it won't be the only U.S. city to go bust.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll showed 74 percent of Americans think it's at least somewhat likely that more major cities will file for bankruptcy in the near future -- that number includes 44 percent who say it's very likely.

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Chris Sprowls Gathers Broad Support Before Campaign Kickoff

Chris Sprowls will be kicking off his efforts to unseat incumbent Rep. Carl Zimmerman, D-Palm Harbor, for the House District 65 seat on Sept. 12 in Tarpon Springs.

Sprowls currently works as an assistant state attorney for Florida's 6th Judicial Circuit, which serves Pasco and Pinellas counties. He is also special prosecutor in the gang unit at the state attorney's office. Before he began working at the state attorney's office, he attended the University of South Florida and later the Stetson University School of Law.

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Nan Rich Appears at Florida Capitol Protest

A photo of former Sen. Nan Rich at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee surfaced on Saturday, showing that the Democratic gubernatorial candidate was indeed inside the Capitol despite being denied admittance by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Friday.The Democratic gubernatorial candidate was initially shut out because "the Capitol is closed at 5 p.m.

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Marco Rubio Speaks Out Against Common Core

Sen. Marco Rubio is speaking out against Common Core, joining other top Florida Republicans who don't support the education initiative.

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Eric Holder Says U.S. Will Not Seek Death Penalty for Snowden

Attorney General Eric Holder told Russian authorities the U.S. would not be seeking the death penalty for National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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U.S. House Ethics Committee Investigating Michele Bachmann

The U.S. House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it is investigating Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., according to reports from the Associated Press. Bachmann is being investigated for alleged misuse of campaign funds.

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