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Obama Makes Statement on Race in America

President Barack Obama unexpectedly made a statement in the White House briefing room on Friday about the death of Trayvon Martin, drawing from his personal experiences of being a black man in the U.S. to give perspective on African-Americans' view of the case.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson: Boycott Florida as 'Apartheid State'

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has called a boycott of the Sunshine State if the Department of Justice doesn't bring forth a civil rights case against George Zimmerman. Jackson called Florida an "apartheid state" in a CNN interview Thursday. Jackson said President Barack Obama must, at some point, "offer the moral leadership he has to offer."

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Florida College System Gets Access to Online Developmental Education Courses

Florida's high school and college students will now have access to new online developmental education courses from a new grant issued by the Florida Department of Education, according to a press release from FLDOE Friday morning. The departmentseeks to increase the number of underrepresented students who enter and remain in higher education through this grant.

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Alan Williams Speaks Out on Capitol Sit-In

Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, who had been calling for Gov. Scott to 'come home' to speak with protesters camping out at the Capitol, has spoken out yet again about the protests taking place in Tallahassee.

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Rick Scott Calls for Day of Prayer

Gov. Rick Scott is calling for a statewide day of prayer for unity in Florida on July 21 to reflect on the Trayvon Martin case, which has caused protests not only in Florida but across the nation, as people call for a review of the Sunshine State's Stand Your Ground laws.

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Rick Scott Meets with Protesters, Rejects Special Session

Gov. Rick Scott unexpectedly returned to Tallahassee Thursday evening, where throngs of protesters have been camped out for days to speak out on Stand Your Ground laws in Florida, racial profiling, and the war on youth. Scott sat down with the protesters, many of whom are with an organization called Dream Defenders, a group which has been particularly vocal about their disapproval of Zimmerman's acquittal last Saturday.

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Rep. Alan Williams Tells Rick Scott to 'Come Home'

Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, is urging Gov. Rick Scott to come back to Tallahassee after protesters have flooded the governor's office, pledging they'll only leave after the governor properly addresses their concerns about Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws and expressing their general discontent over George Zimmerman's acquittal.

"Governor, come home. Come home and talk to these students, these citizens of the state of Florida who are in your lobby. Come home and speak with them," said Williams.

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Obamacare Author Foresees 'Train Wreck' for Law

A Democratic senator who helped write Obama's health care administration law is openly saying the program is headed for a 'train wreck' due to problematic implementation.

"I just see a huge train wreck coming down," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., on Wednesday.

Baucus is the first to express doubts and fears about the new health care law, which is supposed to give coverage to nearly 30 million Americans without health insurance. The program will provide tax credits for private insurance that will begin next year.

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Russia Places U.S. Ties Above Snowden

Edward Snowden's been warned by Russian President Vladimir Putin that engaging in any activities that would endanger U.S.-Russian relations is "unacceptable." Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency, has caused quite a bit of controversy since leaking information of a secret surveillance program in which the NSA had been spying on millions of Americans and on people all over the world.

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Don Gaetz and Will Weatherford Recommend Withdrawal from PARCC

Senate President Don Gaetz and Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford have joined forces in a letter sent Wednesday to Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett, calling for an immediate withdrawal from implementing the national assessments proposed bythe national academic consortium, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in favor of a Florida plan for testing of student performance, including assessments for the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

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