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Gov. Scott Signs Agreement to Implement RESTORE Funding

Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that he had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gulf Consortium to create a process to develop Floridas State Expenditure Plan for RESTORE funding.

The RESTORE Act creates the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, and will establish various funding categories. The RESTORE Act will be funded by Clean Water Act civil and administrative penalties paid by responsible parties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that heavily damaged the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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U.S. Army Blocks Guardian Website

The U.S. Army has blocked access toThe Guardian's website on computers in the organization, according to a report from the Monterey Herald. The restriction comes after The Guardian published leaked National Security Agency documents exposing a top-secret surveillance program to snoop on millions of ordinary Americans.

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Obama Attempts to Downplay Snowden's Significance

President Obama shrugged Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency leaks off his shoulders Thursday, calling Snowden a "29-year-old hacker" and suggested the pressure Obama and his administration have been placing on China and Russia to extradite the former national security contractor was not worth damaging relations with those countries.

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Snowden Said Leakers Should Be "Shot" in 2009

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has come a long way since 2009, when he explained he had nothing but contempt for those who leaked classified information to news sources.

Snowden used the online handle "TheTrueHOOHA" to speak out in a chat in 2009 after a New York Times article detailed secret negotiations between the U.S. and Israel in regard to Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

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Lake County Republican Party Forum Will Duke Out Common Core

The Republican Party of Lake County will be hosting a forum Thursday evening to discuss the pros and cons of the Common Core State Standards.

The free public forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tavares Community Center in Tavares. Another forum will be held in Clermont in July.

The Common Core State Standards is a U.S. educational initiative set to ensure students are prepared for college and beyond by focusing onEnglish and Language Arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, technical subjects standards, and mathematics.

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FAMU's Marching 100 Making a Comeback

Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band will be returning this fall, Interim President Larry Robinson announced this morning.

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IRS Targeted 292 Tea Party Groups, Only 6 Progressive Groups

Even though Democrats contend that progressive groups were also the target in the Internal Revenue Service tax status probes, the Treasury Department's inspector general has revealed only six progressive groups were targeted by the IRS as opposed to 292 tea party groups that received extra scrutiny.

The inspector general's report also revealed that while 100 percent of tea party groups seeking special tax status were put under review, only 30 percent of progressive groups were put under review.

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Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional on Wednesday.

"What this means, in plain terms, is that same-sex couples who are legally married will be entitled to equal treatment under federal law -- with regard to, for example, income taxes and Social Security benefits," wrote Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog.

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George Zimmerman Alternate Juror Dismissed

An alternate juror in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial has been dismissed for reasons unrelated to the case.

Juror B-72, a young man who talked about arm wrestling and one-armed pull-ups, was dismissed by Judge Debra Nelson on Wednesday.

The judge also ruled in favor of the use of previous 911 calls made by Zimmerman before the death of Trayvon Martin.

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Rep. Ryan Winkler Calls Clarence Thomas 'Uncle Tom' on Twitter

Rep. Ryan Winkler, D-Minn., faced heavy criticism on Tuesday after a questionable and racially-charged tweet about the Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act went out on his Twitter account.

The tweet read: "#SCOTUS VRA majority is four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas. Marriage decision may blur Court's backsliding."

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