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July 22, 2017 - 7:00am
It is said that America's armed forces have been stressed by 16 years of constant warfare, the longest such in the nation's history. For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with enforcement of the no-fly zone in Iraq after Desert Storm. With an acute pilot shortage, particularly in the fighter pilot community, and with a shortfall approaching 4,000 among maintenance and staffing personnel, the service is, as Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says, "too small for what the nation expects of it."
July 20, 2017 - 3:30pm
It’s been said that education is "the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” But Tallahassee has transformed that golden door into lead when it comes to the finances of many school districts across Florida.
July 19, 2017 - 3:30pm
Frank Brogan
Frank Brogan climbed a very tall career ladder in Florida that took him from classroom teacher to chancellor of the State University System, always by exceeding expectations.
July 18, 2017 - 6:30pm
Environmentalists cry foul when South Florida Water Management District back-pumps floodwater into Lake Okeechobee to spare wildlife and threatened Glades communities.
July 19, 2017 - 6:00am
As Congress struggles to do something about the Obamacare disaster, senators may be getting calls pleading, “Don’t take my health-care away!” But the more influential voices will be whispering, “Don’t take my Obamacare dollars away!”
July 18, 2017 - 6:00am
My favorite candidates lost in the Republican presidential primary, I admit it. And I've never seen a president use his own sense of self-importance to such strategic advantage as President Trump does.
July 17, 2017 - 12:30pm
Everett Wilkinson
Earlier this month, hundreds of laws enacted by the Florida Legislature went into effect. More notable than the laws that took effect were the laws that did not: policies championed by liberal special interests working hand in hand with some Republican members of the Florida Senate.
July 17, 2017 - 7:00am
The Russia scandal has entered a new phase and there's no going back.
July 14, 2017 - 2:30pm
I recently traveled to D.C. to fight for Florida as the U.S. Senate debated repealing and replacing Obamacare. For far too long, D.C. politicians have focused only on the grand bargain of repealing and replacing Obamacare, ignoring the opportunity to make incremental changes to get rid of the taxes and mandates and roll back the federal welfare state.
July 14, 2017 - 7:15am
From her perch as chairwoman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa,  U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., held a hearing on “America’s Interests in the Middle East and North Africa and the President’s FY2018 Budget Request” on Thursday. Her opening statement is below:
July 13, 2017 - 4:45pm
Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee chair and Rick Kriseman campaign supporter Susan McGrath has labeled the International People's Democratic Uhuru movement a terrorist organization.
July 12, 2017 - 8:30am
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor to call for democracy in Venezuela and taking aim at the Maduro regime. His fill speech is below: 
July 12, 2017 - 8:00am
South Miami City Hall and Mayor Philip A. Stoddard
At least in the past four decades, the tool of choice for elite Florida communities to keep the riff-raff out has been unaffordable housing.
July 12, 2017 - 7:00am
That quaking beneath your feet is from shock waves in Washington where tipping points are merging with other tipping points to create the Mother of All Tipping Points.
July 11, 2017 - 8:00am
Florida lawmakers could find themselves face to face with a familiar piece of legislation in the not-too-distant future -- and maybe the sooner the better.

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