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February 1, 2016 - 2:30pm
There is more confusion about Social Security today than ever before.  We hear contradictory claims from individuals, organizations and government, and nobody knows who to believe.
February 1, 2016 - 11:45pm
Public schools only have one job: prepare students for college or a career.
February 1, 2016 - 7:00am
Of all the many things said about Donald Trump, what was said by Roger Ailes, head of the Fox News Channel, said it all in just two words: "Grow up!" 
February 1, 2016 - 7:00am
Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood
It's not exactly hush-hush. But neither does anybody want to talk on the record. Nevertheless, here it is: A new comprehensive gaming bill pushed by a consortium of gaming industry operatives is apparently close to being filed in the Florida Legislature.
January 29, 2016 - 10:00pm
Eric Lynn and Charlie Crist
Charlie Crist once had Pinellas County in the palm of his hand. Didn't matter what party label he wore or what office he was pursuing, the man with the tan and a quick smile was always the beloved homeboy you knew would win St. Petersburg. Charlie plain owned the place.  
January 29, 2016 - 12:15am
For the first time in six Republican presidential debates, Donald Trump wasn't on stage, standing at the center podium. Perhaps surprisingly, on Thursday night at the FOX News-Google-hosted event, the GOP frontrunner was infrequently mentioned and easily forgotten.
January 28, 2016 - 7:00am
Just a couple of weeks after CNN happily acquiesced to a quickly improvised "town hall" meeting for President Obama to promote gun control, they once again agreed with the Democrats to provide a "town hall" event with Iowa voters. It was not a debate, where the candidates would spar, but an orderly event to allow all three candidates to promote themselves for a half-hour.
January 27, 2016 - 2:15pm
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
You didn't really think Debbie Wasserman Schultz was off the hook, did you? This is a Democratic National Committee chairwoman who has a job getting out of her own way.
January 27, 2016 - 7:00am
WASHINGTON -- The first question to Hillary Clinton from an audience member during Monday night's Democratic town hall in Iowa must have been a blow from one so young -- a potential new voter -- this close to the caucuses.
January 26, 2016 - 11:30pm
Legislators, don't sign off on the Seminole Compact until you uncouple "decoupling."
January 26, 2016 - 3:00pm
Laurine Fuller-Vargas, center
When Tampa Bay Downs Thoroughbred trainer and Massachusetts transplant Laurine Fuller-Vargas recently heard that Florida legislators were considering the possibility of decoupling horse racing from slot machines, she put her anger into immediate action, walking the businesses in her hometown of Morristown, knocking on doors and distributing literature on NoDecoupling.com to spread the word among her fellow horsemen that their livelihoods could actually come to an end if Florida were to enact the misguided policy.
January 26, 2016 - 7:00am
WASHINGTON -- China produces an astonishing number of astonishing numbers, including this: In the 20th century, America made automobiles mass-consumption items, requiring prodigious road building. China, however, poured more concrete for roads and other construction between 2011 and 2013 than America did in the 20th century. This fact is emblematic of China's remarkable success. And is related to its current difficulties, including its 2015 growth rate (6.9 percent), its slowest in 25 years.
January 25, 2016 - 4:15am
Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Hillary Clinton is running headlong into the same anti-establishment malaise that has plagued Jeb Bush for the last seven months -- only Democrat-style. And her Florida friend, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is suffering right along with her.
January 25, 2016 - 7:00am
WASHINGTON -- During Watergate, Henry Kissinger's mordant wit leavened the unpleasantness: "The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer." President Obama often does both simultaneously, using executive authoritarianism to evade the Constitution's separation of powers and rewrite existing laws.
January 23, 2016 - 3:00pm
What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, right?
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