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January 20, 2016 - 11:00pm
Thousands upon thousands of rape kits wait to be processed
Try to imagine an estimated 200,000 DNA rape kits piling up for years on end, sitting ignored and forgotten in law enforcement storage areas across this nation.
January 20, 2016 - 12:15pm
 With more than‭ ‬100,000‭ ‬inmates‭ ‬behind bars,‭ ‬Florida’s correctional population is among the largest in the United States.‭ 
January 20, 2016 - 9:30am
With the Islamic State (ISIS) confirming the death in November of their operative Mohammed Emwazi, the English born terrorist labeled “Jihadi John,” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and a Republican presidential candidate, weighed in on Tuesday. Rubio noted Emwazi had taken part in the murder of Steven Sotloff, a journalist who was born in and based out of Miami. 
January 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
Government is the big winner from the state's gambling operation, not the person in Melbourne who won $528.6 million of the $1.58 billion mega-Powerball prize that was split three ways.
January 19, 2016 - 7:00am
The race for president is accelerating in high gear, or, rather, the races for president -- in the Republican and Democratic parties, in the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and primaries and caucuses to come. How's it going? Let's look at these separate races.
January 18, 2016 - 8:15pm
Who but Debbie Wasserman Schultz -- with a straight face -- would tell 10 million Americans that  9 p.m. on a Sunday before a holiday, during the biggest NFL playoff weekend of the year, is the perfect time for the last Democratic debate before the primaries?
January 18, 2016 - 1:30pm
Tsai Ing-wen was elected last week to be Taiwan’s next president. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. Senate Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism Subcommittee, congratulated her on Saturday and pointed to Taiwan as a fledgling democracy with much potential :
January 18, 2016 - 10:00am
Saturday marked Religious Freedom Day, honoring the  230th anniversary of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom which was written  by Thomas Jefferson and helped set the stage for the First Amendment. On Saturday, Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, offered his take on religious freedom:
January 17, 2016 - 10:30pm
Economic incentives are important to Florida. I hope you don't mind if I disagree with some of my friends -- and some who don't call me friend -- who continue to label these incentives "corporate welfare."
January 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
Martin Luther King Jr.
I had the privilege of being part of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s magic when I heard him speak in 1962, while I was in college in North Carolina. There -- in a segregated city where whites used one toilet and "coloreds" another, where the largest hospital admitted blacks only to windowless basement rooms -- the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a single afternoon, welded into one thousands of people, black and white.
January 16, 2016 - 7:30am
Republicans often reward presidential candidates making second tries for the White House but some candidates--Rick Perry, Lamar Alexander--simply wear out their welcome. That seems to be the case with Mike Huckabee as the former Arkansas governor has proven a non-factor this time out. 
January 16, 2016 - 7:00am
Democrats have a chance to make major inroads in Florida come November but one of their legislative leaders is giving them a road map leading nowhere. 
January 18, 2016 - 7:00am
One prominent theme out of Tallahassee in the first week of the 2016 legislative session was an insistence that things would be different from last year. 
January 14, 2016 - 11:00pm
Ten of the Republican presidential candidates clashed in Fox Business TV debates Thursday night in South Carolina, which holds its primary after Iowa and New Hampshire.
January 14, 2016 - 9:00pm
Barack Obama's final State of the Union speech Tuesday night might go down in history as his worst.
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