The Republican debates Thursday night proved far different than early primary forums, with the top 10 candidates engaging in a dramatic battle while seven hopefuls filled up the undercard. With this primary shaping up as the most competitive and turbulent Republican contest in decades, the stakes were high in Cleveland. The leading candidates engaged in a memorable debate while a dark horse had a good night in the warmup bout. Some winners and losers emerged, but the debates boiled down to the candidate leading in the polls.
August 7, 2015 - 7:00am
Why did Fox News decide to schedule two Republican presidential debates rather than one? Simple arithmetic: 90 minutes divided by 17 candidates equals 5 minutes and 29 seconds apiece. That's scarcely enough time for the oral equivalent of a few tweets.
August 6, 2015 - 11:15am
Matt Gaetz offers a sharp contrast in style and personality to the late Charlie Bennett, the longtime Democratic congressman who represented Jacksonville and part of North Florida in Congress for decades. But, on the matter of religion in the public square, Gaetz is taking a page from Bennett’s playbook.
August 6, 2015 - 7:00am
Don Winslow, novelist and conscientious objector to America's longest "war," was skeptical when he was in Washington on a recent Sunday morning. This was shortly after news broke about the escape, from one of Mexico's "maximum security" prisons, of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel.
August 5, 2015 - 7:00am
WASHINGTON -- No doubt you have butterflies just thinking about Thursday's first GOP debate. I know I do.
August 4, 2015 - 8:00pm
Republicans shouldn't worry about the longevity of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's popularity. There won't be any. It's the longevity of his ego that's the real problem.
August 4, 2015 - 1:15pm
Gov. Rick Scott tipped a few of his cards on Tuesday as the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates gets ready for their first debate on Thursday. Scott didn’t offer an endorsement on Tuesday but he did offer some insights on who he might eventually back.
August 3, 2015 - 11:00pm
If ever there was a ferociously fishy foregone conclusion, it's Florida Development Finance Corp.'s impending decision to approve $1.75 billion in tax-exempt, private activity bonds so All Aboard Florida can get funding. FDC has already gleefully included its share in its draft budget for the current fiscal year. Check out the $1.8 million under "pending revenue." (All Aboard Florida on June 19 received a six-month extension to sell the tax-exempt bonds.)
August 4, 2015 - 7:00am
"Faute de mieux." That means "for want of something better" in Secretary of State John Kerry's second language. It's also the best case made by its journalistic defenders for approval of the nuclear weapons deal Kerry negotiated with Iran. Or to be more exact, for rallying 34 votes in the Senate or 146 votes in the House to uphold a presidential veto of a congressional vote to disapprove.
August 3, 2015 - 8:00pm
Recently there was a big news story in Oklahoma: lobbyists spent $300,000 on legislators. Is that too much? Too little? We don't know from the story.
August 3, 2015 - 3:45pm
Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days.
August 3, 2015 - 12:00pm
With the recent Florida Supreme Court decision on congressional redistricting requiring lawmakers to return to Tallahassee, it seemed inevitable that the Senate would likewise want a “do over” on i
August 3, 2015 - 7:00am
Executives of Planned Parenthood's federally subsidized meat markets -- your tax dollars at work -- lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill.
July 31, 2015 - 11:45pm
U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy should be congratulated for urging the Coast Guard to continue its search for Palm Beach County teenagers Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen. Though the search has officially been called off, urging authorities to go the extra mile to save children is the right thing to do.
August 1, 2015 - 7:00am
In November of 2002, Washington Post reporter-editor Bob Woodward unveiled excerpts of his latest book, "Bush at War," and created a big stir by revealing that Fox News boss Roger Ailes had sent a "back-channel message" to the Bush White House shortly after 9/11. He had insisted the president talk tough against the terrorists.