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10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. US HIKES TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS Trump’s latest tariff hike on Chinese goods took effect Friday and Beijing said it would retaliate, escalating a battle over China’s technology ambitions and other trade tensions. 2. CRISIS POINT? HIGH STAKES IN TRUMP’S SHOWDOWN WITH CONGRESS Democrats warn that the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP EXPLORES ART OF THE CLIMB-DOWN The president pivots on two big policy fronts, easing up on threats to close the U.S. border with Mexico and delaying any changes to “Obamacare” until after the 2020 election. 2. ‘A CITY REBORN’ Lori Lightfoot will be Chicago’s next mayor, a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP’S 2020 MACHINE A FAR CRY FROM FLY-BY-NIGHT 2016 EFFORT The president is assembling an army of operatives to fight for re-election in what stands to be a legacy-defining political battle. 2. FAA PLANNING REVAMP OF AIRCRAFT OVERSIGHT While the agency has made improvements to its oversight of airplane manufacturers, it plans by July […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. WHO WAS THE TARGET OF THREATS BY TABLOID Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him. 2. VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS BRACE FOR POLITICAL FALLOUT OF SCANDAL The political crisis in Virginia threatens […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘THERE CANNOT BE WAR AND INVESTIGATION’ In a line from his State of the Union address that largely fell flat, Trump calls on Congress to cast aside partisanship but refuses to yield on immigration policies that have infuriated Democrats. 2. WHAT WILL COME OUT OF TRUMP-KIM II IN VIETNAM Trump has announced plans for […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. 13 DEAD AT CALIFORNIA COUNTRY DANCE BAR The dead include a sheriff’s sergeant and the gunman after a shooting inside the crowded Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on “college night.” 2. FATE OF RUSSIA PROBE IN QUESTION Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushed out by Trump, who inserted in his place Matthew […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. MIGRANTS PUSH DEEPER INTO MEXICO The caravan swells to an estimated 5,000 after many Honduran migrants find ways to cross from Guatemala as Mexican police block the official border crossing. 2. SAUDI KINGDOM EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY The official outreach to the slain Jamal Khashoggi’s son comes as international pressure on Riyadh intensifies after […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. MONSTROUS HURRICANE AIMING FOR US SEABOARD More than a million people are predicted to evacuate coastal areas of the Carolinas and Virginia as the Category 4 storm could be the most catastrophic to hit the region in decades. 2. HOW US IS MARKING 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 Americans are commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. CHARLES MANSON, WHOSE CULT SLAYINGS HORRIFIED WORLD, DIES The imprisoned hippie cult leader, who orchestrated the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, was 83. 2. MUGABE WON’T GO QUIETLY; MORE PROTESTS VOWED The longtime authoritarian president ignores a midday local deadline set […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. ‘WE ARE TIRED OF LIVING LIKE THIS’ The military appears to have brought an end to Robert Mugabe’s 37-year reign in Zimbabwe as the economy of the once-prosperous African nation plummets. 2. ‘OBAMACARE’ MANDATE REPEAL WOULD REMAKE MARKET FOR CONSUMERS Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ATTORNEY GENERAL DISPLAYS HAZY MEMORY Testifying before Congress, Jeff Sessions denies ever lying about the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russians, but blames the chaos of the 2016 race for fogging his recollections. 2. GOP ADDS WRINKLE TO TAX OVERHAUL Senate Republicans say they are intent on repealing the Obama health care law requirement that […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. SENATORS TO PRESS NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM ON NEW WAR AUTHORITY Lawmakers argue that battlefield dynamics have changed since 9/11 and that backing overseas combat operations needs to reflect current threats. 2. SHIP WITH RESCUED SAILORS REACHES US BASE IN OKINAWA Two women from Hawaii who were adrift on a storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘DEAD AS A DOORNAIL’ That’s how GOP Sen. John Kennedy of La. describes his party’s latest push to repeal and replace ‘Obamacare,’ which Republican leaders abandoned, lacking key votes. 2. PUERTO RICO HURRICANE DESTRUCTION GETS TRUMP’S ATTENTION The president announces plans to visit the U.S. territory and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where storms demolished […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. LAST-GASP GOP DRIVE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE COLLAPSES Effectively sinking the legislation, Maine Sen. Susan Collins refuses to support the newest plan to tear down the Affordable Care Act. 2. HOW NKOREA INTERPRETS TRUMP TWEET Pyongyang’s top diplomat sees Trump tweet that North Korean leaders “won’t be around much longer” as a “declaration of war,” […]

Congressman talks politics, faces critics during tour of Santa Rosa

Congressman talks politics, faces critics during tour of Santa Rosa

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz spent most of his inaugural Open Gaetz Day Thursday touring Santa Rosa County and discussing his views and the views of his constituents on issues including Veterans Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, building a wall at the Mexican border and Obamacare. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

MAN GETS 40 YEARS IN MURDER-SUICIDE PLOT THAT LEFT 3 DEAD Patrick Carlopoli was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to six counts, including second-degree murder. Authorities say Carlopoli and his girlfriend, 37-year-old Tammy Modlin, on Jan. 24 first killed the family’s dog at their Fort Myers apartment. Modlin then stabbed 16-year-old Montana Modlin, her daughter […]

Like it or not, this election is a referendum

Like it or not, this election is a referendum

Guest Opinion There is a sizeable faction in this country that is disgusted with the choices we have going into the 2016 General Election. While the choices are far from the quality a great nation like the United States deserves, they are what they are. No amount of complaining, abdication of responsibility or indignation will […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 26

FLORIDA INSURERS REQUEST RATE HIKES UNDER FEDERAL HEALTH LAW Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s health care law, but that won’t necessarily mean big consumer price hikes. Critics of so-called Obamacare will likely seize on the […]

Florida Senate should let debate begin on Open Carry

Florida Senate should let debate begin on Open Carry

Guest Opinion The organizing principle of my public service is Constitutional liberty. If government constrains itself to the Constitution, free markets, free enterprise and free people can thrive. Otherwise, we get catastrophic consequences such as ObamaCare, lawless executive orders and a government that (often corruptly) picks winners and losers. In a world of uncertainty, the […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 21

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 21

UNION PRESIDENT SAYS MIAMI OFFICER STABBED IN FACE The incident occurred early Thursday at the Magic City Casino. The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment. There was no word on what led to the stabbing. ARRESTS MADE IN 2 COLD CASE HOMICIDES IN LAKELAND Two years ago, Lakeland police had 38 unsolved homicides […]