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Targeting Obama’s legacy

Targeting Obama’s legacy

So far, Trump’s largely failed BY DAVID LAUTER TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU / TNS WASHINGTON – Rarely has a president taken office so focused on undoing his predecessor’s works as Donald Trump. Six months in, he has little to show. Monday brought twin blows. Not only did the Affordable Care Act survive another Republican repeal effort, […]

24 minorities are in senior Senate jobs

24 minorities are in senior Senate jobs

It appears little is being done to boost the numbers of top staffers on the Hill. BY WILLIAM DOUGLAS MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS WASHINGTON – Of the Senate’s 336 top staff jobs — the kind that carry six-figure salaries and behind-the-scenes clout — just 24 were held by people of color during the last Congress. U.S. […]

Poll shows Hillary Clinton still unpopular

Poll shows Hillary Clinton still unpopular

BY JOHN MCCORMICK BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS CHICAGO — For a president with historically low poll numbers, Donald Trump can at least find solace in this: Hillary Clinton is doing worse. Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival is viewed favorably by just 39 percent of Americans in the latest Bloomberg National Poll, two points lower than the president. It’s […]

Governor hopefuls give boost to Florida Democratic Party

Governor hopefuls give boost to Florida Democratic Party

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With an infusion of hundreds of thousands of dollars from gubernatorial candidates’ political committees, the Florida Democratic Party raised nearly $1.68 million from April 1 through June 30 – far outpacing the amount raised by the state Republican Party, according to newly filed finance reports. The Democratic Party brought in […]

Congress working more than average: Three days a week

Congress working more than average: Three days a week

BY SEAN MCMINN CQ-ROLL CALL/TNS WASHINGTON – Republicans may be uneasy about the lack of productivity so far this Congress, but it’s not for a lack of time spent working. Through the first half of 2017, the 115th Congress had more voting days than any previous Congress in the same time period, since at least […]

What Florida’s Cabinet members are worth

What Florida’s Cabinet members are worth

Commission on Ethics gives financial picture of governor, other Florida officials BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott’s net worth rebounded in 2016, a reversal of fortune after his investments plunged a year earlier, according to annual financial disclosure documents. Meanwhile, the collective net worth of the state Cabinet […]

Trump touts ‘great jobs numbers’ that aren’t so great

Trump touts ‘great jobs numbers’ that aren’t so great

2017 is on track to produce the fewest net new jobs in seven years. BY JIM PUZZANGHERA LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday touted the “great jobs numbers” since he took office — numbers that his own administration’s statistics show aren’t all that great. Trump said in a tweet that “at […]

Supreme Court schedules Ayala arguments

Supreme Court schedules Ayala arguments

COMPILED FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS TALLAHASEE – The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments June 28 in a battle about whether Gov. Rick Scott had the legal authority to transfer death-penalty cases from Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala, Florida’s first Black elected state attorney, to another prosecutor. The court issued an order Tuesday scheduling […]

Black organizations slam Trump budget

Black organizations slam Trump budget

The proposed includes extreme cuts in spending in education, food stamps, Medicaid, access to student loans, nutritional assistance, small business and the environment. BY BARRINGTON M. SALMON TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE President Donald Trump has unveiled his 2018 budget to resounding criticism and derision from a range of critics, including the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), […]

Rubio on Trump: ‘People got what they voted for’

Rubio on Trump: ‘People got what they voted for’

BY STEVEN LEMONGELLO ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has a message for voters: You wanted Donald Trump? You got him. “I don’t understand why people are that shocked,” the Florida Republican told the CBS show “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “This president ran a very unconventional campaign. I was there for a big part […]

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