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Former Israeli P.M.: Obama Has 'Closest-Ever' Relationship With Israeli Intelligence

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak spoke Monday night at a meeting of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. He says that the deal to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons should last for at least five years - but after that, it's anyone's guess.
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National debt may not be the most fascinating topic for politicians to ponder, but does former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's claim that it's never asked about in the presidential debates ring up true? To find out about that and Sen. Marco Rubio's claim that the Chinese want to blow up American satellites, WUSF's Steve Newborn checks in with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida.

Impending Trump Rally Sparks Debate Of Its Own

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Christopher Collier

University of South Florida students from both sides of the political aisle are getting fired up about the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump on Friday.

‘The Donald’ as he’s known in some circles, is expected to be speaking to thousands of students and Tampa Bay Area residents when he arrives at the USF Sun Dome Friday night about his politics.

WellCare Profits Inch Up In Fourth Quarter

8 hours ago

Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans, which covers about 900,000 Floridians in the Medicaid and Medicare programs, saw an uptick in net income during the fourth quarter of 2015, according to an earnings report released Tuesday.

Bill Seeks To Boost Hospitals In Rural Areas

8 hours ago

A Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill that could help boost efforts to build new or replacement hospitals in rural counties.

Approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee, SB 236 would expand an exemption to the state's "certificate of need" regulatory process for hospital construction or expansion projects. The state currently has a narrow exemption that applies to hospitals in counties with populations of 15,000 to 18,000 people and densities of fewer than 30 people per square mile.

Lottie Watts / WUSF

What are the pros and cons of the Tampa Bay Express project, which includes adding express toll lanes on interstates around the Tampa Bay area?

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 a.m.), we bring you both sides of the debate with Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) Executive Director Ray Chiaramonte, and Linda Saul-Sena with the group Stop TBX

Who will drop out after losing in New Hampshire? Possibly no one. (On to South Carolina! This race is still wide open! We can win this thing!)

We'll consider the real reasons to stick around in a moment.

But for several candidates, whether they make it official or not, the Granite State will be the rock on which their ships ran aground.

Their campaigns may stagger on into a zombie phase, but it will not affect the outcome of further proceedings.

Ted Murphy

Lawmakers are a step closer to approving a gambling compact made between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The House Regulatory Affairs Committee Tuesday advanced the compact that would expand gambling for the Seminole Tribe and for casinos in South Florida. The deal, which needs approval from the Legislature, guarantees the Seminole Tribe would pay $3 billion to the state over the next seven years.

The committee also passed an amendment proposed by Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami. It would shift future approval of gambling expansion to voters statewide.

2015 Sets Record For Most Shark Attacks, With 98 Worldwide

14 hours ago
Daylina Miller/WUSF News

Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone.

Ehud Barak
Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak  spoke Monday night at a meeting of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

He says that the deal to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons should last for at least five years - but after that, it's anyone's guess.

Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday.

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