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The potential impeachment of a President, like Donald Trump, is a highly partisan affair, where truth can be hard to find.

Political science professor Frank Orlando of St. Leo University is teaching his students to understand it through the lens of both history, and strategy.

The Capitol Steps have been garnering laughs at the expense of politicians for more than nine presidential election cycles. They'll be at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg on Saturday, October 5, with their new show, The Lyin' Kings. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Mike Thornton, who has played all of the presidents since Ronald Reagan.

As 2019 approaches, most Americans are feeling pretty good about the future.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll found that 60 percent of Americans are optimistic about the world in 2019, compared with just 37 percent whose outlook is less rosy. (That leaves 3 percent of the country as merely ambivalent, if you're counting.)

It's a measurable jump in optimism from 2011, when just 54 percent of the country felt similarly about the coming year.

President Trump astonished people across the country last week when he denied 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of Hurricane Maria. He insisted (falsely) that Democrats inflated the death toll to make him “look bad.”

For Ernesto Morales, Trump’s tweets exacerbated his awful memories of the storm, which demolished Puerto Rico a year ago this Thursday.

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the country, wrapped up its annual meeting Wednesday on a partisan tone. The featured speaker was Vice President Pence, who spoke of the day he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and of the importance of prayer, but mostly delivered a speech fit for a campaign rally.

3 Candidates Qualify In House Race

Sep 29, 2017
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Two Democrats and a Republican had qualified early Thursday afternoon to run in a special election to replace former state Rep. Alex Miller, a Sarasota Republican who recently resigned.

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Just as the doors close on the presidential race, candidates are lining up to run for Florida governor in 2018.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is the first Democrat to announce his candidacy. There’s also been speculation that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has his eye on the governor’s mansion.

They say opposites attract. But these days, maybe not so much.

A growing number of singles are adding a clause to their online dating profiles telling either Trump haters or Trump supporters — depending on their political preference — that they need not apply.

"This was like a deal breaker for me," says 50-year-old Elizabeth Jagosz from the Detroit area. "If you are Trump supporter, I'm not even going to consider meeting you for coffee."

It's not just an issue of party politics, Jagosz says. It's about core values. Love, she says, cannot conquer all.

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From a sit-in Tuesday in Alabama to sign-waving protestors Wednesday outside Tampa's federal courthouse, there appears to be a ground swell of people objecting to President-Elect Donald Trump's nominee for Attorney General, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

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There’s an interesting term popping up in media reports lately: dog whistle.

It's a metaphor for talking in a way that a small group of people hear one that is hidden below the surface message, said Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

After a bitter and divisive presidential election, many are approaching Thanksgiving with trepidation, even hoping to avoid politics entirely. WFSU gets some advice on how to find common ground.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, fact checked the debate live. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Oct 9, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, annotated the debate as it took place.  Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Biden Will Campaign For Clinton In Orlando, Sarasota

Oct 3, 2016
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Vice President Joe Biden will attend a pair of voter-registration events Monday when he comes to Florida to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to details of the trip released Friday.

Monday, September 26 at 9:00 PM, NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story at npr.org.

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Here's a twist: A Republican candidate attacking his Democratic opponent for his ties to Donald Trump.

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The polls open today in Florida for the Presidential Preference Primary as early voting begins in some counties.

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GOP Presidential hopeful Charles Franklin is a Virginia senator and a Desert Storm veteran. He's convinced he'll win the election to become the leader of the free world. But, he's facing a scandal. 

"The supposed scandal is that my e-mail was connected to an Ashley Madison account and that there's a woman who threw her life away for me," he said, referring to the online dating service with the motto: Life is short. Have an affair. "Those claims (of an affair) are absolutely false." 

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While very few of the presidential candidates have yet to tour Florida – a presentation, “The State of the World in the 2016 Presidential Campaign” an American Conversation, is coming to Tampa Tuesday sponsored by the Hillsborough County Republican Party.

The free panel discussion is billed as non-partisan and will include a journalist, and three experts in international intelligence and counter-terrorism.

Three and a half million people live in Puerto Rico. But many more Puerto Ricans, about 5.2 million, live on the U.S. mainland. Over the last decade, crime, the struggling economy and a fiscal crisis have prompted tens of thousands to leave the island each year. Many land in Florida.

At a community center in Orlando this week, Puerto Rican leaders from all over the U.S. gathered at a conference with an ambitious goal: to forge a national political agenda — and flex some political muscle.

St Petersburg's only African-American history museum may be getting the boot. On Thursday, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority voted 4-3 to sell its property where the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum currently sits.

City Councilman Karl Nurse said city attorneys will determine if  the housing authority has the ultimate say in what happens to the property. The museum has been on that site for 14 years as part of the Jordan Park housing project.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn weighed in on the firing of Hillsborough County School Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia on Wednesday.

Following Gov. Rick Scott's press conference about his education plan, Mayor Buckhorn spoke with reporters and questioned the School Board's  4-3 decision on Tuesday to let Elia go and buy out the remainder of her contract.

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Below are Governor Rick Scott’s prepared remarks for his inaugural address, distributed by the governor's office:

First and foremost, thank you to the people of Florida. Without your confidence and support, we would not be here today. I certainly would never have made it here, or made it through any of the exciting adventures in my life without the love and support of my beautiful wife, Ann. Who would have thought when we got married 42 years ago we would be here today?  You are the best, I love you.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi moved into her second term as Florida's top lawyer with relative ease over her opponents Democrat George Sheldon and Libertarian Bill Wohlsifer.

Bondi's victory speech in Tampa came a little more than an hour after polls closed in the Panhandle.

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Monday is the first day of early voting for this year’s primary elections.

In Florida, voting -- early or otherwise -- has been disputed in various ways over past decade.

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The Conservative Political Action Conference ended in Washington Saturday, after giving Sen. Rand Paul a second consecutive victory in the presidential straw poll that's seen as an indicator of how Republicans see their leaders.

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"The Kentucky senator received 31 percent, far ahead of second place Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who received 11 percent. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson finished third with 9 percent, ahead of New Jersey Gov.  Chris Christie, who received 8 percent.

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The three candidates running for Pinellas County's District 13, Congressman Bill Young's former seat, debated for 90 minutes Tuesday morning to a sparse crowd of business leaders at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre.

The candidates: Republican David Jolly, Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby were asked their opinions on the negative ads by third-parties and how they would resolve the flood insurance crisis.

However, the final question asked by moderator –  University of South Florida political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus – may have been the toughest.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush tells C-SPAN there have been enough presidents from the Bush family.

She added that her son Jeb Bush is the "best qualified" to run for President of the United States. However, she hopes that he does not.

As a wife and mother to former presidents, she fears Jeb will inherit all her enemies as well as the enemies of his brother, former President George W. Bush.

In the end, Mark Darr had to give in.

Darr, the Republican lieutenant governor of Arkansas, announced Friday that he will resign Feb 1. Earlier this month, he agreed to pay the state ethics commission $11,000 in fines for making personal use of campaign funds and receiving improper expense reimbursements from the state.

Darr called his errors "careless and lazy," but said they were not intentional violations of the law. In a series of interviews with Arkansas news outlets Tuesday, Darr said he would refuse to resign.

Gov. Scott Slams Crist, Calls for Tax Cuts

Aug 31, 2013
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, heading into what could be a tough re-election fight, used a Friday appearance before a conservative group to bash a potential rival while also calling for large tax cuts in the coming year.

Scott, speaking at an Orlando summit being held by Americans for Prosperity, said he will ask legislators to cut $500 million in taxes and fees next year.

The Republican governor maintained has a budget surplus in 2014, it should use some of the extra revenue to cut taxes.

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