Marco Rubio is already suiting up for the politics of destruction

Opinion by Fred Hiatt, Washington Post Editorial page editor, Nov 29, 2020 Let’s say you’re a Republican senator who claims to support democracy and U.S. leadership in the world. Let’s imagine, too, that you’ve spent four years excusing and supporting a president who fawned over North Korea’s odious dictator, encouraged China’s ruling tyrant to build his concentration camps,…

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Trump’s legacy, by the numbers

Opinion by  Catherine Rampell, Washington Post Columnist, Nov 25, 2020 As COVID-19 hospitalizations hit another new high on Tuesday, President Trump called a news conference to boast about a different record: the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, he crowed, had just pierced 30,000. “That’s a sacred number, 30,000,” he said. It was a bizarre statement even for…

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Rubio calls Biden’s national security team ‘polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline’

Editor’s note: Also read “Marco Rubio gets ripped for criticizing Biden’s ‘Ivy League’ foreign policy team,” by HuffPost’s Jeremy Blum By Nick Niedzwiadek, Politico, Nov 24, 2020 Sen. Marco Rubio suggested on Tuesday that he would oppose confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team, presaging the first sign of potential Senate battles to come if Republicans maintain control…

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A dark money mystery in Florida; a spoiler candidate helps a Republican win by 32 votes

By Scott Glover, Curt Devine, Drew Griffin and Scott Bronstein, published by CNN on Nov 23, 2020 A month before Election Day in Florida a mysterious company called Proclivity, Inc. contributed $550,000 to a pair of newly formed political action committees in the state. Two days later, the money flowed from the PACs to an Orlando-area print and advertising firm.…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t want to shut down Florida. What power do mayors and counties have to control the virus?

By RYAN GILLESPIE and STEPHEN HUDAK, published in the ORLANDO SENTINEL, Nov 20, 2020 Across the country, states and counties are ordering residents to hunker down or wear masks as governors brace for another surge of coronavirus cases. But in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has prohibited nearly all shutdown actions that local counties were able to take early…

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Charlotte leaders at odds over impact fees

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun staff writer, published Nov 22, 2020 Charlotte County commissioners may agree that impact fees on new construction should go up, but they disagree on how much. Commissioners may consider raising assessments next year County staff told the board at a workshop Tuesday that they could have something for the board to…

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If Congress doesn’t act, 12 million Americans could lose unemployment aid after Christmas

By Eli Rosenberg, Nov 18, 2020, Washington Post Deadlines set by Congress early in the pandemic will result in about 12 million Americans losing unemployment insurance by the year’s end, according to a report released Wednesday — a warning about the sharp toll that inaction in Washington could exact on the economic health of both individual…

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Florida mayors rip into DeSantis

By GARY FINEOUT, Nov19, 2020, Politico.com Handing out grades — Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber was blunt: “This isn’t working. It is unmistakably clear that Florida’s approach to managing this pandemic is failing horribly. Since you reopened all elements of commerce in late September and, simultaneously, prevented local government from enforcing mask mandates, positive cases have risen…

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