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‘You’re going to waltz right in’: Randy Fine talks of how FAU presidential bid fizzled out

State Rep. Randy Fine applied for the job of Florida Atlantic University president after the governor’s office assured him he was a shoo-in, only to discover those at FAU had other plans, the lawmaker said. Fine gave his first detailed account about his role in FAU’s search for a new leader in a phone interview Thursday with the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said in March that Fine would make a good president of FAU, but the decision was ultimately up to a search committee and Board of Trustees at FAU. When the search committee announced three finalists July 5 for the...

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Rep. Matt Gaetz files motion to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy, throwing House into new turmoil

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and KEVIN FREKING (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Kevin McCarthy is facing an extraordinary referendum on his leadership of the House after a conservative member of his own Republican majority, a longtime critic, moved to launch a vote to oust him from the helm. Late Monday, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., rose in the chamber as the House was almost done for the day to file the motion — a resolution that would set a snap vote in coming days that even Gaetz acknowledged may not have enough support to remove the speaker from the job. “I have enough Republicans where at...

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DeSantis says he would sign a 15-week abortion ban as president

LOS ANGELES — In the chaos of Wednesday night’s noisy Republican presidential debate, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott interrupted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to pose a question on abortion that DeSantis had dodged directly answering for months. Would the Florida governor sign a “15-week limit” on abortion as president, Scott asked, talking over both DeSantis and Dana Perino, one of the moderators, in a way that made his full remarks difficult to hear. “Yes, I will,” DeSantis replied. The moment — which largely escaped attention in real time but was noted by The Daily Signal, a news website published...

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DeSantis knocks Trump, GOP moves on from Reagan and other presidential debate takeaways

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and NICHOLAS RICCARDI (Associated Press) Seven Republican presidential hopefuls gathered at the Reagan Library in California on Wednesday for the second of the party’s primary debates. The contest’s dominant front-runner — former President Donald Trump — skipped the event again. With less than four months until the Iowa caucuses officially jumpstart the GOP nomination process, the pressure is building on Trump’s rivals to show they can emerge as a genuine alternative. Here are some early takeaways from the debate: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had an aggressive start, using...

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DeSantis’ move to pull Sagemont scholarships: Concern about Communist China ties or a political stunt?

Florida’s move to cut off a high-end private school in Weston from state subsidies to parents has raised political and policy questions: Were the schools really an “imminent threat to the health, safety, and welfare” of the students and the public? Or was the state’s move a political stunt to bolster Gov. Ron DeSantis’ struggling presidential campaign? At least 229 students were receiving taxpayer-funded scholarships at the two Sagemont Preparatory School campuses in Weston that were targeted late Friday by DeSantis for alleged ties to the Chinese Communist Party. His office on Monday referred...

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Prosecutors seek narrow gag order on Trump in federal election case after ‘inflammatory’ comments

By ERIC TUCKER (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking an order that would prevent Donald Trump from making “inflammatory” and “intimidating” comments about witnesses, lawyers and other people involved in the criminal case charging the former president with scheming to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Special counsel Jack Smith’s team said in a motion filed Friday that such a “narrow, well-defined” order was necessary to preserve the integrity of the case and to avoid prejudicing potential jurors. Prosecutors had foreshadowed for weeks their concerns about...

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Biden brushes off House impeachment inquiry and says Republicans want to shut down the government

By LISA MASCARO, WILL WEISSERT, STEPHEN GROVES and KEVIN FREKING (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden late Wednesday brushed off the House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry, saying the way he sees it, they launched the investigation against him because they want to shut down the federal government. Biden, speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Virginia, said that instead of being concerned about the probe, “I’m focused on the things the American people want me focused on.” The president’s remarks were the first since Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced the launch of a Biden impeachment...

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Speaker McCarthy directs the House to open an impeachment inquiry into President Biden

By LISA MASCARO and FARNOUSH AMIRI (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday he is directing the U.S. House to open an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden over his family’s business dealings, launching historic proceedings ahead of the 2024 election. McCarthy said that House investigations so far “paint a picture of a culture of corruption” around the Biden family as Republicans probe the business dealings of the president’s son, Hunter Biden, from before the Democratic president took office. “These are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction...

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Mug shot of Donald Trump shows scowling former president during speedy booking at Atlanta jail

By ERIC TUCKER, KATE BRUMBACK and JILL COLVIN (Associated Press) ATLANTA (AP) — A scowling Donald Trump posed for a mug shot Thursday as he surrendered inside a jail in Atlanta on charges that he illegally schemed to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia, creating a historic and humbling visual underscoring the former president’s escalating legal troubles. The booking photo instantly becomes part of the former president’s legacy as he confronts criminal charges in four American cities while seeking to reclaim the White House. His aides swiftly seized on the image, fundraising off the first mug...

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