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President Donald Trump will nominate Carlos Muniz, a Tallahassee veteran, for general counsel of the Department of Education. Read more at bit.ly/2mX62pA
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Attorney General Pam Bondi has been appointed to President Trump's Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission, which will be led by Chris Christie. "Thousands of Americans each year die from drug overdoses," Bondi said in a statement. "I want to thank the President of the United States, Governor Christie and many others for caring about this deadly epidemic." Read more at bit.ly/2oC4s95
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More than 600 Florida physicians, including 32 in metro Orlando, can now recommend medical marijuana to patients, but many have questions and some are holding off until state rules for the emerging industry are clarified. Orlando glaucoma specialist Javier Perez completed the eight-hour course required for state licensing about a month ago. As soon as he passed, he said he immediately asked a friend: “Now what?” Read more at bit.ly/2o9PMys 
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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran sharpened his ax against economic incentives by calling out companies with state deals by name. Corcoran singled out aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin during a speech at the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club on March 17. Corcoran told a story about the company as an example of how easy it is to walk back ambitious job goals prescribed in state incentive contracts. Read more at bit.ly/2o2xFNR
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It looks like President Donald Trump may break his streak of weekend visits to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Trump, who returned to Washington, D.C., on Monday after spending a third weekend at his oceanside estate, will stay at the White House this weekend as he prepares to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, according to CNN. It will be the president’s first speech before the House and Senate since his Jan. 20 inauguration. Read more at pbpo.st/2mcIxog
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Gov. Rick Scott lost again. Over the last two weeks he toured the state, launched campaign style robo calls, and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide all in a bid to pressure House Republicans out of backing a bill to kill the state agency that has been central to his job creation programs. But on Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee responded with an unmistakable rejection. Read more at bit.ly/2l4Y5cH
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Congressman Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, supports President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries, saying a short-term ban prevents terrorists from coming into the U.S. Meanwhile, Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio had concerns. Posey, who represents Indian River and Brevard counties, issued a statement saying “allowing unvetted immigration” is “risky and dangerous.” Read more at on.flatoday.com/2jXID4i
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As soon as President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court Tuesday evening, Florida politicians and other leaders came forward with their reaction. The 49-year-old Gorsuch has served on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006, after being appointed by President George W. Bush. He once worked at the Supreme Court as a law clerk. If approved by the Senate, Gorsuch would take the seat left vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia died last year. He would be the youngest justice since Clarence Thomas joined the court in 1991 at age 43. Read more at bit.ly/2kRCUPb
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[Florida] Senate President Joe Negron appears willing to look beyond sugar farmland to carry out his proposal to reduce the flow of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into bays on both coasts. The Stuart Republican, speaking at the Capitol this week, maintained his desire to buy 60,000 acres for a reservoir south of the lake to store and clean water. Read more at bit.ly/2khbuiw
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Hundreds of Cuban exiles in Miami rallied Wednesday for freedom and democracy on the communist island following the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. People gathered along the city's famed Calle Ocho in Little Havana, parts of which were blocked off by police. People waved Cuban and American flags, carried signs denouncing Castro and listened to speeches and Cuban music. A podium on a stage included the words "All for a Free Cuba." Read more at bit.ly/2gECh63
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