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9:03 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Live Blog: Obama & Romney's Town Hall Debate

Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 6:23 am

In a town hall-style debate that saw the candidates constantly challenge each other on issues ranging from the economy to the handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney got up close and personal at times Tuesday night.

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Ballot Measures
4:56 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

What Religious Leaders Think About Florida's 'Religious Freedom' Amendment

Pastor Guillermo Marquez Sterling in Coral Gables is afraid Amendment 8 will hurt religious freedom in the state.
Ashley Lopez/ WLRN

In November, Floridians will decide whether or not to remove a state ban that prohibits the use of tax money for the funding of religious groups.

While the Catholic Church in the state remains one of the biggest proponents of this so-called “Religious Freedom” amendment, some religious leaders are weary of the measure.

Guillermo Marquez-Sterling, a pastor at the United Church of Christ in Coral Gables, says he’s concerned that, if Amendment 8 passes, if tax money could fund religious organizations, religious institutions like his will actually lose some of their freedom.

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Election Communion Day
3:03 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

South Dade Church Offers Election Night Solace For Campaign-Battered Souls

Forget Election Here: South Florida's only church for election night services is St. Andrews Episcopal in Palmetto Bay.
Credit Laura Coburn

Reconciliation. Redemption. Binding up the nation's mostly self-inflicted wounds. There's going to be a need for all of that after this bitter election cycle is over.

And that need is where Election Communion Day comes from. More than 300 churches in 44 states have signed on to conduct services and offer communion right after the polls close on Election Day.

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Cuba
2:55 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Cuba Softens Travel Restrictions With A Big Catch

Raul Castro has promised to ease Cuba's travel restrictions for some.
Fotos Gov/Ba/ Flickr

Today the Cuban government announced that Cubans will no longer need an exit visa from the state in order to leave the country for travel, etc. However, the government simultaneously cracked down on travel for high skilled workers.

As of January 14, 2012, Cubans will only need a visa from the country they are traveling to in order to leave the country. 

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Election 2012
2:35 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Politics Tuesday: Debates Matter, Especially in Florida

After tonight's presidential debate, the candidates come to Lynn University for the final debate.
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President Obama and Mitt Romney meet in their second presidential debate tonight in Hempstead, NY. Then, Boca Raton becomes the center of the political universe next Monday, October 22 when Lynn University hosts the final encounter between the two candidates before election day.

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Lynn University Debate
2:02 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Lynn University Invites Tweeters To "Lounge" Around During Debate

C. DiMattei

Lynn University students are rolling out the digital red carpet for political watchers in advance of the last Presidential Debate of 2012.

The small Boca Raton university is hosting the final face-off between President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Monday, October 22nd.

Lynn spokesman Joshua Glanzer says the university enlisted a core group of student volunteers to interact with Twitter and Facebook users within the school's new Social Media Lounge.

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Election 2012
1:09 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Hearing Is Believing: A Comparison of Romney and Obama Sound Bites

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama after the Presidential Debate on Oct. 3, 2012 in Denver, Colo.
Win McNamee/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 3:27 pm

You are sure of what you heard: NPR is giving more air time to presidential challenger Mitt Romney than to President Barack Obama.

Some listeners say the opposite, but during this election cycle and immediate past ones, the complaints have been running heavily in your direction of detecting a Republican bias in the use of sound bites. (Where are you NewsBusters?)

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Politics
11:46 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Elections Supervisor: “Perfect Storm” Of Long Lines Ahead For Voters

Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho
leonvotes.org

At the urging of the Obama campaign, Florida voters are showing up at elections offices around the state to fill out absentee ballots.

This comes on the heels of elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties advising voters to get absentee ballots and mail them.

The reason: long ballots and possibly long waits.

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Agriculture
11:12 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Agriculture Commissioner Says Industry Needs 'Stable, Legal Workforce'

Starfruit inside Sarasota Jungle Gardens
DeusXFlorida/flickr

Immigration and agriculture go hand in hand.

That's what community and business leaders in Tallahassee recently heard from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

He said immigration reform is vital to the health of the state’s agriculture industry

Putnam told the Economic Club of Florida he is concerned the U.S. is losing business to developing countries that have different standards for hiring farm workers.

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Lynn University Debate
9:34 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Debates Commission: Lynn U.'s Time On The Big Stage Will Pay Off

Lynn University President Kevin Ross learned his school was a finalist to host the presidential debate last fall.
Christine DiMattei

A wry symbol on a text message.

Last fall, that was the first inkling Lynn University President Kevin Ross had that his school would be making the history books.

“I was out at lunch and got a text that said, ‘You need to come back to campus immediately,’" recalls Ross.  “And it was with a smiley-face after it. So I knew it was good.”

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Election 2012
8:31 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Poll: Romney Has Large Lead In Rural Swing Counties

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns in Gilbert, S.C., earlier this year.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:16 pm

As Mitt Romney and President Obama get ready for their second debate, a new bipartisan survey shows a surge for Romney in a key voter group following their first debate Oct. 3.

The random cellphone and land line poll of 600 likely rural voters in nine battleground states Oct. 9-11 has Romney at 59 percent among the survey's respondents. Obama's support is now down to 37 percent among rural battleground voters, a plunge of 10 points from the actual rural vote in those states four years ago.

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Cuban Missile Crisis
3:01 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Cuban Missile Crisis Passes Quietly, 50 Years Later

Cuban President Fidel Castro replies to President Kennedy's naval blockade via Cuban radio and television on October 23, 1962. Kennedy enacted the blockade in response to the deployment of Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba.
AP

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 10:45 am

The small town of Bejucal, 20 miles south of Havana, looks much as it did in October 1962. Horse carts carry passengers and fresh-cut green bananas through narrow streets lined with pastel-colored homes.

The sleepy town doesn't seem like the kind of place to put an arsenal of nuclear weapons. But a military bunker here was the biggest storage depot on the island for the Soviet nuclear weapons 50 years ago.

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Constitutional Amendments
5:54 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Where Florida's 11 Ballot Measures Came From

Florida's ballot this year contains proposed changes to the state's Constitution that only come from Tallahassee.
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This year, every proposed change to our state's Constitution placed on the ballot came from the state Legislature.

Experts and activists say that this is because getting an amendment on the ballot in Florida is harder than ever before for citizens, yet significantly easier for state lawmakers.

What Happened to Citizen-led Petitions?

Robin Rorapaugh of Hollywood is the president of a political consulting company that helps groups who want to get an issue on a ballot.

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Jeb Bush
4:15 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

'Subtle, Subtle' Racism: Why Jeb Bush Moved To Miami

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New York Magazine published a great profile of Florida's former governor and current Miamian Jeb Bush this week.

The profile tackled some pretty big topics about Bush, who has stayed mostly out of the limelight since he finished his term as Florida's governor in 2007. The article mentioned how Jeb's connections to the Hispanic community might make him the greatest hope for the future of the GOP and why he didn't run in 2012.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Energy Perception And Policy Reality

Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 1:13 pm

As the election nears, energy policy remains a regular topic on the campaign trail. Controversial subjects like arctic drilling and hydraulic fracturing continue making headlines as the political class debate our nation's changing energy mix. But let's not deceive ourselves, or the public at large, about a president's real role and reach.

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