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The first black President of the United States is a good role model and a good father. That’s according to the head of Florida’s child welfare agency, who spoke during a recent Black History Month celebration.

Immigration rights advocates say they’re suffering a double blow now that the outgoing Obama Administration has cancelled a so-called “wet-foot, dry-foot,” policy favoring Cubans.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson discussed the controversy over last month's election and the next administration.

President Barack Obama’s former Florida campaign manager warned the Capital Tiger Bay Club on Wednesday not to believe Americans are as divided as the recent election made it seem.

Voters are sending President Barack Obama into retirement with strong approval ratings, even though they chose his political nemesis to succeed him.

Former Governor Charlie Crist is cementing a rare victory for his party by joining the Congressional New Democrat Coalition.

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Like the newly elected President and the future Congress, Florida’s future leaders will look pretty much the same. Still, while the Republican-led state legislature still continues to hold a majority, there were some upsets.

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North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham is asking federal officials to expand President Barack Obama’s disaster declaration for Florida counties affected by Hurricane Hermine.

The head of the Florida Bar’s International Law Section says Congress is making a big mistake by allowing 9-11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

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President Barack Obama has announced a disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Hermine.

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President Barack Obama is commuting the sentences of 214 men and women.  Thirty of those cases come from Florida.

Following the deaths of five police officers in a hail of sniper fire in Dallas, the head of the Florida Police Benevolent Association is accusing President Barack Obama and others of demonizing law enforcement.

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North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham’s latest workday involved helping to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

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The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee says he already has a plan to help protect for athletes and staff traveling to Brazil this summer against the Zika virus. He’s responding to a recent letter sent to him by several U.S. Senators, including Florida Democrat Bill Nelson.

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The U.S. Senate has voted down a bipartisan amendment authored by two Florida Senators. It didn't get enough of the required 60 votes needed to move forward. But, Senators did approve another bipartisan proposal much closer to the President’s funding request than what the House proposed.

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A $1.1 billion deal may be on the table to help combat the Zika virus in Congress. But, it falls short of President Obama’s $1.9 billion request. Now, two Florida Senators say they’re working on a bipartisan deal that accomplishes that goal.

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With Florida surpassing 100 Zika cases, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is renewing his call for Congress to approve President Barack Obama’s 1.9 billion dollar funding request to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

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Puerto Rico—a U-S territory—has reported its first Zika-related death, and a Florida Senator says it won’t be the last if Congress does not start taking the mosquito-borne disease seriously.

Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson says after meeting President Barack Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, he’s backing him.

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The news is constantly changing about the Zika virus. Federal funding and prevention efforts have been a huge part of the discussion this week. And, with Florida leading the nation with close to 90 cases of the mosquito-borne disease, the state’s congressional leaders say it’s even more crucial that something is done.

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Highlighting Florida State University’s research efforts, North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham is calling on Congress to fully fund similar home grown efforts to combat the Zika virus.

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Florida Senator Bill Nelson says he stands with President Barack Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Fallout from President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is spilling over to Tallahassee, as Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater pushes to tighten Florida’s economic sanctions against the outlaw nation

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A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cameras while out on patrol.

It’s not a coincidence Rep. Shevrin Jones’ (D-West Park) bill was filed after the nationwide debate began over police officers’ use of force, sparked by the fatal incidents in New York and Missouri.

“I know there’s a lot going on as it pertains to Eric Garner, I know the Ferguson situation is going on, a lot is going on, but those incidents’ were not the entire impetus behind the filing of the bill,” said Jones.

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This week President Barack Obama proposed reclassifying the Internet as a public utility. Some Floridians are applauding the idea as a way to protect startup businesses and consumers. But the cable industry is fighting back, saying the level of regulation the president proposes would stifle investment and potentially limit service to those same consumers.

The Ping-Pong table in the lobby confirms it: This is a startup incubator. The sleek-looking shared workspace is called Domi Station. It’s just off the Florida State University campus.

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