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Florida to release voter purge list

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Florida’s Secretary of State will release the list of 180,000 voters who had been identified in a voter purge aimed at non-citizens, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

However, none of those voters are in danger of losing the right to vote in next month’s state primary because the list will not be sent to the state’s county election supervisors. A spokesman for Secretary of State Ken Detzner said it will be released after driver’s license and Social Security information have been removed. Both are confidential under the state public records law.

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A portion of the list containing 2,600 names, released last month, led to accusations of voer suppression after it was revealed that most of the people identified as “non-citizens” in it were Latino or independent voters.

A U.S. District court refused a request by the Justice Department to issue a restraining order stopping the purge, ruling that a 90-day provision against “systematic” purges did not apply to non-citizens.

“Irreparable harm will result if noncitizens are allowed to vote,” Governor Rick Scott said after the ruling.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, which filed a brief supporting the Justice Department, said the list should have been released months ago.

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“Any attempt to clean the rolls must be open and accurate,” the statement says. “Florida’s purge has been anything but.”

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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