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Matt Gaetz compared top Florida leaders in history — who were actually respectable

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made news Thursday when he went after former Vice President Joe Biden’s son for past drug problems. While many families are fighting the drug war, Gaetz family faced a problem when he was pulled over by police just two years before running for office in Florida.

“I don’t want to make light of anybody’s substance abuse issues,” Gaetz said Thursday before making light of the younger Biden’s substance abuse issues.

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Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) said it was the perfect example of the “pot calling the kettle black.”

The Sun Sentinel covered the news back home by comparing Gaetz to the top three craziest Florida elected officials in history.

“Claude Pepper was a farm boy from Alabama by way of Perry, FL” the piece recalled. He was one of many who faced anti-Communist smears during the “Red Scare” of the 1950s. He was smeared as “Red Pepper,” and became “an enduring champion of the elderly.”

The next member they recalled was Tampa’s Sam Gibbons, who impressed President Lyndon Johnson for his role fighting in World War II. LBJ also admired his “political dexterity that LBJ said he could ‘vote Northern and talk Southern.’

“They stood for something greater than themselves,” the piece said of the other Floridians.

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The Sentinel then recalled Charlie Bennett of Jacksonville who was such an absolutist on ethics that he refused to miss a single vote in more than 40 years. Then there was Dante Fascell of Miami, “who shaped foreign policy for a generation and fought for human rights at a time when America still enjoyed worldwide respect. E. Clay Shaw of Fort Lauderdale was a Republican who believed working with Democrats on welfare reform and environmental protection — a bipartisanship role largely gone in today’s Washington.”

Then there’s Gaetz, who opted to yell at television cameras this week instead of defending the president’s effort to bribe Ukraine into announcing an investigation into the Biden famil.

Read the full piece on Gaetz at The Sun Sentinel

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Mitch McConnell’s impeachment rules pass by 53-47 vote — here’s what happens next in Trump’s senate trial

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The US Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to set the rules for President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.

By a 53 to 47 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate approved an "organizing resolution" for the trial proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Before approving the rules, the Senate voted down several amendments proposed by Democrats seeking to subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House and State Department.

These are the next phases in Trump's impeachment trial, just the third of a president in US history:

- Opening arguments -

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Chief Justice Roberts admonishes lawyers at Senate impeachment trial

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Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts made his first major intervention in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) finished his closing arguments on why former National Security Advisor John Bolton should testify, the White House team went on the attack. Yelling and demanding apologies, the president's team was more animated than they'd been all night. Roberts then admonished the House and White House on their language.

Claiming the Senate is the "world's greatest deliberative body" -- despite what he had witnessed during 12 hours of the impeachment trial -- Roberts complained about language that was "not conducive to civil discourse."

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White House lawyers begin yelling at Democrats during late-night impeachment trial — after Trump starts tweeting

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President Donald Trump woke up and began tweeting around midnight EST during the Senate impeachment trial over the amendments over the rules. That's when a noticeable thing changed on the Senate floor: Trump's team started yelling.

Nearing 1 a.m. EST Tuesday morning while the president was tweeting about impeachment, his team began attacking Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) personally. They called him a liar and accused him of attacking the president and demanded an apology. After nearly 12 hours this was the first time the White House got even remotely animated after a dull defense of the president.

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