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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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President Donald Trump has a history of disregarding advice from experts, including diplomats, military leaders, trade experts and scientists.

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The GOP shot itself in the foot with the way they handled Trump’s impeachment: conservative columnist

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In a column for the conservative Bulwark, Cato Institute Vice President Gene Healy accused the Republicans of botching their defense of Donald Trump during his impeachment trial, saying they will someday be haunted by the positions they took.

Noting that the president said of his acquittal that it’s a “gorgeous word,” Healy maintained it may not pan out for Republican lawmakers in the same way.

"Whether you cheer or jeer the Senate’s refusal to convict, the more important question is, what precedent did it set? Unlike Supreme Court majority opinions, impeachment verdicts don’t explain themselves. 'Not guilty' can mean anything from total vindication to 'contemptible behavior that doesn’t quite justify removal.' A great deal turns on how senators from the president’s party explain their votes," he wrote. "On that score, Senate Republicans sent a distressingly mixed message in the impeachment trial’s immediate aftermath. In their floor speeches explaining their votes, too few managed to clearly condemn Trump’s misuse of presidential power for personal benefit. And too many embraced novel constitutional theories, concocted by Trump’s defense team, that would license more dramatic presidential abuses in the future."

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Progressives strike back at Bloomberg ads attacking online vulgarity

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Former New York mayor and current billionaire Mike Bloomberg's 2020 Democratic presidential campaign on Monday released a nearly minute-long ad decrying online behavior from ostensible supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign, a move that earned Bloomberg pushback from progressives who cited the businessman's long history of bigoted, offensive statements and behavior.

"I guess Bloomberg isn't done beating up on Black and Brown people," tweeted Sanders campaign press secretary Briahna Joy Gray in a reference to both the senator's multiracial coalition and Bloomberg's tenure as New York's mayor.

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