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  1. Cuban diplomat reflects on U.S. relationship: 'Cuba was treated horribly'

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    Few topics are more controversial in Florida than Cuba, a nation that has held fast to Communism despite lying 90 miles from the shores of a capitalist superpower. It's a place where startling poverty results from either a longtime U.S. trade embargo or a half-century of Communism, depending on one's point of view. …

    Carlos Alzugaray spent a half century as a scholar and diplomat for the Cuban government, including a stint as ambassador to the European Union.
  2. PolitiFact: 4 questions on the fight over Obamacare and what happens next

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    When Republicans retook the House of Representatives, one of their first votes was to repeal Obamacare. The date was Jan. 19, 2011.

  3. Adam Smith: Here's the path to a Gov. Jack Latvala

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    CLEARWATER — Jack Latvala, the wily Republican state senator and longtime fixture of Tampa Bay politics, probably will announce his candidacy for governor on Aug. 16. He said as much to the more than 100 friends at his vacation home in Maine last weekend.

  4. Column: The Russia scandal dots are never going to connect

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    Joshua Yaffa, a New Yorker correspondent reporting from Moscow and a New America fellow, has been writing for months about Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the Russia scandal, which seems to get more interesting by the day. Recently, he wrote about the frustration many Russia journalists feel over the American …

  5. Perspective: Qatar opens its doors to all, to the dismay of some

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    DOHA, Qatar — Take a drive in Doha, leaving behind the mirrored skyscrapers and palm-fringed avenues of this gas-rich city, and the protagonists of myriad conflicts are in easy reach.

    Migrants gather in a park at sunset in Doha, Qatar, this month. In recent decades, Doha has transformed into a gleaming metropolis of global ambition fueled by petro riches, but assertions that it is furthering dissent and terrorism have led to a blockade from four of its fellow Arab states.
  6. Perspective: I got the wrong drug. And $2,500.

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    I hadn't eaten a big or particularly spicy dinner, so I was surprised to be awakened at midnight by a severe burning in my sternum. I'd dutifully taken — so I thought — Omeprazole, an anti-heartburn drug prescribed for me two years ago for a hiatal hernia. As night wore on, the glass of milk didn't help and …

    Illustration by Na Kim, New York Times
  7. A Little Perspective: Interesting items from near and far

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    Our sun may be special to us, but among all the stars in the galaxy, it's not unique. According to a study published this month in the journal Science, our beloved star can be classified as an ordinary "solar-type" star, meaning that the internal processes that control its activity are similar to those seen in …

    Hadza children are part of a hunter-gatherer community in Tanzania whose sleeping habits were studied by researchers. Someone was always awake.
  8. Perspective: Real men might get made fun of

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    A few weeks back, some old friends invited me to appear on their podcast. They are two stand-up comedians in their mid-30s — I know, the podcast comes as a shock — and their show is a kind of micro focus group, investigating how to be better straight white dudes by picking the brains of guests who don't fit …

    FILE ?€š€” Demonstrators gather on the National Mall during the Women's March in Washington, Jan. 21, 2017. Customers flocked to buy poster board and other materials for signs ahead of women?€š€™s marches, a consumer research company says. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)
  9. Perspective: Is sleeveless appropriate for Capitol Hill? The problem is no one knows what ‘appropriate’ means

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    By Robin Givhan

    WASHINGTON — It’s surprising that in 2017 there are still places in Washington where the powers-that-be feel it’s wise and worthwhile to play fashion police. But up on Capitol Hill, the fashion savants in the House still deem sleeveless dresses, sneakers and open-toe shoes verboten.

    First lady Melania Trump is applauded as she arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, for President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  10. A little perspective:

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    Corals are pretty and colorful and fluorescent. They produce their vibrant colors because they don't live alone, which is also what keeps them alive.

    These deep-sea corals’ proteins soak up scarce sunlight and shine it back out as red-orange light that penetrates deep inside their tissues to provide light for photosynthesis for the algae.
  11. The future of fact-checking is in technology, trust

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    MADRID — For four years in a row, fact-checkers from around the world have gathered together to discuss best practices and highest principles. We come together to confab, commiserate and encourage as we all go about our work of holding the powerful accountable and giving our readers the facts on what's true and …

    From left, Laura Zommer, executive director of Chequeado, and Angie Drobnic Holan, editor of PolitiFact, teach "Fact-checking 101" at Global Fact 4 in Madrid, Spain, on July 5. (Photo by Mario Garcia)
  12. Florida's silent civil rights struggle: Thousands wait decades to regain the right to vote

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    TALLAHASSEE — Adam McCracken has a Ph.D., practices psychology in Orlando and is married with two sons.

    Gov. Rick Scott, right, listens to Attorney Gen. Pam Bondi. Both serve on the state Board of Executive Clemency, which restores, or more often doesn't, the civil rights of those convicted of a felony after they serve their sentences.  [AP Photo | Steve Cannon]
  13. Without writing a check, Rick Scott clears GOP Senate race field

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    Adam Putnam's 2018 gubernatorial campaign has been in the works for years, and the Republican agriculture commissioner has amassed $11 million in his campaign accounts.

    Sen. Bill Nelson is gearing up for a race against. Gov. Rick Scott. (Times)
  14. Ernest Hooper: At 25, the Florida Holocaust Museum's mission is clearer, more positive and more important than ever

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    In some ways, working at the Florida Holocaust Museum might strike casual observers as the antithesis of working at Walt Disney World.

    The Florida Holocaust Museum is home to one of the few remaining railroad boxcars of the type used by the Nazis to transport victims to the death camps.
  15. PolitiFact: In the health care fray, some real answers

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    This week, Senate Republicans were battered by the same crosswinds that had hit their colleagues in the House in their drive to repeal and replace Obamacare. Facing defections by both uber-conservative and centrist senators, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., canceled his call for a quick vote.

    In this June 27 photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tells reporters he is delaying a vote on the Republican health care bill at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  16. Column: Why the Museum of Fine Arts is showcasing two controversial, uncomfortable pieces of art

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    A new exhibition of works by area artists at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg includes two works that explore the challenging themes of violence, extremism and radicalization in today's society.

    In “Worktable #9, he of Righteousness” Gregory Green has created a life-size simulation of a bomb-building workshop, though it does not include materials that would make it functional. The troubling subject doesn’t glorify violence.
  17. What the world thinks of Trump

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    President Donald Trump has alarmed citizens of the nation's closest allies and others worldwide, diminishing the standing of the United States in their eyes, according to a wide-ranging international study released last week.

    US President Donald Trump listens as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a joint press conference in the Rose Garden at The White House in Washington D.C on June 26, 2017. 
US President Donald Trump is hosting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a first face-to-face meeting, seeking to forge a chemistry that can add new fizz to a flourishing relationship between the world’s two largest democracies. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  18. PolitiFact: 6 questions about the Senate health care bill and transparency

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    Now that a Senate health care bill has been unveiled, senators will be jousting over its provisions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks following a closed-door strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington on June 20. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  19. Column: A superhero power for our time is how to handle the truth

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    The nuances of how people react when faced with the truth have come into focus in today's increasingly polarized political climate.

  20. Column: What American Exceptionalism means in the era of Trump

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    Donald Trump loves autocrats. Over the past couple of months, the White House has welcomed Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Trump has also invited the Philippines' murderous Rodrigo Duterte. Can Vladimir Putin be far behind? Saudi Arabia's treatment of dissidents would make the …

    President Donald Trump holds a sword and sways with traditional dancers during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh.