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    August 4, 2014

    U.S. Secretly Sent Latin American Youth To Cuba To Stir Up a Revolution

    Dwight Eisenhower still holds the record for the most hamfisted attempts to oust Fidel Castro, thanks to alleged plots like the CIA's exploding cigar caper. But Barack Obama is giving Ike a run for his money. First came the "Cuban Twitter" fiasco, when news leaked that the US Agency for Internationa ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Charlie Crist Chooses Miami's Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as Running Mate

    Charlie Crist hasn't even won the Democratic primary yet, but he's already picked his general election running mate. Crist tapped Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Miami businesswoman who has made a few unsuccessful runs at office before and now is the chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democrats and vice chair ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Marco Rubio and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Slam Obama For Castro Handshake

    Fox News predicted that President Obama's handshake with Raul Castro "could rile Cuban-American lawmakers," and Marco Rubio and Ilean Ros-Lehtinen have sure enough delivered. According to the Hill, Rubio isn't so much angry that the handshake took place, but rather that Obama didn't take the oppor ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Government Shutdown Ends, Debt Crisis Averted Despite Protests of Florida Republicans

    If you woke up this morning with a hard-on for sky-high interest rates, a hankering for anarchy, and hopes of seeing the sobbing shell of our once stately president crumpled over the corpse of Obamacare, then we have some bad news for you. Last night, Congress voted to end the 16-day government shu ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Rick Scott Still Doesn't Understand the Debt Ceiling

    Two weeks and $24 billion in lost revenue for the American economy later, the government shutdown ended last night with Republicans getting essentially zero of the hostage demands they'd made of President Obama. After the Senate crafted a bill to raise the debt ceiling and reopen government -- no th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    "Jay-Z, Beyoncé Bill" Aiming to Restrict Travel to Cuba, "Playing to Audience in Miami"

    Rocking "guayabera shirts and bandanas," Jay-Z may have "turned Havana to Atlanta" momentarily this past May when he and Beyoncé visited Cuba. But if Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee get their way, the couple's first Treasury Department-approved cultural exchange trip to the Cari ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    SoFla Reacts to Supreme Court's DOMA Ruling: Ros-Lehtinen Rejoices, Archdiocese Upset

    "If you call a tail a leg, then how many legs does a cow have? Four, because calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one." No, this is not the terrible opening joke to the trial of George Zimmerman. Instead, this is the equally terrible analogy (actually an Abraham Lincoln quote) used by the Archdioce ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Lincoln Diaz-Balart's Son Dead at 29

    Lincoln Gabriel Diaz-Balart, the 29-year-old son of former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and a member of one of Miami's more politically powerful and connected families, passed away over the weekend. No official cause of death has been released. The family is asking for privacy at the time, but noted tha ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Obama on Jay-Z, Beyonce, Cuba: "White House Not Involved, We've Got Better Things to Do"

    The Prez and Hova "got a little bond there." But Obama insists he didn't help his pals, Jay-Z and Beyonce (AKA The Carters), secure clearance from the Treasury Department for their fifth anniversary vacay to Cuba. "This is not something the White House was involved with," POTUS tells the Today Sho ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Bill Nelson Finally Comes Out in Favor of Gay Marriage

    Forgive Bill Nelson for taking his time. After all, the issue of gay marriage had nothing to do with his preferred issues of space and snakes.Ever a moderate, Nelson had stuck to a low-key position supporting civil unions. Apparently the 70-year-old senator finally realized he was just one of seven ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Shirley Gibson Accepts Anti-Gay Group's Endorsement, Promises to "Review" Gay Rights Ordinance

    Despite the Christian Family Coalition's regular habit of hurling hate-fueled messages towards the LGBT community and tirelessly working to strip gays of even the most basic rights, spineless local politicians desperate for any vote continue to legitimize the group by courting its members.Miami Gard ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Miami Archbishop Wenski: Obamacare "Running Roughshod Over Religious Freedom"

    Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski likes to say that he's "political with a capital P," meaning he doesn't tow a particular party line. And in his two years in charge of South Florida Catholics he has, in fact, criticized everyone from Barack Obama to Marco Rubio and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. But as the U ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Other Top Elected Officials Speak at Anti-Gay Group's Breakfast

    Many believe that Carlos Gimenez's endorsement from several gay rights groups in the Miami-Dade County mayoral election helped propel him to a narrow victory over Julio Robaina. So why the hell was he speaking at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Family Coalition, a fringe organization most not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Are Connie Mack and Marco Rubio Dumb? The Grade Level They Speak At Suggests It

    The Sunlight Foundation has noticed an interesting and perhaps even troubling trend about the people who make our laws: the grade level that members of Congress speak at has taken a noticeable dip since 2005. The average member of Congress spoke at an 11.5 grade level in 2005, but now speaks at a 10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Boring Moderate Bill Nelson's Stance on Gay Marriage is Vaguely Boring and Moderate

    There are worse things for politicians to be than boring moderates, sure, but Bill Nelson is a boring moderate through and through. So, it's really no surprise that his stance on gay marriage is predictably off in some vague, boring, moderate middle land.

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    January 17, 2012

    David Rivera Backs Newt Gingrich, Because Allegedly Crooked Congressmen Stick Together

    ​Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart have all lined up in support of Mitt Romney, which left little room for Romney's primary opponents to line up a big endorsement that would resonate in Miami's Cuban-American community. Well, Newt Gingrich ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Xavier Suarez and Joe Carollo Endorse Newt Gingrich

    ​Turns out Xavier Suarez and Joe Carollo can actually agree on something: they like Newt Gingrich. They've both been announced as members of Gingrich's Florida Steering Committee. Then again, it only makes sense that two guys who saw their political careers take embarrassing stumbles in the '90s w ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    David Rivera Has $8,000, Frederica Wilson is a Millionaire, and Local Politicos are Worth $170 Million

    David Rivera, multi-thousandaire.​Muckraking site decided to throw some fire on the Occupy Movement this week by estimating the net worth of every single member of Congress, from mighty Darrell Issa with his $700 million to Florida pauper Alcee Hastings, who owes nearly $5 million ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Newt Gingrich Leads GOP Pack In Florida As Cain Stumbles On Affair Accusations

    ​Florida's Republican voters are making a firm stand for the conservative, pro-family values that have defined their party for decades by fleeing en masse from Herman Cain after multiple sexual harassment charges and new allegations that he carried on a 14-year affair.Yessir, there's no place in t ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Mitt Romney Picks Up Endorsements from Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balarts

    Marco Rubio may be South Florida's star Cuban-American politician, but he's not endorsing anyone in the presidential primary. So, the Republican endorsement prize in these parts is, as it's been for quite some time, picking up the backing of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Will Jeb Bush Endorse Jon Huntsman Tomorrow in Coconut Grove?

    ​Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman's campaign has promised that the struggling presidential candidate will make a major announcement tomorrow at, of all place, Scotty's Landing in Coconut Grove. Our first instinct was that he'd be announcing his exit from the race, but that seems unlikely. Word is ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    City of Miami Could Lose $1 Billion Over Ten Years Due to Low Census Count

    ​Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen want to make sure that everyone in Miami is counted. The two are demanding that the U.S. Census Bureau recount the number of City of Miami residents they tallied in 2010. The feds say only 399,457 residents live in the city, which is ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Miami-Area Congressional District is the Most Suffering in America

    via Firehouse2District 17's Liberty City​Gallup-Healthway's annual "Well Being Index" takes a wide-ranging reading of physical, emotional, and mental health of political districts on the state, metropolitan and congressional levels. The just-published statistics for 2010 don't give such a healthy ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    2010 Election Results Live Blog

    ​Will Florida gets its first female Governor? Will the country's first female Speaker of the House be forced to turn in her gavel? Will Kendrick Meek somehow shock the world by winning? Did anyone bother to get to know enough about the CFO race to bother voting? Join us tonight as we live blog the ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Cuban Dissident Leaders call for Lifting Travel Ban

    Hardliners opposed to lifting the travel ban to Cuba have been among the staunchest champions of the Communist island's increasingly vocal dissident movement. But a letter released Thursday by 74 of the Cuba's most prominent dissenters undermines some of the key arguments made by leaders of Miami's ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Rubio, Meek Celebrate Cuban Independence Day With Appeal For More Cash

    ​Yesterday was Cuban independence day, a holiday as ignored by Cubans as President's Day is by Americans. But for every Florida politician with an election coming up, it was the perfect opportunity to suck up to the pickiest voting bloc in the state. The three enemigos -- Charlie Crist, Marco Rubi ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Annette Taddeo To Run For Katy Sorenson's Seat

    During the 2008 presidential election, Annette Taddeo set her sights on a big target: Annette Taddeo joins a crowded field to represent South Dade.​Congresswoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen. The Colombian-American businesswoman, who loaned her campaign $350,000, lost, but she established herself as a ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    Dalai Lama Exhibit at FIU Opens as Obama Shuns Spiritual Leader

    The Dalai Lama's Shoes, 2005, Kirlian photograph, 40 x 40 inches.​When "The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama" opens this Friday night at the Frost Art Museum, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate won't be in town for a swig of the complimentary Chablis."We tried to get him to come for the ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Diaz-Balart Brothers Endorse Crist over Rubio

    Marco Rubio can collect all the endorsements of the Mike Huckabees and Jim DeMints of the world he wants, but Charlie Crist seems to be wracking up support from politicians who have been actually voted into office the Florida electorate. Today, Crist's campaign announced the backing of Mia ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Debbie Does the DNC

    It's not often that Republican reps Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balarts must be happy about announcements of new Democratic leadership, but the buzz today that congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be elected vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee must have them smiling. As co ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    A Cavalcade of Dumb 2008 Political Quotes

    This full rotation around the sun that we have designated as 2008 was a very busy political year. And while we may be soon saying so long to our dear President George W. Bush, thus ending a golden age of dumb political quotes, there are plenty of other blow hards and hot air machines to  fill t ... More >>

  • News

    November 6, 2008

    Obama's Florida Gamble

    McCain was too late. The new prez spent heavily in Florida and eked out victory here.

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    November 4, 2008
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    August 28, 2008
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    September 20, 2007

    Pay off Your Loans

    Gabe Pendas wants to save college kids a bundle. And this brawler might just do it.

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Immigrant Song

    With his politically charged sophomore effort, El Mariel, Miami homeboy Pitbull bites back

  • News

    September 7, 2006

    Letters from the Issue of September 7, 2006

    "Could New Times be the fairy godmother?"

  • News

    September 29, 2005

    Letters from the Issue of September 29, 2005

    Savage words, Haitian rights, suicide notes, and DeFede friends and foes

  • News

    October 7, 2004

    The Bitch

    Definitive Gaze

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    April 24, 2003
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    January 31, 2002

    Live from Havana, It's Mesa Redonda!

    Thanks to one show, an unprecedented amount of foreign news is airing in Cuba -- but it ain't Nightline yet

  • News

    November 22, 2001

    Letters from the Issue of November 22, 2001

    The Great Art Debate, Part 2: This letter not intended for stupefied couch potatoes

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    July 26, 2001


    U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart owes the FEC 30 grand for arrogant electioneering. Finally.

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    Espionage Is in the Air

    As Miami's Cuban spy trial makes clear, the airwaves are full of intrigue, and all you need is a radio

  • Calendar

    November 2, 2000

    Fem Park

    Roxcy O'Neal Bolton Women's History Gallery

  • News

    December 10, 1998

    The Doctor is Out

    Beset by internecine battles, troubled leadership, and funding cuts, the local office of the Florida Department of Health is in need of intensive care.

  • News

    March 26, 1998
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    September 12, 1996

    Agents of Deception

    A congressional delegation inspected Miami's INS operations and found everything to be running smoothly. No wonder. Investigators later discovered they'd been dealing with...

  • News

    September 21, 1994

    Back on Top

    You may admire him or you may find him disgusting. But at least you've got to hand it to him: Jorge Mas Canosa has got clout.

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    June 9, 1993

    The Collector

    What do Armando Valladares, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Miriam Alonso, Xavier Suarez, Alex Penelas, Steve Clark, and the Miami Herald editorial board have in common? They're just a few of the big names enlisted by accused embezzler Roberto Polo in his fight to a

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