Florida number one in violence against the homeless

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Norris Gaynor was sleeping on the streets of Fort Lauderdale when two teens bashed his skull with a baseball bat.

Gaynor, who was 42 when he died from his injuries in 2006, was one of the “bums” the teens set out to attack.

The attack on Gaynor is one of the 1,328 acts of violence against homeless people from 1999 to 2012 by someone who is not homeless, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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Fort Pierce man posthumously awarded Medal of Honor

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In a ceremony to right a wrong, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday to 24 overlooked Army veterans, including Sgt. Ardie Copas of Fort Pierce.

“This ceremony is 70 years in the making,” Obama said. “So we — each generation — we keep on striving to live up to our ideals of freedom and equality and to recognize the dignity and patriotism of every person, no matter who they are, what they look like or how they pray.”

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Striking balance: Covering female politicians

wendy_coverThree things are undeniable when it comes to women in politics: they are the minority, they are relatively new in the playing field, and they will play a big role in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections.

For all candidates, media coverage can make or break campaigns; but for women, undue negative impact can come as a result of gendered coverage.

This was the focus of the “Pitfalls and Possibilities of Covering Female Candidates” discussion Tuesday hosted by Women, Action and the Media in Washington, D.C.

With the buzz — or ringing, rather — surrounding Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential run, the panel tackled some of the complications of covering female candidates, what research shows about the media’s impact on their campaigns, and frankly, how not to ruin it for Clinton in 2016.

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Republicans fire up conservative crowd at CPAC 2014

Republicans fire up conservative crowd at CPAC 2014

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Sen. Ted Cruz preached the conservative agenda, Sen. Mitch McConnell brought a gun to the stage, and the conservative crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference was electric.

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President Obama honors Davie boy in school-robot film

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CaptureA Davie boy battling cancer has attended school virtually with the aid of a trusty robot this year.

But when seventh-grader Kyle Weintraub received honors at the White House on Friday, he was there in person to give President Barack Obama a firm, human handshake.

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Governors descend on Washington to push state agendas

Governors descend on Washington to push state agendas

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At least a third of the nation’s governors were in town Friday talking about policy — pushing local issues but making time to play the national game.

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Fed Chair: Economy is improving, moving ahead on set course

Fed Chair: Economy is improving, moving ahead on set course

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The new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen appeared before Congress Tuesday, citing her predecessor multiple times and hinting at a status-quo at the agency while talking about the state of the economy.

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House Democrats push back on Boehner’s immigration comments

House Democrats push back on Boehner’s immigration comments

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House Democrats in Texas and Florida – two key states affected by immigration reform – said the latest comments from Republicans on immigration sound like excuses.

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December jobs report unexpected, underwhelming surprise

Republicans continue to push on IRS targeting allegations

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Republicans say they still want answers when it comes to the Internal Revenue Service targeting scandal and asked for more documents from IRS commissioner John Koskinen at a hearing Wednesday.

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Obama begins State of the Union tour with minimum wage speech

Obama begins State of the Union tour with minimum wage speech

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President Barack Obama said America needs a raise in a speech at a Costco Wholesale just outside Washington.

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Obama executive order raises minimum wage for federal contractors

Obama executive order raises minimum wage for federal contractors

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President Barack Obama raised the minimum wage for federal contractors Tuesday, using an executive order just hours ahead of his State of the Union address.

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