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Barack Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

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In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than any other president in U.S. history, the White House said. During his presidency Obama ordered free 568 inmates who had been sentenced to life…

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David Axelrod to speak in St. Pete tonight

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David Axelrod, senior adviser for Barack Obama’s two successful presidential campaigns, will speak in St. Petersburg this Friday night at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, in an address sponsored by the Poynter Institute and the Association of Opinion Journalists. Since leaving politics after the 2012 election, Axelrod has become a professional political pundit, initially for MSNBC and now with CNN, where he moved to this past September. In addition, he also serves as the director of Institute in Politics at…

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Rod Blagojevich compares himself to Charlie Crist

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From The Hill: “I could’ve named my wife if I wanted to,” Blagojevich said of his Senate appointment, adding that his team had looked into such possibilities as Oprah and Valerie Jarrett. “Look at what Gov. [Charlie] Crist (R) did in Florida — he put his chief of staff in there to hold the seat warm for him so he could run for the U.S. Senate. I didn’t do any of those things.”

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USA Today: Charlie Crist Brightens GOP’s Senate Outlook

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From Susan Davis, USA Today: Charlie Crist’s entry in the Florida Senate race for 2010 gives Republicans a strong player on a field that again will be tilted in favor of the Democrats. After picking up six seats in 2006 and nine last year, Democrats have no coming retirements and hold only two seats in 2010 races that election analysts currently consider competitive. Republicans hold four seats in races that figure to be close. Counting the two independents who tend…

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