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Columns, Perspective

  1. Russia's economy appears to be doomed (w/video)

    Perspective

    A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West: Russia's economy imploded.

    A sign indicating the spread on the dollar-ruble rate of an exchange office is in the background in Moscow on Wednesday as the crisis remains firmly in the foreground. The crisis is hitting ordinary Russians very hard this time.
  2. Column: Tampa plays vital role in enlightened approach toward Cuba (w/video)

    Columns

    Once again the people of Tampa were central to a historic, positive change for the Western Hemisphere.

    José Martí found a ready audience for his message of Cuban independence from Spain in the cigar factories of Tampa. 
  3. Yes, Virginia: Santa's wish list has gone digital

    Columns

    "I sent my Christmas list to you in Google Docs. Can you help me edit it and then email it to Santa?"

    The Elf on the Shelf: Cute idea for Christmas, or an NSA surveillance device?
  4. Work cost photographer, captured by ISIS, his freedom

    Perspective

    Throughout modern history, journalists have put themselves in harm's way — giving up liberty and often life — to cover wars and terrorism around the globe. Without their eyewitness accounts we would be unaware of war's reality. John Cantlie, a British photojournalist, has paid the price for some of the work …

    This is one of the photos Cantlie made before he was kidnapped. It shows Syrian opposition fighter Bazel Araj sleeping next to his gun in Aleppo in November 2012. Araj, then 19, preferred a peaceful revolution but didn’t think that possible. 
  5. Sony Pictures hack is cyber warfare (w/video)

    Perspective

    The Sony Pictures hack is important, and the Sony Pictures hack is terrifying.

    Sony canceled plans to release The Interview, starring James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen, after a cyberattack crippled its technology and theaters were threatened.
  6. Perspective: Why does Cuba want to re-establish relations with the U.S.?

    Perspective

    For the Obama administration, the motivation for the moves to normalize relations with Cuba is clear. The embargo against Cuba is increasingly unpopular, even in parts of the Cuban-American community that long supported it, and the president has been eager to find areas of both foreign and domestic policy where he can …

    Cuban  President Raul Castro may be becoming less doctrinaire and more realistic about the future.
  7. Chilly blast for the truth

    Perspective

    The polar vortex blew into 2014, coating the first couple of months with snow and record-low temperatures across the country. Some climate change skeptics said the chilly phenomenon was evidence that the Earth isn't warming, while some scientists said the dramatic pattern was actually a symptom of climate change.

  8. A lame duck takes flight

    Perspective

    WASHINGTON

    President Barack Obama's decision to radically shift U.S. policy toward Cuba is the latest and most striking example of a president unleashed from the hesitancy that characterized much of his first six years in office.

    President Barack Obama’s unilateral action on Cuba is part of a pattern that will define the end of his presidency, pushing the limits of executive power.
  9. Ruth: Jeb Bush plays the grown-up card (w/video)

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    Nothing shakes up the political landscape more than the exciting arrival of a new, bold, spirited, youthful fresh face. And then there is Jeb Bush, 61, the Eddie Haskell of the Republican Party. Why that's a lovely dress you're wearing, Mrs. Koch.

  10. St. Petersburg Pier's inverted pyramid a designer's dilemma

    Columns

    And the Lens died for this?

    Few civic debates have been as filled with frantic Sturm und Drang hand-wringing as what to do with the Pier, the city's answer to a rusting Yugo sitting on blocks in the front yard.

  11. Column: Hope for an end to Florida's ban on gay marriage

    Columns

    It's that time of the year. The tree is up, lights on the house, whispers of presents for the grandkids and a sense of awe as we proceed through the Advent calendar. For my wife and me, Christmas has always been a joyous time, filled with family, festivities and a sense of wonder.

  12. Column: Why Florida should take Medicaid expansion money

    Columns

    Two years ago, Florida was offered $50 billion over 10 years as part of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid to low-income families who didn't qualify under the current eligibility requirements.

  13. Ruth: Propaganda film will dull, not shape, students' minds

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    Using convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza's ham-handed video America: Imagine A World Without Her, to force Florida public school students to watch a warped view of the nation's history would be like requiring children to sit through a screening of Saw (1 through 7) as a biology primer on proper dissection …

  14. What war on Christmas? Numbers say it's over

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    The War on Christmas is over. Jesus won.

    That's the implication of a new Pew Research Center survey that finds nearly three-quarters of Americans (73 percent) believe that Jesus was literally born to a virgin. (About 40 percent of Americans say the Bible should, in general, not be taken literally but do believe in …

  15. Column: Elizabeth Warren can win

    Columns

    Elizabeth Warren's memoir begins with the story of a family in collapse. She was 12 years old when her father had a heart attack.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.,  voice their objections Dec. 10 to a House-approved spending bill that includes a repeal of Dodd-Frank.
  16. Column: Attempt to mold students' minds hearkens back to Cold War

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    The Legislature is considering a bill that would mandate the showing of a conservative film to all eighth- and 11th grade students in Florida. I'm sure the supporters of the bill believe the documentary, America: Imagine the World Without Her, will help influence the students' political beliefs.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.,  voice their objections Dec. 10 to a House-approved spending bill that includes a repeal of Dodd-Frank.
  17. Column: Time for Legislature, governor to work toward meaningful sentencing reform

    Columns

    In his 2010 campaign for governor, Rick Scott promised to cut $1 billion from Florida's nearly $2.4 billion budget for the Department of Corrections.

  18. Column: We were all rooting for the big snake

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    A divided nation has finally united, if only for a while.

    Paul Rosolie of Eaten Alive, in a publicity photo with the snake, chickened out once the anaconda started to wrap around him and chew.
  19. Sen. Marco Rubio: Debate must be focused on how to defeat ISIS

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    It is clear that our efforts to defeat the Islamic State have been inadequate. Half-measures will not work against a growing threat from radical Islamists who are uniting fractured terrorist groups around the world under one banner.

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asks questions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, during a hearing to examine Russia and developments in Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) DCPM115
  20. David Brooks: Understanding can lead to small miracles

    Columns

    Most of us don't save enough. When governments try to encourage saving, they usually enact big policies to increase the incentives.