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Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief

Alex Leary

Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire.

Phone: (202) 306-4807

Email: leary@tampabay.com

Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @LearyReports

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  1. Wasserman Schultz on resigning: 'Sometimes you just have to take one for the team'

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    "This has been a difficult week, there's no question about it. It has been a remarkable team effort, and you know sometimes you just have to take one for the team, and that's OK. It's OK."

    -- Debbie Wasserman Schultz, now former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, speaking Thursday to the National Jewish Democratic Council in Philadelphia....

  2. Did Hillary Clinton win over this Florida delegate? 'Hell no'

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    PHILADELPHIA - Dawn Abate was willing to give Hillary Clinton a chance.

    "Hillary has to figure out how she can make us believe she’s going to do any of the things she says she will do," the Florida delegate said Thursday afternoon, hours before Clinton gave her speech.

    Abate, 39, of Stuart, is a hardcore Bernie Sanders supporter and had a neon yellow Sanders shirt draped across her shoulders. “It’s been a very emotional week. We’re all in mourning,” she said. “The energy here has been so unfriendly." ...

    Dawn Abate of Sutart on the convention floor Thursday in Philadelphia
  3. Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination saying, 'We'll fix it together'

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    PHILADELPHIA

    Declaring "America is once again at a moment of reckoning," Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday night, portraying herself as prepared to lead during turbulent times while promising to make creating jobs and growing wages her "primary mission" and attacking Donald Trump as a divisive stain on the country.

    "Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying," Clinton said. "And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we will all work together so we can all rise together....

    Hillary Clinton takes the stage Thursday to accept the Democratic nomination for president. “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit,’’ she said of the historic moment.
  4. Sarcasm from Trump? 'That's bull,' Alex Sink says

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    PHILADELPHIA - Donald Trump says he was being "sarcastic" when he asked Russian hackers to get Hillary Clinton's State Department emails.

    "Well, that’s bulls---. You’re running for president of the darn United States of America and you can’t be sarcastic," said a fired up Alex Sink, standing on the Democratic convention floor this afternoon....

  5. Ted Deutch: My daughters will proudly vote for Hillary Clinton

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    U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch addressed the Democratic convention on Thursday. Below is his speech, as prepared for delivery.

    In 2008, before I came to Congress, my wife, Jill, and I got to meet Hillary Clinton.

    More importantly, our two daughters, Gabby and Serena, got to meet her.

    They were 12 years old. They showed Hillary these cute dolls of theirs – dolls that wore shirts that read: "One day, a girl will be President."...

    Ted Deutch in Philadelphia
  6. Charlie Crist hits 'the bank' in Philly

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    "This is a good place to be — for a lot of reasons. We must have set up five fundraisers today. This is the bank."

    — Charlie Crist, U.S. House candidate from St. Petersburg, as quoted by the New York Times.

  7. Marco Rubio's first Senate ad paints him as tough on national security

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    Marco Rubio's first TV ad plays off national security concerns and illustrates his dual campaign against Democrats for Senate and Hillary Clinton.

    “Clinton, Grayson and Murphy. Three liberals with dangerous ideas on fighting terror," a narrator says.

    “All three support the disastrous Iran deal, and would close Guantanamo. Standing in their way? Marco Rubio."

    Rubio is certain to run for president again and, like other Republican hopefuls, is likely banking on Donald Trump losing to Clinton....

  8. President Barack Obama passes the torch to Hillary Clinton, calls out Donald Trump

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    Twelve years to the day after giving a speech at the Democratic convention that thrust him into the national spotlight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday night passionately vouched for Hillary Clinton while culminating a night of acerbic attacks on Donald Trump as dangerous and unprepared on national security.

    "I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America," Obama said....

    President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd after Obama’s speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
  9. Rick Scott to chair Trump super PAC

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    Gov. Rick Scott will serve as national chairman for Rebuilding America, a super PAC supporting Donald Trump.

    The group made the announcement tonight via Twitter.

    Scott spoke last week at the Republican National Convention. 

    “It’s time for us to fire the politicians," he said in a statement from the super PAC. "That’s what this election is all about, and that’s why I am excited to chair the Rebuilding America Now Super PAC to help Donald Trump.  If you like the way things are going in our country today, you should absolutely vote for Hillary Clinton.  If you don’t, you must vote for Donald Trump....

  10. Andrew Gillum addresses Democratic convention

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    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum addressed the Democratic National Convention this afternoon. His prepared remarks:

    As I prepared for tonight, I thought back on the path that led me to this moment. Born the fifth of seven kids in Miami to my daddy, a construction worker, and my mama, a school bus driver. My parents worked their entire lives to provide me and my siblings with greater opportunities than they had ever been afforded. ...

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum addresses the DNC
  11. Hillary Clinton's challenge with young voters

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    PHILADELPHIA - Hillary Clinton has a problem with young voters: Many just don't like her.

    They find Bernie Sanders more authentic and true to liberalism. 

    "Bernie Sanders appears like a grandfather to young voters. The sort of grandfather that would say the truth to you. If you are failing in school, you should study more," said Miguel Valdez, 32, of Gainesville, who is attending the convention. "Young people are craving integrity, honestly, straightforwardness and that's why he connects so well."...

    Miguel Valdez of Gainesville is attending the Democratic National Convention
  12. Trunp's comments in Doral brings swift rebuke from Clinton campaign

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    Democrats, and some Republicans, criticized Donald Trump's comments from Doral today encouraging Russian hackers to surface Hillary Clinton's emails.

    "This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent," said Hillary Clinton advisor Jake Sullivan. "That's not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."...

  13. Hillary Clinton's next challenge: Persuading Bernie Sanders' young backers to vote for her

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    PHILADELPHIA — It's over for Bernie Sanders. But not for them, the fresh-faced army that packed a downtown square Tuesday afternoon, punching fists in the air to cries of "Bernie or bust."

    The rally — hours before Hillary Clinton officially captured the Democratic presidential nomination — illustrated the passion that drove 74-year-old Sanders' remarkable run.

    It also shows a glaring weakness of Clinton: young voters....

    Bernie Sanders supporters make their way toward the Wells Fargo Center during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday. [Mark Makela | New York Times]
  14. 'I am here today for my son, Trayvon Martin, who is in heaven' (w/video)

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    Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Tryvon Martin, addressed the Democratic convention tonight.

    "I am an unwilling participant in this movement. I would not have signed up for this. None of us would have," she said in prepared remarks.

    "But I am here today for my son, Trayvon Martin, who is in heaven. And for my other son, Jahvaris, who is still here on earth. I didn't want this spotlight. But will I do everything I can to focus some of that light on a path out of this darkness....

    Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed-Veal, Lucy McBath, Gwen Carr, Cleopatra Pendleton, Maria Hamilton, Lezley McSpadden and Wanda Johnson from Mothers of the Movement speak during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
  15. Florida women help make case for Hillary Clinton

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    Three Florida women addressed the Democratic convention tonight.

    Rep. Lois Frankel:

    I'm Congresswoman Lois Frankel of Florida. I'm the proud mother of a United States Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our men and women in uniform, our veterans, and our military families give everything to our country. They embody our highest ideals: service, selflessness, and bravery....