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Larry Clifton

Digital Journalist based in Tampa Bay area, Florida, United States. Joined on Sep 8, 2008
Expertise in Politics, Health, Government



VP Joe Biden's son booted from Navy over cocaine

Washington - It was one of the best-kept secrets inside the Washington DC Beltway. Reports surfaced Thursday that VP Joe Biden’s 44-year-old son, Hunter Biden, who joined the Navy reserves in 2013, has been discharged after testing positive for cocaine.

Michael Dukakis testifies for friend of Boston Marathon bomber

Boston - Two-time Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis testified Thursday in defense of Robel Phillipos, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Poll: Republican Cory Gardner leads Sen. Mark Udall by 4 points

Denver - Just 20 days before voters decide which political party will control the U.S. Senate, Republican Cory Gardner leads Colorado’s incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Udall by four points, according to a new CNN/ORC poll published Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Democrats stop running TV ads for Alison Lundergan-Grimes

Washington - When do 2014 Democratic Senate candidates realize the Democratic Party has pulled the rug out from under them? Alison Lundergan-Grimes might say when the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) stops running TV ads on her behalf.

Lundergan-Grimes refuses to say who she voted for, again

Washington - Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky Democrat hoping to unseat Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, wouldn't answer a simple question during their Monday night debate. Her non-response went viral.

Democrats join Republicans calling for Ebola flight bans

Washington - U.S. Pres. Barack Obama has steadfastly refused to ban flights from Ebola ravaged countries in Africa in spite of Americans' growing fears that the contagious and deadly disease could spread across the country.

Huge NYT/CBS News/YouGov poll boosts Republicans

Washington - With midterm elections bearing down, most polls continue to suggest Republicans will maintain control of the House of Representatives and take control of the U.S. Senate.

Op-Ed: German singer could summon extraterrestrials with song

She says it’s originally from Mongolia and called Sygyt, but Anna-Maria Hefele’s singing style is out of this world. George Lucas surely would have cast Hefele, who hails from Germany, in the Star Wars bar scene had she been around at the time.

Study: Minimal exercise increases memory by 10 percent

New Haven - Some folks are at peace with that extra 30 pounds they lug around each day - after all, exercise is hard work and causes one to sweat.

U.S. factory orders plunged in August

Washington - Factory orders, a traditional catalyst for economic growth, plunged in August to the lowest level ever recorded. The fundamental drop in factory production was led by a steep decline in orders for U.S. manufactured commercial aircraft.

Op-Ed: Western Media blasted Israel over casualties; mostly quiet now

During the recent Hamas/Israeli conflict, Western media criticized, condemned and generally lynched the Israeli military for its lopsided victory against Hamas.

Republican Joni Ernst pulls ahead in Iowa senate race

Des Moines - The battleground state of Iowa, where Republicans are trying to flip retiring Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin’s seat, has turned pink, according to a new poll.

Scott Brown in 48-48 tie with incumbent Jeanne Shaheen

Concord - If Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown can pull it off, a win against incumbent New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Sheehan would provide a cushion for Republicans as they attempt to take control of the U.S. Senate in November.

Real costs of Obamacare to hit Democrats hard in 2016

Washington - The White House and other Obamacare enthusiasts believe Americans have learned to love the "Affordable Care Act" imposed by Democrats in December 2010. Unfortunately, for them, Democrats running for office in 2014 are not feeling the love.

Liberal U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders tests waters for 2016

Washington - Liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders, 73, one of two Independents in the U.S. Senate who caucuses with Democrats, is exploring a 2016 run for the presidency. Saunders, a socialist, is undecided whether he would run as a Democrat or Independent.

Administration searches desperately for Middle East 'boots'

Baghdad - With midterm elections bearing down, the top Democrat is trying to convince a war-weary nation it needs to go back to war - not just in Iraq, but in Syria, where nearly 200,000 have died.

Op-Ed: 'We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq'

Washington - After nearly six years, Americans across the political spectrum have learned to take what Pres. Barack Obama says with an ounce or much larger dose of salt.

Op-Ed: Obama morphs into Oval Office cowboy on Middle East

Washington - Tuesday, Obama told America’s elected congressional leaders that he already has the "authority he needs to take action" against the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).

Chicago: Gang attacks two brothers with machete

Chicago - Chicago, infamously known for drive-by shootings, was the scene of a machete attack against two brothers waiting for a train at Chicago's Brown Line Kedzie CTA station in the Albany Park neighborhood early Monday morning.

Kaiser poll: Approval of Affordable Care Act falls to 35 percent

Washington - While the American people are focused on a new Iraq conflict involving U.S. forces and an open Southern border that some say beckons Islamic State terrorists to enter the country, public approval of ObamaCare has steadily declined over the summer.
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