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Álvaro Fernández

Eight years of Republican bluster and bluff fail to undo Obamacare

Eight years of Republican bluster and bluff fail to undo Obamacare

Eight years. That’s the amount of time Republicans had to come up with a better plan to replace the one President Barack Obama presented and passed. Instead, the Affordable Health Care for America Act — from here on in known as the first version of ‘TrumpDoesn’tCare’ — went down in flames last week.

Poor Little Marco

Poor Little Marco

The junior senator from Florida is in a bind these days. Nobody seems to want him — in their office buildings. We’re already at two — offices in Tampa and Jacksonville — who have told Rubio they will NOT be renewing his contract. Maybe his hypocrisy-laden past has come back to haunt him.

Ileana, Marco, Curbelo and Mario: Crippled Trump enablers

Ileana, Marco, Curbelo and Mario: Crippled Trump enablers

Pretend for a minute that we’re back to 2013 and President Obama has just won his second term in office. The news media is saturated with the strong possibility that several Obama administration operatives, including more than one member of his cabinet, have been colluding with the Russians. Miami’s Cuban republicans would be up in arms and demanding investigations.

Miami is not a sanctuary city, writes judge, but America is a sanctuary country

Miami is not a sanctuary city, writes judge, but America is a sanctuary country

In a ruling rebuking the cowardly performance of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez and nine county commissioners, Judge Milton Hirsch sided with the basic rights of a human being and declared that Miami-Dade violated the U.S. Constitution when it agreed to imprison undocumented immigrants slated for deportation.

Long before Obama, bridges to Cuba were being built

Long before Obama, bridges to Cuba were being built

Bridge builders to Cuba have been around since the 1960s. There are differences between these early engineers of peaceful dialogue and those that are being heralded today. Surely, though, both have played an important role in the advances made in the relationship between Cuba and the U.S.

Trump’s media blackouts and ‘alternative’ realities

Trump’s media blackouts and ‘alternative’ realities

The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency. It has has also ordered a “temporary suspension” of all new business activities at the department, including issuing task orders or work assignments to EPA contractors.

Two-faced? Cowardly? Both.

Two-faced? Cowardly? Both.

If there is one thing I agree with Donald Trump on is his reference to Marco Rubio as “Little Marco.” And on Monday, Sen. Rubio, once again, lived up to the pejorative nickname Trump used to describe him. After much chest-thumping, Rubio announced on Facebook that he will vote in favor of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state.

Hidden figures, girls and math

Hidden figures, girls and math

We live in a society that does not make it easy on women. Many pioneering women have too often been relegated to becoming hidden figures of history, only later to be dug out like a diamond, decades after their accomplishments have become part of forgotten stories.

America takes a giant leap backward, 140 characters at a time

America takes a giant leap backward, 140 characters at a time

He is not a man of eloquence. His life appears limited to 140 characters at a time, which includes carefully studied sound bites. His choppy discourse often evokes a vulgar American exceptionalism, and he sprinkles it with downright lies. Still, his shortcomings may have been key to his victory this past November.

Renegade Republicans, including two from Miami, sought to weaken ethics police in Congress

Renegade Republicans, including two from Miami, sought to weaken ethics police in Congress

The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) became better known to the American public this week when a group of House Republicans, which included two members from the Miami area, behind closed doors and unbeknownst to most, attempted to gut the OCE on Monday night before the start of the new congress.

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