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Mother Jones reports that presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has received an endorsement from former Rep. Fred Grandy, R-Iowa, an anti-Islam activist.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has announced an embarrassing retreat by Gov. Rick Scott on one of his signature policies. The group released a memo today in which Scott delayed his order requiring state agencies under his control to randomly drug-test their employees, except in the Department of Corrections, where testing will proceed.
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