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Uber offering discounted rides for Gulf Coast residents to shelters ahead of Hurricane Ian
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Uber offering discounted rides for Gulf Coast residents to shelters ahead of Hurricane Ian

Residents of Florida's Gulf Coast who need to evacuate to a shelter ahead of Hurricane Ian are eligible for a discounted Uber ride to do so, Governor Ron DeSantis' office announced. The discounted rides are eligible for residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Pasco counties. DeSantis' office said that Uber will be offering the round-trip rides to and from state-approved shelters. The promotional code "IANRELIEF" will take up to $30 off the ride each way. FloridaDisaster.org maintains a list of shelters available. Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall in Venice, Florida, on Wednesday, according to the latest forecasts, as roughly 2.5 million Florida residents are under evacuation orders. Roughly 2.5 million Floridians are under evacuation orders as Hurricane Ian, c...
The facts behind the Republican effort to send migrants to Democratic-led cities
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The facts behind the Republican effort to send migrants to Democratic-led cities

The intensifying Republican-led efforts to protest President Biden's policies along the southern border by transporting migrants to Democratic-controlled jurisdictions like Martha's Vineyard and Washington, D.C., have reignited a decades-old, divisive debate over U.S. immigration policy.The Biden administration, Democrats and advocates have called the transportation tactic a dehumanizing political stunt, accusing Republican-led states of using desperate asylum-seekers as props. Republican governors in Texas, Florida and Arizona have argued their efforts force Democratic cities to share the burden of accommodating migrants, which they say has fallen mostly on communities in their states.Beyond the political back-and-forth, the busing and flying of migrants to locations selected by R...
GOP governors continue sending migrants, including babies, to Democratic states
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GOP governors continue sending migrants, including babies, to Democratic states

Republican governors this week continued ramping up the controversial practice of sending migrants to Democratic states in a move critics are calling a political stunt. Arriving by bus and plane in Sacramento, California, dozens of migrant families, including children, were dropped off without any direction or assistance. Aid workers said some migrants who walked from a Sacramento airport looking for shelter ended up sleeping in a park. "Using people as political pawns to make a political point is wrong, and this is really an immoral thing for whoever is doing it to be doing," Autumn Gonzalez, a volunteer with the nonprofit group NorCal Resist, told CBS News. New York City's shelters are also at the breaking point. Mayor Eric Adams said the ci...
Florida’s DeSantis flies dozens of “illegal immigrants” to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating tactic against “sanctuary destinations”
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Florida’s DeSantis flies dozens of “illegal immigrants” to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating tactic against “sanctuary destinations”

Tallahassee, Florida — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants to Martha's Vineyard, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they consider to be the Biden administration's failed border policies. Flights to the upscale island enclave in Massachusetts were part of an effort to "transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations," said Taryn Fenske, DeSantis' communications director. While DeSantis' office didn't elaborate on their legal status, many migrants who cross the border illegally from Mexico are temporarily shielded from deportation after being freed by U.S. authorities to pursue asylum in immigration courts — as allowed under U.S law and international treaty — or released on humanitarian parole. Terry MacCo...
Dr. Oz bought Palm Beach mega-mansion with help of man embroiled in immigration fraud scheme
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Dr. Oz bought Palm Beach mega-mansion with help of man embroiled in immigration fraud scheme

Among Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz's 18 known real estate investments, none is larger or more valuable than Louwana, a 10-bedroom historic beachfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.The 18,559-square-foot estate has been valued at more than $36 million, according to local appraisal records. In an interview with Boca Raton Magazine in 2018, the celebrity physician described the mansion as "our house" and raved about Palm Beach, which he said was "like a playground to me in many ways."The opulent Florida property has so far escaped the level of attention given to some of Oz's other houses, such as the New Jersey mansion where he resided for years until 2020. Oz's Democratic opponent in the hotly contested race, Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, has hig...
How Archives Went From ‘National Treasure’ to Political Prey
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How Archives Went From ‘National Treasure’ to Political Prey

By FARNOUSH AMIRI, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — It was the setting for “National Treasure,” the movie in which Nicolas Cage's character tries to steal the Declaration of Independence. It has long been among the most trafficked tourist destinations in the nation's capital.But what the National Archives and Records Administration has never been — until now — is the locus of a criminal investigation of a former president.Yet that’s exactly where the agency finds itself after sending a referral to the FBI stating that 15 boxes recovered from former President Donald Trump’s Florida home in January contained dozens of documents with classified markings.“I don’t think Donald Trump has politicized the National Archives," said Tim Naftali, the first director of the Richard Nixon Presidential L...
Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist resigns from Congress
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Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist resigns from Congress

Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist of Florida resigned Wednesday from Congress, as the three-term congressman heads into the homestretch of his race against Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.Crist's resignation, effective by the end of the business day on Wednesday, comes eight days after Crist decidedly won the Democratic primary for Florida governor. Since the House has been on recess this month, Crist has been on the campaign trail since the Aug. 23 primary.Though Crist had already announced he would not be seeking another term in Congress, Florida's "Resign-to-Run" law does require candidates to resign "if the terms or any part of the terms would overlap with each other." DeSantis did this when he resigned from his U.S. House seat in the 2018 gubernatorial race.  ...
2022 midterm primary results in New York congressional and Florida races
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2022 midterm primary results in New York congressional and Florida races

Florida voters went to the polls Tuesday to choose the Democrats who will take on powerful Republicans Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio, while some of the nastiest congressional battles in New York will finally be decided.The battle over New York's new congressional maps caused the primaries for U.S. House and state Senate to be pushed back until August. The final version of the map put several incumbents in the same districts.The most notable is in New York City, where the Upper West Side and Upper East Side were joined into one district, pitting two members of Congress with 30 years experience each against each other, Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler. The two powerful Democrats have extremely similar voting records, which has turned the race into a nasty personality battle....
Major rent surge pushing some Tampa residents toward homelessness: “It’s no different from a hurricane”
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Major rent surge pushing some Tampa residents toward homelessness: “It’s no different from a hurricane”

Tampa, Florida — Like any renter in Tampa, Kevida Gued knows it's a landlord's market. But the single mother of three's family needs an affordable three-bedroom fast, because their lease is ending Sunday. Gued told CBS News she's looked at more than 50 places and reached out to more than 200 "all over Tampa Bay, all over the state of Florida." On average, Tampa's rents ballooned 22% in the last year.Valerie Bannon's landlord in St. Petersburg hiked her rent by nearly 60% from $1,500 to $2,400 a month for a modest four-bedroom. Without options, the overnight auditor who is legally blind and earning under $20,000 a year moved her family into a hotel. A charity is paying the bill.  "It's no different from a hurricane or something disrupting your hou...
High gas prices sting millions who rely on driving for work
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High gas prices sting millions who rely on driving for work

High gas prices have Wallace Reid looking for a new career.Reid, who drives for Uber and Lyft in New York, fills up his Lexus at least three times a week. He pays around $95 each time, about double what he was paying last year. To make up for the increase, he's driving more often, but he's also applying for other jobs that wouldn't require a car."It's more hours, more stress," he said. "New York City is not an easy city to work and it's affecting our lives." Reid isn't alone. Millions of Americans who rely on their cars for work are changing their habits, signing up for carpools or even ditching their cars for bicycles as gas prices recently hit $5 per gallon for the first time ever. This week, it's averaging $4.95 per gallon nationwide, up from ...